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ZX Spectrum Next – Kickstarter Goes Live

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It’s not often that we post news on our front page but today (which is the ZX Spectrum’s 35th anniversary fact fans) we just had to tell you about this. The Kickstarter for the ZX Spectrum Next has finally gone live!

So get yourself over to Kickstarter and get backing if you want to help fund this wonderful project.

We at Retro Asylum have been lucky enough to see the hardware running in person and we were very happy with what we witnessed.

The Spectrum Next is fully implemented with FPGA technology, ensuring it can be upgraded and enhanced while remaining truly compatible with the original hardware by using special memory chips and clever design. Here’s what under the hood of the machine:

Processor: Z80 3.5Mhz and 7Mhz modes
Memory: 512Kb RAM (expandable to 1.5Mb internally and 2.5Mb externally)
Video: Hardware sprites, 256 colours mode, Timex 8×1 mode etc.
Video Output: RGB, VGA, HDMI
Storage: SD Card slot, with DivMMC-compatible protocol
Audio: 3x AY-3-8912 audio chips with stereo output + FM sound
Joystick: DB9 compatible with Cursor, Kempston and Interface 2 protocols (selectable)
PS/2 port: Mouse with Kempston mode emulation and an external keyboard
Special: Multiface functionality for memory access, savegames, cheats etc.
Tape support: Mic and Ear ports for tape loading and saving
Expansion: Original external bus expansion port and accelerator expansion port
Accelerator board (optional): GPU / 1Ghz CPU / 512Mb RAM
Network (optional): Wi Fi module
Extras: Real Time Clock (optional), internal speaker (optional)

If you would like to see the hardware running and maybe catch a glimpse of some new games running on this great new computer and meet some of the team behind it then come and visit us at this years Revival show in May.

For more info on Revival 2017 please visit http://www.revivalretroevents.co.uk/

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