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    Aquarius+: Worth a First Look!

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/225810914467 Updated link
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    Aquarius+: Worth a First Look!

    Sorry this took so long. I've taken a month to do some manufacturing, testing, etc., but it's finally available on eBay... https://www.ebay.com/itm/225777438199
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    Aquarius+: Worth a First Look!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/aquariusplus - Facebook Group https://github.com/fvdhoef/aquarius-plus - GitHub
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    Aquarius+: Worth a First Look!

    JLCPCB cannot currently program the FPGA (or, more specifically, the ESP32 which programs the FPGA). Not sure about PCBWay.
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    Aquarius+: Worth a First Look!

    The Gerbers, BOM, and PnP files are all on the GitHub, so anyone can source an FPGA-only kit if they want to.
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    Aquarius+: Worth a First Look!

    It's open source, so we're planning on providing instructions for local distributors and enthusiasts to order their own through site like JLCPCB and PCBWay. Others may opt to sell via eBay. Depending on how quickly it takes to ramp up production, I may make some quantities available from my...
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    Aquarius+: Worth a First Look!

    Updated case...
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    Building the Aquarius+

    Building the Aquarius+
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    Aquarius+: Worth a First Look!

    Aquarius+ rev2 prototype boards arrived, minus the Z80, power switch, and the bus connector. Those will be added, and the revised core for the Spartan 6 loaded soon.
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    Aquarius+: Worth a First Look!

    PCB Update Our first two rev2 boards are finishing up manufacturing. Three of the parts couldn't be sourced in time for production, so I'll be soldering those components in place myself. These first two unit will go to the dev team to make sure the FPGA and ESP32 images/cores work correctly...
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    Free Aquarius Games! New Releases!

    Free Aquarius Games! In celebration of reaching 1000 YouTube subscribers (congrats, Jay!) Spriteworx is offering their GREAT Aquarius games for free for a limited time! From personal experience, Dungeon Quest is one of the best new games I've played for a retro platform in a long time, Aquarius...
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    Aquarius+: Worth a First Look!

    For about a year and a half. Credit has to go to Frank van den Hoef, the architect of the system. Frank also worked on the VERA video adapter for the Commander X16, and that is what prompted me to reach out to him to see if something like the VERA could be adapted for the Aquarius. He asked why...
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    Just got a Mattel Aquarius, and it has issues...

    Very smart! Not a lot of people know that most chip/component manufacturers LOVE getting hobbyist requests for components. They WANT their technology to be accessible to people who are learning electronics. Most use either DigiKey or Mouser to fulfil those requests, so it's no skin off their...
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    Aquarius+: Worth a First Look!

    Here are some pics (rendered and actual) of the upcoming Aquarius+ platform... Hardware works! Emulator works! Here are the system features, at a glance: 512kb of banked RAM Color sprites Color tile maps Fully editable character set Bitmapped mode with "cell-based" color changes between...
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    Aquarius Computer: Worth a Second Look

    Of course, it also works in the AquaLite emulator, so you don't REALLY have to rely on actual hardware for it, unless you want to.
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    Aquarius Computer: Worth a Second Look

    Absolutely. Depending on where you're at (UK/EU or USA) there are vendors who can build and send you one. Search your local eBay for Aquarius MX for current vendors/resellers.
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    Aquarius Computer: Worth a Second Look

    Below is a quick run-down of the new and enhanced commands in Aquarius MX BASIC 2.0 (formerly USB BASIC). Many of the "new" commands are taken from Aquarius Extended BASIC. & Operator - Get Variable Address AND - Bitwise AND ASC$ Function - Convert Hexadecimal String to ASCII String ATN -...
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    Aquarius Computer: Worth a Second Look

    For those who don't know or follow the platform, the Aquarius Computer (Mattel/Radofin, not Syntrex) has just celebrated it's 40th Anniversary, as of 05 JUN 2023. Who cares, right? The system was abandoned by Mattel in 1984, cut loose from Radofin in the early 1990's... who really misses it...
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    Anyone own a Mattel/Radofin Aquarius?

    For anyone interested, here's a USB expansion module for the Aquarius Computer, the Aquarius MX (formerly the Micro Expander). https://github.com/1stage/Aquarius-MX
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    Just got a Mattel Aquarius, and it has issues...

    Great idea! There is a Mini Expander Diagnostic, but not one that tests the whole system.
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