VIC-II Kawari: FPGA based VIC-II replacement for the C64

March 13, 2021 0 By wbrown

The VIC-II Kawari Project from Randy Rossi is a modern FPGA based replacement for the C64. It completely replaces the original chip but offers near perfect compatibility but additional capabilities like HDMI output and 80 column text.

Dev Board: Mojo
V3 I tested Kawari to work with:
– Turbo Chameleon 64
– PLAnkton – PLAdvanced+
– GAL-PLA
– Stock PLA
– EasyFlash 3
– Russian PLA
– Longboards and Shortboards
– PAL and NTSC motherboards

Video Links

VIC-II Kawari Information Website: http://accentual.com/vicii-kawari
Randy’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/r3rossi/…
Part 1 – First prototype on a breadboard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idUfX…
Part 2 – VGA/HDMI added https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJFIv…
Part 3 – Second prototype on MojoV3 and testing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzgjM…
Part 4 – Some extra features added https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY0Hu…
Spartan 6 FPGA: ($17 each) https://www.digikey.com/en/products/d…
Improving Sharpness on your C64 with a simple mod to your RF modulator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTn36…

Tools and Parts I use in my videos

Links

My GitHub repository: https://github.com/misterblack1?tab=r…
Commodore Computer Club / Vancouver, WA – Portland, OR – PDX Commodore Users Group https://www.commodorecomputerclub.com/

Instructional videos

My video on damage-free chip removal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQVjw…

Music

Intro music and other tracks by: Nathan Divino @itsnathandivino​