I have to confess: I had a lot of fun with ESP8266 modules. It's a perfect replacement when you need an Arduino with connection. Later, when ESP32 came, I plan to use those modules, but I had no time, because of work, etc.
Now I have time, I have energy, so let's play. And the best way to start playing with an electronic module is to make something totally obsolete, like, umm... Yes, like a retro computer!
So I started googling "ESP Spectrum", and voila! There were some results. And one of the most interesting projects navigates me to the ESP32 VGA kit.
Or, to be honest, ESP32 + VGA + keyboard + mouse + audio connectors.
I have ordered two kits.
Of course, I love FPGA for retro tinkering. I really do. I enjoy the massive parallelism of FPGA emulation (or "re-creation"). You can not achieve that smoothness and elegance with SW-only emulation. But I am not an SW emulator hater, of course. I did a lot of emulators myself, so I know it's still a lot of fun.
That kit should be interesting. It has a VGA connector, so I haven't fiddle with R2R DAC and connectors. It provides 2 bits for each color, so theoretically it can provide 64 colors. Two PS/2 connectors are nice, as well as the TF card connector...
Okay, I have ordered it yesterday, so I have two or three weeks of looking forward. :) I believe the first project I have to try is the ZX-ESPectrum.
See also those GitHub repositories:
Should I order more kits?
Stay tuned... :)
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