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= THE FOENIX WIKI =  
  
Welcome to the C256 Foenix Project! The C256 Foenix is a series of brand new computers lovingly made by Stefany Allaire in the style of the early 16 and 32 bit machines of lore!  This is your chance to be a participant in the development of a new platform -- to start with a brand new machine akin to a high-end Atari or Amiga, write its very first programs, see what it can do, push its limits, and experience something new!
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Welcome to the Foenix Project! Here you will find a series of brand new computers lovingly made by Stefany Allaire in the style of the early 16 and 32 bit machines of lore!  This is your chance to be a participant in the development of a new platform -- to start with a brand new machine akin to a high-end Atari or Amiga, write its very first programs, see what it can do, push its limits, and experience something new! Models are available with a 65816 CPU, a 680x0 series CPU, or both, with more CPU options planned for the future.
  
Compare the different [[models]],
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[[File:C256FoenixFMX_RevC4B.2.25.jpg|200px]]
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[[File:C256FoenixUBare.jpg|200px]]
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[[File:C256FoenixU_RevA0B.png|200px]]
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[[File:A2560K.png|200px]]
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[[File:A2560X Render.23.png|200px]]
  
Explore the [[documentation]],
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''' All Foenix systems include the following base features:'''
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{| class="wikitable"
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| || '''Graphics'''            || '''Layers'''                || '''Sound'''                || '''Ports'''            ||
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|-
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| || 320x240x60fps            || 16x16 mouse pointer        || 2x Gideon FPGASID          || SD Card slot            ||
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| || 400x300x60fps            || 8x8 character plane        || 16-bit stereo CODEC        || 2x PS/2 (kbd/mouse)    || 
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|-
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| || 640x480x60fps            || 64 16x16x256 sprites        || TI SN76489 (Sega, Cabinets) || Stereo 1/8" headphone  ||               
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|-
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| || 800x600x60fps            || 4x 16x16x256 tile planes    || Yamaha OPL3 (Sound Blaster) || Stereo RCA Line In/Out  ||
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| || 24-bit RGB color space    || 2x 256-color bitmap planes  || 3KHz piezo beeper          || 2.5" internal IDE HDD  ||
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|}
  
Join the [https://discord.gg/WqtwuEtN3a Discord],
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Additional features vary by class of unit:
  
Order your computer at https://c256foenix.com, and
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{| class="wikitable"
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| || || '''65816''' || '''680x0''' || ||
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| || '''Basic''' || C256U || A2560U || Basic units with 3-wire serial and an expansion port. ||
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| || '''Luxury''' || C256FMX || A2560K || Expanded units with MIDI, floppy, 9-wire serial, 25-pin parallel, and more! ||
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| || '''Explorer''' || colspan="2" style="text-align:center;" | Gen-X || All of the above plus support for two CPUs! ||
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|}
  
Join in the fun!
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= Get Started =
  
= Games =
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Compare the different [[models]]: [[C256-FMX]], [[C256U]], [[A2560U]], [[A2560K]], [[Gen-X]]
  
Many developers are working on games for the Foenix; some projects in the works include:
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Explore the [[documentation]]: [[C256]], [[A2560]], [[ICs]]
  
* A 2D Half-Life
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Join the [https://discord.gg/WqtwuEtN3a Discord],
* A Bomberman clone
 
* A classic graphical RPG
 
* A classic variation on Hamurabi
 
* Necromancer and Joust style games
 
 
To get you started, Daniel Tremblay has published two open-source games:
 
  
* https://github.com/dtremblay/fraggy
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Order your computer at https://c256foenix.com, and
* https://github.com/dtremblay/c256-tetris
 
  
Also, developers often post work-in-progress .hex files on the discord!
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Join in the fun!
 
 
= Languages =
 
 
 
* C: The [https://www.westerndesigncenter.com/wdc/tools.php WDC C compiler] is available for the 65816, and a modern compiler for the '816 has just been released. For the additional CPUs available on the Gen-X (68k, 486, RISC-V, etc) a variety of modern and "classic" compilers are available.  More on our [[C Compilers]] page.
 
* FORTH: OF816 and RetroForth are both available for the '816. See our [[Using Forth]] page for details.
 
* BASIC: all platforms include a brand new, clean-room BASIC for the 65816 [[Using Foenix BASIC816]].  Additionally, MMBASIC is being considered for the additional CPUs available to the Gen-X.
 
* PASCAL: A Pascal compiler for all CPUs is being explored!  Stay tuned!
 
