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Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« Reply #105 on: March 03, 2015, 16:01:46 PM »
Great news! I was worried with all the drama surrounding this that he would only produce enough for the pre-orders and be done with it. Very cool there will be more available to buy, definitely grabbing one :113:

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Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« Reply #106 on: March 03, 2015, 19:16:24 PM »
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Great news! I was worried with all the drama surrounding this that he would only produce enough for the pre-orders and be done with it. Very cool there will be more available to buy, definitely grabbing one :113:

Yep, that's great news.  It was originally planned that way so it is good to see it will be happening just as planned.

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Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« Reply #107 on: June 12, 2015, 04:18:24 AM »
Here is the latest update:

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to give everyone an update.

1.  The source for the SIO connectors can no longer provide them.  I put out a request for help on Facebook and have some avenue's I'm looking at.   Need to buy them at no more than $1 each, so that makes it a bit tough, but I'm working on things.

2. Mark has been extremely busy and hasn't had a chance to review over things with me recently.   Work and paying the bills can sometimes get in the way of our hobby.  So I'm sitting tight waiting for him to free up some time.

3.  We had a discussion a while ago about perhaps including a built in game into the XM so that when no cartridge is present, instead of just the test/configuration program coming up from the XM, we'd perhaps have a selection to play a built in game that would use many of the XM features.    If anyone is interested in submitting a built in game, please email me 7800xm@gmail.com and let's discuss.

Thanks,

Curt

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Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« Reply #108 on: October 04, 2015, 03:58:24 AM »
An updated has been posted today by Curt:

"Two XM modules have arrived at Albert of Atariage's home for the upcoming show.
 
I'd also like to welcome Perry Thuente to the XM Team, he will be assisting with the completion of the XM BIOS. I am extremely happy to have such an amazingly talented coder such as him join the team and volunteer his skills in making the XM the best product possible."

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Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« Reply #109 on: October 04, 2015, 17:40:56 PM »
This project has had a LOT of ups and downs.  I wonder if 7800 BASIC will allow for use of the extra chips in the expansion!?
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Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« Reply #110 on: October 04, 2015, 17:53:59 PM »
Sadly, that is true.  Le'ts just hope it finally get the push it needs to see release.  I think Perry is a great addition to the team.  :)

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Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« Reply #111 on: June 11, 2016, 03:25:05 AM »
Here is an update posted today by Curt...

Update -

 

Team is back together and back to work.

 

Rev 3.5.1 board released to team late last night.

84 Pin CPLD code completed

BIOS being completed.

New XM "Killer app" games in the work.

Gerber files going to manufacturing for latest test run.

 

All features have been retained, nothing removed or excluded.

 

 

Curt


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Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« Reply #112 on: June 11, 2016, 10:44:55 AM »
Awesome news for the community.


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Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« Reply #113 on: June 11, 2016, 22:16:57 PM »
Nice to see it's still being worked on.

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Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« Reply #114 on: June 12, 2016, 04:58:54 AM »
Indeed!  Can't wait to get mine!  :)

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Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« Reply #115 on: May 31, 2017, 02:45:18 AM »
It's been a while but a new update has been posted by Curt today.  He, unfortunately, needed to have more cardiac surgery.  Thankfully, he is doing well...

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Hi,

  Just wanted to come on and say hi to everyone.   I escaped the jaws of death again, 7th times a charm, right?   If I have 9 lives, I'm running out.    I am doing very well after yet another heart surgery.   People keep asking me why I keep having all of these operations... the answer is simple:  I love that hospital food :-)

   Well, I've spoken with the XM team, been exchanging files, schematics and board design updates.   Trying to get myself back up to speed and making sure we are all working off the same revision of hardware and the latest BIOS done.

    So looks like everything is back in sync and looking good, I'm running off 4 sample boards tomorrow, should have them by next week.  Then I will be placing all of the sockets on the test boards, then adding components one by one, checking things and building them out.   I have boards going out to 3 specific people for testing and review and once thats done I need to send another to Mitch so he can test on every version 7800 type that exists to see about any compatibility issues, hopefully there wont be any.

    Will be about a month to give everyone a chance to fully test out.  Some people may post messages on their findings of post videos, that's up to them and I encourage it.   I'm just happy to be back to work on things and it feels good to be getting these test boards built out to send to people.

Curt


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