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New CPU accelerator for Amiga 500/1000/2000

Apollo Firebird V4

  • CPU: Apollo 68080 AMMX with 64-bit support
  • Memory: 512 MB DDR3
  • Video: SuperAGA, RTG, Truecolor 32-bit, 1280x720@60Hz
  • Audio: 8/16-bit, 56 kHz, 24-bit mixing, 8 DMA voices
  • 2x FastIDE/CompactFlash controller up to 20 MB/sec
  • 2x USB port
  • USB joypad support
  • 100Mbit Ethernet RJ45 port
  • Digital Audio/Video out
  • microSD card port

    Options available:

  • 128GB CompactFlash card with Apollo OS
  • Simple Cable Kit
  • Complete Cable Kit
  • USB keyboard
  • USB mouse
  • USB Apollo joypad
  • Apollo mouse pad


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Why the V4 technology?

This way we can ensure high quality production, software and support. That also means high volume production - we will clear the the waiting list very quickly.

On top of that new accelerators come with a bunch of additional features: 16bit Audio, 2x IDE port for CF and CD-ROM, 100 MBit Ethernet and USB Joypad support. Along with SD card port and real-time clock.

V4 technology means C5 FPGA (V4) with twice the capacity of the C3 (V2). This will allow to fit all the V4 features into the accelerator.

And it makes it easier for software developers as all cards have the same features (like 16bit audio or 512MB memory) Being able to use same features everywhere does simplifie coding by a magnitude.

 


 

The hardware Phase5
would love to build

Apollo Firebird V4 is most powerful Amiga 500/1000/2000 accelerator working with record-breaking speed as well as state-of-the-art upgrade to native architecture.

This is exactly what Commodore planned for this family of personal computers back in the '90s with the idea of next-gen chipset. They planned to produce an AGA computer upon a single chip to solve the backward compatibility issues.

This single chip would include Motorola MC680x0 core, plus the AGA chipset. Just like our Apollo Core does today.

We are proud to continue the 68k legacy the way it was meant to be.

It combines the latest chipset, the high-speed memory, the quickest IDE controller with the 68080 - the most advanced 68K CPU to date.

Apollo Firebird V4 offers you the best of native architecture!






Processor

Apollo Firebird V4 is equipped with the 68080. It is a new CPU you can code as easy as any previous Motorola 68K processor.


This new CPU is the most compatible processor with the whole Motorola 68000 family range and improves them with new unique features.


All tests show that 68080 is much faster than 68060 200Mhz - scores are all confirmed by SysInfo, SysSpeed and AIBB benchmarking tools.


Thanks to AMMX, the 68080 at 80 mhz achieves performance close to the PowerPC 750 at 800 MHz.






SuperAGA

SuperAGA is the fourth-generation native chipset. Slow ChipRAM is no more!

SAGA introduces three new chips:

  • Isabel (upgraded Lisa video chip)

  • Arne (boosted Paula audio chip)

  • Anni (improved Alice DMA chip)

Firebird V4 offers 'clone mode' so that Amiga RGB and DIGITAL VIDEO show the same signal.

We integrated RTG API into SuperAGA, so it's the same as if you code the chipset directly. We wanted to keep the feeling and coding the same as on your favourite computer from the '80s.

SuperAGA brings you 16 sprite DMA channels, sprites 32 pixels wide, a third chunky playfield, 10 planes, a new Picture-in-Picture chunky video mode, and new improved 128-bit DMA engine.






Storage

Your new Amiga accelerator offers you extraordinary space and speed, way more that Commodore did. We push the technology forward and make a big leap into the future of our platform.

Firebird V4 improves A600/1200 Gayle IDE. It reaches up to 20 MB/s CompactFlash IDE speed for PIO5 device.

Optionally Apollo Firebird V4 is shipped with 128GB of IDE storage space.


Additional microSD slot works with all filesystems supported (FFS, SFS, PFS, FAT32, ext2/ext3).


That extra slot works with most MicroSD and MicroSDHC cards, up to Speed Class 10.






Ethernet

Firebird V4 brings you something cool - excellent out-of-the-box Internet connectivity.


The onboard Ethernet driver for the Apollo Firebird V4 uses the Anni chip for fast I/O operations.


Our Ethernet can do 64bit DMA and has the potential to reach the full speed of 100 MBit.


The Firebird V4 Ethernet also supports HW CRC offloading - which currently is not supported by operating system drivers yet. So here is still big tuning potential for even faster networking!






Audio

Firebird V4 is fully compatible with the original
8-bit PAULA audio chip but awesomely improves it to up to 16-bit, double the number of channels, and provide other new features.


Each voice can play at a fully independent sample rate and has independent 8-bit volume for LEFT and for RIGHT.


Each voice can play 8-bit or 16-bit samples (you can set each voice fully independent) and the audio dynamic is 24-bit (16-bit sample * 8-bit Volume).


On SuperAGA all 512 MB of memory can be used for audio sample space.






Eco-technology of the Future

The Apollo Firebird V4 is a low power, "green", environmental-friendly design.

Firebird V4 by itself needs only 2W of power. Super-cool it doesn't even need a fan.

Apollo Firebird V4 is also very light and fits in the palm of your hand.

It is only 2cm high and 10cm wide.

If you want a small, light-weight powerful accelerator with two IDE controllers, use Ethernet and SDcard to exchange data then Firebird V4 is the best choice.

The Firebird V4 is our part of reviving the Amiga!






Real-Time Clock port

The Apollo Firebird V4 is equipped with RTC port.


Install the Real-Time Clock and get rid of 'Battery backed-up clock not found' requester.


RTC module is optional and can be purchased separately in our shop.


Thanks to the additional RTC module, your Amiga will be always up-to-date and right-on-time!








Apollo Firebird V4 internal ports:








*** Important information: ***


- For Apollo gamepad to work you might need to switch to "D" mode. The switch is underneath the gamepad.

- Please be careful when inserting SD cards and make sure you're actually aiming into the slot.

  IDE 40/44-pin: Please note, there is power on the IDE-40/44 ports!
  Wrong placement on this plugs can destroy the device.
 More info >>

- The Apollo Firebird V4 comes with two USB ports allowing you to use USB-Keyboard, USB-Mouse or USB-Gamepad  

- Please note that not all mice and keyboards might work. Here is the list of compatible Peripherals >>

* Firebird V4 core is currently in developmental stage. Features are subject to change and might come and go. 


a) Performance is application-dependent. See Benchmarks >>

b) Functionality varies between different TV/monitor models. Please make sure the display is able to show V4+ modes first.

c) Speed boost depends on the device PIO mode support.