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Old 16 July 2018, 23:44   #41
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There is no reason to expect that it wouldn't work with a Mediator in an A4000.
But why would you? It's extremely unlikely that it will come close to a PCI card performance-wise.
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Old 16 July 2018, 23:56   #42
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But why would you? It's extremely unlikely that it will come close to a PCI card performance-wise.

Well, he asked if it would work with a Mediator card or would he have to go back to stock. And I was just saying, sure it'll work, not giving estimates one way or the other what would be better. I mean it *might* not work since you know some Zorro cards don't like Mediators, but there's no reason to assume based on what we know that it wouldn't work.

I mean sure Voodoo cards are getting expensive, but probably not as expensive as this. But it has the potential to be fast, just really no way of knowing yet.
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Old 17 July 2018, 02:21   #43
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Judging by its predecessor, it's not in the vicinity of a Voodoo.
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Old 18 July 2018, 03:18   #44
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Judging by its predecessor, it's not in the vicinity of a Voodoo.

Yeah, I mean that's why I was curious whether it supported Zorro 3 speeds. For some people a 2d card which had a fast Zorro interface might be more useful than a Voodoo, which has rather slow Zorro 3 interface via Mediator.



All the extra stuff mentioned like accelerated JPEG/PNG decoding might be useful to someone. Just the sheer frankensteined nature of it is intriguing, to me at least. We could even fantasize that it could support Zorro 3 DMA too and be the only Z3 RTG card which does so, not that I'm expecting it or that it is even likely. If it does even 1/4 of the stuff that it is capable of I'd want one. Got to fill up those Zorro slots on the Mediator.
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Old 18 July 2018, 14:34   #45
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So how will the AGA scandoubler work on the MNT ZZ9000? I only see a Zorro connector, no video card connector. Do we have to feed the AGA signal differently into the card?
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So how will the AGA scandoubler work on the MNT ZZ9000? I only see a Zorro connector, no video card connector. Do we have to feed the AGA signal differently into the card?
Like the Picasso IV and the Cybervision64 before it the MNT ZZ9000 contains a separate video slot board connected to the gfx card via a ribbon cable.

https://shop.mntmn.com/products/va2000cx

It has been designed this way (like its predecessors) so that it works with an A2000 where the Zorro slot and the Video slot are not inline.

I would have liked the "snappable" integrated PCB feature the PIV has but it probably wasn't practical.

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I still wonder if it will be running Linux, and hence be useful for more creative stuff too.
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Old 18 July 2018, 22:24   #48
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we have like 3 pages of posts and not one of them has any questions answered
doesnt seem like a great way to get people to preorder something
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Old 20 July 2018, 21:48   #49
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we have like 3 pages of posts and not one of them has any questions answered
doesnt seem like a great way to get people to preorder something
I think that Lukas has been busy working on the updated VA2000 drivers/firmware during the last week (version 1.9.0b2 released today!). He has also posted a few messages on a1k during the last day or so after releasing the initial 1.9.0 beta. Bear in mind that this is a one man show after all...
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Still not talking to us even though he's been back on the forum since he posted this. Why would anyone pre-order this when you can't even reply to us and answer our queries?
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He's been busy implenting updates for his previous product the VA2000.

There is a bit of activity over at https://www.a1k.org/forum/showthread.php?t=66615

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How does the RTG work... P96 is it?
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Picasso96 works : a Blit operation is requested from the Amiga side and the FPGA executes it
I know it's not good technical details but the entire design is open source so you could in theory work it out yourself
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He writes that basic ARM assembly is running. However his claim about no context switches is weird.
He says the 68k controls the ARM cpu and he says the ARM cpu uses interrupts to signal the 68k when it is done doing its job.... but in my eyes that IS a context switch. You still need to send data back and forth to the 68k.
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Any progress on this the last 3 weeks?
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Old 03 September 2018, 01:57   #54
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Cool project. I'd like to know more before putting down some hard earned cash though. It looks to be a dev-board with a Zorro interface, so it is pretty open as far as capabilities are concerned.

It reminds me a bit of the Vampire, but without CPU acceleration.

My number one question would be how fast is it compared to other RTG solutions?
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You mean this thing? https://shop.mntmn.com/products/va2000cx

yes ..I have it attached to my VA2000 & was wondering if it can support AGA with any future updates

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Unlikely. It probably only connects to the lower 12-bits of the video slot.
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I asked Lukas for information and he said 'zz9000 will take up steam and have more info in around 2 weeks.'
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I asked Lukas for information and he said 'zz9000 will take up steam and have more info in around 2 weeks.'

It's almost two weeks later, i'm really curious by now
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