SID Bridge

Cortex M3 + FPGA Based SID player

SID Bridge
In 2020 I made a SID player based on a Lattice MachXO2 that was connected via SPI to a STM32G4 board running Zephyr. Now I got a Trenz SMF2000 board that has a Microsemi SmartFusion2 that has a Cortex M3 and a FPGA on one chip, so connecting the CPU to the FPGA is a lot easier. Instead of going via SPI from CPU to FPGA, it is possible to use a AHB bus to connect the CPU to the FPGA fabric. [Read More]
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SPI SID

FPGA Based SPI to SID bridge

SPI SID
The MOS Technology 6581/8580 SID (Sound Interface Device) is the almost 40 year old sound chip that was used in the famous Commodore 64. It uses a 5bit address / 8bit data synchronous bus with a chip select, rw, and clock signal. Since the chip uses the 1MHz (well not exactly 1MHz as I’ll explain later) clock signal also to generate all the audio frequencies, so it is important that the clock signal is stable, even though the read/write access would work fine with a unstable clock as long as the signal setup times are correct. [Read More]