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Apollo Team announces the Vampire V4

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After the big success of the Vampire 600 V2 and Vampire 500 V2+, Apollo Team is proud to announce their next generation FPGA device: the Vampire V4.

The Vampire V4 is made with a standard “one design to fit them all” and comes in three flavors depending on customer need:

  • The Vampire V4 Standalone System
  • The Vampire V4 for Amiga Classic compatible with
    • Amiga 1000/500/2000/CDTV
    • Amiga 600 with kippa’s adapter (if produced)
  • The Vampire V4 for Amiga 1200

This new Vampire V4 packs many upgraded specifications and brings Amiga Classic systems to another new performance paradigm thanks to its new Altera Cyclone 5 A5 FPGA and fast DDR3 memory. The Vampire V4 standalone system will be a complete new Amiga system powered by the 68080 CPU core and the complete SAGA chipset (AGA compatible).

Vampire V4 is powered by:

  • FPGA : Altera Cyclone V A5 (77k LE, 28nm technology)
  • RAM : 512MB DDR3 (up to 1GB/s)

And supports:

  • FastIDE with 40/44-pin connectors
  • Digital Video-out up to 720p@60Hz
  • Dual Kickstart-flashrom (for safety)
  • MicroSD Storage

Certification: Vampire V4 is CE, WEEE and RoHS compliant

PCB is populated by:

  1. IO Header #1
  2. IO Header #2
  3. IO Header #3
  4. Ethernet
  5. USB
  6. USB
  7. DB9 (standalone only)
  8. DB9 (standalone only)
  9. FastIDE 40-pin
  10. FastIDE 44-pin
  11. FPGA
  12. Digital Video Amplifier
  13. Digital Video Output
  14. DDR3 RAM
  15. JTAG Header
  16. MicroSD slot
  17. MicroUSB Power (standalone only)

All other details are documented in this PDF.

Apollo Team wishes you a GREAT summer


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Re: Apollo core and AROS 68k

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Georg, would you like to join? We can send you a Dev system.

We think we need someone to write us a native SAGA AROS driver which could improve things a lot.

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Posted on: 2016/7/24 3:11

Edited by TuKo on 2016/7/24 3:43:43
Edited by TuKo on 2016/7/24 3:52:33
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Re: Apollo core and AROS 68k

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Dear deadwood, dear wawa,

First, thanks to both for the fast answers.

We had some experiences with AROS on Apollo core :
GOOD : It boots, we can even go up to Workbench
BAD : It's slow, very slow, even with our very fast core in Early-Startup menu and with RTG

So, yes, it wasn't about stability but more about speed.

We would be happy to provide to any volunteer a Vampire card for their A500/600/2000.

Posted on: 2016/7/17 3:51
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Apollo core and AROS 68k

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Dear AROS team,

As you might know, since beginning of the Apollo/Vampire story, we made several attempts to run AROS 68k as we are looking for a free opensource alternative to the dead closed-source AmigaOS3.

At that time, there was still some work need to get it working at acceptable speed.

Today, we would like to accelerate this move and hopefully get AROS 68k running in the future as main OS for next Apollo/Vampire projects.

To enable this, we want to offer today needed Apollo/Vampire hardware to motivated developers.

If any is interested, just get in touch with me or any of the other Apollo team members.

Looking forward

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Posted on: 2016/7/17 0:31

Edited by TuKo on 2016/7/24 3:43:07
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