A Re3000 is Born

This A3000 was sent it by the owner requesting it get transplanted to a brand new Re3000 board. Everything here on the new blue board is all new except the custom chipset and the flicker fixer RAM. Some nice enhancements include simm modules and smd components.

Important Roadmap Update from Apollo Team, July 4th 2021

Reposted from the Apollo Forums. http://www.apollo-core.com/knowledge.php?b=1&note=35986&fbclid=IwAR2rfm9YwAVVEUGo3WgY2H-Oy7eVF9qmOP6NOLDAtFOQvPrzAC_E_zaaixM

“Apollo Team strives for long-term consistency, stability and harmony. Our single mission always was and always will be to revive the Amiga. Today Apollo Team announces the next level in our roadmap with the introduction of a future proof line-up of Amiga accelerator cards based on the powerful and robust V4 architecture.
Part of this new and exciting phase is a withdrawal of our high respected team member Igor and the reunion of the talented Thomas Hirsch (Mr. NATAMI) in our team.”

A little Apollo history

Nearly six years have passed since we proudly shipped our first Apollo Vampire board. From that moment on our hardware portfolio has greatly evolved and the complete Apollo Team has worked with unlimited passion to bring up all the cards to the level of today. This progress has only been possible with the help of all our loyal and patient customers helping us with reporting bugs and improving the user experience.
In the year 2014 the Apollo Team created the compact V2-V600 together with Igor responsible for layout/production of the PCB and the rest of the Team in charge of the 68080 core, AMMX/SAGA chipsets, bus controller and drivers. In 2015 in the same constellation the now world famous V2-V500 was released which after several revisions over time in 2018 reached its final 2.3 version. In 2019 the revolutionary Vampire Standalone V4 was introduced, designed by Gunnar and Chris and manufactured by Apollo Computer. Finally in 2019 Igor started his production of the V1200 accelerator for Amiga 1200. With that accelerator finally the 68080 AMMX Core become accessible to 1200 users.
Since the beginning of this amazing journey all the Apollo products have generated significant interest from Amiga fans new and old, which makes us really happy and proud!

Igor has handled the production of the V2 accelerator cards since the beginning. He did the PCB design and worked closely together with the Apollo Team through many steps and improvements while producing those cards. The Apollo Core used in the FPGA for the Vampire Cards, designed by Gunnar, gave the V2 accelerators an unmatched performance. It was the combination of Igor’s PCB, Gunnar’s core, and the chipsets and software developed by the incredible and dedicated Apollo Team members that have made these cards a reality.

Initial accelerator card production was done solely by Igor, who produced boards by hand. The volume of production and sales was small, and so this volume was manageable. However during the last couple of years Igor has been unable to meet demand for the accelerator cards and this has resulted in a high-stress high-workload, which has taken a personal toll. Igor has now withdrawn himself from active participation in Apollo Team in recent weeks and we want to thank him deeply for his dedication and wish him all the best for the future.
With Igor’s withdrawal, Apollo-Team has to change the roadmap for the recently announced Raptor accelerator, which was in joint development with Igor.

V2 End of Sale
The Vampire V2 line comes out of the Apollo Team product catalog.  The C3 FPGA and corresponding components on the V2 family are overdue for quite some time now. Igor is currently selling his remaining PCB and FPGA stock. He will still assume warranties for the cards he sold.
There are significant amounts of backorders remaining for V2-500 and V2-1200. We fully understand that many of you have been waiting for an exceedingly long time on getting your hands on these cards.
So the Apollo Team is releasing the next-generation V4-based accelerator cards produced at scale in Germany to fulfill these orders. We want to say thank you for your patience, and we can now share details of these exciting new cards.
With honors to the Apollo V2 family now going end of sale we introduce our new family of accelerators based on the highly successful V4 Stand Alone computer, unifying the hardware architectures of the established premium 68k Amiga-compatible computer and accelerator cards.

