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EverDrive GBA / Re: Everdrive GBA Features Request
« on: October 15, 2016, 10:20 PM »
Assuming Save States could access and save to the MicroSD. You would have a larger source of memory for it?

How do they do Real-Time save states on DS flashcards? Assuming that technology is different than on GBA architecture, and could not do real time save states in the same way? Does it need a special chip for that? Or is there software methods (slower)?

GB/GBC support native just isn't going to happen. That's why they have an EverDrive made specifically for Gameboy stuff.

I have read reviews discussing how the everdrive GBA PCB could be shrunk down. But at the same time that would probably open up more space at the 'top' to also be able to add other features such as solar, or motion sensor on an extended PCB. However, that would be very expensive, and would there even be that big enough of a demand for extra features like that?

https://gbatemp.net/review/everdrive-gba-x5.489/

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I have seen comments stating that the EZ-Flash IV can be bought for less and doesn't stick out - both of these statements are true. The EZ-Flash IV places ICs on both sides of the PCB, which let the EZ-Team stuff everything in a GBA-sized cartridge. The EverDrive GBA X5 has them only on the front side of the PCB instead which is cheaper to manufacture but bigger. So the answer to the question of why is the ED GBA X5 not placing components on both sides of the PCB is obvious: to keep costs low. Krikzz is a small indie developer and gets his flashcards produced in small batches. That makes them way more expensive to make than what you could pay to get them mass manufactured in China. Krikzz is also working on a new naming convention for his flashcards: X3, X5 and X7, which respectively mean "budget", "mainstream" and "premium" cards. As you can notice, the EverDrive GBA X5 is a "mainstream" card which might be the reason why he went for placing the ICs on just one side of the PCB instead of both - it also seems that an EverDrive GBA X7 will be released sometime in the future. We can speculate that one of the features of that premium card will be a shorter PCB with both sides fully populated - but you can expect to pay a steep premium for that.

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One of the only 'reviews' that talks about the hardware, and how things could be 'shrunk down' in future versions.

https://gbatemp.net/review/everdrive-gba-x5.489/

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I have seen comments stating that the EZ-Flash IV can be bought for less and doesn't stick out - both of these statements are true. The EZ-Flash IV places ICs on both sides of the PCB, which let the EZ-Team stuff everything in a GBA-sized cartridge. The EverDrive GBA X5 has them only on the front side of the PCB instead which is cheaper to manufacture but bigger. So the answer to the question of why is the ED GBA X5 not placing components on both sides of the PCB is obvious: to keep costs low. Krikzz is a small indie developer and gets his flashcards produced in small batches. That makes them way more expensive to make than what you could pay to get them mass manufactured in China. Krikzz is also working on a new naming convention for his flashcards: X3, X5 and X7, which respectively mean "budget", "mainstream" and "premium" cards. As you can notice, the EverDrive GBA X5 is a "mainstream" card which might be the reason why he went for placing the ICs on just one side of the PCB instead of both - it also seems that an EverDrive GBA X7 will be released sometime in the future. We can speculate that one of the features of that premium card will be a shorter PCB with both sides fully populated - but you can expect to pay a steep premium for that.

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"basic/advanced/expert"

Wouldn't 'lite/standard/deluxe' make more sense?

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"Extra space?
It's not just empty real estate, dude. There are components covering the board, right up to the top.
I don't see any extra space."

If there is no space to 'add extra features', and the current chip already has all the features of any future edition. Then what would be the point of making a more expensive version that's 'smaller'?

Are you suggesting that the x3 is going to be 'larger' than the x5, and it gets smaller as the numbers get bigger?

I think it would make more sense to make a 'smaller' version for the x3 (for basic purposes), and then somehow adapt space on the current designed board to add things like the solar sensor for those who want to play the three games that it functions with, and pay extra for it.

Rumble pack is about the only thing I can think of that there is no space for unless they intend to make a some huge beast version similar to the Warioware Twisted cart.

While Gyro control is nice, unless it can be added into a solar sensor version and kept the size of the other gyro sensor games/solar sensor games (I doubt it would be feasible for the 2-3 games that exist).

Beyond that maybe a 'redesign of the x5" in the future could be a smaller format, if the developer figures out how to design it smaller and still keep the RTC feature.

Apparently these images shows where the solar sensor was located on the larger board in the Boktai games (front and back):

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/500beccfe4b016a023c2f314/t/53b7e81ae4b0c1d761ef06ab/1404561436710/

http://cdn.staticneo.com/w/boktai/thumb/9/97/BoktaiCartridgeArrow.JPG/180px-BoktaiCartridgeArrow.JPG

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The size/format of the X5 is similar to the size/format of the Boktai games (abd Yoshi Topsy Turvy). It looks like the designer allowed extra space by using this format so that there would be room to a solar sensor later, if possible. Doubt there would be space for both solar (and motion sensor), and certainly not enough for the Warioware-Twisted motor.

Its also about similar in size to the Drill Dozer cartridge (which had rumble pack using that extra space)

https://gameboyretreat.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/uniquehware.jpg

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http://petapixel.com/2016/08/11/sd-card-built-gyro-sensor-stabilize-shots/

Could Everdrive, etc, be programmed to use the gyro sensor in this SD Card for Yoshi's Topsy Turvy?

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