Hobbyists give C65-compatible FPGA design and emulation free




Under the name Mega65 have some hobbyists released an fpga design and associated software that allows a working Commodore 65 compatible computer can be built. The design incorporates an Ethernet implementation, an SD card reader and HD output.

Commodore did in the early nineties to the successor of the highly successful Commodore 64 home computer. The Commodore 65 had to get a considerably faster processor – a 3,54MHz CSG 65CE02 – as well as doubling the memory to 128KB, while remaining backward compatible with the Commodore 64. The model finally came not in time to market and bankruptcy Commodore International several prototypes were sold in 1994.

Are based on the Commodore 65 enthusiasts a hardware design developed to a Commodore 65 is to reconstruct. Implementation, Mega65 called, can be programmed on a fpga. According to the developers, it is a fully working 8bit-computer that is up to 50 times faster than the original Commodore 64. The model would be compatible with the home computer.

The software of the Mega65 includes support for Ethernet, HD output and SD cards can be read. The memory is expandable. Other hobbyists are encouraged with the software and hardware design for themselves to build Mega65 systems.


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