V4 Family Introduction
Apollo Team proudly introduces the new V4-based Apollo FireBird (A-500/A1000/A2000) and IceDrake (A1200) with unique values:
Based on the proven powerful V4 architecture
High Quality German production, software and support 
High Volume production; we will clear the all waiting lists very quick!
All components are future-proof and available
High-performance 512MB DDR3 memory
Additional features:
16bit Audio
2x IDE port for CF and CD-ROM
100 MBit Ethernet
USB Joypad support
C5  FPGA (V4) with twice the capacity of the C3 (V2)

Apollo Team is fully committed to support a highly requested feature for these new accelerator cards: output of the native Amiga screen modes over DIGITAL-VIDEO output. This will require substantial R&D and we will update you with progress when we have more details to share.

While we can disclose that the Apollo Team is already testing operational prototypes of the next-generation accelerators, the reality is that there is still development work to be done before they are ready for large scale commercial production. Fortunately, we can build on the high-quality production line already in place for the V4 cards in Germany, and thus guarantee rapid upscaling of manufacture when production gets underway in Q4 2021/Q1 2022. The Apollo FireBird will be available first, followed closely by Apollo IceDrake .

We wish to thank every one of our customers that have waited patiently for so long! Thank you for your dedication. We will revive Amiga together!

On behalf of the whole Apollo – Team,
Gunnar & Miri

Accepting Recaps and Site Updates

I’ve been getting a lot of inquiry about getting boards recapped lately. I am accepting boards in for recaps as long as you are understanding of the time it may take to have them returned. Currently I have no waiting list, but I will be away from my shop for awhile. This doesn’t mean you can’t send something in now. It would arrive safe and be put into the work queue once it arrives. Someone will be here to receive it. I’m expected to be back July 28th. Boards received between now and then are first in line and would be returned about a week to two weeks later.

I am also looking for some help with the web site. If you are good with WordPress and want to help out, please get in touch! I’d like to integrate a simple store and do some cleanup of the way it’s currently looking. I plan to start selling projects here many ask for and want to keep an inventory of requested things many of you use. I’m also looking to do service like ROM burning, CF cards and other such things.

AmigaOS 3.2 for all Classic Amigas released and available

Brussels, May 14, 2021

Hyperion Entertainment CVBA is very pleased to announce the immediate availability of AmigaOS 3.2 for 68K based Amigas.

AmigaOS 3.2 comes packed with well over 100 new features, dozens of updates that cover nearly all AmigaOS components and a battery of bugfixes that will undoubtedly solidify the user experience.

AmigaOS 3.2 is the result of more than 2 years of intense and relentless work from a team of over sixty people who have contributed to produce a new milestone in AmigaOS history.

Hyperion Entertainment CVBA has no words to express its gratitude to this talented and resilient team for its impressive work ethic.

The most comprehensive version of AmigaOS 3.2 is available now on CD-ROM and contains all the disks and AmigaOS Kickstart ROM sets for all Amiga machines ever produced allowing users to install AmigaOS 3.2 on multiple different types of Amigas at once.

Place your order now with your Amiga dealer of choice!

Digital (machine type specific) downloadable versions will follow.


AmigaOS 3.2 FEATURE LIST SUMMARY


  1. ReAction GUI toolkit integration
  2. Built-in ADF (Amiga disk file image) management
  3. Integrated Help subsystem
  4. Updated Data Type system
  5. Workbench and other user interface improvements
  6. Improved Tools, Utilities and System applications
  7. Enhanced Shell behavior
  8. New and reworked command set
  9. Touched up Preferences
  10. Polished MultiView
  11. Revamped Commodities
  12. Expanded BootMenu
  13. Inclusion and refinement of the AmigaOS 3.1.4 feature set
  14. Flexible delivery media
  15. Many remarkable additions

1. REACTION GUI TOOLKIT INTEGRATION

  • The incorporation of the ReAction GUI Toolkit not only opens up a plethora of existing applications for AmigaOS 3.2 users, it also ensures much easier portability and cross-development between different versions of AmigaOS
  • No additional installation required, it just works, even on low-end 68000 systems
  • A new multi-file text editor called “TextEdit” is included as a show-case
  • ReAction has its own Preferences editor which lets you set backfilled patterns for ReAction based programs
  • Fresh and bug fixed Classes backport from AmigaOS 4.x with many exclusive characteristics and brushed up aesthetics

