Date : Mon, 02 Mar 2009 19:43:30 +0100
From : kortink@... (John Kortink)
Subject: Fwd: New Screen Modes with ARM7 Co-Processor?
On Mon, 2 Mar 2009 14:07:59 +0000 (GMT), tommowalker@...
>> I suppose you could put a local CRTC on the copro and do some fun
>> things that way - turn your beeb into some kind of CAD station...
>> I don't know if anyone ever did that back in the day - although some
>> copros had other local interfaces (e.g. SASI on the Cumana, serial
>> on the Torch Tosca, disk on the Torch Graduate etc.). Maybe there's
>> local video on the A500 copro (Dave/Chris?) although whether it was
>> usable in practice if so, I'm not sure.
>Some of the later A500 copros had VIDC chips on, I suspect that would
>be usable (otherwise why would they have bothered?). Whether it would
>be of any _practical_ use I don't know, essentially by that point
>you've got an Archimedes with a BBC hanging off the end.
More like the other way around.
Replacing the BBC video system with something more powerful
would probably prove more fruitful. To some. I don't agree
that you should teach old hardware new tricks. Like writing
demos, it's fun for a few days, and then starts gathering
dust. But something like non-interlaced DVI output of the
existing modes would be neat.
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