“The Spectrum Next is fully implemented with FPGA technology, ensuring it can be upgraded and enhanced while remaining truly compatible with the original hardware by using special memory chips and clever design,” said the organisation behind it, which includes Rick Dickinson who was part of the ZX80, Z81, ZX Spectrum, Plus and QL design teams, and Jim Bagley, who apparently holds a world record for squeezing Dragons Lair into a ZX81.
Unlike the original, it has an HDMI output alongside RGB, VGA and audio.
And if the Z80 is not providing enough through-put, a Raspberry Pi zero can be clipped inside to add more umph.
At a glance:
- Z80 normal and turbo modes
- 512kbyte RAM up to 2.5Mbyte
- SD Card slot with DivMMC-compatible protocol
- DB9 compatible joystick port
- PS/2 port for mouse with Kempston mode emulation or external keyboard
- Mic and Ear ports for tape loading and saving
- Proper keyboard
- Original external bus expansion port and accelerator expansion port
- Port for Wi-Fi module
- Real-time clock
- Optional Raspberry Pi Zero as a slave accelerator board (GPU + 1Ghz CPU + 512Mbyte RAM + USB + second monitor)
- Anti-brick feature for bad updates
This is not the only attempt to bring back the Spectrum to the right is the ZX Spectrum Vega.