[Coladam] VDP upgrade?

Dale Wick dalemwick at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 31 10:41:36 EDT 2006

I have an AIM board on my Adam (Adam-Image-Maker).  It was a prototype 
created by Osais Penseive Abacutors.  It contains a V9958 and 128k of RAM.  
It works pretty well.   I wrote drivers for it for BASIC, assembly and C.  
It shares all components except the addresser chip and the timing crystal 
with the TIM (TI-Image-Maker).  So it would theoretically be possible to 
convert a TIM into an AIM if you could find a used one.  The AIM was fist 
shown at AdamCon 5, and the finished version was shown at AdamCon 9.

Since my version outputs only RGB, I use it with an NTSC RGB monitor (an 
Amiga monitor is suitable), and get extremely crisp video out of it.

If you come to AdamCon in Ottawa, I'll bring it and demo the hardware line 
drawing/blitting/256 colour mode.


>From: Geoff Oltmans <oltmansg at bellsouth.net>
>To: Adam Coleco <coladam at adamcon.org>
>Subject: [Coladam] VDP upgrade?
>Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 07:21:54 -0500
>This may have been done already, but I figured I'd ask.
>While hunting around for info on the Yamaha V9938/9958 VDPs, I stumbled 
>across information talking about the Sega SG-1000 and Sega Master System. 
>The SG-1000 uses the same hardware that the ColecoVision uses (same sound 
>chip, same vdp, same processor). Then I looked at the SMS, which is SG-1000 
>compatible. Turns out that it's VDP is a derivative of the 9918 as well, 
>but with some additional graphics modes (and more colors, up to 64) and 
>also a SN76489 sound generator built in (same as the CV/Adam uses).
>Has anyone ever attempted to interface one of these chips to the Adam as an 
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