|ROM||2 MB flash|
|Hardware features||3 Buttons - Freeze, Reset and 1541U Freeze|
|Manual||PDF: 28 pages from 1541ultimate.net|
PDF: 2 pages scan of suplied documentation sheet
1541U is one of the ultimate cartridges for the C64 and regular checks at
are a strict requirement for any C64 cartridge lover. Since the 1541U emulates a range of freezer cartridges and allows re-flashing them it is a perfect platform for testing ROMs on the real machine. Cartridge emulation is pretty good and should suit most requirements. This emulation also made the 1541u enter the charts here. There are some problems left as with any other hardware but since this baby can be updated and firmware is publicly available we see a bright future for it.
The awesome list of features below speaks for this fine C64 hardware extension by itself just one important info appears to be missing: the stereo audio output mentioned towards the end of the hardware specs allows to connect speakers to the 1541U. The speakers will then produce original 1541 sound including compositions like 1541-Music or own tracks done with e.g. Drive Composer.
Mostly from the 1541Ultimate Website:
- Full emulation of a real Commodore 1541 diskdrive.
- Uses .D64 files stored on SD card
- Supports .G64 files as well (Read only)
- Configurable ID
- Configurable ROM (1541/1541C/1541II or custom)
- RAMBOard memory expansion (16K)
- Secondary 'IEC-drive' for direct access to FAT filesystem
- Can be used in stand alone mode to mount disks into the emulated 1541.
- FAT/FAT32 support, with sub-directories and long filenames
- Supports SD V1.1 cards as well as SD V2.0 in High Capacity mode (SDHC)
- C64 cartridge emulation:
- Final Cartridge III
- Action Replay
- Retro Replay
- Super Snapshot
- Turbo Assembler w/ Codenet
- Commodore 1750/1764 REU
- REU Compatible
- Size selectable from 128K up to 16 MB
- Can be combined with Retro Replay and SuperSnapshot compatible roms
- Integrated RR-net compatible Ethernet port
- Available as an option on a new order only!
- No flimsy stackup board, but fully integrated.
- Flexible freezer menu
- select, mount, create D64 images, browse disk images
- create new directories, delete files
- Ultra fast DMA load of single file programs (directly from SD / from a .D64 with automount and from a .T64 file)
- Configuration screen, with resident settings
- Load of last disk on power up
- 'Stand-alone mode'
- keeps the cartridge port free
- powered through Mini-USB connector
- controlled through buttons and IEC.
- *NO* Ethernet support yet in stand alone mode!
- Built-in copier
- Board size: 68 x 100 mm
- 250k-gate FPGA
- Full size 6-pin DIN connector (IEC)
- 512 kB SRAM
- 2 MB Flash ROM
- 32 MB SDRAM
- Full size MMC / SD card compatible (Mini/Micro SD possible with adapter)
- Stereo audio output
- 6-pin expansion pin-header for connection to tape port (for C2N emulation), or other future features.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 January 2009 09:03 )
As of this writing the 1541U-II is under development. It will feature
- the board itself is about 30% smaller than the 1541U;
- it has a MicroSD connector, instead of a full-size SD;
- it has a real-time-clock function, for correct file time and date;
- it has a larger FPGA, which enables the implementation of more features;
- it has a USB Host port, which can be used to connect USB-sticks;
- it is targeted to have a suitable case for the device.
Needs detailed explanation.
- Freezer bug
- Ethernet bug
- codebase64.org has "How the 1541U freezer works" or "Safely freezing the c64" by Gideon Zweijtzer
- Commodore Free Issue 35 has an interview with Gideon Zweijtzer
- Lotek64 Issue 26 has a german review on the 1541 Ultimate
- Wikipedia deleted the page on the 1541 Ultimate (twice actually). Due to "Unambiguous advertising or promotion" the last time. Well - WiPeD 1541 Ultimate tries to recover it.
Just three basic categories as of yet.
Please note that all these archive contents are available from 1541ultimate.net and newer versions may be available there!
- 1541u_Firmware_v17beta.rar - includes 1541u-firmware-v17b.pdf and 1541u_v1.7beta.zip
- 1541u_Firmware_v16.rar - includes 1541u-firmware-v16.pdf and 1541u_v1.6.zip
- 1541u_Firmware_v15.rar - includes 1541u-firmware-v15.pdf and 1541u_v1.5.zip
Software requiring the 1541U
Listing software that requires one or another feature only supplied by the 1541U
- bluREU by Crest
Things that should work but do not.