I introduced myself not long ago, but I am a Spanish amateur to the microcomputers of the 80s and especially lover of the Atari ST.
I have been a FPGA user for some time. Of the two that I use the most are MiST (MiSTica) and MiSTer.
I would have liked to post this post before, but since I am a new user it was important to read and have a little idea of the things that are spoken in the forum.
I will try to get to the point where possible, but this post, more than a request, is a reflection.
Don't you think that the British microcomputers of the 80s should be synthesized in FPGA so as not to depend on a computer and emulation?
While the rest of computers are already available and fully operational, receiving improvements constantly, these seem to be forgotten, when what is intended is the opposite.
I follow the news carefully and I am very grateful to all those who altruistically and unconditionally develop cores, all my recognition and support. But, does anyone consider it important to preserve this legacy in the form of FPGA?
Computers as important as the Grundy NewBrain
(Z80), Dragon Data 32
and 64 (6809), Tangerine Oric 1 and Atmos
(6502, Camputers Lynx
48, 96, 128 (Z80), Eaca Color Genie
(Z80), Tatung Einstein
TC-01 (Z80), Memotech MTX
Series (Z80), to give a significant example.
It's not just about playing, behind there are many things. There is a BASIC, in some monitors, disk operating systems, a host of things that if implemented in an FPGA, will make available to us the recreation of those mythical and sometimes so desirable microcomputers.
Do you consider it's important to contemplate the possibility of the preservation of these systems? They are not marginal, they have some very interesting software libraries and although there are few active users, if this is achieved I am convinced that many would appreciate it since it is not the same to depend on an emulator to be able to use the core.
Simply this is everything. If you think that is crazy, nothing happens, but I think it would be very positive and good for the scene and that would bring these microcomputers to many more users.
These are the microcomputers that we would all like to have in our fpgas. Some microcomputers share many components that are already implemented in other systems.
Thank You very much. Regards. ron.