Jaguar 64 Developer Kits

Jaguar 64 Developer Kits


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This is ALL based on unofficial reports!




The Official Jaguar 64 Kit (UK)

There are two versions reported of the OFFICIAL ATARI JAGUAR 64 DEVELOPMENT KIT. One uses an IBM PC compatible, (typically a fast 486 or Pentium) and the other uses a Atari ST family machine, although they really expect you're using a Falcon or at least a TT. I'm told that the official kit has a good debugger, but is slow to upload your code for testing.

The Jaguar development kit hardware consists of a large board which plugs into a special "Development Jaguar" which is not the same as a normal Jaguar. Software development is generally done in RISC assembler, and Atari supply software subroutines in assembler for common functions. The GPU code is difficult to debug despite the development kit tools.


(A Jaguar Alpine development Board)

Kit consists of Jaguar Testing Station (Jaguar with Stubulator ROM and inter-
connect to Jaguar Alpine board), Jaguar Alpine ROM emulator with debugging
interface, 8-bit PC bi-directional parallel port I/O card, and 2 controllers.

Software includes text editor, MADMAC and ALN assembler and linker, DB
GPU/DSP/68k symbolic debugger, Jaguar GPU/DSP/68k macro assembler, Jaguar
utilities (file format converters), Jaguar Image Compression utility (JIC),
Jaguar synthesiser (JASD) and Jaguar 3D tools together with some Jaguar
source-code samples. You also get a Jaguar Software Reference Manual!

There is also a Jaguar CD-ROM Station available though detail is sketchy. It should comprise the hardware described below. However, as so few developers have this equipment and Atari refuse to elaborate unless you're under NDA I cannot say.

The hardware which comprises the CD-ROM station includes CD-ROM emulation 
hardware, Jaguar development CD-ROM unit and interface, inteconnect cable 
(CD-ROM unit to CD-ROM emulator), SCSI-II to C50 cable and CD-ROM profiler
and emulator software.

Telephone Atari UK on:- 01753-533344. (Kit costs around $5,500- even in UK!)


(eMail!) eMail Atari UK about it. (atari@cix.compulink.co.uk)

The Cross-Products Kit (3rd-Party) (UK)

This kit runs on a fast IBM PC compatible, (again a fast 486 or Pentium) and links to a special development Jaguar in much the same way as the official kit. Apparently this downloads code much more quickly for testing, but otherwise it is swings and roundabouts because the Jaguar RISC debugger on this kit is not as good as the official one. (It includes the usual SNASM2 assembler etc.) Cross Products are now owned by Sega and discontinued the kit.

Telephone Cross Products on:- 01132-429814. (Kit discontinued- DID cost 2750)


(eMail!) eMail April at Cross Products about it.

Jaguar Server (Unofficial) Devkit

You can buy this kit and develop YOUR OWN SOFTWARE- but you're ON YOUR OWN in many ways. There are quite a few amateur developers, but Atari are unlikely to help you and no OFFICIAL documentation on the Jaguar is available unless you can convince Atari that your expertise and project justifies it. However, UNofficial documentation is under-way partly by trial and error, and so there is hope that in time this kit will become essential!



(Jaguar Server fitted to Atari ST)

Kit costs around 330, or 145 if you 
send your own Jaguar unit for upgrade!


(eMail!) eMail Roine Stenberg for details of the Jaguar server.

Beyond Jaggy Lines (Unofficial) Devkit

You can buy this kit and develop YOUR OWN SOFTWARE- but you're ON YOUR OWN in many ways. There are quite a few amateur developers, but Atari are unlikely to help you and no OFFICIAL documentation on the Jaguar is available unless you can convince Atari that your expertise and project justifies it. However, UNofficial documentation is under-way partly by trial and error, and so there is hope that in time this kit will become essential!


BGL has two parts:-
1) A new ROM for the Jaguar which installs some routines, 
    such as exception-handler, and communication routines.
2) The remote-debugger (Atari based, you need an ST.)

The two parts communicate via a small cable from joyport
(Jaguar) to Joyport (1040STE) or centronics (other Ataris).
The transfer speed ranges around 12 Kbytes/s, depending
on the speed of the Atari host.

The Atari remote-debugger provides many functions such as 
register-dumps of all CPU's, full access to all the Jaguar
memory, GPU tracing, GPU/DSP line-assembler.

It now loads JagServer (.JAG) files as well as programs with
normal TOS headers. (It does the relocation of the sections.)

It includes a 68000/GPU/DSP macro-assembler, a Font-Editor, 
and some good Jaguar demo source-code for an easy start.

Total cost of the BJL dev-kit is around ONLY $20, depending 
on the price of EPROM's at the time. (I'm going to order!!)

EVEN MORE SOON!


(eMail!) eMail Bastian Schick for more details of his BJL kit.

Atari Jaguar Underground Hackers' Mailing List

This is the new mailing list started for free discussions and the information exchange about _programming_ the Atari Jaguar. The intended audience for this list is people who really do some work/hacks on the Jaguar and are interested in communication about it. (No hack too small!) This list will probably be mostly comprised of - but not restricted to - people using Roine Stenberg's "Jaguar Server". Troublemakers can be kicked off the list.

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