I saw that Jens replied yesterday with this status
- I have ideas to solve most of the mechanical problems, I have virtually all the sample parts
- board will be a "double decker", that is, consists of two boards
- part of the mechanical solution means that 86-pin port will be completely blocked/unusable [on A500]
- fallback solution will most likely be to a CMOS-68000, which has access to RAM and IDE
He asked if A600 or Buddah style IDE support is desired (ie. boot-support back to kick 2.05 or 1.3) and I saw a reply in favor of Buddah. I also root for 1.3 IDE support
, of course.
He doesn't want anyone to drill holes in their Amigas for a HDD-LED
, so he plans to use the floppy LED
either as HDD LED, or share it for both.
The expansion port is blocked and unusable
, for him to not have to make 4 mechanical solutions for the different mobo revisions. It's likely he will use it/its screw holes to mechanically fasten the board. Either way, it will not be compatible with sidecar expansions
, especially not accelerators, memory and harddisks. That's the premise, anyway - I think I saw a mechanical modification of Action Replay to make it usable. (I wouldn't rely too much on cartridges being compatible with an accelerator or even a different kickstart though.)
The board will "cover I/O needs", likely referring to the clockport
. Subway etc is already dicussed.
So if "parts have arrived" includes PCBs, it might not be too long, maybe end of May. I think middle of June is more realistic.
*Inner child screams: "BUT I WANT ONE NOW!!"*
Here's my optimistic summary
- Available to buy end of June
- Onboard 68000
- RAM and IDE usable in 68000 mode
- 68000/IDE/kick 1.3 possible
- From certain remarks it also seems there will be no softkicking option nor onboard kickstart socket
- If the double-decker solution is not only to make the board+A1200 adapter, but also to minimize accelerator size, it could be that it fits into other models than A500 without hitting internal parts.