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In the community lounge, under the Non-English Language sub-section I am seeing only two Sub-topics Indian and Chinese, do other Country or Continent users see different topics than me being Indian? Why don't we have sub-topics for other Countries too? Just checking
"There is already enough hatred in the world lets spread love, compassion and affection."
I am constantly told that I need to maintain a very active LinkedIn Profile. What are your thoughts?
'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control,mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country! from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?' - Jay Leno
Drawing schematics again, this time the graphics hardware. I need a graphics chip (or a modern FPGA based replacement). It should be obtainable and of course offer as many features (HW sprites, resolution, colors, fonts...) as possible, while not requiring too much from the little 8 bit CPU that's going to use it.
Really great chips from the 8 bit age, like the Atari ANTIC, are almost completely unavailable, at least if you don't want to rip apart perfectly working old computers. They also often were designed to work together with a chipset and can get a little complicated when used standalone.
I have a MC6847 in my parts box, but it requires a good load of external logic and offers only a limited alphanumeric mode, but decent monochrome graphics modes (vector graphics on 8 bit computers!)
The TMS9918 needs only two DRAMs and not very much more logic. It managess this video memory itself and allows no direct access from the CPU. That makes things simple. No bus drivers or potential bus collisions. It even has some simple hardware sprites and the alphanumeric modes are better than the modes of the MC6847. Nice and well, but the 'graphics' suck. Big time. Complicated addressing, complicated color restrictions...
Do you know any alternatives? Modern FPGA replacements that produce VGA output instead of composite video?
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.