Implementing the Commodore SID chip with FPGA

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Raikovich Tamás
Department of Measurement and Information Systems

Beyond doubt, the Commodore 64 is the highest-selling personal computer in the world of all time. There are many reasons in the background of the success of this device, one of them is the unique sound, which was produces by the SID chip. The interest in this sound has not ended when the production of C64 was discontinued.

Nevertheless, the accessibility of the SID chip has been decreasing, while the quality of the products made in China do not achieve the level of the original design, too.

If someone would like to listen to the authentic songs played by the hardware of a Commodore 64, one of the available options is the implementation of the SID chip on an FPGA. Certainly, the hardware is also required in this case (the FPGA board), just as the development software environment.

Thus, the aim of my thesis is to demonstrate this process through its highlights, beginning with the construction of the above mentioned SID chip, and even containing the test of the software that drives it.


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