Lotharek To Release F7 Turbo Card For Atari XE/XL Computers

F7-Turbo-CardWith modern technology and components becoming cheaper each and every day, isn't about time we gifted our dusty old computers a performance boost? Lotharek has recently been working on something which matches this description, the F7 Turbo Card - an all new external accelerator for the 8-bit range of Atari systems.

This all new product for the the Atari XL/XE is set to grant the dated technology a new lease of life, introducing enhanced performances whilst running existing games and software, along with a new array of additional features.

Although this card is yet to be finished and sold online, Lotharek has released pictures and detailed information about this upcoming release. Furthermore several videos showcasing how titles such as Eidolon and Rescue on Fractalus perform with the added power have been uploaded to YouTube, gifting fans of Atari's early computers plenty of reason to stay tuned.

F7 Turbo Card Specifications

  • external CPU turbo card for Atari XL/XE
  • WDC 65C816 microprocessor operating at 20MHz
  • managed by Xilinx XC95 CPLD device
  • 512kb of zero waitstate SRAM
  • up to 14.5MB of storage ram – socket for external FPM SIMM DRAM
  • 512kB of Flash memory (support for fast OS)
  • working modes controlled by manual switches and software
  • external 5V power supply required
  • connected to XL models through the PBI. For XE machines CAR+ECI to PBI adaptor is necessary. Additional connections from old 6502C is always required – special adaptor in development
  • compatible with Ultimate 1MB

Link: Lotharek's Atari XE/XL F7 Turbo Card

Source: Atariteca

Last Updated ( 09 August 2013 )  


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(Link to this comment) thall72 2013-08-11 04:52
I love it when old systems see new hardware.

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