Hello, 8-bit world!
Ok.. ok.. I always come up with 8-bit stuff, instead of 16-bit stuff. I promise to post some Amiga-related topics in the future, and I indeed have a "build a new Amiga 500" project comming up... soon... hopefully.
However, I want to show you an awesome little project, the Handheld 64
. This is a real C64, using actual C64 chips, compacted into a neat handheld form factor. This project has been designed and developed by a friend of mine. He has developed and manufactured the circuit boards, as well as the cover board and the bottom board. After the Handheld 64 got my attention, I got involved into this project, since I am trying to design a nice C64-style casing for this awesome device. I've started to do some 3D-modelling on the actual circuit boards as a foundation for building up the actual case in 3D.
Since I am in possession of the actual hardware, it will be much easier to work on the case design, since I can now take measurements from the real device. I also got some data from my friend's circuit board layout programm to work with.
Here are some pictures of the assembled Handheld 64:
I yet have to populate the Handheld 64 with my own original C64 chips, so I am looking forward to see it run. I've already seen a video of the working device, recorded by my buddy.
If you are interested, my friend sells the circuit boards of the Handheld 64, as well as a variety of other C64-related hardware developments, on his homepage: https://www.uni64.com/
However, you need to get all the eletronic components by yourself and do the soldering. A table of needed componentes are also provided on his homepage. He also runs an own forum where one can find information and help on his various projects: https://loop64.com/
At last, let me show you some work-in-progress 3D-work of mine, which is the beginning of my attempt to design a case for the Handheld 64:
This is just the start though, not much of a case to see till now.