The German company individual Computers GmbH that has released the C64 reloaded, and if rumours are correct release the Commodore A1200 Reloaded in 2016/17. The company licensed the Commodore trademarks from Polabe Holding NV, who purchased the Commodore trademarks from Commodore Holdings BV in 2014. The new machine does not directly compare to any existing Amiga mainboard, but if you want a comparison basis, then an A1200 is probably the closest match. Commodore A1200 Reloaded is an AGA Amiga using the original chips Alice, Lisa and Paula, along with two CIA chips. Other chips of the computer will be replaced by modern logic chips. The Chipram is one of the special things where the Amiga Reloaded scores. Although it’s only 2MByte Chipram like all other AGA machines before, the memory is much faster and can be accessed by the processor at full speed even when eight bitplanes are switched on. This is accomplished by making use of modern memory technology, which is a lot faster than the D-RAMs that the AGA chipset was designed for.

The higher speed allows inserting extra timeslots between the original DMA slots of the Alice chip. As a result, the CPU will have high-speed access to chip memory even when 8 bitplanes are used, or the blitter is in nasty mode, where it will not slow down if the processor signals that it wants to access chip ram. However, this may cause undesired effects with software that can’t handle this kind of speed, so this feature can be switched off at the user’s choice while the machine is running (no reboot required). It may also be a good idea to patch system functions to not use the blitter, but the CPU to do blitter functions, because the CPU will outperform the blitter in many, if not all aspects, given that it will have at least 14MByte/second performance on chipram. It will have a floppy connector for a standard PC drive. This drive will work like an original 880k Amiga disk drive without electrical modifications. All track loaders and copy-protected games will work. It fits in any original A1200/A500 case with keyboard. And of course in the upcoming new A1200 cases. The target price of the main board with AGA chips is under €200. No real confirmation has been made by individual Computers GmbH and the information is based on the forums of / artwork by ACGalaga


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