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Offline TuKo

Apollo Team announces the Vampire V4
« on: August 03, 2017, 03:46:46 PM »
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 :-)

Offline digiflip

Vampire v4
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2017, 04:12:45 PM »
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Offline LoadWB

Re: Vampire v4
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2017, 04:36:16 PM »
Okay, I GREATLY appreciate the work going into the Vampires.  I have a 500+v2 or v2+ of my own and it's been pretty damn awesome.  HOWEVER, why are we still sticking with IDE and not going SATA?  Or both?  Am I in the minority for my desire to use SSDs instead of CFs or even IDE DoM?

In any case, a Vampire for the 1200 will be sweet!
 

Offline ToddH

Re: Vampire v4
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2017, 04:46:50 PM »
Quote from: LoadWB;828997
In any case, a Vampire for the 1200 will be sweet!

Looks like the 1200 version is at the bottom of the release list, which is disappointing. A lot of A1200 users have waited patiently while A500/600/2000 owners have enjoyed their new hardware. At this rate it looks like the 1200 version won't arrive until sometime next year. :(
« Last Edit: August 03, 2017, 04:53:58 PM by ToddH »
 

Offline IanP

Re: Vampire v4
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2017, 04:48:40 PM »
Quote from: LoadWB;828997
Okay, I GREATLY appreciate the work going into the Vampires.  I have a 500+v2 or v2+ of my own and it's been pretty damn awesome.  HOWEVER, why are we still sticking with IDE and not going SATA?  Or both?  Am I in the minority for my desire to use SSDs instead of CFs or even IDE DoM?

In any case, a Vampire for the 1200 will be sweet!
Possibly because of operating system limitations, unless you use a SATA to PATA chip in which case the end user may as well buy a third party converter interface.
 

Offline Hattig

Re: Vampire v4
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2017, 04:50:14 PM »
TBH I think I'd just get the standalone unless you really wanted to keep the Amiga keyboard and case going...
 

Offline Niding

Re: Vampire v4
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2017, 04:55:51 PM »
Personally Im leaning towards keeping my A1200 as it is now, and rather go for the standalone.

Whenever the A1200 dies for good, the standalone will keep going since its made out of new components.

I got the V600 cause the standalone wasnt available for purchase last year, and Im sure alot of us did the same calculation. If standalone was available back then, I would probably never had gotten the V600 at all.
 

Offline David Wright

Re: Vampire v4
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2017, 05:18:56 PM »
Are there cases that fit this like the PI cases?
 

Offline LoadWB

Re: Vampire v4
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2017, 05:21:37 PM »
Quote from: IanP;828999
Possibly because of operating system limitations, unless you use a SATA to PATA chip in which case the end user may as well buy a third party converter interface.

Right, they exist and I've been successful in using them, but at least integrating such a chip into the board would take up less space than a converter.

Meh, I've been kvetching about SATA for a number of years and I don't think I'll see it any time soon in "classic" hardware.
 

Offline amigakit

Re: Vampire v4
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2017, 06:05:24 PM »
Very exciting news!
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Offline Pat the Cat

Re: Vampire v4
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2017, 06:23:05 PM »
Quote from: Niding;829001
Whenever the A1200 dies for good, the standalone will keep going since its made out of new components.


Somewhat ironic as back in the early 90s, CBM were full of "SMD will last longer than existing Amigas, it is superior to through hole manufacturing".

Turns out, they were full of garbage saying that. Earlier Amigas are far less susceptible to leaky capacitors.

Longevity is a c-r-a-pshoot when it comes to technology (random dice throw if you don't understand the term).

Quote from: David Wright;829005
Are there cases that fit this like the PI cases?

Nothing that can't be designed in advance and tweaked for perfect fit when examples are available to test with.

Expect them, but probably not good idea to manufacture them in advance - limits any final changes to the board design.
 
 
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Apollo Team is proud to announce their next generation FPGA device: the Vampire V4.
 
 Whoopee! Good news! :)
« Last Edit: August 03, 2017, 06:26:26 PM by Pat the Cat »
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Offline ferrellsl

Re: Apollo Team announces the Vampire V4
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2017, 06:47:28 PM »
Nice!
 

Offline TheMagicM

Re: Apollo Team announces the Vampire V4
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2017, 07:03:07 PM »
Hmm..I've never considered a standalone system until now.   There would be almost no point of keeping my A1200.   Now I'm on the fence of even considering an A1200 Vampire.  Sounds like the standalone is for me.   I wonder what the price will be for that one.  

Very exciting news!!!

EDIT: just for the heck of it, sent them an email to put me down for the standalone, deposit available when the time comes.  :-)
« Last Edit: August 03, 2017, 07:05:51 PM by TheMagicM »
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Offline Oldsmobile_Mike

Re: Apollo Team announces the Vampire V4
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2017, 07:22:16 PM »
Be interested to hear some compatibility figures in regards to classic software.
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Offline Iggy

Re: Apollo Team announces the Vampire V4
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2017, 07:31:10 PM »
It would be nice to know if the core used in this will have an mmu and an fpu.
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