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Ultimate-64 Elite

€ 239

€ 197,52 excl tax

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Ultimate-64 Production Q2 2019


Ultimate-64 Elite

Ultimate 64 Elite

What is it?! This board is a hardware implementation (FPGA) of the entire C64, and it includes the Ultimate-II+ as well. An ALL IN ONE solution!

Questions you may ask:

  • What is the difference between the "Elite" the "regular" Ultimate-64?
    • The Elite version has ZIF sockets with gold plated contacts for the SID chips, and the board is completely jumperless.
    • An additional difference is that the unit has a boxed (shrouded) header for the UserPort expansion, which reduces the risk of shorting the 12V line to a data line and blowing up the U64 board.
    • The color of the board will be black. (To be confirmed for mass production.)
    • New:The "U64-E" will have a joystick swap switch, so port 1 and 2 can be swapped easily.
  • Jumperless? Does that mean that the Ultimate detects the type of the SID chip inserted?
  • Yes, this is correct.
  • What if it accidentally detects my 8580 as 6581, and give it 12V power? It will blow up my 8580!
  • The detection is based on a logical timing difference between the two chips, not on an analog property, so the detection is pretty solid. It is the same detection mechanism as present in the SID player. On top of this: The Elite version comes with an extra safeguard. The 6581 type needs to be confirmed in the configuration. So only if the SID in the socket is detected as a 6581 AND the configuration says that it is a 6581, then the 12V will be applied.
  • Does it require a different firmware than the current "1.2" board?
  • No, it runs the same firmware.
  • Are the sockets really going to be blue?
  • No, on the prototypes they will be green, and on the final boards they will be black.

Project

At the time of writing this bit of text, March 10, 2019, the 10 pieces of prototype of this "Elite" board are about to get assembled. When the automatic SID setting works as expected, the mass production will be started. As stated in the general Project Status page, components are on stock for the production of 540 boards. Only 300 'sets' of components will be used for the production of the regular 1.2 boards, and thus about 230 boards may be of the "Elite" type. A final allocation will be made on the demand for the Elite type.
Planning wise, this will be the order of the production:
  • 10x Elite prototypes
  • 300x "Standard" U64 - V1.2 -> For dispatch in April
  • 230x "Elite" U64 - V1.3 -> For dispatch in June

Customer Reviews

  • (Posted on 2019-01-20)




    This the best C64 I've ever had! Compatible, comfortable and affordable - the only logic replacement for the dying C64 hardware. It's a plug and play job - plug it into your old C64 case, connect the keyboard and off we go - PLAY! Oh no, wait - there is a little configuration to do, right but only for the first time. Then you just switch it on and enjoy. The brilliant display brings memories back, the Sid emulator is good enough for me and the Ultimate software (you learned to love using the Ultimate 1541) lets you enjoy the new simplicity. So far all demos and games worked without problems. I love this outstanding hardware, thanks!


  • (Posted on 2019-01-09)




    When I first heard about Gideons plans, I was excited about the prospects of an FPGA solution to a replacement of the aging Commodore 64 mainboard. Fast forward to the day I received my Ultimate 64, I have to genuinely say this is THE MOST significant piece of hardware to emerge since the CMD peripherals of the 90's. The realization of Gideon's vision of an FPGA mainboard is simply stunning. From the wonderful implementation of the original ports, to dual SID's and significantly, the integration of his Ultimate II+, this is quite simply a bargain that should not be missed. To completely appreciate it you should experience it for yourself. Thank-you Gideon for bringing this work of art to the world!


