Time to talk about KrakenGraph Lite, a V9990 cartridge developed by MSXCalamar. Although it seems this is a recent project, in fact it was already announced a year and half ago.

Today we could say that this new piece of hardware is closer to becoming a reality. As they explain, the current prototype board most probably will be the last version before the mass production.

It's expected to make official announcement at the next 53rd MSX meeting in Barcelona next June.

Relevant link: KrakenGraph Lite (Spanish language)

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Van Grauw

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28-03-2018, 00:20

It’d be cool to see superimposing in the feature list, but it looks snazzy either way! Might want to get one of these, since my original Graphics9000 is pretty old…

Van alexito

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28-03-2018, 00:41

Will be nice if they make Super Impose Capability for sure.

check the Super Impose on Nms8280 and Playsoniq VDP:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i33vp3jukMQ&t=86s

Van mariocavalcanti

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29-03-2018, 01:05

Very good to see it is coming! I like this part: "the current prototype board most probably will be the last version before the mass production." Tongue

Van N.I

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29-03-2018, 07:41

Amazing news! V9990 chips are sitting in various places.

Van msd

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29-03-2018, 16:22

Still can get those chips , wonder how many chips where produced

Van Ivan

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29-03-2018, 17:57

And it will be incredibly cheap: around €60.

Van Meits

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29-03-2018, 19:03

What makes it "lite"? Does it miss features? I might want one, but only if it's 100% GFX9000 compatible.

Van PAC

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29-03-2018, 19:43

I assume it is related to the size.

Van syn

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29-03-2018, 23:29

Ivan wrote:

And it will be incredibly cheap: around €60.

wow no reason not to get one then!

Van keith56

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30-03-2018, 06:01

If this is compatible with the technobytes model, with a lower cost, then this is excellent news! (not that I'm saying I think the technobytes one is overpriced)

the V9990 is an amazing bit of kit... and anything that gets it into the hands of more MSX owners is great for the MSX community!

Van Robby

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30-03-2018, 15:55

I am curious if they can really deliver it for that announced price of approx 60e. Is already a working prototype available?
And will it include casing?

Van odaman68000

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31-03-2018, 10:48

Wow, I want to purchase it!! Smile

Van Manel46

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01-04-2018, 17:06

Meits wrote:

What makes it "lite"? Does it miss features? I might want one, but only if it's 100% GFX9000 compatible.

KrakenGraph Lite, in MRC, is 100% compatible with the GFX9000.
But also the superimpose function.

Van Grauw

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01-04-2018, 17:19

Manel46: Are you now saying that it has a superimpose function, or that you want it? Smile

Van Manel46

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01-04-2018, 17:56

That has it, Grauw. I'm sorry for my English.
These days Germán is on vacation. Next week will answer all your questions here

Van syn

Paragon (1930)

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01-04-2018, 18:55

wtf the lite also has super impose? nice!!! Wink

Van Grauw

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01-04-2018, 19:42

In that case it’s definitely a guaranteed buy from me Big smile. I hope it’s Video9000 compatible? Looking forward to Germán to return from his vacation Smile.

Van Pencioner

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02-04-2018, 00:07

Superimpose... uhmmm unbelieviable. Really-really? You're the best! Smile

Van tvalenca

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04-04-2018, 19:35

judging by PCB layout, it doesn't look like to have any genlock capabilities, so it can't superimpose on any video signal.

Van syn

Paragon (1930)

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04-04-2018, 21:41

Iirc the superimpose wasnt even guaranteed for the normal /big krakengraph (afaik they said they would look at it). Indeed, i don't see room for a video input although im not at all a hardware expert. Tongue

Van MSX Calamar

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05-04-2018, 13:56

Hello

This is MSX Calamar.

KrakenGraph Lite is compatible with GFX9000/PowerGraph. Same functions in a Konami case.
KrakenGraph (full version coming late 2018) includes superimpose function, also in a Konami case.

Both versions come with casing, box and user guide. Also with free game.

Van Grauw

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05-04-2018, 14:14

Very awesome, I’m going to eagerly await the KrakenGraph full then!! A superimpose function is the main Gfx9000 feature I’m still wishing for!

About my earlier question, will the superimpose function be Video9000 compatible? The Video9000 has a register to select the video signal source, so that you don’t get presented with a blank screen until the V9990 is initialised for superimposing. This is also supported in openMSX. Documentation is here, see sections 5 (GEN and TRAN bits), 7 and 9.

Van PAC

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05-04-2018, 20:39

Grauw wrote:

Very awesome, I’m going to eagerly await the KrakenGraph full then!! A superimpose function is the main Gfx9000 feature I’m still wishing for!

I wonder which applications you have in mind... Up to now I don't see any to go for the full version... just asking Wink

Van syn

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05-04-2018, 21:32

Very nice to hear about the full version getting super impose!

Van Manuel

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05-04-2018, 22:02

It can save you 2 monitors or a switching device if you could superimpose on top of the normal MSX image Tongue

Van MSX Calamar

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06-04-2018, 12:02

Yes, it will be Video9000 compatible with superimpose function. Same register to select the video signal. But, only RGB input.

Van MSX Calamar

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06-04-2018, 12:03

You can mix v9990 video with VDP video signal on same TV

Van Grauw

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06-04-2018, 14:40

@MSXCalamar Awesome! I’m psyched! Can’t wait! Big smile

@PAC Convenience mostly, single monitor setup. I also see some interesting possibilities for creating games with optional extra features, e.g. using the MSX VDP as an extra parallax background, or using the V9990 as an optional front layer for extra visual effects.

Van PAC

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06-04-2018, 16:23

True, I didn't realize the possibility of a single monitor.

Van MSX Calamar

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09-04-2018, 11:50

Van Grauw

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09-04-2018, 13:03

Is that a Sony Playstation RGB connector?

Smart, since those cables are easily available!

Van MSX Calamar

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10-04-2018, 08:53

Grauw wrote:

Is that a Sony Playstation RGB connector?

Smart, since those cables are easily available!

Yes! Easily avaliable and cheap cables!

Van Grauw

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22-05-2019, 10:43

MSX Calamar wrote:

Hello

This is MSX Calamar.

KrakenGraph Lite is compatible with GFX9000/PowerGraph. Same functions in a Konami case.
KrakenGraph (full version coming late 2018) includes superimpose function, also in a Konami case.

Both versions come with casing, box and user guide. Also with free game.

Is that full version with superimpose function still coming? I hope so!

Van Robby

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28-05-2019, 10:06

And/or is de Lite version already released for sale?

Van MSX Calamar

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28-05-2019, 11:09

Robby wrote:

And/or is de Lite version already released for sale?

Not yet.
I've been working on the Wozblaster Enhanced ( http://www.msxcalamar.com/catalog/index.php?id_product=32&co... ).

Only few details of KrakenGraph Lite to be finished this summer (I hope).

Van sunn

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03-12-2019, 13:24

Any news from this wonderful cart?