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Old 14 September 2019, 09:26   #341
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September'19 Activity Report

Team has been super busy this summer, not drinking caipirinhas nor London mules but working on topics we are all super excited to hear about: Vampire Standalone and V1200. Let's not hold horses anymore and open the starting gates.

GOLD2.12
GOLD2.12 is still in the work and we want to fix a few issues before releasing it in final state. Simo has already posted two Release Candidate builds in forum for people to try it out and we got some feedbacks that we need to handle.

Amiga34
We will be there and have set ourselves quite some big goals for that weekend:
1. Meet nice people
2. Party with nice people
3. Discuss and share our Amiga passion

Gunnar will also be presenting and discussing Vampire on stage on Sunday afternoon. We are all looking forward to measure how much his eyes will be opened. I wouldn't be surprised if he wears sunglasses that day.

Amiga34 is quite a challenge for us since we have things to show and demonstrate there but getting them ready them takes time, which we lack. That event is a milestone for us and we are doing everything we can to achieve it.

More infos about the event : EXTERNAL LINK

Alchimie 13
Next event will be Alchimie 13 in France on 1 to 3 November and a small subset of team will be there, mostly French speakers. For those who couldn't attend Amiga34, they have an opportunity there to get a catch-up session and attend a super event.

More infos about the event: EXTERNAL LINK

Vampire V1200
For the record, we have shown the first working Vampire 1200 V2 prototype at OufParty in June. Since then, work on it continued and another revision of it was made since we hadn't a case to test all mechanical parts. Thing is sometimes better is the enemy of good and we broke the Digital Video Out part in that last revision, meaning another one was needed and delaying things a bit again (two more weeks).

To make a long story short, issue is fixed and a big batch of PCBs and components has been ordered to fulfill our A1200 needs.

Vampire V4
Since June, lot of things happened in team and lot of discussion went on to make sure the Vampire Standalone is a super product and truly a complete new Amiga.

Those discussions made us take some very big decision regarding the future of Vampire Standalone. So many questions have been debated until early in the Morning... Isn't the target level too high for us? Isn't Amiga a dead platform after all? Aren't 68020 accelerators good enough for everybody? What if someone resurrect Cyberstorm designs? What if after all trolls were right since the beginning? Is Steven Seagal really a bad actor? After quickly answering all those, we pushed the button and started to mass produce V4 for general availability :-) Period.

I am very happy and pleased to confirm everybody that the order for a first batch of Vampire Standalone that will target end-users has been placed!

Some very minor changes have been made to the PCB from developers boards you might have seen (mounting holes instead of capacitor holes, removal of 68k socket, optimizing design for solderability, etc.). No feature change, just some adjustment to ease the industrial process.

That first batch will also be special as we will be selling it directly. Idea behind this is to let us start very quickly the engine to produce more. Then, next batches will be running exclusively through resellers.

To make it even more special, those who will get one will get a complete bundle for the price of the card, meaning they will get tested compatible mouse, compatible keyboard, PSU, case and some other goodies. Also, those sales will be only for people attending Amiga34 and we hope to be able to deliver those bundles during the event. More info will come about that soon.

Core side, we are rushing to make sure cards get delivered with a polished core. Our VHDLers and developers are having some kind of "bukkake party" towards our SVN server (gross, disgusting, meh) and that bitch loves that (since majsta is posting articles implying his dick and Brad Pitt, I thought the limit was already passed on so...). Now that you have the picture, understand they are all committing a lot to bring best experience possible on first launch. Happy face!

Conclusion
We finally are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for V4 and V1200 and we are really looking forward to bring it to the market, after so many months of work. It is still quite stressful since we want it super from the beginning.
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Old 15 September 2019, 05:41   #342
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In the home stretch now!

Thank you for the heads-up, Overflow. Best start saving my pennies.
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Old 20 September 2019, 02:21   #343
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What kind of case will the vampire standalone have?
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Old 20 September 2019, 16:09   #344
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Gunnar posted photos of the cases in the German a1k board a week or so ago. There will be a nice acrylic case and metal cases in the colors black, silver, red and blue.
He also posted a picture to show the sizes.

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Old 20 September 2019, 17:23   #345
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I'm (sadly) never gonna get a Vampire, but I am a big fan of that perspex style see-through case with metal struts and bolts.
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I'm (sadly) never gonna get a Vampire, but I am a big fan of that perspex style see-through case with metal struts and bolts.

I'm not usually a fan of that kind of case - but that one I really like!
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Old 21 September 2019, 00:21   #347
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Injection moluding via 3 d printed moulds(Aluminium reinforced) has come a long way these days- but as of yet it seems only suitable for smaller parts- cost effective for runs of 100- 200 pieces though. Not sure if its applicable for this project. The cases pictured are ugly assed imo. Would not even an a1200 case in a different colour not be better?
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Old 21 September 2019, 00:38   #348
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@Adrian: Gunnar wrote that the metal case on the picture is still a 3D printed prototype, at least some parts of it (I can't remember now). The final metal case should have better quality.
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Old 21 September 2019, 05:04   #349
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I like the metal case - rugged and functional.

More powerful than an 060 with real Amiga compatibility in hardware, and small enough to fit in your pocket!
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Old 21 September 2019, 07:38   #350
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I think a lot of kit to fit the V4 inside an A1200 case will be released. Only a question time
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Old 21 September 2019, 14:11   #351
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I think a lot of kit to fit the V4 inside an A1200 case will be released. Only a question time
It should fit without much problem, just a question of routing cables or exposing the ports. A keyrah can be used to get the A1200 keyboard working with the vampire.

While I find the cases they have OK, I’d personally prefer something else and will be designing my own once they release updated board layout/dimensions or I get my hands on a V4. Contemplating trying to make a laptop/portable out of one.... maybe with a small KVM switch box so I can also put a Raspi4 in the case. We will see. A lot depends on how they did the usb keyboard and mouse support. It is done in the core itself and routes the signals to the proper custom chips to make them think they are getting the old kb and mouse signals, not a pure usb implementation so it’s questionable whether it’ll work with hubs.
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Here's a document describing the official launch of the Vampire 4 at the upcoming Amiga34 event.

https://www.apollo-accelerators.com/..._A34Launch.pdf
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Old 24 September 2019, 22:17   #353
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At €550 the standalone is too expensive
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Old 24 September 2019, 23:13   #354
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Dear Santa, I can explain...
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Old 25 September 2019, 04:19   #355
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At €550 the standalone is too expensive
Yeah, I agree.

I’ll still get one though
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Old 26 September 2019, 09:03   #356
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At €550 the standalone is too expensive
Yep I agree...while the team have done a great job, it's too much money for a novelty hobby computer.

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Old 26 September 2019, 09:15   #357
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Will wait for the V1200, I guess.
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Old 26 September 2019, 10:30   #358
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549 for an Amiga emulator?

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Old 26 September 2019, 13:30   #359
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Standalone is expensive but meanwhile there are people paying 600/700 euros for a 25 years old blizzard 060. Nunca llueve a gusto de todos
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Standalone is expensive but meanwhile there are people paying 600/700 euros for a 25 years old blizzard 060. Nunca llueve a gusto de todos
Agree.

I am not really sure what people expected. You get a completely new processor that was developed over the last years, completely new comp. I expected somewhat bigger price.
I hope I'll save some money next year, to get one.
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