* Smalltalk: A full-blown Smalltalk-like environment is in development for the 65816. You can follow the work on Discord.
 
* Assembler: all platforms include at least a 65816 CPU, and folks are using a variety of assemblers, tho 64tass appears to be the most popular.
 
* LISP/Scheme: Yep, you might soon be able to boot to LISP just as easily as booting to BASIC!
 
 
 
= Operating Systems =
 
 
 
For the more adventurous, several operating systems and desktop environments are in the works:
 
 
 
* FX/OS -- A Clean-Room GUI for the Foenix, written in C and presently compiling for the 65816.
 
* EmuTOS -- A port of the Atari-ST OS of the same name! (For the Gen-X/68k)
 
* TinyCore -- A distributed Smalltalk-like environment being ported to the 65816.
 
 
 
= Music =
 
 
 
The Foenix machines are an 8-bit musician's dream! All models include a TI SN76489, a Yamaha OPL3 (Sound Blaster), two Gideon FPGA SIDs, and a 16-bit CODEC.  The Gen-X and FMX models further include MIDI ports, a Yamaha OPM, and a Yamaha OPN. You can also add two additional SIDs to any model. Turn your Foenix into the ultimate chip-tune machine, use it as a sound-module containing every classic FM-synth you every wanted, or directly implement your own MIDI transformations without having to wade through 30 years of operating system baggage!
 
 
 
Once again, Daniel Tremblay is here to get you started: https://github.com/dtremblay/c256-vgm-player
 
  
 
= FAQ =
 
= FAQ =
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Is this another FPGA Retro like the MiSTer?
 
Is this another FPGA Retro like the MiSTer?
  
* No! These machines are the real thing. You'll be running on a real 65816, 68000, 68030, i486dx2, etc. :).
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* No! These machines are the real thing. You'll be running on a real 65816, 68000, 68040, i486dx2, etc. :).
  
 
Are these machines compatible with the C64? C128? Amiga? Atari-ST? IBM-PC?
 
Are these machines compatible with the C64? C128? Amiga? Atari-ST? IBM-PC?

Latest revision as of 18:17, 19 February 2022

THE FOENIX WIKI

Welcome to the Foenix Project! Here you will find a series of brand new computers lovingly made by Stefany Allaire in the style of the early 16 and 32 bit machines of lore! This is your chance to be a participant in the development of a new platform -- to start with a brand new machine akin to a high-end Atari or Amiga, write its very first programs, see what it can do, push its limits, and experience something new! Models are available with a 65816 CPU, a 680x0 series CPU, or both, with more CPU options planned for the future.

C256FoenixFMX RevC4B.2.25.jpg C256FoenixUBare.jpg C256FoenixU RevA0B.png A2560K.png A2560X Render.23.png

All Foenix systems include the following base features:

Graphics Layers Sound Ports
320x240x60fps 16x16 mouse pointer 2x Gideon FPGASID SD Card slot
400x300x60fps 8x8 character plane 16-bit stereo CODEC 2x PS/2 (kbd/mouse)
640x480x60fps 64 16x16x256 sprites TI SN76489 (Sega, Cabinets) Stereo 1/8" headphone
800x600x60fps 4x 16x16x256 tile planes Yamaha OPL3 (Sound Blaster) Stereo RCA Line In/Out
24-bit RGB color space 2x 256-color bitmap planes 3KHz piezo beeper 2.5" internal IDE HDD

Additional features vary by class of unit:

65816 680x0
Basic C256U A2560U Basic units with 3-wire serial and an expansion port.
Luxury C256FMX A2560K Expanded units with MIDI, floppy, 9-wire serial, 25-pin parallel, and more!
Explorer Gen-X All of the above plus support for two CPUs!

Get Started

Compare the different models: C256-FMX, C256U, A2560U, A2560K, Gen-X

Explore the documentation: C256, A2560, ICs

Join the Discord,

Order your computer at https://c256foenix.com, and

Join in the fun!

FAQ

Is this another FPGA Retro like the MiSTer?

  • No! These machines are the real thing. You'll be running on a real 65816, 68000, 68040, i486dx2, etc. :).

Are these machines compatible with the C64? C128? Amiga? Atari-ST? IBM-PC?

  • No! This is not a MEGA65, a Vampire, or an Ultimate64. We already have those platforms. This is something new and different!

Is there an emulator?

Is the hardware "Open Source"?

  • The schematics are available for download from the Discord. The FPGA code is presently closed-source to keep the platform from becoming fragmented.

Are there any programming tutorials for the Foenix?

Happy hacking!