Amiga Hardware enthousiast ‘ElrondMcbong’ announced the Akiko32 project in December 2019. The Akiko32 project is a replica board based on the Commodore Amiga CD32 game console in mini-ITX format (170x170mm). The Akiko32 is more powerfull then the orginal Amiga CD32 and is powerd by a motorola 68030 processor @ 14MHz and includes 8MB of Fastram. The Amiga clone will also include the Akiko chip to perform simple ‘chunky’ to ‘planar’ graphics conversion in hardware. The Amiga’s native display is a planar display which is simple and efficient to manipulate for routines like scrolling. However, chunky displays are faster and more efficient for 3D graphics manipulation. Akiko allows this conversion to be performed in hardware instead of relying on software conversion which would cause moreĀ overhead. The Akiko32 developer will probably start shipping the prototypes end July 2020. The schematics of this project will be available for non-commercial purpose.

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