Peripherals for the Vampire 500 (V2+)

IDE

  • Also known as PATA.
  • This is a 44-pin IDE Interface.
    • 44-pin devices, such as 2.5-inch IDE hard disks and CD/DVD drives, can be connected directly using a cable.
    • 40-pin devices, such as 3.5-inch IDE hard disks and CD/DVD drives, can be connected using an appropriate cable adapter and an additional power source.
    • SATA devices can be connected using a SATA-to-IDE adapter. There are adapters for various SATA connector types.
      • For 2.5-inch devices with a SATA connector, these adapters are known to work well. (Other purchase options: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
      • For devices with an M.2 SATA connector, this adapter is known to work well.
    • The board does not supply sufficient power to operate 3.5-inch devices. You would need to feed power into such devices from an outside power source.
    • CompactFlash (CF) cards can be connected using a CF-to-IDE adapter.
  • Supports “Fast IDE”, with PIO modes from 0 (slowest) to 6 (fastest).
    • Most hard disks have support for up to PIO mode 4.
    • Many CF cards support up to PIO modes 5 and 6. Therefore, CF cards enable the maximum possible speed on this interface.
    • If you attach multiple devices to a single IDE cable, the slowest device will dictate the maximum speed on this interface. For example, if you have a CF card that supports PIO mode 6, its speed would be hampered by a hard disk which only supports PIO mode 4.
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Ethernet Module Connector

Available on Board Revisions starting with 2.2

You can connect the following Ethernet modules:

I/O Expansion Socket

Available on Board Revisions before 2.2

You can connect the following I/O expansions:

Pinout

View socket

Connector Pin SPI Function UART Function Remarks
1 MOSI TXD
2 +3.3V +3.3V
3 nCS1 (SDNet) CTS FPGA internal pull-up 50k
4 nCS2 (USB, etc.) GPO1 FPGA internal pull-up 50k
5 IRQ RTS FPGA internal pull-up 50k
6 CLK GPO2
7 GND GND
8 MISO RX FPGA internal pull-up 50k

Digital Video Out

  • Compatible with most modern monitors and TVs.
  • Only RTG screen modes are output from this interface. Screen modes that use the classic Amiga chipset are still output from the legacy video outputs of the Amiga.

Resolution and refresh rate

  • You can create RTG screen modes from 320×200@200Hz ​up to 1920×1080@28Hz.
    • As the resolution increases, the maximum possible refresh rate decreases.
    • The Vampire is able to achieve a refresh rate of 60Hz for all resolutions up to and including 1280×720. Resolutions higher than that will reduce the maximum refresh rate to below 50Hz. For example:
      • 1600×900: ≤40Hz
      • 1920×1080: ≤28Hz
  • The Vampire outputs the exact resolution of RTG screen modes, without any upscaling.
  • For the best experience, you should use a monitor or TV that natively supports all the resolutions and refresh rates that you will use. Monitors or TVs that support “variable refresh rate” or “adaptive sync” usually work best.
  • If you are stuck with a monitor or TV that does not (adequately) support the resolutions and refresh rates that you will use, you can connect an “HD video converter” to adjust the signal from the Vampire as desired. For example, you can easily find converters that upscale the video signal to exactly 1920×1080@60Hz. (Some purchase options: 1, 2, 3, 4)

DVI

  • You can connect a DVI monitor to this interface, using an adapter that converts Digital Video to DVI.

Digital Video/Audio Out

  • Compatible with most modern monitors and TVs.
  • All Amiga screen modes (OCS/ECS/AGA/RTG) are output from this interface.

Resolution and refresh rate

  • You can create RTG screen modes from 320×200@200Hz ​up to 1920×1080@28Hz.
    • As the resolution increases, the maximum possible refresh rate decreases.
    • The Vampire is able to achieve a refresh rate of 60Hz for all resolutions up to and including 1280×720. Resolutions higher than that will reduce the maximum refresh rate to below 50Hz. For example:
      • 1600×900: ≤40Hz
      • 1920×1080: ≤28Hz
  • The Vampire outputs the exact resolution of RTG screen modes, without any upscaling.
  • The Vampire upscales non-RTG (OCS/ECS/AGA) screen modes to the correct aspect ratio:
    • PAL mode:
      • Low Res / High Res ⇒ 720×576@50Hz (standard PAL)
      • Super-High Res ⇒ 1440×576@50Hz
    • NTSC mode:
      • Low Res / High Res ⇒ 720×480@59.94Hz (standard NTSC)
      • Super-High Res ⇒ 1440×480@59.94Hz
  • For the best experience, you should use a monitor or TV that natively supports all the resolutions and refresh rates that you will use. Monitors or TVs that support “variable refresh rate” or “adaptive sync” usually work best.
  • If you are stuck with a monitor or TV that does not (adequately) support the resolutions and refresh rates that you will use, you can connect an “HD video converter” to adjust the signal from the Vampire as desired. For example, you can easily find converters that upscale the video signal to exactly 1920×1080@60Hz. (Some purchase options: 1, 2, 3, 4)

Audio

  • All Amiga audio is output from this interface, as digital audio.
  • If your monitor or TV has built-in speakers, you can play the audio from there.
  • Some monitors and TVs have audio output or headphone jacks, so you can pass the audio through to a different device.
  • Alternatively, from the Vampire's Digital Video/Audio signal, you can extract the audio to various output formats (S/PDIF, analog RCA, headphone, etc.) using an “audio extractor/splitter”. (Some purchase options: 1, 2, 3)

DVI

  • You can connect a DVI monitor to this interface, using an adapter that converts Digital Video to DVI.
  • Please note that most DVI monitors cannot handle the Digital Audio signal that is sent together with the Digital Video signal. To be able to use such monitors, you would need an “audio extractor/splitter” that moves the Digital Audio signal to a different output. (Example purchase options are mentioned above.)
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MicroSD Card

  • Most MicroSD and MicroSDHC cards should work fine.
    • Supports speeds up to Speed Class 10.
  • If you want to use your MicroSD card on a different device which only has a standard-size SD slot, you can use a simple MicroSD-to-SD adapter. (Some purchase options: 1, 2)
  • If you want to use a standard-size SD card in the MicroSD slot of the Vampire, you can use an SD-to-MicroSD adapter. Some of these adapters even come with an extension cable. (Some purchase options: 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • You can use the Arananet SDNET Adapter in this slot to connect an Ethernet module to the Vampire. (This adapter also contains an SD-to-MicroSD adapter, so you will not lose the functionality of using SD cards in this slot.)
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