I have gathered Questions from the Amiga Community for the Warp team. I wanted to give Amiga people around the globe the chance to ask the unique Warp Team from CSLABdfsdfs in Poland some important questions. I decided not to censor them in any way. So all of the questions are raw.
CS-LAB S.C is the ones behind the new 68060 Warp accelerators for Classic Amiga. So here are the answers from them.
Here are the Questions to the innovative CSLAB team
Will Warp accelerators come out for Amiga 2000?
I don’t know how big the interest of A2000 owners will be, maybe we can create a WARP560 adapter
Are there any plans to support Draco systems…???
We do not have the Draco system. We have nothing to test on this, I can’t say anything about it
I am about to get a 1200 and fit warp card in, would it work smoothly with Octamed Soundstudio?
I’ve never played with multi-channel sound, I don’t know how aggressive it is for the MC68060. The Music Card will support AHI driver. Does such sound use AHI ??
Will the USB driver be included or is it using the Poseidon thing?
The additional device on WARP cards is already pre-enabled. Now you will need to connect them to the AMIGA system. Will the USB port use the Poseidon Stack? We haven’t talked about the license for this stack with the owner yet, it all depends on the price and the possibility of software connection. At the beginning we want USB to support (mouse/keyboard/mass storage) USB speed on the WARP card is 12Mbit (about 1MB / s) so it is not a speed demon. In the WARP4060 card, it will probably be a much faster port.
Would you know if this is a good recap from the pics? Will you do recapping of Amiga 1200s together with getting a Warp 1260 package?
Unfortunately, our old AMIGA computers require so little work after so many years to return to full efficiency. Only such preparation of the computer will allow the cards to work correctly (stable). It may also be necessary to change the power supply or replace the capacitors with new ones. I think there are many electricians around the world who can do such services. The CS-LAB company does not have enough time for such treatments.
How are you sourcing your 060 chips? And is there an FPU and MMU on the board?
Currently, processors are available only at online auctions and in US and China warehouses. We have about 50 pcs MC68060 rev6 and several dozen sent by people interested in cards. For the card, the full version of the MC68060 is most recommended – it’s a shame to solder a weak processor to such a strong card
When? Price? Case?
The price will be revealed at the Amiga34 Event. Then the availability will be released after all of the most important tests are done.
How will the RTG part of the card work? Will you use Picasso96 or Cybergraphics for it?
The card supports Picasso96 drivers, each user is obliged to buy the driver himself (read) https://icomp.de/shop-icomp/en/33/items/icomp-confirms-ownership-of-p96.html
AHI for sound? What sort of driver will be used for sound? Will I be able to use many channels while tracking?
An AHI driver for the card will be written.
What sort of connectors is on the card? I see WiFi. Will Roadshow 68k be compatible with it?
Connector – CF-card, UEXT (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEXT) Audio for connecting the original AMIGA card to the cards and audio output from the sound card, Sampler stereo input. VIDEO port for connecting an internal scan doubler (only our production) 2 x USB (500mA), HD Video port.
Warp accelerators are important for Classic Amiga
It is so practical and nice to see that such an innovative group of people from Poland manages to challenge Apollo Team. The team behind the Warp accelerators don’t want to compete with Apollo Team they have told Amitopia. But these power cards will for sure become a complete and attractive alternative to the 68080 FPGA accelerators.
By the looks of the Warp accelerators for Classic Amiga. It looks like a solid product. They will be launching the prices at Amiga34! Which is terrific for their marketing plans and how to sell enough when their product is done with the testing period. The videos on YouTube where they demonstrate the power of the cards is proven to show that these guys at CS-LAB S.C mean business.
Amitopia Amiga Magazine will follow you up with lots of information about these interesting accelerators. We need choices in the Amiga world. It’s good for the market!
Source: CS-LAB S.C.