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"The incredible Vampire standalone. I was honestly blown away by that product."

- David John Pleasance,
former Commodore UK Managing Director





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New Vampire V4+ Standalone





The most advanced model


Let your imagination run wild, and visualize Commodore's plan to release a better chipset, like AAA, had occurred.

Imagine Commodore releasing a new model back in the 90's, that not only had a much improved AGA chipset and was backwards compatible with previous models, but was also equipped with a killer 68K CPU, enabling developers and regular users to write even more compelling applications or enjoy modern-back-then games like Quake or Diablo in full 32-bit Truecolor.

Picture this new model on your desk with improved video and audio capabilities allowing you to compose music on eight 16-bit channels with 24-bit dynamics. How great it could be if your new machine could smoothly play demanding DVD movies thanks to video hardware acceleration!

It was a dream of the whole community back then... And now that dream comes true!







New Amiga-compatible computer





The hardware Commodore wanted to build


V4+ features standalone Amiga-compatible motherboard working with record-breaking speed as well as state-of-the-art upgrades to native architecture.

This is exactly what Commodore planned for Amiga family of personal computers back in the '90s with the idea of Hombre chipset. They planned to produce an AGA Amiga upon a single chip to solve the backward compatibility issues. This single chip would include Motorola MC680x0 core, plus the AGA chipset. Just like our Apollo Core does today. We are proud to continue the Amiga legacy the way it was meant to be.

It combines the latest chipset, the high-speed memory, the quickest IDE controller with the 68080 - the most advanced 68K CPU to date.

Vampire V4+ Standalone offers you the best native Amiga architecture possible!


Impressive results of the V4+ processor:

160 MIPS / 80 MFLOPS / 147255 Dhrystones with SysInfo |


The result is an Amiga-experience faster than ever before!

But it is not only about sheer performance but also pushing the amazing architecture forward.

The 'Paula' chip successor in the V4, 'Arne', offers the audio features of the never released next-gen AAA chipset such as 8 DMA driven channels.








Processor

Vampire V4+ Standalone is equipped with the 68080. It is a new CPU you can code as easy as any previous Motorola 68K processor. 68080 is an affordable CPU for your Amiga that is way faster than the fastest 68060.

It is 100% code compatible with all CPUs and FPUs of the Motorola 68000 family.


68080 in the V4+ can do at peak 340 MIPS |


Designed according to modern processor standards, it's fully written in VHDL, and is intended to run on Altera Cyclone FPGAs.

OS 3.x currently recognizes this new processor as a 68040. Still we recommend to use brand new open-source Apollo OS that will be able to make full use of advanced V4+ features.

Below is benchmark done with the SysInfo tool for various configurations.

All tests show that 68080 is much faster than 68060 200Mhz - scores are all confirmed by SysInfo, SysSpeed and AIBB benchmarking tools. Just compare the SysInfo results below:



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AMMX - new technology for your Amiga

AMMX is a 64 Bit SIMD extension to an 68k processor.

AMMX is optimized for integer and pixel operations. Thanks to AMXX, software on Vampires can run much faster that on other accelerators or Amiga computers.

Thanks to AMMX, the 68080 at 80 mhz achieves performance close to the PowerPC 750 at 800 MHz.


AMMX brings the 68080 to 600-800 MHz PowerPC G3 level|


Note that AMMX and MMX have very little in common other than sharing three letters. The instructions are different and AMMX brings a significant number of features that MMX simply lacks.

For graphics and video operations, integer math is most important. Excellent design gives AMMX a huge advantage over SSE for 2D game coding

For 2D games AMMX beats SSE hands down. Just have a look at the results below:




This result is possible thanks to use of AMMX








FPU

This new FPU Core is mostly hardware-implemented, very close to a 68060 FPU and 100% pipelined.

The whole set of instructions from the 68040 and 68060 is available, as well as the whole 68881 and 68882 subset.

From an end-user or end-coder perspective, the 68080 FPU does not provide any new floating point instructions or any other big changes; the FPU instruction set is the legacy one.


68080 FPU is very promising showing 35-40 MFLOPS in SysInfo|


Since the 68080 is aiming at 68040 compatibility, we decided to implement a full 040/060 FPU in hardware and to offer an efficient FPU interface for the instructions that are not implemented in hardware. As a consequence, all the legacy 68881 and 68882 instructions are handled with new optimized mechanics.

