MEGA65 - highly advanced C64 and C65 compatible 8-bit computer

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  • TE0765-03-S001
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Product information "MEGA65 - highly advanced C64 and C65 compatible 8-bit computer"

The first 400 units have been sold. Reservations/pre-orders for the next batch (1000 units, delivery 2022) can still be made. Each purchaser will receive an order confirmation after placing the order.


The 21st century realization of the Commodore™ 65 heritage: a complete 8-bit computer running more than 40x faster than a C64 while being increasingly compatible. Mechanical keyboard, digital video output, dual SDHC™ card support, Ethernet, extended memory and other features increase the fun without spoiling the 8-bit feel. Hardware designs and software are open-source.

This FPGA-based computer wants to be experienced, modified and improved. Development is ongoing!

Please note: Orders are possible even if the stock level shows "0" and in the shopping cart the note "This item is currently out of stock, but can still be (pre)ordered. (0 of 1 available)." is issued.

  • Only one copy can be ordered per customer.
  • This is a pre-order; the MEGA65 is currently in production.
  • Delivery is planned for the end of Q4/2021 and Q1/2022 for the first 400 units.
  • The next 1000 units will be delivered in 2022.

Any questions?

Any questions? Please contact MEGA https://mega65.org/ (contact form is at the end of the page)

ARM™, AMIGA™, ATARI™, Commodore™, FTDI™, GEOS™, JTAG™, Kingston™, MAX™ 10, OPL2™, Pmod™, SDHC™, VGA™, XILINX™ are trademarks of their respective owners.

Key Features

General

  • Extremely fast and feature complete 8-bit home computer
  • 3-FPGA-design with no closed-source ARM™ cores inside
  • Completely Open Source and under continuous development
  • Under development by dozens of ingenious nerds and M-E-G-A e.V. (non-profit organisation) since 2014
  • Commodore™ 65-based architecture, highly Commodore™ 64 (wip) and 65 compatible
  • AMIGA™, ATARI™ ST and other cores being developed or ported, or make your own core
  • Use internal 3.5” floppy disk drive, SDHC™ cards und external disk drives, all at the same time
  • Use many Commodore™ 64 cartridges with internal expansion slot
  • Commodore™ 64 compatibility enhanced compared to original Commodore™ 65

Hardware

  • Powerful Xilinx™ Artix A7 200T FPGA for main integrated circuit, additional MAX™ 10 FPGA for recovery
  • Incredibly high quality cherryMX™ based retro keyboard with metal frame
  • Double shot keycaps that will last forever
  • Professional moulded C65-style plastic case with support for additional ports and other modifications
  • Modern features like 100 MBit fast LAN, dual SDHC™ card slots, digital video and more
  • Awesome chiptune potential: 4 SIDs, OPL2™ (wip), 4-channel 16-bit DMA-based Audio in FPGA
  • Keyboard FPGA allows for easy control and reconfiguration to individual needs
  • 40 MHz 8-bit CPU, 384 KB fast RAM, 8 MB serial RAM (wip)
  • VIC-IV video controller with VGA™ and digital video connectors
  • Digital and analog video output usable at the same time
  • 3.5 mm 4-pin stereo audio socket. Audio is also sent on the digital video connector
  • Internal Pmod™ connectors for additional expansions like Tape, Userport, extra memory or real SIDs
  • JTAG™/FTDI™ programmer port for quick testing + flashing of bitstreams, debugging and coding
  • Supports real 1541, 1571, 1581 Commodore™ drives via IEC Port
  • Battery-backed real-time-clock (battery CR1220 not included)
  • Keyboard fits original Commodore™ 65 case

Software

  • Several great classic games pre-installed
  • Bundled with highly specialized and enhanced GEOS™ version (wip)
  • Built-in freezer menu with countless save slots (depending on SDHC™ card size)
  • Win, Mac and Linux tool chains and emulators for coding and sending files (PRG, SID, …)
  • Multiple D81 disk image support also supporting AutoBoot
  • Includes licensed Commodore™ 65 ROM
  • Community ported Gameboy Color and ZX Uno Core are available.

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Product Videos

MEGA65 Video Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEz3CQ343r4ssvIdmhDauMQ/videos

Development Support

  • Unique key for access to DevKit owners and development support forums plus additional channels
  • Latest documentation and source files are available for download free of charge

Scope of Delivery

  • MEGA65
  • Programming Manual
  • Big full-color printed box
  • Additional shipping box
  • Preconfigured 16GB SDHC™ card with Commodore™ 65 ROM, games and apps
  • Refurbished 3,5” floppy disk drive
  • 12V 2A power supply (110 - 220 V)
  • Access to all C65 ROMs and the enhanced MEGA65 ROMs with BASIC65.

References

Additional Information

  • The TEI0004-02 listed beneath as accessory is only required for reprogramming the MEGA65 MAX 10 FPGA.

  • TE0790 - XMOD FTDI JTAG Adapter
    The TE0790-03 is mainly for VHDL developers to quickly test bitstreams and/or reprogram the whole flash memory. It currently also enhances software development.

All modules produced by Trenz Electronic are developed and manufactured in Germany.

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