Re: [stella] Re: 2600's TIA & the TV Boy
Subject: Re: [stella] Re: 2600's TIA & the TV Boy|
From: Glenn Saunders <cybpunks2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 23:25:58 -0700
At 12:46 AM 8/20/2001 -0500, you wrote:
Hmmm. Dunno. Would it still be piracy even though the end result was of
a totally different design than the original? i.e. HDL vs. NMOS
transistor layout? Or does it count because the design is based off the
It could be considered theft of intellectual property by using the original
proprietary schematics as a reference. You'd have to prove you totally
reverse engineered the 2600 without being privy to any copyrighted
technical information in order to be clear of that. But that's pretty much
impossible today because so much once-classified Atari documentation is in
It would be interesting to see what Infogrames is planning with its old
properties. How pissed they would be is dependent on whether the final
result steals their thunder or not.
The Toymax device involves no royalties paid to Infogrames that I am aware
of, so at least in theory, I don't think it's necessary to worry about
Even though Atari of yore battled 2600 clones relatively successfully, I
don't think it would ever come to that again.
WDC does indeed sell a VHDL version of the 65C02 core, but you can bet
they'd want tons to use it, and one would have to sign an NDA.
Do companies like these really charge tons for what is, in the end, a 20+
year old chip design?
I wonder what the actual figures are, and how many devices are currently
employing the 65C02 core. I would suspect not too many, vs. let's say,
low-cost 32-bit RISC processors that aren't as confining as the 6502 is.
WDC may need the business enough to offer a bargain.
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