not that I have time for actual QL work at the moment - just a little pondering when I have spare minutes. No announcement intended, only trying to collect some feedback:
- Is a SGC successor for the original QL case still important to keep the QL scene alive? Or do the Tetroid (S)GC clones and the Q68 already cover most needs?
- Video only as VESA compliant VGA output, fully compatible, but QL's historical outputs usused
- Restricted support for external peripherals to reduce address lines. What is needed? QIMI, Qubide, QL-SD, Minerva I²C, MICE?
- QL network and microdrives supported in hardware, but new software timing adjustments required (and no promise someone does the work)
- Internal and external QL hardware ROM contents ignored. Images of ROMs on SD card instead.
- No floppy connector onboard
I consider these improvements over the SGC:
- Get rid of external video converters for the QL's non-standard video signal
- Integrated graphics card with additional colours and resolutions
- Further RAM expansion, e.g. 12 MB or 28 MB.
- Moderately higher CPU speed, but 68000 based instead of 68020 for higher QL compatibility
- One or two (micro)SD card interfaces, much higher speed than Floppy or QubIDE
- Integrated sampling sound unit in addition to QL speaker
- Fast PC-style serial port
- PS/2 mouse interface
- Re-chargeable realtime clock buffer (no battery replacement)