2.BUILT-IN ADF (AMIGA DISK FILE IMAGE) MANAGEMENT

  • DAControl & trackfile.device provide unprecedented functionality, as they enable users to create, mount, insert and eject ADF files
  • ADF images are handled just like any physical floppy disk
  • On “Workbench” you can mount an ADF image by double-clicking on it
  • ADF handling can be accomplished via Shell through the use of an extensive set of available options
  • Accessing such mounted ADF disk image files is fast and requires very little memory
  • Multiple ADF disk images can be mounted at the same time
  • A shared cache system is available in order to speed up ADF operations

3.INTEGRATED HELP SUBSYSTEM

  • A complete “Reference Manual” covers all commands and most complex topics
  • An AmigaGuide based central “Help hub” is available by simply pressing the HELP key
  • The Help database can be quickly queried from the Shell/CLI
  • Preferences and many other programs contain Help menu items
  • In the WBStartup folder, MenuTools adds the “Help” menu item to the “Tools” menu but can be customized to add other Tools as well

4.UPDATED DATA TYPE SYSTEM

  • New AIFF uncompressed audio data type
  • New GIF image data type
  • New WAV audio data type
  • New JPEG picture data type
  • New PNG multi-platform image data type
  • New BMP data type for Windows/OS2 bitmap images
  • New Icon.datatype enables use of “.info” files as images
  • New ACBM picture data type (used in AmigaBASIC & SpectraPaint)
  • The AmigaGuide data type can now display inline images
  • Text data type with search functionality
  • Faster and more configurable CDXL and ANIM data types
  • Sound.datatype manages bit rate samples of 8, 16, 24 and 32 bit
  • Picture.datatype is now stunningly fast even on low-end 68000 processors

5. AMIGAOS WORKBENCH AND OTHER USER INTERFACE IMPROVEMENTS

  • Resize windows from any border
  • Window iconification
  • Workbench title bar customization
  • Maximize a window by holding down the SHIFT key and clicking on the window zoom gadget
  • The [ESC] key quits easy requesters
  • Scalable “GadTools” user interface adapting to different font sizes
  • Workbench menu “Open volume”
  • Menu Window -> Sort Order (Forward or Reverse)
  • Off-Screen windows is a built-in default that is now configurable
  • Scrollers and sliders now feature 3D-style embossed knobs and a darker container background
  • Newer Look menus: Palette Prefs “Menu Bright Edges” + “Menu Dark Edges”
  • Newer Look menus: sub-menu indicator changed from “»” to a black filled triangle
  • Newer Look menus: checkmark glyph replaced by a black filled circle in mutually-exclusive options
  • Workbench Prefs defines drawer placing in text mode

6.IMPROVED TOOLS, UTILITIES AND SYSTEM APPLICATIONS

  • Interactive partition “Mounter”
  • “Find” allows you to quickly search for file names or file content
  • “ShowConfig” now has aesthetically pleasing user interface and displays AutoConfig hardware in a human readable form
  • HDToolBox can now operate from read-only media if needed

7.ENHANCED SHELL BEHAVIOR

  • Configurable TAB autocompletion
  • Ability to drop icons into Shell windows
  • Shell error redirection
  • “Execute” is now an internal Shell command
  • “History” is a new internal Shell command
  • Shell operators && and || for AND plus concatenation operations
  • A debug variable sends executed commands to the serial port
  • Shell-startup has been adjusted for easier customization

