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Hardware News   Hardware News : TAM EXCLUSIVE! Individual Computers Reveals Clone-A Project
   posted by rhino on 11-Oct-2006 6:59:51 (9463 reads)
In an exclusive interview with Total Amiga's Magnus Johnson, to be published in issue 25, Jens Schoenfeld reveals Individual Computers' latest project. For the last year Jens and Oliver Achten have been working on a cycle-accurate reproduction of the Amiga chipset in FPGAs under the codename Clone-A.

Jens and Oliver will be demonstrating prototype versions of the Clone-A chips mounted in a real A500 motherboard at the AmiWest show on the 21st of October. To prove the compatibility of the implementation, even in its current form, Jens encourages show visitors to bring along A500 compatible disks to the show to try on the Clone-A.



As Total Amiga 25 won't be out until after the show, we have published an extract from the interview in PDF format. The extract describes the Clone-A in detail, traces its history and explains the current state of development. Jens also looks to the future at the possible uses for this technology once it is complete. Included in the PDF are detailed photos of the FPGA development boards. The extract PDF is a free download from the Total Amiga web site:

http://www.totalamiga.org/issue25.html
    

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Re: TAM EXCLUSIVE! Individual Computers Reveals Clone-A Proj
Posted on 11-Oct-2006 7:09:31
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Very significant Amiga news. Thank you Jens/Oliver.


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Very cool indeed!

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It's great news, but please, don't forget,



Subscribe to Total Amiga Magazine

Still seeking that magical 1000 copies per issue.


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Posted on 11-Oct-2006 7:59:57
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Cool!!!

I want one Clone-A.


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So I assume this is the other classic project Bill Mcewen mentioned.

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Very impressive. Can't wait for this to be a finished product


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Ok. If the Samantha project licenses the tech from Jens and puts it into its own FPGA(with a later upgrade to AGA) I think that's going to be the closest to an out of the box real Next Gen Amiga we're ever going to get. Hopefully then OS4 would allow some more extensive hitting of the hardware of the FPGA. Oh, Oh, and if they stick Sam in the Amiga Fantasy on top of that.....
Then again....minimig is going open source eventually.

Damn, I'm such a fanboy. (sigh)

Ok. Going back to my happy place now.


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awesomeness!
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I had never heard of NatAmi project!!!!!! So now there are 3 projects about the reimplementation of the Amiga chipsets, Awesome!!!
This Clone-A seems the best of all three.And the possibilities are endless:Aga on a500, replacements for broken chips, miniatx amiga, Classic amiga mobile device, enhancement of the chipset...............Imagine an A500 with a superfast blitter and copper with 24 bit color depth and a 16 bit paula Only Amiga makes it possible


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Posted on 11-Oct-2006 9:30:50
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Just in case you miss the Current Total Amiga Poll in the forums...

Costs of Subscribing to Total Amiga Magazine.

UK Subscription Costs.
14.00 for the year, that includes Postage and Packaging. Delivered to your door

European Subscription Costs:
(As of Currency Exchange today) For a Whole Year - Inc. Post and Packaging costs.
Delivered to your door.

25.17 Euro.
233.4 SEK (Swedish Kroner)
40.11 CHF (Swiss Francs)
1,015 LUF (Luxembourg Francs)
2,163 ISK (Iceland Kroner)
6,717 HUF (Hungary Forint)
187.6 DKK (Danish Kroner)
12.64 CYP (Cyprus Pounds)
86.59 PLN (Polish Zlotych)

USA & Canada.
(As of Currency Exchange today) For a Whole Year - Inc. Post and Packaging costs.
Delivered to your door.

27.85 USD (United States Dollars)
31.64 CAN (Canadian Dollars)

Rest of the World
(As of Currency Exchange today) For a Whole Year - Inc. Post and Packaging costs.
Delivered to your door.

56.19 NZD (New Zealand Dollars)
49.84 AUS (Australian Dollars)
55.49 TRY (Turkish Lira)
1,001 RUB (Russian Rubles)

Hope that encourages a few more of you .

Thanks

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I'd like to see this implemented in a Virtex 2 Pro, which has (besides the FPGA) a PPC 405 core built into the chip. It would be an awesome little OS4 machine.

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Jens you are our GOD!!!

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Could someone please carve his last sentence in stone?

Quote:
Most people don't realize that a working prototype only makes maybe 30% of a finished product.

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6,717 HUF (Hungry Forint)

*SLAP*


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*ahem*

Fixed


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Poster: hatschi Date: 11-Oct-2006 11:37:38

Could someone please carve his last sentence in stone?

Quote:
Most people don't realize that a working prototype only makes maybe 25% of a finished product.




He said 30% not 25%.Please hatschi do not manipulate the quotes to fit your own arguments

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Quote:
He said 30% not 25%.Please hatschi do not manipulate the quotes to fit your own arguments


Whoops, I couldn't copy & paste the quote, so I typed it in by myself - apparently with an error.

Fixed now.

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Geeee, wow, something that might work properly.


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Posted on 11-Oct-2006 12:38:09
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Holy crap I just knew they were going to do something like this. I just knew it. I had a feeling in me bones.

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Posted on 11-Oct-2006 12:51:43
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So what applications would this allow? I admit, its cool. But i'm guessing this has nothing to do with Amiga Inc. Soooo... Would this lead to AmigaA500 compatable computers? They could sell smaller version for the retro gaming industry which is pretty big these days right?

I dont see it leading to new Amigas as some are suggesting.

Pretty cool.

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