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MIST fpga
« on: 16 May 2017, 12:05:16 »
We've been discussing it on the German subforum for quite a while now...

What is it?
The MIST board uses modern hardware to implement classic 16 Bits computers like Amiga AGA, Atari ST(e), and 8 Bits systems like C64, ZX-Spectrum, MSX, Atari XL/VCS, Apple II, Colecovision, Sega Master System, NES, etc.
The MIST board isn't an emulation, it's a re-implementation of the original hardware in a FPGA.

What does it mean? MIST fpga?
MIST = aMIga + atari ST   -->  MI +ST
fpga = field-programmable gate array

Which Amiga system is supported?
Minimig Core for Amiga support OCS/ECS and AGA chipsets. Kickstart ROMs 1.2, 1.3, 2.0, 3.1 are also supported, and you will be able to load floppy disk images (ADF) and hard disk images (HDF) from the root directory or from subfolders of your SD card.

Do I need an Amiga monitor?
No, you can use any VGA monitor (CRT/LCD/TFT), or use a VGA-Scart/hdmi Adapter for your TV!

Can I play SWOS on it?  ;D
Yes, you can! Like on an original A1200! You can use original 9pin or USB joysticks!

Mouse/keyboard?
USB devices!

Power supply?
Normal mobile phone charger is enough to run that thing!  8)

Where to buy it?
https://www.dragonbox.de/de/285-mist-fpga-fpga-4260416650916.html  (DE)
http://lotharek.pl/products.php?kid=17 (PL, original manufacturer)
http://amigastore.eu/en/358-mist-midi-fpga-computer-with-midi-add-on.html (ESP)

Is it difficult to setup?
No, if you are considering to buy one, everything is ready for you.
You only need an SD card, to copy the files on!

Video Intros:
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Pu8-tKd-CZM" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/Pu8-tKd-CZM</a> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/CVq_jzj_u8U" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/CVq_jzj_u8U</a> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/FM6C774sf9Q" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/FM6C774sf9Q</a>


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Re: MIST fpga
« Reply #1 on: 16 May 2017, 13:29:13 »
Thx Playa for all your testing, and the Youtube vids. Nice to see that there's now a way to play Amiga SWOS on and with modern Hardware incl. additional features (USB pads, VGA Monitors).

Playing SWOS on MIST really feels like playing on AMIGA - not comparable playing SWOS in Emulator.

Also the MIST is much smaller - good for transportation affairs.

and hard disk images (HDF) from the root directory or from subfolders of your SD card.

Note that you can run only one hard disk image when using AGA Core. Multiple Images like in WinUAE are not (yet) supported. When you change your HDF file you have to reboot your MIST, but that's no big deal.

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Re: MIST fpga
« Reply #2 on: 02 July 2017, 18:58:40 »
Yesterday, we played the first "MIST event"... St. Vitus' cup in Bielefeld:
http://sensiblesoccer.de/community/tournaments/view/4462

Reactions on the MIST were all the way positive, no difference noticed to the real Amiga.
I only remember bomb saying sth like "the MIST is even MORE responsive than the Amiga..." ;D

Anyway, we had one breakdown (which was either caused by some strange old extension cables, or the electricity cable being moved, not sure). After that, we couldn't reload the DIY group, file damaged. Error displayed ("FILE CREATED WITH OTHER VERSION OF S.W.O.S.").
After that, we rechecked the issue but found out that saving-loading just works fine.
Just tested it again, at home (100% working).


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