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  1. Paging @Kevin Williams! Heya! Sorry to be that guy, but not all of us use FB for whatever reason. I heard the 3rd prototype board has been announced over on the FB discussion board. Any chance the passionate and devoted fan base here can get some info on it as well? I've only heard about it second hand but would love to get the deets from the source!
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  2. For my money, this is the most interesting point. Kevin added that there was debate whether going through the microcontroller would be faster or not. I had previously commented on Facebook, but this sounds like the team is experimenting with the difference between having the CPU communicate with PS/2 devices directly, versus communicating with PS/2 devices through I2C. The PS/2 interface requires a fair fewer bits, but the CPU spends a lot of time idling, and queries can take a significant fraction of a screen's scantime. I2C, though a much faster interface, requires a lot more bits. Since both interfaces are bit-banged, the difference may be a wash. Personally, I'm hoping we learn what the results ended up being.
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  3. It does seem strange that they didn't post anything here.
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  4. This is a fair point - I experience this with my band for sure. Marketing is quite nearly a full time job just to be seen and inevitably you have to do so much duplication (tools can only help so much here). But at the same time, I agree, this is indeed the official source and Proto 3 is a pretty darn big announcement well worthy of being posted here. Likewise, all content on FB is owned (and profited by) FB, not the X16 and not the people generating the content and conversations for sure. That is a problem, especially if FB is the first source of truth when it comes to project updates. That's concerning to me. Stefany is a good point where I have to be somewhat critical of the X16 project. They have such a huge scope and head start with marketing, synergy, "buzz", all that. In some ways I'm envious as that kind of exposure is just incredibly difficult. Sometimes I do feel like the project folks squander that. Harsh words, not meant to be, but just being honest. Stefany is a wonderful engineer (though I think the Foenix could perhaps use some project management as there is just a ton of feature and scope creep) but she doesn't have the audience David does. It frustrates me when I see the X16 team taking this for granted - even more so when I see them defend it. Again harsh words, and certainly it's easy for me to judge. But is also perhaps the most concerning thing about the success of the project. The X16 can really shake things up in the space and I really do feel will help provide an incredible and renewed interest in bare metal computing in a way that projects before it haven't done. There's just SOOOOOO much good to come from this project. Sometimes I feel like the team just doesn't know what sort of potential they have.
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  5. I never felt that the YM was in question ever since the successful demonstration of 8MHz bus compatibility. The SAA and AY PSGs were always on the bubble, so to speak, and as soon as VERA PSG was announced, I knew those chips were goners.
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