May 162014
 

Kangaroo and Nilquader released a new hardware for the Amstrad CPC, which is available for ordering now: the MegaFlash NG ROM box. It is based on the MegaFlash ROM box by Bryce and additionally features a reset button and a “pause” switch. But the best above all – it is available as a construction kit, which means, it will bring the “maker spirit” to you :). Order your kit, heat your soldering iron, have fun with building this new hardware for the Amstrad CPC and after all of that – enjoy your new hardware, e.g. with the games of the 16k ROM competition on the real machine :D. You can order the MegaFlash NG from the Spielquader shop for 24,95 EUR (look out for the “Ready” T-Shirts as well :-)).

MegaFlash NG Bausatz für Schneider / Amstrad CPC Computer

 

Apr 282014
 

After the CPC Minibooster TotO brings us again a new hardware expansion card – this time it is called X-MEM and it contains up to 512kb RAM and up to 512kb flash ROM. You can also replace the lower ROMs with the flash ROM interface on the card and of course, you can use it in the “MotherX4” mainboard with the other hardware expansions. But the best above all: it is already available for pre-ordering at Cent Pour Cent. Be sure to order one now :-)!

X-MEM memory expansion by TotO

Mar 132014
 

Bryce released an update of his library for the electronics layout program EAGLE, which contains parts which were often used in 8bit computers. It includes parts such as:

Sound / Speech:

  • SPO256
  • MEA8000
  • AY-3-8910
  • AY-3-8912 (24 + 28pin)
  • SID

CPC Specific:

  • 40010 Gate Array
  • CRTC6845
  • ACID
  • 50way edge Socket
  • Cartridge PCB edge

Floppy Controllers / Data Seperators:

  • UPD765
  • FDC9216
  • FDC9266
  • SED9420

Memory:

  • Memory: MMN4164
  • 29F040 with socket foot-print (as used on the MegaFlash)

Others:

  • 8-Bit PC ISA card

All parts include schematic symbols and footprints including stoplack, silkscreen, names, values, etc. The pins have also been correctly defined to allow proper ERC and DRC confirmation checks. The library is compatible with EAGLE 5.x and 6.x. To install it, just copy it into the library folder. You can download it from the CPC Wiki forums or at the end of this news.

8-Bit Eagle Component Libraries v0.2
8-Bit Eagle Component Libraries v0.2
8Bit_Parts_v0.2.zip
Version: 0.2
21.0 KiB
541 Downloads
Details
Feb 172013
 

After just five days of development Brueggi of PNG released a brand new ROM manager for Bryce’ MegaFlash ROM box. It features an easy to use user interface and runs under AMSDOS. One of the biggest features is the ROM generator, which allows you to convert binary programs directly into a ROM, which you can start with an RSX command that you can define during the creation. This cool feature allows you to store the ROM manager within the MegaFlash, too. You can use ROMs with and without headers as BIN or ASCII files.

[UPDATE 2013/03/07:] ROMAN v1.0 is now available in a version, which can be used with the [[SYMBiFACE II]] expansion by Dr.Zed.

You can download both versions of ROMAN directly from the PNG homepage or at the end of this news.

ROMAN v1.0 for MegaFlash
ROMAN v1.0 for MegaFlash
ROMAN10-DSKHFE.zip
131.4 KiB
408 Downloads
Details
ROMAN v1.0 for Symbiface II
117.1 KiB
348 Downloads
Details
Feb 152012
 

Bryce just released a new library for the electronics layout program EAGLE, which contains parts which were often used in 8bit computers. It includes parts such as:

Sound / Speech:

  • SPO256
  • MEA8000
  • AY-3-8910
  • AY-3-8912 (24 + 28pin)
  • SID

CPC Specific:

  • CRTC6845
  • ACID
  • 50way edge Socket
  • Cartridge PCB edge

Floppy Controllers / Data Seperators:

  • UPD765
  • FDC9216
  • FDC9266
  • SED9420

Memory:

  • Memory: MMN4164

All parts include schematic symbols and footprints including stoplack, silkscreen, names, values, etc. The pins have also been correctly defined to allow proper ERC and DRC confirmation checks. The library is compatible with EAGLE 5.x and 6.x. To install it, just copy it into the library folder. You can download it from the CPC Wiki forums or at the end of this news.

UPDATE: Bryce just added new components to the library:

  • New Cartridge Edge connector (the old one didn’t comply with certain PCB manufacturers strict rules).
  • Added the 29F040 with socket foot-print (as used on the MegaFlash).

I updated the download on this page and you can – of course – get it from the CPCWiki forums, too.

8-Bit Eagle Component Libraries v0.1
8-Bit Eagle Component Libraries v0.1
8Bit_Parts_v0.1.zip
Version: 0.1
19.9 KiB
574 Downloads
Details

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