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Last updated: 2021-10-14

Status of the Project

Covid-19 News

Covid-19 sadly affects the life of mankind all over the world. Some people have been hit hard personally, either health wise or economically. Other than the component shortages, my direct family and I have not been affected much other than the limitations that the pandemic puts on us. Emotionally this can be quite a strain, but I think we are not in the position to complain much. Our heart and mind goes out to those who have been suffering or had close friends and relatives that are affected strongly.

Ultimate-II+

The Ultimate-II+ hardware is stable and was in full production until the first months of April 2021. Because of the component shortage, it is rather impossible to build Ultimate-II+ cartridges, at least at the current price point. It is currently under investigation whether the current design can still be built and at what cost. Therefore it is currently unknown when new units can be expected. As soon as this has been sorted out, a delivery date and price will be published here on the website. My personal expectation is that the lead time will easily exceed 9 months at this time. It might very well be necessary to change the design, using the available (or affordable) components.

  • Boards: Out of stock
  • Plastic cases: In stock; some colors low stock.
  • IEC cables: Out of stock

Tape Adapters

In stock (>100)


Ultimate-64

Current board version is 1.4a. No further changes were made since the beginning of 2020. Also the non-Elite boards are now fully jumper-less. Voltage and filters for the SID sockets are set automatically for both the Standard and the Elite versions.
  • A few boards are still expected from the factory from the last batch this coming month and will be delivered to people who have pre-paid their PreOrder. (Limited EU power supplies available!)
  • Component purchase for another 500 pcs has started... Component lead times are now exceeding 30 weeks. As a result, it is very likely that there will be no new stock of U64 Elite boards anymore in 2021.
  • Update: Most components have been purchased or ordered and have been confirmed. Most, but not all. In fact, the delivery of the FPGA from Intel (prev. Altera) is not clear. There was a confirmation for 3rd of December, but Intel decided to remove all confirmations are re-allocate the production of their parts. Until now there is NO confirmation for the FPGA.

Speaker for Drive Sounds for U64

Out of stock. New stock expected: Dec 2021.

U64 User Port Extension

A new version of the U64 UserPort Adapter has arrived from the factory, which includes the 9VAC fix and a 5V power-on delay fix.
Out of Stock. New stock expected: Dec 2021.

U64 / U64 Elite Badges

A new sub-category of accessories has been added to the store, where you can find "badges": high quality stickers with domed cover. These are designed and produced by Marco v/d Meulenhof. I have a bunch of each type on stock. Preferably ordered together with the U64 / U64E, to avoid unnecessary shipping cost.

Personal notes

Sometimes updates and communication is a bit slow. I do my best to respond properly to questions and problems. In this, I think the response to customer problems should take priority over new sales and shipments. Then, there is the software development, which includes bug-solving. As an engineer, I have the tendency to give my soul to it, ... which sometimes means that planning issues, or rather: planning questions remain unanswered for some time. My apologies for this. I know it can be frustrating when individual questions regarding orders and planning are not answered. However, in the bigger picture, I do try to keep pushing everything forward. I do keep an eye on the dates, and try to order on time, and supply the data and answers to questions from the different factories involved.

Due to the very low stock of any product at the moment; shipping is mostly suspended. There will be more focus on family and firmware development in the coming months than sales and shipping.