This is an absolutely incredible adventure story about designing – and failing, and designing again – a homemade graphics card for the Amiga 2000, from Lukas F. Hartmann:
I decided in October 2015 in a feat of madness: “I’ll just make my own graphics card. How hard can it be?”
It turned out to be a very, very challenging project, but luckily I got much further than expected. On the way, I had to learn how to design a PCB and get it manufactured, how to work with SMD parts, how to program in Verilog and synthesize code for an FPGA, how SDRAM and DVI/HDMI work (or how to get them to do at least something). I also had to find out how to write a driver for the sadly closed/undocumented Picasso96 “retargetable” graphics stack for AmigaOS 3.
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