"Commodore USA" Makes Proper Use of the Name with New Version Commodore 64 PC

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Though I've been highly critical of Commodore USA in the past for their questionable business practices and use of the Commodore brand, it looks like their latest project is actually a noble one--recreating the Commodore 64 as a modern day PC. While it's clear those are merely high quality renders, they did also post some prototype photos from a plastic printer. While Commodore USA does not have the scalability to offer reasonable pricing, I certainly commend their efforts this time around. As just one example of the usefulness of this forthcoming product, if you're a hardcore Commodore 64 homebrew programmer, there would probably be no better way than to run an emulator on this computer and hack away with a highly usable version of the original keyboard.

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Bill Loguidice
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I think the only realistic

I think the only realistic (not horrendously expensive) way of doing that Chip is going the FPGA route with devices like the aforementioned MCC-216 and Chameleon. There's no reason those can't be almost completely authentic experiences given the right setup (and obviously maturation of the cores).

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Chip Hageman
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Absolutely.. If you get a

Absolutely.. If you get a team of people (engineering types) that remap everything 100% (cycle level accuracy, all bugs and non-documented features implemented) to an FPGA, you can certainly do it. My only gripe is that it's currently a hobbyist effort... so things are implemented in questionable quality.. sometimes they just support features by mimicking the results and not implementing things in actual logic (MCC216's drive access, for example).. and there seems to be a rift between everyone who has worked on the project so far.. and MCC's one tech guy who is working himself to death trying to patch an aging core.

Just wish there was a concerted effort to get everyone marching single file towards a goal.

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Bill Loguidice
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It's funny, but I've been

It's funny, but I've been hearing people elsewhere say, "well, I'm not interested in the breadbox C-64 PC, but the 'Pheonix' looks interesting". Hate to break it to them, but as was detailed on here, zero footprint PC's (laptop PC contents crammed into a keyboard case) have been around for AT LEAST the last 15 years from several different manufacturers. By the way, does THIS: http://www.cybernetman.com/en/Products/ZeroFootprintPC/ look familiar to anyone? That's right. That's the same thing that Commodore USA was promoting as their Pheonix product. The only original thing Commodore USA has done to this point is do the plastic mockup of the breadbox C-64 PC design...

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