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vampire core free shareware ver

Postby soviet9922 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:19 pm

AmiTopia published this, I wonder is true, and will it speed up other and cheap 060 fpga based designs?

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Gunnar von Böhn which is the head of Apollo Team offers regarding this a1k.org post, to make his 68080 reimplementation of a 68k processor available to other hardware manufacturers.
68080 is available as part of the “Apollo Cores” on the Vampire Accelerator cards

Currently, the 68080 is available as part of the “Apollo Cores” on the Vampire Accelerator cards, which are available for the Amiga 500, Amiga 1000, Amiga 2000, and Amiga 600 cards. Also 68080 is announced for the Amiga 1200 and the Vampire V4 stand-alone version. For the Amiga 3000, Amiga 4000 or even Amiga 4000T Amigas, nobody had ever offered appropriate solutions. But now Gunnar von Böhn gives other a chance to do so.

From Böhn’s offer provides that a hardware manufacturer can license a free version of the 68060, which is throttled after booting to the speed of a real 68060 processor, but otherwise has the full range of features of the 68080. This “shareware output” of the CPU could then end users by acquiring a Keycode from Böhn from throttling.
Apollo Team makes their creation Available for even more audience

This offer would enable manufacturers in the Amiga to offer fast speed cards despite the very high prices or unavailability of the 68060. By Böhn himself this is opening up new markets, as, for example, manufacturers such as Jens Schönfeld from Individual Computers or other great hardware people could offer processor cards for Amiga 3000 and Amiga 4000 users, whose users may well be interested in unlocking the extra speed for their Amigas.

The offer refers only to the CPU of the Apollo Core. Other components contained there such as SAGA or a possible chipset emulation are excluded in this free offer from Gunnar von Böhn.

Interesting move. Focusing on the low-cost Amigas and the stand-alone Vampire V4 is a good move. Why Amiga 3000 and Amiga 4000 is removed from the plan, we don’t know yet. It’s most about time and money spent on this project for sure. We are looking forward with this project. Also the fact that A1200.net guys got a Vampire V4 as a gift at Amiga32 was a nice move by the team. Maybe these two can team up and make the ultimate Amiga V5000 in the end toghether?

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Get it from here http://www.apollo-core.com/knowledge.ph ... 8&z=illP6o posted by Vojin Vidanovic.

This sounds like an fpga based acelerator can be done using the core from the vampire for the atari now.

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Re: vampire core free shareware ver

Postby alexh » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:49 am

No MMU and no FPU makes it not particularly useful for a Falcon030 accelerator

I don't think there have been any 68LC040 or 68LC060 turbo cards for Falcon?

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Re: vampire core free shareware ver

Postby Neurotoxic » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:17 am

Despite there's no MMU and FPU in this design the shareware fee might be to high for community projects so only small companies might be able to pay it. There are some small companies that are still producing add on cards for the Amiga. I think the vampire project has them in mind.
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Re: vampire core free shareware ver

Postby soviet9922 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:01 pm

From what i read, this aims to lower end accelerators that use refurbished 68030 o 68020 cpus, so they can go the FPGA route having less expense. Also they can upgrade to the "FULL" core for an extra fee, like the shareware business model.

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Re: vampire core free shareware ver

Postby 1st1 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:03 pm

The best is always to read the original source and statement, not only 3rd party news site...

This is true, they will release a free version of Apollo which just behave like 68060. I hope that means also that it is having 68060 PMMU, this is not clear yet. FPU is already there and it performs quite well. So anybody who does an accelerator or standalone board for a fast 68K system can use this. And the best is, it is upgradeable to full 68080 function and performance (if it is using the same FPGA as Vampire V4 does), all the performance thing is in there, you need only a 'key' to to open. This strategy is dedicated to peoples like Jens Schönfeld or some french guys making turbo cards for 68K plattforms. So they can sell 68060 performance and customer can upgrade at Apollo website to full performance.

Here is the original: http://www.apollo-core.com/knowledge.ph ... 8&z=sXtt76

Kronos benchmark of the Apollo hardware-FPU: http://www.apollo-core.com/knowledge.ph ... 6&z=sXtt76 (hey, isn't Kronos an ATARI benchmark???)
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