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Turbo Chameleon 64

Turbo Chameleon 64

Multipurpose Cartridge for the Commodore 64 -- AND A LOT MORE!

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Turbo Chameleon 64 is an extremely user-friendly multipurpose cartridge that can be used without opening the computer. It is just plugged to the expansion port of the C64. Everything a C64 user would expect from a multipurpose cartridge is there -- plus a lot more, as you can see in the features overview.

The Turbo Chameleon 64 cartridge can also be operated as a stand-alone unit (since it's basically an FPGA computer like the C-One or the Minimig in a C64 cartridge case), replacing the computer, the floppy drive and the heavy power supply (or a Spectrum or even an Amiga like shown in this Links opens in new window/tabYoutube video, you only need to load the respective Spectrum or Minimig core).

When used as a stand-alone unit, a USB power adapter (available separately) or active USB hub can be used as a power source. Even a USB-enabled computer (or LCD TV, DVD players, ...) can be used to power this nifty little cartridge.

If you are interested in running the TC64 in stand-alone mode, we recommend to have a look at the Chameleon Docking Station. This expansion allows you to add joystick and keyboard connectors to the TC64 base unit.

Technical data in short:
  • VGA-output with 60 Hz refresh rate or more.
  • Turbo function with full 6510 processor compatibility (incl. illegal opcodes). For the first time, a C64 accelerator does not use a 16-bit processor, but an accelerated 6510. The "Synthmark" benchmark shows that the TC64 is even faster than the former champion, the SuperCPU (TC64 scores factor 9.3, the SCPU scores 5.5). Especially applications like Geos or Pagefox gain a lot of improved usability from this speed increase.
  • Cycle-exact REU (memory expansion) with 16 MB RAM.
  • MMC/SD card slot with MMC64 compatibility and 1541-emulation. The TC64 floppy emulation goes far beyond what other flash-based mass storage solutions like the uIEC can offer.
  • Connector for PS/2 mouse (emulation of 1351 and Micromys) and PS/2 keyboard.
  • Freezer (compatible with Retro Replay). ROMs can be stored in onboard flash or read from MMC card (as .crt or binary files).
    Emulation of the following utility and game cartridges is available: 8 or 16 KByte (EP)ROM cartridges, Simons' Basic, Ocean type 1, FunPlay, Super Games, Epyx Fastload, Westermann Learning, C64 Game System (system 3), Warpspeed, Dinamic, Zaxxon, Magic Desk, Comal-80, Ross, Mikro Assembler, StarDos, EasyFlash, Prophet-64, Mach-5, PageFox, Business Basic (S'More).
    Emulation of the following freezer cartridges is available: Action Replay, RetroReplay, Final Cartridge 3, Expert Cartridge, KCS Power Cartridge, SuperSnapshot 5, Capture.
  • Battery-backed real time clock (battery not included).
  • IR receiver for CDTV remote control.
  • Connector for RR-Net (only when connected to a real C64).
  • USB link to a PC for debugging and data transfer.
  • Special software can use more colours or higher resolutions (these modes are not compatible to the DTV64, though).
Turbo Chameleon 64
(image shows prototype version)

All this goodness is packed in a bright yellow case with blue buttons!

The Turbo Chameleon 64 cartridge is under constant development. Since it is a re-configurable platform, hardware updates can be installed by updating the flash of the cartridge. This does not require expert knowledge, and it doesn't even require opening the cartridge. All you need is an internet-enabled PC (running Linux or Windows) with a USB port, this lets you perform the update via a USB connection. The special breakout-cable required for this connection is included with Turbo Chameleon 64.

Please visit the Links opens in new window/tabSyntiac Pages/Turbo Chameleon for more detailed in-depth documentation on the Turbo Chameleon 64 cartridge. There's also a Links opens in new window/tabmailing list for betatesters with first-hand information right from the horse's mouth (i.e. the developers participate in the list).

Turbo Chameleon 64
  • upper left corner: mini USB cable (for data transfers, 180cm)
  • middle bottom: Turbo Chameleon 64 :-)
  • upper right corner: breakout cable with connectors for USB (power supply, 80cm), keyboard and mouse (both PS/2, 20cm), IEC (DIN, 20cm)
  • The hardware comes in a nice and stable box (together with a short user manual)

Please note: In stand-alone mode, the power supply should at least have 5V/1000mA. Please do not operate the Chameleon with a weaker power supply!

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