  • (Posted on 2018-10-25)




    *** To review the U64 with all it's options is something near impossible in here, unless you want to read several pages, so I've decided to mention some of the features I love with it *** With the 1541U built in to the U64, getting games on the system are so easy, anyone can find their childhood memories on the net, (legally) . Most people have a USB stick lying around, so filling it up with D64, TAP or G64 images is just a matter of what types of stuff you like, be it games, demos or magazines... The U64 takes all the games I've tested with it (Turrican among *alot* of others) and in HDMI mode the screen stands crystal clear on my 49" TV. -As stated elsewhere, you wont go back the an original C64 system after using the U64. There's alot of things to change, so you can personalize it in many ways. The U64 is so easy to use, and if you set it up using an Action Replay MK 6, the load times are acceptable. The U64 also have the ability to use an external 1541, cartridges and a Datasette if you ever need it. The sound in the U64 surprises me quite a bit. The SID 8580 (The one I prefer) sounds really good. -So does the 6581. It's like getting a new C64 with future options (USB) and still having the ability to use the Datasette and 1541 disksdrives. All in all, if you're a C64 fanatic like me, the U64 is a MUST BUY !!! -You will never regret it


  • (Posted on 2018-05-01)




    It's obvious, even if our old 8bits computers have a great lifetime, they will soon die, just because they are not manufactured anymore. So FPGA is obviously the only alternative to dying hardware. And this is where the Ultimate 64 is a true impressive product for getting a brand new C64 up and running. Plug the Ultimate 64 in your old c64 case and attach the original keyboard to it, and you're in. In addition to this, The ultimate 64 combines all the great features coming from the ultimate 1541. The manufacturing quality is really impressive, the support is great, and it's just so easy to use it. Thanks for this masterpiece Gideon !!!


  • (Posted on 2018-05-01)




    Awesome machine! The display is brilliant you want no turning back to an old c64. Also the sid over HDMI is pretty well done! Also for the audio freaks there is an header to take directly the signal from the analog sid. I want to buy a second one!


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Ordering Info

The Ultimate products for the Commodore computers presented on this website are made by a one-man company. This means dedication and passion, but it also introduces "small scale" effects. Orders are processed in spare time. Please do not expect overnight delivery as is often seen with large mail order companies.

Pre-orders and Back-orders

  • Pre-orders are used for products that generally have a long lead time, caused by production that is just starting or scaling up. The delivery time is not certain and may shift. The Ultimate-64 falls into this category.
  • Back orders When a product is in back-order, it means that the product is temporarily out of stock, but is expected to be filled within some weeks. Production stabilized and more stock is expected than current open orders.

Preordering procedure:

  • Simply place your order through the webshop system. Make sure your shipping address is correct!
  • It has been decided (and implemented in the webshop) that pre-orders do not need to be paid anymore in advance, per se. You can, but you don't have to.
  • First come, first serve. Products will be dispatched in the same sequence as in which the orders were placed.
  • Orders are internally labeled with production / shipping batch number. (May become visible in the order status, t.b.d.)
  • General information about the production and shipping batch numbers will be made available on the website. (Location: t.b.d)
  • When a production schedule is known for your order, you will receive an e-mail with an estimated shipping date.
  • Your order needs to be paid before the scheduled shipping date. About 2 weeks before your order is scheduled for shipping, you will be reminded to pay for your order.
  • Unpaid orders may be re-allocated after the payment reminder, or even canceled after a second reminder.
  • Invoices are automatically issued after payment. You can use the order confirmation as a proforma invoice.

Shipping

The final assembly stage for the products takes place in the Netherlands. There are only a few feasible low-volume shipping options available that operate worldwide:
  • PostNL
  • Deutsche Post

The prices of PostNL went skyrocket a few years ago. Deutsche Post allows small packages to be sent as letters worldwide, which is a great option! The downside is that these packages can only be sent from a post office in Germany. I am willing to take a drive to Germany if there are many packages to send. This is usually the case after a new production batch arrives. So, whenever a product is on back order (or pre-order), you can select Deutsche Post; it won't cause any delays. For products that are on stock, you may choose between:
  • PostNL
    • your package will be shipped whenever possible, but not at the lowest possible cost
  • Deutsche Post
    • your package will be shipped in a batch shipping at an attractive rate.

Stock

Stock is usually limited. Products are produced in reasonable batch sizes, that balance between risk and cost. I tend to be conservative and like to keep risks small. I believe that only with this strategy I can continue this project and provide the 'ultimate' Commodore products for you.

Thank you for your understanding and patience!

Gideon