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« on: December 22, 2015, 10:22:06 AM »

     Several months ago I heard rumblings about a replica of Commodore 65 being built.  At that time, it was called the C65GS (or something like that).  Well, the project is moving ahead!  A prototype, now called the MEGA65, was shown at the Amiga 30th anniversary celebration in Germany back in October.  Amiga engineer R.J. Mical has given his approval, though engineers Bil Herd and Dave Haynie might have a different opinion.  Smiley
     The blog and videos of the MEGA65 are on-line.  The following page of the thread has most of the information you'd need to know --

http://c65gs.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2015-10-17T14:51:00-07:00&max-results=7

Go to the other pages of the blog to read more about MEGA65 development over the months.

          Merry Christmas,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2016, 02:13:36 AM »

     The MEGA65 computer is still being developed.  It has a website at

http://mega65.org/

and a Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/MEGA65RetroComputer/?__req=n

and a forum at

http://mega65.net/

          Very interesting,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2016, 09:20:37 AM »

     (from an e-mail sent to MEGA65 supporters)

Here is an update

Dear MEGA65 community member,

First we would like to sincerely thank you for your ongoing interest in, and support of, the MEGA65 project. Over many months now, the whole team has been enthusiastically driving forward the development of the 8-bit retro machine we call the MEGA65. Things are progressing well and a lot has been achieved already:

● VHDL codebase almost feature complete.
● Dedicated FPGA board designed.
● Case re-engineered and 3D-modeled, and prototype produced.
● Keyboard and case supply chain clarified.
● GEOS support secured.
● Several fully assembled prototype machines exist.

This is just to get you back in the loop. The list could go on and on with much more detail. However, even though we initially planned to launch our fundraising campaign in Q3 2016, things are not quite there yet.


Quality comes first

The first and most important reason for having to keep you waiting longer is that we want to deliver a product that lives up to our extremely high quality standards. It must make your eyes twinkle when you unbox it. We want you to feel as if you have travelled back in time. Hence it has to be turnkey-ready, bundled with an amazing software package, you connect it to your television set and get started right away. To achieve this, more time, more hard work and further community support are required.


New ideas included

The second reason, we have to admit, is that we deliberately allowed for a certain amount of feature creep. This means that, when finished, you will receive a much more sophisticated piece of equipment:

● A more powerful FPGA on custom motherboard.
● Improved C64 compatibility (including 6502 illegal opcodes).
● Legacy device support (1581, 1541, and so on).
● GEOS-based configuration menus.
● SD card support.

Some may criticize us for doing this. However, we are convinced that it will provide a much better MEGA65 experience. We're confident you will have a lot more fun, and that an enhanced platform will increase the longevity of the MEGA65 giving rise to many more innovative and fun projects.


Adjusted target delivery date

We hope this demonstrates our commitment to deliver the best possible MEGA65 project. Rest assured, we will deliver this enhanced product in a reasonable time frame. To provide you with some more insight and clarity, here are the major milestones standing between where we are now and the finish line:

● "Under Construction" demoscene party - between Xmas 2016 and new years eve - Gernsheim, Germany (http://under-construction.tum-party.net)
● "Retro-Boerse" retro trading fair - April 2017 - Mannheim, Germany (http://retro-boerse.de/mannheim)
● "Revision" demoscene Easter party - 14.-17. April 2017 - Saarbr?cken, Germany (https://2016.revision-party.net)
● "Evoke" true color demoscene party - August 2017 - Cologne, Germany (https://www.evoke.eu/2016)
● "Maker Faire Bergstrasse" creativity festival - 16./17. September 2017 - Bensheim, Germany (https://maker-faire.de)
● "Retro-Boerse" retro trading fair - October 2017 - Mannheim, Germany (http://retro-boerse.de/mannheim)
● "Amiga32" Amiga retro celebration - 28. October 2017 - Neuss, Germany (http://amiga32.de)


Bear with us

We fully expect that you will be able to hold your MEGA65 in your hands in less than a year, have great experiences with it, and then order a few more making fantastic 2017 Christmas presents. We are on the verge of completing mankind?s latest and greatest 8-bit challenge. We look forward to receiving your continued support.


You want to contribute?

The project is completely based on voluntary work and an extra pair of hands is always welcome. If you can spare some time to contribute to the exciting work we are doing, please do not hesitate to connect to us. What we offer you is a great 8-bit team spirit and the eagerness to make MEGA65 fly. Of course, you will also receive credit and fame on the go, and especially once we go to market successfully!


Thank you,

The MEGA65 Team
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2017, 04:50:00 AM »

I wrote:

● "Maker Faire Bergstrasse" creativity festival - 16./17. September 2017 - Bensheim, Germany (https://maker-faire.de)

     Aw, no Mega65 here at Maker Faire Bergstrasse.

          Having spent 5 hours at the Saturday show,
          Robert Bernardo
          Fresno Commodore User Group
          http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
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