Matej Posted September 7, 2016 Share Posted September 7, 2016 (edited) I started my own opensource project (game console / home computer) to support Olimex iMX233-Micro board. Webpage will be: http://www.matej.tech Forum will be: forum.matej.tech (I hope 20.9.2016 will be everything online) I will call my game console "Matty" as it is nickname for my real name Matthew (Matej). I have choosen minimalistic and ultracheap ARM sbc board (Olimex iMX233-Micro) but one with good documentation of SOC. And yes whole board is very well documented (fully opensource - GitHUB). So in future there is possibility of own manufacturing derivate of it! I know there are powerful Raspberry PIs and other very nice complex SBC boards. But this one is very retro and very indie... This board is by very well known manufacturer (they can produce 1000s boards) but is highly underestimated (no development like on Raspberry PI). Manufacturer of SOC writes on their page long time support for it (2025-2030). So I have decided to support it in this way!!! And other and main reason is that I allready own 2x at home... Some specs: 32Bit Risc ARM CPU / 454MHz 64 MB RAM TV PAL/NTSC video output 720x480 pixels (NTSC) 720x576 pixels (PAL) 16,777,216 (24-bit color depth) Pixel Processing Pipeline (PXP) 1 USB High Speed Host Three buttons 60PIN GPIO Stereo headphone DAC with 99 dB SNR SDcard Linux Compare to Nintendo 64: CPU: 64-bit NEC VR4300 (MIPS R4300i) running at 93.75 MHz GPU: 64-bit Reality Coprocessor, running at 62.5 MHz Audio: 16-bit, stereo, CD quality 4 MB RDRAM (Rambus DRAM) on a 9-bit 562.5 MB/s bus, upgradable to 8 MB with Expansion Pak ROM cartridge (Nintendo 64 Game Pak) bus running at 264 MB/s Resolution: 240p (320×240), 288p (384×288), 480i (640×480), 576i (720×576) Color palette: 16,777,216 (24-bit color depth), 2,097,152 possible colors (21-bit color) on screen So it is not so powerful as todays PCs or RPi3 but it is very powerful as retro game console (like N64, PS1, Jaguar, 3DO, CD32). Price? Price will is 19Euro / cca. 20USD. Also there will be 3D printed case (I will do full documentation as I am 3D CAD engineer and open source it). Design will be like little game console from 80s/90s. I plan to have forum for development, cms website, wiki page and every half year PDF MattyMagazine. I also will do some coding / pixelart / chipmusic competitions there too!!! I will not buy new domain as I have nonused and allready payed www.matej.tech. So Matej.Tech will be brand like ATARI and Matty will be product like Jaguar. All developers will be welcomed! I will make also MattyTeam (MattyLinux,Games,Ports,Language Translations,Magazine,MattySpace Events). There is allready linux image for that board so we will just add GUI there... There will be place on my site for other indie and retro software houses / developers (download games, apps from my page). Also games/apps will be donationware/levelware. If you will love game (or few levels) you will be able to buy it on SD card with nice box and manual / or buy extra level pack for your fav game or simply you will send paypal donation directly to author, softwarehouse... Tools for development: C++, C ,Pascal, Basic, Lua (for example http://liballeg.org/) etc etc... TileStudio / Tiled - sprites+map (PNG, MAP) Milkytracker (XM,MOD) - music MattyLinux will be small normal Linux derived from + very vry simple gui (game loading menu, gamepad settings etc). Please welcome to discuss your ideas here. Have a nice day. Matej Edited September 7, 2016 by Matej Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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