Tuesday, July 10 2018 @ 12:38 CEST
Contributed by: tingo
MiSTer (MisTer wiki) is a port of well known MiST project (Getting Started) to a larger FPGA and faster ARM.
Based on Terasic DE10-nano board, some of the improvements over the MiST board:
Due to a larger FPGA, bigger systems can be created. It's also possible to add more support from ARM side. For example TZX tape format can be parsed on ARM and then send to FPGA. Firmware is not limited by code size or available RAM. It'e even possible to emulate some parts of system on ARM which is not available in FPGA (so-called hybrid emulator).
- Altera Cyclone V SE FPGA (5CSEBA6U23I7) with 110,000LE (41,500ALM) and 5,570Kbit of Block RAM
- ARM Cortex A9 dual-core CPU at 800MHz
- HDMI video and audio allowing connect to any modern monitor/TV
- DDR3 1GB available for both ARM and FPGA
- High speed ARMFPGA interconnect due to both are in the same chip
- Linux on ARM provides support for many I/O devices and file systems
- Board is mass produced by a big manufactured and freely available for a relatively cheap price 130USD (99USD for students/professors)
MiSTer scales original video resolution to a standard HDMI resolution (usually 1280x720p60), so you don't need to look for some ancient monitor with VGA input supporting non-standard resolution and frame rates. For purists VGA is still available and it outputs original video resolution.