mutterminder Posted April 7 Share Posted April 7 (edited) I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this, but it seems like the closest match. I've ordered quite a lot of hardware for "retro" computers and video game consoles in the past 8 years or so. I've ordered things from all over Europe, Spain, Germany, France, UK, Poland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Russia. I'm sure I missed some. I've ordered from China, and Japan of course. And a little bit from South America - Argentina, and Brazil. But today I got my first package from Bulgaria. It's the Agon Light 2 from Olimex, based on the open source computer designed by Bernardo Kastrup of the Byte Attic. https://www.thebyteattic.com/ The past several years there have been many "homebrew" 8-Bit computers that are trying to capture the same energy and excitement that many of felt in the heyday of 8-Bit computers in the late 70's and early 80's. The list is actually quite long and I am not going to attempt to list them all here, but some of the better known examples are: The Commander X16, the Mega 65, the Spectrum Next, and the X65. All of these depend to one extent or another on the power and versatility of an FPGA. This gives these computers impressive specifications, but they are not exactly cheap. And then there are the others like Zeal 8-Bit Computer, or the RC-2014 that are a bit more modular. It can be fun to put these systems together, but a lot of time energy and money are required to put a usable system together. Myself, I can appreciate all of them, but the Agon Light Stood out to me because of its' low cost and almost plug and play nature. Also give it's cost, (€50 from Olimex) the specifications are pretty impressive: Zilog eZ80F92 micro-controller running at 18.432 Mhz 512K of RAM The VDP and sound system run on an Essprisif ESP32-PICO-D4 running at 240Mhz with 8MB of PSRAM PS2 Keyboard input VGA Out at up to 640*480 at 64 colors A microSD Card Slot for storage. To me the best thing about this was that it has a built in OS or you can boot right to BBC BASIC. For some reason this spoke to me. Edited April 7 by mutterminder 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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