Vanessa (Vanessaira)

SmokeMonster’s MiSTer Expose Extravaganza

“If you are at the bleeding edge of classic gaming, then you’ve heard of MiSTer!” SmokeMonster   If you have not, then you really need to check out Smoke’s videos showcasing this amazing little piece of tech.  He is putting forth a ton of effort into highlighting each core of the MiSTer.  Currently counting down […]

SmokeMonster

Upcoming MiSTer Cores: Sega CD, PlayStation, Jaguar, Cave Arcade, CPS1, and more

Bob asked me to write up the upcoming MiSTer FPGA cores, and I came up with quite a few. Below are the *known* in-progress or planned cores that are being worked on or researched. As is the case with MiSTer, you never know when something will simply manifest out of the ether, so there are […]

SmokeMonster

MiSTer JAMMA Arcade Interface (and Raspberry Pi) & New Arcade Supergun

Antonio Villena has designed a plug-and-play device for easily installing MiSTer in an arcade cabinet, which also supports Raspberry Pi when combined with πCRT. I covered some exclusive technical details of the JAMMA Interface in my latest video. Antonio also announced a new Supergun that he’s designed. It will work with arcade PCBs and is […]

SmokeMonster

Atari 7800 Schematics Found in Dumpster Treasure Trove

Fifty pages of complete engineering schematics for the Atari 7800 and its associated ICs have been released by Curt Vendel, the historian behind the Atari Museum History Project. The documents have circulated among private individuals for years, but this is the first time they have been publicly accessible. The schematics essentially provide a blueprint that […]

Rany Battikh

Reverse-engineered schematics for the original Game Boy by Furrtek

Furrtek, mostly known for his excellent work with Neo-Geo hardware and FPGA, just released a 36-page documentation depicting his process of reverse-engineering the original DMG-001. In a 191-hour meticulous process, Furrtek was able to draw schematics for the following: All APU logic. All PPU logic. All I/O and timer logic. All DMA logic. All interrupt […]

SmokeMonster

Xilinx’s New FPGA has the Highest Logic Density of Any Single Device Ever Made

Xilinx revealed their new high-end FPGA, the Virtex VU19P, which will be the largest FPGA ever created. It comes from their line of 16nm UltraScale+ FPGAs and contains 35 billion transistors. It boasts the highest logic density and the input/output count (2,072) of any single device ever made, and is 1.6X larger than the Virtex […]

SmokeMonster

MiSTer Popeye & Commando Arcade FPGA Cores by Jotego

Jotego released Popeye and Commando arcade FPGA cores to his patrons, for both MiSTer and MiST. Both cores are open-source and will be made publicly available once complete. I debuted them live and found Popeye to be especially impressive. It is a very early application of interlaced graphics, which looks a little strange via HDMI, but […]

Rany Battikh

The Mega SD will run Virtua Racing!

Terraonion just announced that their upcoming Mega SD romcart/FPGA device will support (through a future firmware update) the Genesis/Mega Drive version of Virtua Racing. Throughout the years, running Virtua Racing on clone systems, some emulators and FPGA cores often seemed to be problematic to say the least, as support for Sega’s SVP DSP couldn’t be […]