The result of this work consists of an autonomous FPU, not relying on any third-party tool / library anymore (as opposed to what 68040/68060.library does).

V4+ FPU is also able to use a dedicated Floating Point Software Package (FPSP 080).

The original 68080 FPU was designed to perform all calculations in 80-bit “extended precision”, like the original 68k FPUs. This is too big to fit into FPGA. Therefore, the V4 FPU features 64-bit precision.



Please note that this chart shows the V4 FPU running in debug mode. With all FPU features enabled, results can be 3-4 times faster.








SuperAGA

SuperAGA is the fourth-generation Amiga chipset. It greatly enhances Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA).

SAGA introduces three new chips:

  • Isabel (upgraded Lisa video chip)

  • Arne (boosted Paula audio chip)

  • Anni (improved Alice DMA chip)



SuperAGA chipset in V4+ explained


SuperAGA supports all original AGA modes.

Original AGA chipset was using planar modes with 8 bitplanes. We added new chunky plane and one new Picture-in-Picture plane (also chunky). This gives you 10 planes on SuperAGA.

This new chunky planes can be displayed on its own by any dedicated RTG driver and practically serves as a new Chunky mode apart from native, yet improved Planar modes.

AGA chipset in the V4 has been massively upgraded. As Retargetable Graphics has become a standard for graphics cards, we integrated RTG API into SuperAGA, so it's the same as if you code the Amiga chipset directly. We wanted to keep the feeling and coding the same as on the Amiga.


SuperAGA supports up to 12 MB Chip RAM |


SuperAGA supports all original AGA hardware sprite features. We also further improved it.

Most notably, 16 sprite DMA channels are now available, sprites can be 32 pixel wide, and each sprite can have 16 colors with its own independent palette. A SAGA sprite has its own 256 color registers.

SuperAGA supports all original AGA Copper features and offers new ability to perform a 32-bit move with a single instruction, which doubles the speed!

Did we mention third playfield and Picture-in-picture support? Note that in SuperAGA, Chip RAM is accessed with Fast RAM speed and new 128-bit DMA - which helps to provide even better performance.

SAGA also offers support for Atari planar modes.









Memory

V4+ gives you more memory than any other Amiga computer. Now you can enjoy new heights of performance, easily leaving all PPC-based solutions behind.

This new model comes with 512 MB DDR3 memory onboard.

Slow Chip RAM is no more! We overcame this memory performance limit.

Vampire V4+ Standalone offers you now same high-speed access for both 12 MB Chip RAM and 500 MB Fast RAM.


Breathtaking results of the V4+ memory:

660 MB/s Chip RAM and 670 MB/s Fast RAM access speed |




V4+ overcomes main performance bottleneck on other Amiga models and PowerPC computers








Audio

Many people love audio capabilities of their Commodore and Escom machines, and will remember some games and demos module forever. Paula, the audio chip, was very advanced for its time. We continue to make advancements using the latest technology, while preserving the legacy features.

Back in the '80s, the Amiga development team planned to expand audio features with the AAA chipset. The plan was to increase the number of channels to 8, and even add support for 16-bit samples.

The SuperAGA chipset goes a step further. It introduces 'Arne', a massively improved 'Paula' successor.


8 individual DMA driven audio voices with 24-bit mixing |


After discussing the audio topic with both game coders and musicians we came to the conclusion that having 8 audio channel combined with some new features would be perfect.


SuperAGA audio features:

  • 8 individual DMA driven audio voices

  • each voice can play at a fully independent sample rate

  • each voice can play 8bit or 16bit samples (you can set each voice fully independent)

  • each voice has independent 8bit volume for LEFT and for RIGHT

  • the audio dynamic is 24bit (16bit sample * 8bit Volume)

  • all 512 MB of memory can be used for audio sample space

  • each voice can either play in ONE-SHOT or ENDLESS mode


What could you create with such a powerful audio system?



MilkyTracker Vamped Edition on Vampire V4+ Standalone








Ethernet

V4+ brings you something like no other Amiga before - excellent out-of-the-box Internet connectivity.
The onboard Ethernet driver for the Vampire Standalone uses the Anni chip for fast I/O operations.


The V4+ has physically a NIC on board and can do 100 MBit Ethernet. |


Our Ethernet can do 64bit DMA and reach the full speed of 100 MBit.

The Vampire V4+ Ethernet also supports HW CRC offloading - which currently is not supported by operating system drivers yet. So here is still big tuning potential for even faster networking!








