In the 1980s the property laptop or computer industry was dominated by the likes of Atari, IBM, Tandy and Commodore and just one of the most well-known devices was the Amiga. The most well known of the vary was the Amiga 500 and with Claude Schwarz’s Raspberry Pi Amiga PCB known as PiStorm you can significantly increase the electrical power of this humble home computer.
PiStorm is an adaptor board that plugs into the socket for the Amiga’s Motorola 68000, 7.16 MHz CPU. Upgrading the A500+ to a 68EC030 CPU functioning at 70 – 80 MHz. At the time that would’ve been a aspiration set up necessitating a substantially more highly-priced device, the A4000 and a substantial injection of money for 3rd celebration accessories.
PiStorm is designed to use a Raspberry Pi 3 A+ which capabilities in spot of the CPU and in accordance to Schwarz, there are ideas in the works for a CM4 edition which could see a greater increase in efficiency. Other capabilities presented by PiStorm are assistance for substantial amounts of RAM (up to 128MB), virtual SCSI equipment, swappable Kickstart ROM illustrations or photos (the BIOS of an Amiga) and accelerated significant resolution graphics through the Raspberry Pi’s HDMI port.
The board was confirmed to do the job with an Amiga 500+. A USB tricky drive can be applied for supplemental storage, these kinds of as really hard disk image documents. An 8GB microSD card is essential for PiStorm and its dependencies.
The present plan is to provide pre-produced boards for sale but the job is open source (the very best Raspberry Pi initiatives usually are), that means you can down load the PCB data files for totally free to use and modify on your own. PiStorm is a direct competitor to Apollo Accelerators who make their own hardware acceleration solutions.