Sophia 2 (DVI output & GTIA REPLACEMENT!)
In hand and ready to ship. All pre-orders should be out the door by tomorrow! (Friday 09 Feb 24)
- 100% compatible GTIA replacement
- PAL/NTSC encoding
- Independent RGB/YPbPr/VGA and DVI outputs
- eight selectable DVI modes
- 15 loadable 18-bit color palettes
This is an add-in board that REPLACES the GTIA in all Atari computers, including the 1088XEL or XLD. It consists of two boards: one board is inserted into the GTIA socket; the second board holds the DVI connector and is attached to the first by a ribbon cable (included).
If you have a 5200, there is a 5200 access door replacement that we will sell you with an extended cable, so you can make it pretty without putting a hole in your case. The kit comes with both versions of the access door (one with a hole for an RCA jack for sound and one without).
If you have a 600XL or an 800XL, we selll it with a PBI replacement cover. This allows you to NOT cut a hole in your case. You will have to lengthen the cable for the 800XL (we also sell a version with the cable 2x as long for the 800XL)
Information and config program can be found here: TBA_Sophia.zip
NOTE 1: If your 8-bit is NOT socketed, you will have to de-solder the GTIA and install a 40 pin socket.
NOTE 2: If you are installing this in a regular Atari (400/800/XL/XE) OR a 1088XLD, you will either have to modify your case and/or let the connector hang out the back.
NOTE 3: If you are installing this in a 1088XEL, you will need a DVI compatible backplane (available for sale here or design your own)
NOTE 4: It will work in the 5200, AND you can change the configuration ON THE 5200 with this ROM-->CLICK ME! You will, of course, need some way to get it on the 5200. A supercart or flashcart will work.
NOTE 5: If you are planning on installing this in your Atari 800 AND you do not want to cut a huge hole in your RF shield, then you will need to be the 800 version. Here is another way to install it in an 800 without massive drilling: CLICK ME!
NOTA BENE: Some users of the FujiNet AND Sophia have been reporting that the Sophia generates RF interference which will cause problems with the FujiNEt's WiFi reception. Some fixes are to cover the Sophia board with RF shielding and/or move the FujiNet away from the Sophia connector. The Brewing Academy has operated a FujiNet in an 800XL with a Sophia rev. C and, now, a Sophia 2 for many weeks/months now and have not noticed this problem. This is NOT to say the problem does not exist. It is saying "your mileage may vary."