From the March/April 2020 Newsletter
C256 FMX (Status)
Rev C4B: Pre-Order (Dlvry: June 2020)
Rev C4A: Aug/Feb2020 Orders In Progress
Rev C4A: May-July 2019 Orders Fulfilled
C256 Foenix FMX Rev C4B – Pre-Order
(20 Units Available)
C256 Foenix Rev C4A – Status
VICKY II Design
I am really looking forward to finishing that design because it will mean that the overall design of the unit will be drawing to an end since the only thing left to do after will be to finish the different DMA controllers to support data transfer for the IO devices and Sounds (DAC/ADC).
The Developers Lounge
A lot of stuff to show in this release:
1- Beginning of a Game (vide0)
2- Forth is coming to the C256 Foenix(video)
3- The Foenix will soon connect to BBS’s
4- Foenix IDE Recap (video)
5- Foenix IDE Tiles and Sprites (video)
6- How to configure Windows 10 for Dev on the C256 Foenix
C256 Foenix FMX: The Beginnings of a Space Game
I’m working on a little game/demo of the C256 Foenix FMX. I’m just winging it, so I’m not entirely sure what it’s going to be when it grows up. But it will have a space ship flying around, and it can shoot a torpedo that makes an annoying sound. Right now, this is showing two sprites that are independently moving and animating. Engine noises being generated by the SN76489 sound chip, and a simple tone generator / sequencer able to drive the three tone voices on the SN76489 (only one in use at the moment). All of this is being driven off the start of frame interrupt. And the star field is made up of tiles that are randomly chosen with the help of the FMX’s built-in random number generator.
There’s lots more I want to do with this, so this is a work in progress. At some point the source code will go on GitHub, and I will probably do a video explaining the various things it demonstrates.
mgcaret/of816 portable 32-bit Forth on real C256 Foenix
It is a very crude port of mgcaret/of816 Forth.
Daschewie is presently working on interfacing the C256 Foenix with a WIFI serial box that will allow him to connect to BBSs. Great Job! I am really looking forward to seeing that when fully working!
Daniel the owner/maintainer of Foenix IDE has been hard at work lately. He has been improving the tools considerably and on top of that, he has created 3 New videos for us to better understand how to set ourselves up when we are beginning then, how to use the different tools inside Foenix IDE for graphics and finally how to install the tools on Windows 10.
Foenix IDE Recap
Foenix IDE Tiles and Sprites
How to Configure Windows 10 for Development on the C256 Foenix
The Last word
Public Discord C256 Foenix Channel
Even if there is more and more information about the machine going into the wiki on the website and some on the forum, I think we have been missing something lately.
Early on I tried to stay focused and invite only the people that were really interested in the project and were committed to helping but the closer we get to have something finished the more people are interested and would like to know more and I feel that right platform to do that would be to have another Discord channel dedicated to the people that want to know more and would like to have discussions about it.
So this is why I am opening this discord channel for the general public for anybody who wants to know more and would like to chat with the existing users.