Slashdot Player TommyROM writing : The Commodore 65 was a never-released computer that was to follow the legendary Commodore 64 of 1982. Developed between 1990 and 1991, it would have been the most powerful 8-bit computer on the market with 128K of RAM, high resolution graphics (up to 1280×400), and stereo sound. A some prototypes were made before the Commodore canceled the project in 1991.
Now an updated version of the Commodore 65 has been made. Project founder Paul Gardner-Stephen began recreating the C65 in 2014, and eventually partnered with the nonprofit. Museum of electronic games and art to create the FPGA Mega65, a modernization of the original Commodore 65 with a custom main board, mechanical keyboard and injection molded case. It uses the original C65 ROMs but improves the design with SD card support, Ethernet and HDMI output. It’s about 40 times faster than a C64 and backward compatible, including cartridge and joystick ports. The design is open source for long term compatibility. In addition, there is a portable version in the works which is also a cell phone. They’re currently taking pre-orders for the Mega65 for $ 666.66 ($ 742 plus shipping).
The Retro Hour podcast has a interview with founder Paul Gardner-Stephen where he discusses the momentum of the project and goes into more detail about the design.
The Mega65: a modernization of the Commodore 65 computer canceled from 1991
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