So I've been gone for a while. I like to stop by from time to time and see how things are going around here. From what little I read, looks like the P2 might be a reality this year?
If so, I've got 2-3 projects already that could benefit from it. Two of them are going to be using FPGA's which, to be honest, isn't my cup of tea. So I'm "forcing" myself to learn them because I can't find a better way.
The specs (that I've read) on the P2 make me want to believe my days of FPGA work will be over. At least for a few more years.
I don't have anything against FPGA, BTW. I'm just overwhelmed by the documentation, tool sets, etc. that FPGA brings with it.
Anyway, if I may, I'd like to ask a few questions on the P2. Please forgive me if these have been asked ad nauseam.
1) Would a hobbyist like me be able to get my hands on a P2 this year? (2018)
2) What do you think will be the average street price for single units?
3) I'm really into building "retro" themed computers. It seems to me that a single P2 could quite literally be the RAM, ROM, GLUE and Video for a retro-themed computer running in the 1-4 MHz range. Does that sound practical? Meaning, could the P2 respond to external CPU's, RAM, etc. running as high as 8 MHz?
4) What video modes (if any) have been "baked in"? Can we expect easy VGA, NTSC, etc.? For me, 640x480 VGA with 256 colors over HDMI would be HIGH-END. Seems like the P2 should be able to handle that easily.
5) Seems like I read the P2 will have a DAC or two? If so, will producing audio (like maybe the way the Amiga does it) be as simple as streaming some bytes through the DAC? What kind of external audio components would be needed? I'm assuming some type of op-amp or something like that.
That's all for now.
Thanks so much for your help!