I started my own opensource project (game console / home computer) to support Olimex iMX233-Micro board.
Webpage will be: http://www.matej.tech
Forum will be: forum.matej.tech
(I hope 20.9.2016 will be everything online)
I will call my game console "Matty" as it is nickname for my real name Matthew (Matej).
I have choosen minimalistic and ultracheap ARM sbc board (Olimex iMX233-Micro) but one with good documentation
of SOC. And yes whole board is very well documented (fully opensource - GitHUB). So in future
there is possibility of own manufacturing derivate of it!
I know there are powerful Raspberry PIs and other very nice complex SBC boards. But this one is very retro and very indie...
This board is by very well known manufacturer (they can produce 1000s boards) but is highly
underestimated (no development like on Raspberry PI). Manufacturer of SOC writes on their page long time support for it (2025-2030). So I have decided to support it in this way!!! And other and main reason is that I allready own 2x at home...
Some specs:32Bit Risc ARM CPU / 454MHz
64 MB RAM
TV PAL/NTSC video output
720x480 pixels (NTSC)
720x576 pixels (PAL)
16,777,216 (24-bit color depth)
Pixel Processing Pipeline (PXP)
1 USB High Speed Host
Stereo headphone DAC with 99 dB SNR
Compare to Nintendo 64:
CPU: 64-bit NEC VR4300 (MIPS R4300i) running at 93.75 MHz
GPU: 64-bit Reality Coprocessor, running at 62.5 MHz
Audio: 16-bit, stereo, CD quality
4 MB RDRAM (Rambus DRAM) on a 9-bit 562.5 MB/s bus, upgradable to 8 MB with Expansion Pak
ROM cartridge (Nintendo 64 Game Pak) bus running at 264 MB/s
Resolution: 240p (320×240), 288p (384×288), 480i (640×480), 576i (720×576)
Color palette: 16,777,216 (24-bit color depth), 2,097,152 possible colors (21-bit color) on screen
So it is not so powerful as todays PCs or RPi3 but it is very powerful as retro game console (like N64, PS1, Jaguar, 3DO, CD32).
Price will is 19Euro / cca. 20USD. Also there will be 3D printed case (I will do full documentation as I am 3D CAD engineer and open source it). Design will be like little SNES or GENESIS. I plan to have forum for development, cms website, wiki page and every half year PDF MattyMagazine.
I also will do some coding / pixelart / chipmusic competitions there too!!!
All developers will be welcomed! I will make also MattyTeam (MattyLinux,Games,Ports,Language Translations,Magazine,MattySpace Events).
There is allready linux image for that board so we will just add GUI there... There will be place on my site for other indie and retro software houses / developers (download games, apps from my page).
Also games/apps will be levelware
. If you will love game (few levels will be free) you will be able to buy
extra level game pack...
Tools for development:
C++, C ,Pascal, Basic, Lua etc etc...
TileStudio / Tiled - sprites+map (PNG, MAP)
Milkytracker (XM,MOD) - music
MattyLinux will be very small just normal Linux + very simple gui like on PSP or old Nokia Phones (game loading menu, gamepad settings etc).
Please welcome to discuss your ideas here.
Have a nice day.