8.NEW AND REWORKED COMMANDS

  • C:Eval properly groups operations
  • C:Copy gains a FORCE option to overwrite targets
  • C:Protect gains USER, GROUP, OTHER, CLONE, CLEAR, FILES, and DIRS
  • C:SetDate can copy the date FROM a file
  • C:List provides FLAT, SORT, USERS, GROUP, LFORMATQUOTE options
  • C:Mount SHUTDOWN attempts to shutdown handlers
  • C:Assign incorporated DENIED and DISMOUNT switches
  • C:Type supports AUTO, TEXTONLY, WIDTH and BUFFER options
  • C:Reboot restarts your Amiga but waits for any ongoing write operations to prevent validation issues
  • C:Group and C:Owner commands added for networked environments
  • C:MD5Sum calculates and compares checksums of files and volumes
  • C:MountInfo command helps in the creation of MountLists
  • C:Break and C:ChangeTaskPri NAME handle wildcards options
  • C:DefIcons identifies files and applies a default icon to them
  • C:AssignWedge allows users to create or deny an assign on the fly
  • C:LoadMonDrvs simplifies and quickly starts monitor drivers.

9.TOUCHED UP PREFERENCE EDITORS

  • Custom printer output device and unit number
  • WBPattern has layout options for Backdrops, Screens and Windows which include both color and dithering
  • PointerPrefs has been overhauled to support 40 different pointer types
  • Font Preferences comes with Shadow and Outline font options
  • IControl received a massive makeover which introduced new functionality such as Window and screen border aspect ratios customization

10.POLISHED MULTIVIEW

  • A new “Edit/Paste” menu item opens the contents of clipboard unit 0 (thus complementing “Edit/Copy”)
  • The “About” window now reports the width, height and depth of the currently displayed picture or animation
  • The names of ARexx scripts for user menus can now be up to 40 characters long and may contain “spaces”
  • Pressing the [Shift] key while the “Save as…” menu item is selected, forces MultiView to save the displayed document in IFF format
  • Now lists pattern matching in its ASL requester that, if removed, can also display icons (useful in conjunction with the new icon.datatype)

11.REVAMPED COMMODITIES

  • “RAWBInfo” is an improved replacement of the icon information tool
  • “AsyncWB” is an AmigaOS Workbench enhancement Commodity with divers functionality
  • “AutoPoint” KEEPSTRINGS prevents this Commodity from automatically stealing focus from a window with an active string gadget
  • “ClickToFront” TOBACK_QUALIFIER selects a qualifier for sending windows back (with a single click)
  • “ClickToFront” no longer brings Workbench windows to the front when double-clicking on an icon
  • “NumericPad” allows numeric pad keys to be remapped to the standard keyboard
  • The “AutoArrangeIcons” Commodity-like set of scripts automates the ordering and snapshot of icons in the active window

12.EXPANDED BOOTMENU

  • An option to trace the Startup-sequence line by line is now available
  • The user can disable ROM Module updates by clicking on a gadget
  • The hardware expansion screen displays expansion board addresses and sizes
  • A new option to redirect serial port output to a file is available with the “Enable System Log” option
  • The “Failsafe” boot gadget starts the Amiga in a robust and safe environment to carry out maintenance and troubleshooting tasks
  • More keyboard shortcuts for the majority of options
  • Displays AmigaOS Kickstart version numbers

13.INCLUSION AND REFINEMENT OF THE AMIGAOS 3.1.4 FEATURE SET

  • Support for storage media bigger than 4 GB
  • Modernized AmigaOS Workbench
  • DiskDoctor for disk diagnostic and salvage operations
  • Native support for pipes, softlinks, hardlinks and long filenames
  • CrossDOS supporting FAT 32 and long filenames
  • CD-ROM file system that supports Rockridge and Joliet extensions as well as UDF and now also Macintosh HFS
  • Both FFS (FastFileSystem) and the CD-ROM file system are now smarter, faster, and multi-threaded
  • Fully reworked and bug-fixed printer drivers
  • Built-in GlowIcons support as an installable option
  • More than 2100 icons in GlowIcon style included on the AmigaOS 3.2 CD-ROM

