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V1200 Core With PCMCIA, Internal IDE and Fast IDE

Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 4896
15 Jul 2020 07:52


The team is right now testing a new release for the V1200.

This release will sport the following features.
A) Support for Vampire Fast IDE
Vampire Fast IDE does give you the fastest IDE interface on the market for all AMIGAs.
The speed Vampire Fast IDE of the Vampire Fast IDE will give you a complete new Workbench experience with instant showing up icons and fast loading of programs. Also Killer Applications like Video playback will run best on Vampire Fast-IDE.

B) At the same time support for legacy mainboard IDE.
You can still use your IDe drives connected tot he mainboard.
The will run fully. As obviously the Vampire IDE is many times faster than the Amiga IDE we recommend to move your Workbench drive over to the Vampire Fast IDE for best experience.

C) PCMCIA support, you can use e.g. your Network card on the PCMCIA interface.

D) Full 7 MB/sec Amiga Bus speed.
The connection between the Amiga mainboard and any AMIGA CPU accelerator always was a design challenge - and on many CPU cards this was a bottleneck as many CPU cards are not able to fully saturate the bus.
As far as I know the Vampire1200 is first and only CPU card for AMIGA which is able to correctly and 100% fully use the bus.

These feature will allow you to finally get the maximum out of your A1200.




Edgar Fink

Posts 25
15 Jul 2020 08:51


Great news!
 
  Gunnar, concerning A)+B), I guess this means it will be possible to boot from the Vampire Fast IDE attached device?


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 4896
15 Jul 2020 09:10


Edgar Fink wrote:

Great news!
 
  Gunnar, concerning A)+B), I guess this means it will be possible to boot from the Vampire Fast IDE attached device?

Yes this is possible.


Francesco Lemmi

Posts 48
15 Jul 2020 09:13


Hi gunnar,
thank you for this fantastic news! :)

About last point did you solve the problem with different revision of Amiga 1200 motherboards?
In the other thread there were some users (like me) that had the V1200 not booting with the test core including this feature.


Andy Hearn

Posts 328
15 Jul 2020 11:21


very exciting! many thanks to all involved!

i know i keep thinking "oh i just need a hard disk, doesn't have to be fast, just has to be better than floppies", and then you get a decent drive controller, and you figure out you didn't even realise what you've been missing!

good times indeed :)


Simo Koivukoski
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 586
15 Jul 2020 12:06


The behavior is similar to an A4000T that also has two hard disk controllers (SCSI + IDE). In our case, we have two IDE controllers.

The boot order depends on the partition priority stored in the hard disk. If the highest partition priorities are equal in the both IDE controllers, hard disk in motherboard IDE controller will boot the first.

Note that VDH0: partition priority has been lowered to -1 with the HDToolBox, so DH0: with the higher priority will always boot first, no matter in which IDE controller its CF-Card is put.

PCMCIA port works as well.





Michael AMike

Posts 139
15 Jul 2020 12:17


Simo Koivukoski wrote:

The behavior is similar to an A4000T that also has two hard disk controllers (SCSI + IDE). In our case, we have two IDE controllers.

Smart Solution - great work!! The only question is......when??? ;)



Sean Sk

Posts 379
15 Jul 2020 13:31


This is absolutely sensational. Awesome work guys!

I recently bought a new 64GB Sandisk CF Card so I'll put that on the Vampire's IDE port, leave the Sandisk 32GB CF card I have on the A1200's IDE port where it is, and that, combined with the 32GB SD Card in the V1200, will give me a total of 128GB of storage! WOOT!!


Knight Stone

Posts 119
15 Jul 2020 18:36


Gunnar von Boehn wrote:

  Vampire Fast IDE does give you the fastest IDE interface on the market for all AMIGAs.

My Matze TK 668030 card, on my A500, does over 10Mbs on IDE, it can't be faster than that ?



Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 4896
15 Jul 2020 18:41


Knight Stone wrote:

does over 10Mbs on IDE, it can't be faster than that ?

Sure its faster.

This is very easy to understand, just remember this:
- Vampire hold CPUs speed record
- Vampire hold Fastmem speed record
- Vampire hold IDE speed record

Very simple


Pascal Babel

Posts 34
17 Jul 2020 10:32



hello, it's appetizing. Is there already a date planned for the provision or possibly access to the current version "BETA"?


Dma Con

Posts 16
23 Jul 2020 18:56


Ah, great, finally!

Is it based on my suggestion to map the IDE registers into the A4000 I/O base?


Cego 1200

Posts 15
23 Jul 2020 21:22


Yes! would love to get my hands on a Beta version :)


Estrayk / PaRaDoX

Posts 19
25 Jul 2020 10:52


Great news! waiting impatiently.


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