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In defence of emulation

Posted by dgrubb , 18 April 2018 · 185 views

A common sentiment found among retro-computing enthusiasts is that there's nothing quite like the real thing. It's understandable, computers and game consoles (i.e., computers disguised as toys and appliances) are physical items and our happy nostalgic memories are complimented by recollections of touch and heft: the feedback of button clicks, shunting ca...


Jaguar USB Tap: Wrapup

Posted by dgrubb , 23 January 2018 · 330 views

Busy month, but I'm elated to have, finally, nailed down the hardware design and have working firmware!   A few words on USB ...  In ye olde' days, such as when the Jaguar was developed, connections with the outside world were often turn-key and very simple. On the Jaguar controller, a selection of pins are used as address selectors and eac...


Jaguar USB Tap: The agony (of hardware bugs) and the ecstacy (of firmware)

Posted by dgrubb , 24 December 2017 · 324 views

Development environment  To start writing code for our STM32F07 series uC via an ST-Link programmer (embedded in a cheap Nucleo board, see previous entries) all we need are a few easy to obtain tools: a C compiler (although Rust is becoming more interesting as an embedded language), a debugger and a tool for handling communication with the uC over th...


Jaguar USB Tap: hardware update

Posted by dgrubb , 08 December 2017 · 245 views

My PCBs arrived today so I was able to solder together a prototype. No magic smoke! 
Next up: finishing the firmware ... 


Project: Jaguar USB Tap

Posted by dgrubb , 30 November 2017 · 409 views

Justification  In recent years the retro-gaming community has taken a revisionist view of the Atari Jaguar. What was once a console marred by failure is now more regularly being perceived as a missed opportunity. Rather than maintaining a reputation as a broken console the Jaguar is becoming more highly regarded as a technical innovator failed by a l...

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