mega65, the open source implementation of the never released Commodore 65 which utilizes modern design standards and technology, has revealed its (sold-out) DevKit, accompanied with a stunning assembly video.
Originally intended as an enhanced C64, the Commodore 65 never saw production due to the liquidation of Commodore Business Machines. While some devices escaped the closure – and sell at auction for five figures – the promising project never saw mass releases.
The mega65 project aims to change that, with an 8-bit 48 MHz CPU with additional 32-bit instructions implemented in FPGA. With HDMI out and a Commodore 64 mode (as per the original Commodore 65 and even the 128), the mega65 has 128KB of RAM, expandable to a maximum 128MB. There’s also a microSD card slot, Ethernet, support for external C64 drives (e.g. the 1541 and 1571) and MEGA-OS, an all-in-one hypervisor and compact operating system.
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