Fresh Amstrad CPC, PCW, Notepad NC100 NC150 NC200 and PDA600 news






A possible portable Amstrad CPC with an Odroid GO ?

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The Odroid GO is a portable video game console with a LCD screen (320 x 240), battery, direction pad and 6 buttons (easy to build). It uses the ESP32 SOC microcontroller. The builtin firmware emulates old consoles (GB, GBC, NES, SNES, SMS, GameGear and Colecovision). More interesting, it can emulate a ZX Spectrum, MSX both using a Z80. So of course, it could lead to a possible Amstrad CPC firmware.

Reading the last page of the September Odroid magazine, Andrew ARMSTRONG intends to use an Odroid Go to transfer to and from an Amstrad CPC 464.






Amstrad CPC TTF font by Damien Guard

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Damien Guard wrote an article about 8bit computers fonts, including the Amstrad CPC, and you can download a true type font. So now we know that it is influenced by the PC CGA font !





New version of the CPC assembler Dorgams (release Codigo Con CPC)

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Dorgams is an assembler in ROM for Amstrad CPC, created by Madram, Drill and Hicks. A new version is available.

The documentation in french and english is available on Dorgams' wiki.




RASM v0.97 by Roudoudou, an assembler/disassembler (multi platform) for Amstrad CPC

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The last version of RASM is v0.97 (27th July 2018). This multi platform assembler/disassembler (linux, windows, but not only like MorphOS on Amiga) let you program for Amstrad CPC.

La documentation en ligne est disponible.

  • bugfix conditionnal code inhibition with macro declaration
  • better alias infinite recursivity detection


The Amstrad Times by Ivor Spital (ingénieur chez Amstrad)

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Ivor Spital is an engineer at Amstrad, who at the start of the eighties when the company was looking for a new sector to bring profit growth, , did propose to enter the home computer markest, so work started in 1983 to make the Amstrad CPC 464. He is also one of the persons who wrote the Amstrad CPC 6128 manual.

I let you discover what The Amstrad Times is, written of course by Ivor Spital.



RetroVirtualMachine, a new WIP Amstrad CPC emulator is supporting the Dandanator expansion card

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RetroVirtualMachine by jcgamestoy is a new Amstrad CPC WIP emulator for MacOS, Windows and Linux.

The v2.0 WIP does support the Dandanator expansion card..




Symbiface III being worked on since at least April 2018

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TMTLOGIC gave informations in April 2018 about the developpement of the Symbiface III card (see CPCWiki source too) :

  • USB mass storage device FAT32, tested with an speed of 700Kb/sec, seen as drive D
  • USB wireless mouse
  • 512 KB RAM
  • RTC (not compatible with the SF2 RTC) and a battery
  • OLED display

The final choice of the features isnt frozen, you can propose other features on CPCWiki.