I found this little snippet in my files that I thought you might enjoy :o)
Masterpiece by Miracle Systems
The long awaited GRAPHICS CARD, now titled the "Masterpiece Enhanced
Graphics Card” will soon see the light of day. The targeted selling
price is £50 (may change).
The small circuit board will replace the 8301chip (for those who
have been replacing 8301's the cost of the board alone is well
worth being done with the 8301)) and will cause you to remove the
68008 if you hadn’t already done so.
There are two displays, QL mode (512 x 512) or an enhanced graphics
mode (1024 x 512 - requiring an SVGA non-interlaced monitor). Software
to drive the new board will reside in a new ROM to be issued for the
Super Gold Card (required for enhanced graphics). Masterpiece will
have 128K of video ram on board.
Those of you with Gold Cards will get the benefit of replacing the
costly 8301 chip and the ability to upgrade in the future, who knows
maybe the Super Gold Card or maybe even the Super-Duper Gold Card (the
last one, at present is only in our publishers mind).
What are you waiting for ?? Give yourself a Christmas present! I Call
Miracle Systems for further information.
On 30/03/2018 01:28, Peter Graf via Ql-Users wrote:
Am 29.03.2018 um 22:59 schrieb Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users:
(By the way, I wish Stuart had finished his QL Graphics Card,
because all the video converters I tried with my QLs suck.)
Yes, this is true. That's the reason I have built a prototype of a
bus-snooper that mirrors the QL screen on an HDMI monitor, but... damn
it, now that you know I will never finish it :-)
Believe it or not, but when I wrote my remark this noon, I was actually
thinking "that could be something for Marcel Kilgus" now that he started
playing with FPGA. Really.
My guess is that you'd use an FPGA with >=32 KB RAM, so why bus-snooping
and not fully replace the video area? Just to keep the original video
How would you work around the HDMI licensing costs issue?
Personally, I still prefer VGA, because I also have some older monitors
and converting VGA to HDMI can be done by small cheap dongles.
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