Re: [stella] Re: 2600's TIA & the TV Boy

Subject: Re: [stella] Re: 2600's TIA & the TV Boy
From: Kevin Horton <khorton@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 00:28:49 -0500
At 12:58 AM 8/20/01 -0400, you wrote:

<TIA thing, snipped>

But to tell the truth, the project is getting really crowded.  With this many
people working on it, separately or on a team, it really doesn't seem that
it's needed any more.  In fact, I don't think any 2600 hardware is needed
from me any more...many people are gonna write games, and they can all be
different and entertaining.  But their are only so many circuits to build,
and limited ways to build each one.  And with the new interest in 2600
hardware from people who have much more time and money to throw at the
problem, I just don't see a place for me to exist in the hobby.

Heh, I'm sorry that I thought the TIA would be a neat thing to work on. Frankly, I thought no one was interested in the hardware since I rarely if ever see a post about it on this list. I was looking at doing it purely on a learning basis; I want to learn about actual chip design and thought this would be a good way to go about this. Heck, I may not even produce ANYTHING concrete about it and end up using the drawings as wall tapestries.

Anyways, I would really like to see multiple takes on the same thing, and I planned on documenting stuff as I went along on my web page.

The new project idea I had in mind was a highly integrated Bankzilla that could use a compact flash card for the ROM images and mapper files. I thought it would be a good candidate for a try at FPGA'izing the TIA at the same time to save even more chips/power/space, and to learn something new at the same time.

Sorry if ya feel on the gun to produce something; I didn't mean to imply that. I'll still be interested in reading your stuff even if I do manage to work something out.

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