1088XLD by MyTek
A note about the 1088XLD
In March of 2017, I--along with many others--was approached by MyTek of AtariAge (and *many* other Atari improvements. Did you know that he created a Color GenLock for the Atari 8-BIT?!? ) to help develop the 1088XEL. I have had the honor of selling the XEL in its various incarnations to hundreds of people. Soon after the XEL was launched, MyTek had an idea about developing a new Atari computer based on the footprint of the 1050 disk drive. He included many of the XEL beta testers as well as some new folks to test out this product. Months of alpha and beta testing have gone into this. I am honored that he has again allowed me to sell his wonderful products in my store.
A couple of things will be different:
- We have (so far) decided that because of the way this unit is constructed, we are going to only sell them as assembled units OR bare PCBs with a printed BoM. You can select a unit that is assembled and tested, but you provide the Atari 40 pin chips if this is something you would like to do.
- Every single assembled unit will come with a manual that includes a collection of printed schematics and a user guide for the BIOS that was carefully constructed by FlashJazzCat. Every unit we sell results in a royalty payment to FJC for his firmware. Check out his website here: https://atari8.co.uk/
- Every unit will take about two weeks of build time. It is possible that it will take a bit longer.
- Other products and accessories will be provided as they become available.
- You will need to purchase either a video breakout box (BoB) OR build your own cable for video. Alternatively, you could add in a Sophia rev. B (here) OR a VBXE (here) and just use a standard Atari SC1224 for video (no extra cable or BoB needed).
NOTA BENE: If you purchase a Bare PCB set version of the XLD, you are explicitly stating that you have the skills and the wherewithal to build this unit on your own. MOREOVER, although we have gone to extensive lengths to avoid problems, if you purchase a red or a blue Bare XLD PCB set, you acknowledge that there may be errors in the build that may require you to cut traces, jumper pins, run jumper wires, remove/add components and/or make a pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji in order to finalize your build. Also, Bare PCB sets will NOT include a manual of any kind.
This will be added to and altered over time. For now, this is directly from MyTek's website: https://ataribits.weebly.com/1088xld.html
1088 XLD 1050 Form Factor Atari 8-Bit
This is a complete ground up redesign of the Atari 8-Bit Computer Motherboard, created with an emphasis on more modern methods of mass storage/retrieval, beyond floppies, and beyond cartridges.
With it's built-in IDE interface and the Ultimate One Megabyte's advanced firmware, an attached CF Drive adapter will greatly exceed the capabilities of all other disk drives that came before it, including an actual hard disk drive.
The internal CART/ECI edge card connector combo provides a complete parallel expansion port, thus giving the 1088XLD a powerful future upgrade path.
Advanced Music and MIDI Capabilities
If you ever found yourself envious of the C-64's renowned SID chip, a precursor to the Apple IIGS Ensoniq wavetable synthesis sound chip, no longer will this be the case. Because when it comes to sound effects and music, the XLD's built-in Dream Blaster MIDI Synthesizer capability outshines them all. Couple this with dual Pokey chips, and you have the ultimate audio experience in full stereophonic sound.
And did we mention MIDI? The 1088XLD provides a MIDIMATE compatible MIDI interface, sporting not only the typical MIDI-IN and MIDI-OUT jacks, but also a MIDI-THRU. Utilizing the Synth Source select switch, either MIDI-OUT or MIDI-IN can be directed at the internal S2 module that we talked about earlier, or simply routed out to an external MIDI device of your choosing.
PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard
Uses any PS/2 device and converts it into a form that the Atari OS will understand, while also bringing advanced macro functionality, independent of any constraints of existing programs and applications.
Next Generation Video
Because of it's inclusive UAV video board, the standard composite and S-Video sources are of a quality rarely ever seen on any Atari 8-bit computer. And with an easy upgrade path for either a VBXE or a Sophia video board, beautiful RGB output is also possible in tandem with the standard video, or in lieu of.
Captures that Original Atari Look
To really give it a truly XL flavor, this imaginative re-creation uses a form factor that will drop directly into a virtually unmodified, non-working, and long abandoned Atari 1050 Floppy Drive case. Bringing new life to where there was none before.
NOTE: FINAL RETAIL PRODUCT WILL DIFFER COSMETICALLY. Pictures to follow!