The Fresno Commodore Users Group will be one of our table exhibitors again this year, and they've got some exciting news for Commodore fans. From Robert Bernardo:
I am pleased to announce that Jeri Ellsworth, the developer of the CommodoreOne, a.k.a. C1 Reconfigurable Computer, is coming to CGE this year. The CommodoreOne is a new PC-style board with none of the original Commodore components but can run the C64 core at greater speeds, can run in an enhanced mode with 16-bit color, multi-channel stereo sound, and bigger and larger sprites; and can use modern-day PC peripherals like PC joysticks, VGA monitors, IDE hard drives, CD-ROM drives, and PC keyboards and mice. The C1 is reconfigurable in that it can be updated by "flashing" its CompactFlash card with improvements to the system. In fact, it is reconfigurable in that it can be flashed with any 8-bit computer system, e.g., Atari 800, Texas Instruments TI-80, and Apple II. There is even talk that it can be flashed to be an Amiga 500/2000 computer.
The C1 has been in development since 2000, and a limited run of the boards was made earlier this year. Right now it is in limited distribution in North America and Europe. Full distribution will occur as soon as Jeri and her programming partners work out more of the bugs.
The C1 is the talk of the Commodore community here and abroad. In Germany, where the boards are actually produced, Jeri and the C1 have been reported in national magazines (not only computer/game-related magazines but also general magazines... the equivalent of our Time or Newsweek magazine), on the radio, and on television. Jeri has given interviews to all these media organizations, and has spoken about her work in Germany and in the United States at various Commodore/Amiga/computer events, such as the Chicago Commodore Expo, the Louisville Commodore Expo, the Vintage Computer Festival, the AmiWest Show, and the Midwest (St. Louis) Amiga Expo.
Early proponents of the C1 are gearing up to create operating systems, demos, and games which utilize the new features of this "Super Commodore".
When she comes to CGE, she will probably set up a C1 system at our Fresno Commodore User Group table for all to see, and she will happily entertain all questions pertaining to the C1 and gaming on it. She is a strong Commodore/Amiga fan but also has a love of Atari. Being a hardware hacker, Jeri would love to speak to any and all who have insights into computer/game hardware.
The C1 is still in its infancy; it is a work-in-progress. To see how far it has progressed, just go to the following websites:
http://www.c64gra.de/c-one (the official C1 site)
http://8bit.at/go6502 (the F.A.Q. about the C1)
http://pages.prodigy.net/snogpitch/c-one (a C1 tower)