Every owner of a Vampire V2 for the Amiga 600 knows the problem: the Vampire has HDMI out but the positioning of the connector is not very useful. The floppy is in the way using normal HDMI cables/connectors. Besides, normal HDMI cables are way too inflexible.
Some time ago I stumbled upon this. Not cheap but promising. So I ordered one and tested it. I think it's a very nice solution to the problem.
In the mean time I have desoldered the RF-modulator from the A600 motherboard. So I can now find a way to attach the outgoing cable connector to the motherboard.
After a very long wait of about 8 months I finally got my Vampire V2 for the Amiga 600. I wanted to test this beast immediately and put it in one of my A600's. In the first A600 the board wouldn't stay solid on the processor of the A600 and because of that the Vampire only wanted to run when pressing it with my thumb on the CPU. I also detected a flaw in the A600 that I have to inspect later.
I decided to try it on a second A600 and there the board popped on the CPU and stayed rocksolid. I used the screws of V1 to keep it there. My first impression is that it does not feel as a great improvement from V1 of the Vampire. Figures tell me it is a lot faster though. And it has nice extras: microSD slot (which works but the driver is very buggy at the moment), HDMI port (works good but you have to manage the cable and connector in the cramped A600 case) and 128MB RAM.
A flaw of the board is also that it won't cold boot with a network adapter in the PCMCIA-port. I have to pull it out, boot, use CardPatch and reboot to get the adapter going. V1 of the board has this problem too.
But all in all: a very nice accelerator for the Amiga 600! More to come for the A500/A2000 and A1200. Thanks to the Vampire and Apollo team!
HDMI with VGA-adapter on my Dell monitor:
I pre-ordered one of those new exiting version 2 accelerator boards for the Amiga 600 designed and made by Majsta and the Apollo team. I can't wait to get my hands on one!
Among the features are:
- Fastest ever CPU emulation
- 128MB RAM
- HDMI video output
- SD card storage integrated
- Core updatable direct through the Amiga
If you are interested to buy one yourself, go to Kipper2k's website.
Majsta has made a fine new Amiga 600 accelerator. It has no CPU but emulates an 680x0 CPU through an FPGA. The card has it's flaws but the core of the FPGA can be updated. It also is open source so other people are trying to improve the core. We will see if that works out.
I have core V1.0 installed. It emulates an 68020 processor and 64MB Fast RAM. Some programs don't work but it's exciting to see new hardware developed.
This accelerator is put together and sold by kipper2k.