[Coladam] Coladam Digest, Vol 88, Issue 9

Joe Blenkle - Comcast jblenkle at comcast.net
Wed Oct 24 07:34:29 CEST 2012

Drool...drool...slobber...sign me up....

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eduardo Mello" <eduardo at opcodegames.com>
To: <coladam at adamcon.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 8:49 PM
Subject: Re: [Coladam] Coladam Digest, Vol 88, Issue 9

> Jim,
> Now how about something a little more advanced than that. How about an
> improved ADAM.
> Because once the SGM is out, I was planning to start working to on an
> improved ColecoVision. So we would expand on that and have an improved
> ADAM based on the new CV architecture. Of course we would need to add
> ADAMnet, which I am not totally familiar with, but I guess that can be
> emulated by a large CPLD.
> For the new CV I am planning a Z80 at 7.14MHz, with software
> selectable clock, a V9958 for video, which is TMS9928 compatible but
> offers a number of interesting improvements specially for computer
> applications. It has four new bitmap modes, maximum resolution of
> 512x424 interlaced, 256 simultaneous RGB colors on screen, and a 80
> columns text mode. 16 programmable color palettes from 512 colors on
> all modes, hardware scroll. It also offers a special variation of the
> 256 color modes where we can have 19,000 colors on screen, using YJK
> encoding (a kind of JPEG variation). The V9958 also offers a blitter,
> like some 16 bits from the 80s.
> In addition to that a DMA and interruption controllers. And a couple
> of new sound chips, the extra PSG from the SGM + a YM2151, awesome for
> music.
> For the ADAM variation we would add a RTC, a more flexible and
> powerful MMU (perhaps allowing 16MB of RAM to be mapped), a few on
> board connection ports like serial and parallel, and of course
> ADAMnet. And was you mentioned, SD. Perhaps even ethernet, I know that
> you can buy an ethernet controller those days that even includes a
> TCP/IP stack, so you don't need to implement that by software, which
> would be very inefficient anyway using a Z80.
> So it would still keep the retro flavor of the original, but expand on
> many areas. Of course I would need help with the base software stuff,
> like OS, BIOS, etc.
> But I believe that with good planning it would be possible.
> Eduardo
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM, Jim Notini <jnoti2 at comcast.net> wrote:
>> That could be a tall order to accomplish, Shon, to emulate thru the 
>> AtariMax cart.
>> Actually, something on the lines of Opcode's upcoming SGM might be easier 
>> seeing as it's " BASICALLY " (and I say this very lightly as I don't have 
>> the hardware skills to know for sure) a very scalled down Expansion 
>> Module #3 ADAM Logic Board that retains the onboard 32K of RAM, but adds 
>> an additional sound chip.
>> What could be a very interesting project for someone with the abilities 
>> such as Opcode would be to expand upon the SGM and add the necessary 
>> elements of the ADAM Computer (ADAMnet, E.O.S., I/O, 96K of RAM (32K 
>> standard plus 64K expanded to cover programs that require expanded 
>> memory), etc. and do away with items that wouldn't be necessary such as 
>> the Digital Data Drives, BUT replace them with an ADAMnet compatible and 
>> built-in SD Drive. So in essense, you have a miniaturized Expansion 
>> Module #3 (probably could be the size of the originally planned Coleco 
>> SGM) with the additional sound chip that Opcode's SGM provides that would 
>> install in the CV's Expansion Bus. Again, I'm no hardware guru, but it 
>> probably could even be powered by the CV Power Supply. Seeing as this 
>> dream configuration would contain the ADAMnet communications protocol, 
>> one could even connect an ADAM Keyboard and Disk Drive to it as long as 2 
>> ADAMnet ports where provided as well.
>> Something like this could be very enticing for current CV owners who 
>> would have all the benefits of Opcode's SGM along with having a nearly 
>> complete ADAM (everything someone would want) without the space drawback 
>> and then have access to all ADAM software via the SD Drive and disk 
>> images. While there are a lot of dudes among the ADAM Homebrew software, 
>> there are indeed enough quality titles that could make this a worthwhile 
>> project as well as all the Coleco made ADAM software.
>> Also, if an SD Drive could be developed in the manner mentioned above, it 
>> could be offered as an individual product as well for those that own an 
>> ADAM.
>> Kinda reminds me of a series of articles that Barry Wilson used to write, 
>> "What the ADAM World Really Needs...".
>>   ----- Original Message -----
>>   From: Kevin Powers
>>   To: Jim Notini
>>   Cc: coladam at adamcon.org
>>   Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:50 PM
>>   Subject: Re: [Coladam] Coladam Digest, Vol 88, Issue 9
>>   I would love to have access to any of the below!
>>   On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM, Jim Notini <jnoti2 at comcast.net> wrote:
>>     Back in the day, late 80's and early 90's, Jim Walters of Walters 
>> Software Co. started producing cartridges for use with the ADAM Computer. 
>> His initial cartridge release was the "SmartDSK Cart", which was a set of 
>> ramdisk utilties, later he drastically updated this cart and changed the 
>> name to "ADAM's DeskTop" and also made it available on a Prom Chip which 
>> could be installed in an open socket on the M.I. Parallel Interface Card. 
>> He also developed a cart called "SmartMATE", which was for use with the 
>> original MFM (and RLL ??? ) line of M.I. Hard Disk Drives... I don't 
>> think that he ever updated this Hard Drive utility for use with M.I.'s 
>> later line of IDE Hard Drives, but if he did, then all we need to do is 
>> track down one of these carts and dump it to a rom image file and then 
>> place on either the AtariMax 128-in-1 USB or Ultimate SD MultiCarts to 
>> use with ADAMcon's new IDE/CF package.
>>     Seeing as Jim Walters spent all the time and effort to get setup to 
>> produce cartridges, he also made available a service to place numerous 
>> ADAM programs onto cart as a special order service. There were 
>> limitations as to what could be placed onto a cart and the program had to 
>> be 32K or smaller... SmartBASIC v1.0 was one of these program that could 
>> be placed onto cart and numerous copies were sold although I haven't seen 
>> one become available since getting back into the scene in late 2009.
>>     Probably the only people that might have some of these different 
>> carts are ADAMcon and Rich Clee seeing as they were smart enough to keep 
>> there original collections all these years as well as acquire numerous 
>> systems over the years from people looking to find a good home for them 
>> when they didn't need them anymore.
>>     I've been meaning to send Jim an email to discuss some things and now 
>> I have even more reason to do so.
>>     Jim
>>     ----- Original Message ----- From: "Kevin Powers" <kjpmail at gmail.com>
>>     To: <coladam at adamcon.org>
>>     Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:10 PM
>>     Subject: Re: [Coladam] Coladam Digest, Vol 88, Issue 9
>>       What's this about a SmartBASIC boot cartridge?  And where do I get
>>       one?  And how much does it cost?  And can its ROM be used via the
>>       Atarimax Ultimate SD cart... when/if I get one?
>>         Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 04:16:34 GMT
>>         From: "shonmccallum at juno.com" <shonmccallum at juno.com>
>>         Subject: Re: [Coladam] Coladam Digest, Vol 88, Issue 7
>>         To: coladam at adamcon.org
>>         Message-ID: <20121023.001634.21103.3 at webmail08.vgs.untd.com>
>>         Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252
>>         The Atarimax Ultimate SD cartirdge could be used as a boot 
>> cartridge if someone spends the time to do so. Just like the old 
>> SmartBasic and Walters EOS boot cartridges.
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