March 24, 2014
The mystique of the Amiga 500 is undeniable. Commodore’s groundbreaking machine continues to captivate old rockers and computer pussies nearly 30 years after its launch (just writing these lines already gives us the creeps), but what’s even more to be admired: some of those fans even dare to launch new compatible machines. The latest one is Armiga, an ARM-hearted project that has come to Indiegogo with the promise of bringing your old 3.5-inch floppy disks back to usefulness.
This small-sized team uses an ARM CPU (the team used a Pi Pi during its prototype development, above) to perform emulation tasks without triggering the price of the final product, while thanks to its specific controller, the Armiga is capable of use your old floppy disks to dump an SD card and access your data from there, be it executable or otherwise. If you are into emulation issues, you will know that reading an Amiga floppy with a PC is nothing short of mission impossible, but those responsible for the project claim to have achieved a success rate of 90% thanks to its driver. If the project went ahead, the possibility of emulating the data contained in the floppy disk itself could be investigated directly, although surely more than one fan will tremble with horror just thinking about being able to damage their copy of Blood Money.
via Armiga, the ARM emulator for the Amiga 500 that wants you to dust off your old floppy disks.
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