14.FLEXIBLE DELIVERY MEDIA

  • The distribution AmigaOS 3.2 CD-ROM contains ADF disk images that can be transferred to physical floppy disks or Gotek-type drives
  • All Modules disks perform as emergency boot disks too
  • The DiskDoctor disk can help users to quickly get back on their feet when facing disk failures
  • The AmigaOS 3.2 CD-ROM content can be copied “as is” to an Amiga formatted hard drive and booted right away for installation thanks to the “Amiga Preinstallation Environment” (AmigaPE)
  • All Amiga model disks and AmigaOS Kickstart ROM set images are available on the AmigaOS 3.2 CD-ROM
  • Attractive printable labels are available for all your favorite AmigaOS 3.2 storage media variants (AmigaOS 3.2 CD-ROM version only)
  • Experimental CD-ROM-based Amiga CDTV and Amiga CD32 support

15.MANY REMARKABLE ADDITIONS

  • Wheel mouse support for scrolling on AmigaOS Workbench windows
  • IPrefs stacks multiple changes and refreshes the screen only once
  • IPrefs points out names of blocking windows when refreshing
  • No more DF0:???? icons as disk.resource now does proper checking
  • Increased ROM Modules flexibility by loading more modules from disk without requiring an additional reboot for them
  • “HappyENV/ENV-Handler” functionality reimplementation incorporated
  • No more MaxTransfer values required for built-in Commodore and other well-known hardware controllers from various manufacturers
  • “Installer” is more compatible with previous AmigaOS versions
  • Multiple input events are supported by input.device
  • Two new alerts report module issues for easier system diagnosis
  • New API features for developers
  • Optional generic processor support libraries for 68K CPU boards

————- What are you waiting for? Order now! ——————-

Away from Home

Just as a reminder to those looking to get information on services that I’m away in a work assignment. I should return the 2nd week of may some time on or about May 8th. Thanks for understanding. I have limited to no internet most times where I am as well.

Out of Town Again

I got a short notice work assignment and am heading out on a work trip Saturday April 17th through May 8th. I will not be able to reply to many if any work requests during this time. If you have something in and I haven’t got it back I will have to take care of it once I get back home. I apologize for the inconvenience of this, but duty calls.

Open ‘Tendo

Board Front

It’s time to share a cool project that’s NOT Amiga related and goes in tune with the “Consoles” in the name here! This is a fantastic recreation of the original 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System Top Loader system! Its open source and very cool! I would love to see more like that and plan to look into doing some of these myself.

Check out the GitHub here: https://github.com/Redherring32/OpenTendo

The design is as true to the original board as possible, with subtle changes where needed to compensate for outdated/unsourcable parts, as well as some improvements. (Expansion audio enabled, and other minor changes)

Since this project is open-source you may do as you like with it, whether that is to make boards for personal use, sell replacement NES boards, or to use the provided info for further custom PCB work/designs.

An Easy to Use GUI Tool for Lightning Fast Serial-port Floppy and File Transfers

AmigaXfer is an easy to use GUI tool for lightning fast serial-port floppy and file transfers.

http://aminet.net/package/comm/misc/…er_1.0.0_win32

All Classic Amiga models are supported. All AmigaOS (1.x/2.x/3.x), all Kickstart versions (I have tested 34/37/39/40/45).
All you need is an Amiga, another computer and a serial cable (any null-modem will work, only 3 wires used).

Its main feature is that it does not require special software on the Amiga side, as it uses the kickstart’s builtin serial debugger.

The easiest way to get into the debugger and use amigaXfer is via the extra workbench menu when wb is loaded via loadwb -debug.

Additionally, it can be used to bootstrap an Amiga without bootable floppies.

https://www.rvalles.net/bootstrappin…ga-floppy.html

By disabling interrupts and polling the serial port directly, speeds as high as
512kbps are achieved, even on a basic Amiga 500 with its 7MHz cpu clock.

Both floppy images and files can be transferred in both directions.

Download:
http://aminet.net/package/comm/misc/…er_1.0.0_win32
https://github.com/rvalles/pyamigadebug/releases/

Vampire V500 in Checkmate Case

I have been taking some time over the last couple weeks to sell off some of my gear and clear up some space. It’s allowed me the time to finally get my V500 installed and into the Checkmate case I’ve had stored away for over a year now. It’s coming along very well and looks great. Here is the current progress of the build. It came to life just before posting this today.