ZX Spec­trum Next funded

Custom PC - - CUSTOMISATION / HOBBY TECH -

An ef­fort to recre­ate the Sin­clair ZX Spec­trum has suc­cess­fully passed its crowd­fund­ing goal, with pro­duc­tion of the first mass-pro­duced boards sched­uled to take place be­fore the end of the year.

Built around a Xil­inx Spar­tan field-pro­gram­mable gate ar­ray (FPGA), the ZX Spec­trum Next claims full hard­ware and soft­ware compatibility with orig­i­nal Spec­trum games and hard­ware, while also boast­ing im­prove­ments such as 512KB of mem­ory ex­pand­able to 2.5MB, a dou­ble-speed 7MHz mode, hard­ware sprites, na­tive HDMI out­put, and a case and key­board de­signed by Rick Dickinson (in­ter­viewed in Is­sue 137). More in­for­ma­tion on the open source project is avail­able from www.spec­next.com

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