There are some new updated features of the Q68.
Q68 Video modes:
0. Standard QL MODE 8 256x256 pixel (8 colours)
1. Standard QL MODE 4 512x256 pixel (4 colours)
2. Q40/Q60 highcolour mode 512x256 pixel (65536 colours)
3. Q40/Q60 highcolour mode 1024x512 pixel (65536 colours)
4. High resolution QL MODE 4 1024x768 pixel (4 colours)
5. Aurora mode 1024x768 pixel, 256 (colours)
6. Medium resolution highcolour mode 512x384 pixel (65536 colours)
In the standard QL modes and the high resolution mode 4, the Q68 offers
special monochrome display functions, in black & white, amber or green
colour, even if you attach a colour monitor.
The Q68 provides a stereo sampled sound system. Digital-analog
conversion uses 20kHz sample rate and hardware FIFO buffering for up to
1024 samples. Combined line / headphone output on jack socket.
SDHC Drive Interfaces:
The Q68 contains hardware for two independent SDHC card interfaces.
Fullsize card slots are provided for easier handling and copying of data
between two cards. One 4Gb SDHC Card Supplied with SMSQ/E Operating System.
DS1374C-33 real time clock.
Longlife super-capacitor for oscillator supply backup during power-off
Integrated recharge capability.
Serial port with up to 115200 (460000) Baud, external 9 pin SubD connector.
Internal 4 pin connector, hardware compatible with Minerva MKII I2C devices.
The Q68 mainboard contains a parallel extension bus with 8 bit
data/address bus and control signals for the possibility of add-ons.
The Q68 has an on-board CP2200 ethernet controller with integrated IEEE
802.3 MAC and 10 Base-T PHY. At the time this manual was written, no Q68
specific software support for the CP2200 was released.
The Q68 mainboard has a size of 8cm x 10cm and can be mounted in an
The Q68 is powered by a standard regulated 5V supply with 2.1 mm coaxial
Recommended Power Supply provide at least 1A for the devices that are
usually attached, for example keyboard, mouse and SDHC cards.
Power supply not provided with Q68, due to country differences in
voltage and mains pin configuration.
PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse:
6-pin female Mini DIN connector.
Keyboard and mouse ports are separate, but to save space, a combined
connector with signals for both ports is provided.
A standard PS/2 keyboard can directly be plugged into the mainboard. If
a mouse is also used, an additional PS/2 splitter cable is required.
Note: Splitter cables for PC notebooks usually have the mouse signals
where the Q68 has keyboard. The mouse and keyboard require swapping,
when using such a cable.
A Belkin PS/2 Splitter is available with the correct Q68 Keyboard
(Purple)/Mouse Green) colour designations.
Mouse versions with scrollwheel are supported, but LEDs inside the
keyboard are currently not used.
Batch 1 consists of 21 x Q68 boards, with options on Case and PS/2
I have created a pre-sales unconfirmed order list, based on the date of
the interest in purchasing a Q68.
I will be contacting everyone in date order of the enquiry, commencing
20/11/17, to confirm the Q68 order and give purchasing information.
Purchasing can be made by Paypal or Bank Transfer, shipping costs be
calculated based on customer location.
Q68 Batch 2, should be available in December/January
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