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Offline Gryfon

Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« on: February 02, 2015, 01:10:34 PM »
Just announced this morning the new quad-core 1GB RAM Raspberry Pi:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-2-on-sale/

And an interesting article from Techradar where Ebon Upton of the Raspberry Pi foundation hopes this newer Pi will be powerful enough to emulate A1200 level Amigas:

http://www.techradar.com/news/computing-components/peripherals/raspberry-pi-ceo-i-really-want-to-see-amiga-emulation-on-raspberry-pi-2-1283093

I hope so too.  I have a Pi and have seen but not tried the Amiga emulators on it.  It's not going to be an FPGA Arcade by any stretch; I don't know the state of ARM based versions of Amiga emulators, but it's something I would love to see.
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Offline trekiej

Re: Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2015, 03:20:56 PM »
I am curios to see if Amiga OS 4.1 FE will end up on ARM with uae.
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Offline SamuraiCrow

Re: Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2015, 04:25:44 PM »
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I hope so too.  I have a Pi and have seen but not tried the Amiga emulators on it.  It's not going to be an FPGA Arcade by any stretch; I don't know the state of ARM based versions of Amiga emulators, but it's something I would love to see.


All Amiga emulators are single-threaded AFAIK.  The quad-cores would be wasting time on 3 of them waiting for the first one to finish running all of the emulation code.

IMHO, we either need an FPGA Amiga or a multithreaded emulator.  Personally, I think the development time of the former would yield higher performance results than the latter, while the latter would be more compatible.
 

Offline kolla

Re: Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2015, 04:54:56 PM »
UAE used to have "enable penguins" so that chipset waa emulated on one core and chipset on another.
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Re: Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2015, 09:24:08 PM »
Who can tell us if there is more uae emulation on other arm devices?
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Re: Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2015, 09:30:15 PM »
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Offline trekiej

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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2015, 11:51:12 PM »
I guess so.
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Re: Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2015, 12:00:07 AM »
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Re: Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2015, 04:47:36 AM »
My new Pi recently got delivered, and I couldn't be happier with how it performs.  That being said, not sure it'd have the grunt to emulate an Amiga suitably, considering the emulator itself would take up quite a bit of overhead.

Hoping a bulletproof, full featured version of AROS springs up for the new Pi.  The new Pi runs Linux like a champ, and Win 10 embedded will be free for it.

Comparing the new 4 core Pi to the B I was using is like night and day, usability wise.  The new one isn't a speed demon by any stretch, but I can honestly say I can use it on a daily basis for the basics of web browsing, word processing and other office stuff, social media, email, light multimedia usage under a full GUI environment without it being at all painful.  Best $35 I ever spent, tbh.
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Re: Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2015, 08:05:32 AM »
I have a couple of Pi2s here (to replace my existing PiB units), and also find the new ones a MASSIVELY improvement over the original. The ARM A7 core is a much more powerful processor which actually copes well worth modern computing demands, and as there are 4 of them, the device handles high demand well.

I have found myself using one as a "daily drive" without even thinking about it, something that was a struggle on the original. The 1gig of ram also helps.

As for emulating an Amiga? My guess is that A500/A1200 should be perfectly possible and satisfactory, something I will explore more if/when time allows.

Offline XDelusion

Re: Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2015, 10:52:13 AM »
Anyone get around to toying with this yet? I've seen a handful of Youtube videos, but nothing that really explains how far UAE4ALL can go on this puppy.

I finally ordered mine and am putting it in an old PSX case for use as a PSX juke box. Considering PSX emulation is so good, I don't see why the Pi 2 wouldn't be capable of something like Gloom in near full screen. Or why OcatMED would not be a possibility, though I'd miss the MIDI capabilities...

https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=78&t=110488
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Offline trekiej

Re: Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2015, 03:17:59 PM »
Did emulation save a platform?
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Offline XDelusion

Re: Emulating Amiga on Raspberry Pi B 2
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2015, 09:42:22 PM »
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Did emulation save a platform?


It saved the PSX, though I dunno about the Amiga... :)
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