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"My Italian friend just received his V1200 and was blown away!"

- Stefano,
Apollo Forum user





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New Vampire 1200 V2





Most powerful Amiga 1200 accelerator


Vampire 1200 V2 is your ultimate CPU accelerator board for your Amiga 1200. It connects to the trapdoor expansion slot.

Powered by the Apollo Core 68080 which is a code compatible Motorola 68K processor, it is up to four times faster than the fastest 68060 at time.


Impressive results of the V1200 V2 processor:

153.71 MIPS / 81.67 MFLOPS / 147255 Dhrystones with SysInfo |


It also brings your Amiga to next-gen level by bringing you digital video with millions of colours, Ethernet module connector and high-speed IDE port

V1200 V2 offers you the best acceleration possible for A1200!








Processor

Vampire 1200 V2 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 V1200 does on average 153 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 install brand new open-source Apollo OS that will be able to make full use of advanced V1200 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:



Leaving all other FPGA solutions behind








AMMX - new technology in 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 the 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).

V1200 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 V1200 FPU features 52-bit precision.



Please note that this chart shows the V1200 V2 FPU running in debug mode. With all FPU features enabled, results can be 3-4 times faster.








Truecolor in Vampire 1200 V2

We are developing the fourth-generation Amiga chipset. Its reduced version is implemented in V2 accelerator series. It features new chunky mode with built-in RTG and Truecolor 32-bit color depth.

Chipset revision in V1200 currently consists of two new chips:

  • Isabel (slimmed Lisa video chip with new chunky mode)

  • Anni (improved Alice DMA chip)



Chipset in V2 explained


Chipset in V2 supports new Chunky Mode.

Since ReTargetable Graphics became a standard for graphics cards we integrated RTG API into Vampire 1200 V2, so that you can code directly like the Amiga chipset. We wanted to keep the feeling and coding the same like on Amiga.

It is similar to adding an RTG graphics card features to your A1200 allowing you to display up to 1920×1080@24Hz in Truecolor (32-bit).

Only RTG screen modes are output from V1200's interface. Screen modes that use the classic Amiga chipset are still transmitted from the legacy video outputs of the Amiga.


Vampire 1200 V2 features built-in RTG capability |


The new chunky plane can be displayed on its own by any dedicated RTG driver and allows you to play games like Quake or Diablo with excellent framerate.

Our current chipset implementation in V1200 features built-in RTG capability.

Although Vampire 1200 V2 chipset comes without planar modes capability, this is already enabled on your original motherboard so you can still use existing functionality.

V1200 provides you with the fastest RTG graphics card performance. It leaves all previous generation of graphics cards behind, including CyberVision64, Picasso IV, or Mediator with Voodoo or Radeon according to P96 Speed benchmark.

RTG built-in into Vampire 1200 V2 surpasses all RTG graphics cards used on Amiga systems.









Memory

V1200 gives you more memory than any other Amiga computer. Now you can enjoy new heights of performance, easily leaving all PPC-based solutions behind.

Vampire 1200 V2 comes with 128 MB SDRAM memory onboard.


Excellent results of the V1200 memory:

609 MB/s Fast RAM access speed |



Say goodbye to obsolete PowerPC hardware








Ethernet Module Connector

You can connect ENC28J60 Ethernet Module to Vampire 1200 V2 and enjoy great Internet connectivity using dedicated Ethernet Module Connector socket and flat ribbon cable (female-to-female)


With extra Ethernet module you can surf the Web on Vampire V1200 V2 |


For detailed installation instructions go here.








Storage

Vampire 1200 V2 offers you extraordinary IDE speed. We push the technology forward and make a big leap into the future of our platform.

V1200 includes a 44-pin IDE port that reach speeds of 14MB/s for a start.


Vampire 1200 V2 gives you over 14MB/s 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.

Vampire 1200 V2 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).








Vampire 1200 V2 ports:






Technical specification:


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

  • Memory: 128 MB FastRAM

  • Chipset: 4th generation with built-in RTG

  • FastKick

  • Video: RTG

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

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

    - Hardware-accelerated video playback

  • External ports:

     - Digital Video Out

     - microSD card slot

  • Internal port:

     - 44-pin FastIDE/CompactFlash controller up to 14 MB/secc

     - Ethernet Module Connector

     - JTAG socket

     - Expansion Socket


*** Important information: ***


Some adapters might allow the user to plug in the card “rotated”. Please understand that this wrong connection of the card will result in short circuits - probably destroying the Vampire and the Amiga. More info >>

There are some 3rd-party adapters on the market (e.g. Kipper2K's) that does not meet our safety guidelines and can damage both your V1200 and your Amiga.

On V1200 board it is still possible to connect ENC28J60 Ethernet module using third-party adapters and MicroSD slot.

If you want to use a standard-size SD card in the MicroSD slot of the Vampire, you can use an SD-to-MicroSD adapter. Some of these adapters even come with an extension cable.

Note: Some adapters do not have an angled edge at the bottom front of the MicroSD end, so they do not slide smoothly into place. Be very careful when inserting such adapters into the MicroSD slot, because a careless push might bend or break the pins in this slot.

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


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

b) Functionality varies between different TV/monitor models. Please make sure the display is able to show V1200 V2 modes first.

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









New CPU Accelerator for AMIGA A1200

Vampire 1200 V2

  • Apollo 68080 CPU with 64-bit support
  • 128 MB DDR3 Memory
  • RTG, Truecolor 32-bit, 1920×1080@24Hz
  • FastIDE/CompactFlash controller up to 14MB/sec
  • FastKick

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