Storage

V4+ offers you extraordinary space and speed, way more that Commodore did. We push the technology forward and make a big leap into the future of our platform.

Vampire V4+ gives you 32GB of storage space for a start. Upgradeable up to 128GB.


V4+ reaches over 19 MB/s CompactFlash IDE speed |


With a green and energy-saving approach in mind, we moved from legacy 3.5" floppes to using microSD cards, while still taking the legacy IDE design into consideration. The CompactFlash IDE port is an ideal solution, as our favourite personal computers were designed for native IDE use.

V4+ works with most MicroSD and MicroSDHC cards, up to Speed Class 10.

It works from OS 3.x with the sagasd.device and will all filesystems supported on the Amiga (FFS, SFS, PFS, FAT32, ext2/ext3).







Small, light and green

The Vampire V4+ Standalone is a low power, "green", environmental friendly design.V4+ by itself needs about 2W of power. Compare that to modern PC 800W hogs. Amiga design was always ahead of its time comparing the the PC.

Vampire Standalone is also very light and fits in the palm of your hand. It is only 3cm high and 12cm wide.


The V4+ by itself needs only 2W of power |


If you want to build a small, light-weight personal computer with a CF card, use Ethernet and/or SDcard to exchange data - then the V4 is the best option for you!








Vampire V4+ Standalone ports:








Vampire V4+ Standalone internal ports:






Technical specification:


  • CPU: Apollo 68080, AMMX, 64-bit support (up to 250MHz 68060a)

  • Memory: 512 MB DDR3: 12 MB ChipRAM + 500 MB FastRAM

  • Chipset: SuperAGA

  • Audio: supporting 8-bit and 16-bit audio samples up to 56 kHz sampling rate, 24-bit mixing, 8 DMA driven Audio channels, panning

  • Networking: 100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet with 64-bit DMA channel

  • FastKick




  • Video: SuperAGA, RTG

    - Truecolor 32-bit, up to 1280×720@60Hz / 1920×1080@24Hzb

  • - Compatibility with native Amiga OCS/ECS/AGA chipsets

    - 8bit/15bit/16bit/24bit/32bit video modes support

    - Hardware-accelerated video playback




  • External ports:

     - Digital Audio/Video Out

     - microSD card slot

     - 2 x USB-A

     - RJ45 Ethernet

     - 2 x DB-9

     - Mini-B USB (for power supply)





  • Internal ports:

     - 44-pin FastIDE/CompactFlash controller up to 19 MB/secc

     - JTAG socket

     - 2 x SPI Expansion Ports

     - I2S Expansion Port

     - I2C

     - 68k Bus Expansion




*** Important information: ***


- LogiLink cable is for powering the system. Please mind that data cable coming with the USB blaster should not be used as power cable.

- The Vampire V4+ comes pre-installed with working, tested CompactFlash adapter and a working, tested CompactFlash card.

  IDE 44-pin: Please note, there is power on the IDE-44 port. Wrong placement on this plug can destroy the device. More info >>

- USB Ports: the Vampire V4+ comes with two USB ports allowing you to use USB-Keyboards and USB-Mouse
  (apart from Mouse via DB9 port.)

- Please note that not all mice and keyboards might work. Here is the list of compatible Peripherals >>

* V4+ core features is subject to change. Features might come and go. 


a) Performance is application-dependent. See Benchmarks >>

b) Functionality varies between different TV/monitor models. Please make sure the display is able to show V4+ modes first.

c) Speed boost depends on the device PIO mode support.






New Amiga-compatible computer

Vampire V4+ Standalone

  • Apollo 68080 CPU with 64-bit support

  • 512 MB DDR3 Memory (12 MB ChipRAM)

  • SuperAGA, RTG, Truecolor 32-bit, 1920×1080@24Hz

  • Audio 16-bit, 56 kHz, 24-bit mixing, 8 DMA-driven channels

  • FastIDE/CompactFlash controller up to 19 MB/sec

  • FastKick


    Coming with:

  • Stylish anodized aluminum case in 'CDTV Black' color with the red Vampire logo

  • Power Supply (EU/US)

  • IDE/CompactFlash Adapter

  • SanDisk 32GB CompactFlash with OS pre-installed


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  • Supported USB Mouse

  • Supported USB Keyboard

  • Supported USB Apollo Joypad

  • Supported USB Blaster

  • Vampire Mouse Pad




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