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V2 Release GOLD 2.17 "Bronto" Is Out

Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 6195
18 Jul 2023 19:01


Dear V2 owners,

after long time of development and testing we are happy to announce that V2 update "GOLD 2.17 Bronto" is ready for usage.

New features included in the release:

* Card supports now to run in one of 4 different speed mode. This allows for run old games e.g. in speed of A500 or A1200, to improve running old games that have problems running on faster CPUs.

* Support for new instruction EXTUB.L
This instruction is very useful for type conversion.
It is used by some GCC versions.
Supporting it does improve code density and improves performance.

* Support for new instruction EXTUW.L
This instruction is very useful for type conversion.
It is used by some GCC versions.
Supporting it does improve code density and improves performance.

* Support for enhanced instructions
BRA.s+ BSR.s+ BCC.s+
This instruction is supported by some compilers and assemblers.
This instruction improves code density and improves performance.

* Hardware optimized version of FPU instruction FDBcc.w

* Hardware optimized version of FPU instruction FDBcc.l

* several FPU Performance optimizations ported from V4-FPU to V2


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 6195
18 Jul 2023 19:25


Here you can see the four difference speed grades the card can run in.

You can use this to optimally run old A500/A1200 games or use the full speed for modern games.


Darren Eveland

Posts 96
19 Jul 2023 01:38


Installed and working.  Thank you!!!


Antony Coello

Posts 153
20 Jul 2023 18:50


Thank you Apollo team for continuing to support the 'legacy' cards. :)

I assume that this is an update only for the V1200 card, as there are no available downloads for V500/600?


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 6195
20 Jul 2023 19:54


Antony Coello wrote:

Thank you Apollo team for continuing to support the 'legacy' cards. :)

you are welcome.

Antony Coello wrote:

  I assume that this is an update only for the V1200 card, as there are no available downloads for V500/600?

This update is for all three models V600/v500/v1200
We are building the releases one after the other, will be testing them and we will put them online as soon as they are ready.

So if you are V500 / V600 keep an eye at the Downloads section, your FPGA image will come soon.



Antony Coello

Posts 153
20 Jul 2023 22:26


Thats great news!
 
  I will await the version for my V500+ then.

Thanks.


Adam A

Posts 130
23 Jul 2023 00:45


Great news, thanks for keeping supporting V2 cards.



Patrick Nevian

Posts 10
23 Jul 2023 20:28


Thank you VERY much!
  This might be the definitive update for V1200.
 
  Please tell me: How can I choose between the four speed modes.
 
  I guess VControl is outdated.
  So I thought ApolloControl might help.
  But I couldn´t find fitting options.
 
  Thanks for your help!
 
  EDIT: Found it! :)
 
  Is a GUI available?

EDIT2: That´s a brilliant update! Congrats. Just perfect!


Patrick Nevian

Posts 10
25 Jul 2023 19:22


Just one idea:

Is it possible to include a 030/50mhz mode?

Games like Jurassic Park would benefit a lot.

Not too fast vs. not working/too slow


Alessandro Braccini

Posts 9
28 Jul 2023 22:20


Installed and all old games turned to RED (Deluxe Galaga, Jurassik Park AGA, UFO, LupoAlberto).
What I did wrong ?

In order to run them I had of course to run
cpu nocache

I run coffin r58

thanks you in advance for any info and your support in this

Alessandro


Francesco Lemmi

Posts 58
29 Jul 2023 07:36


Patrick Nevian wrote:

 
    Please tell me: How can I choose between the four speed modes.
   
    EDIT: Found it! :)

Can you tell us also? There's a command line?


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 6195
29 Jul 2023 08:59


Francesco Lemmi wrote:

  Can you tell us also? There's a command line?

Yes please use the CLI program "ApolloControl"
Its part of the SAGA driver package


Alessandro Braccini

Posts 9
31 Jul 2023 11:52


solved on discord, was a broken scart cable !! :$


Darren Eveland

Posts 96
06 Aug 2023 01:04


Gunnar, any news on the V2 500 release? Thanks.


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 6195
06 Aug 2023 08:22


Darren Eveland wrote:

Gunnar, any news on the V2 500 release? Thanks.

We are field testing the V600 and V500 release in our discord since some time.


Tim Kovack

Posts 47
23 Dec 2023 04:37


Hello,
 
  I am still on 2.12 on my 1200.  I want to update to Bronto.  Tried to flash and it says not supported.  Which flash tool do I use?  Vampireflash or apolloflash?  Both give errors, saying only support up to 2.16.

EDIT.  Nevermind, was able to use Vampireflash v1.9 and it worked.

The little chime is now gone! I liked it.

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