ZX Spectrum 128K




anyone any ideas for a perfect sam coupe or sam II please?

1. disk protector unit

2. debounced Non Maskeable Interrupt button

3. saa1099 silent on reset


128KB internal contentioned video ram

128KB External uncontentioned video ram - but also able to page in to the bottom of ram (LMPR AB)
so that cpm runs at the full 6mhz

bbc basic also!

this is the zx spectrum version - non128K and you need a rom board to do it i think

freescape running at the full 6MHz


The Best selling SAM Coupe game.


One thing I have always wondered is how well the top SAM games would of sold. I remember reading one of the later FRED issues and in an article it is mentioned Prince Of Persia sold around 2,000 copies. I would like to think that Lemmings and the earlier Enigma Variations games would of sold as much or maybe more, does anybody know?.

Spectrum Next


A new hardware spectrum emulator, that does all that we wished the SAM did at the time, and more.

People much smarter than me will say whether it could cope with SAM stuff, but froma quick glance at the specs I see no reason why not.

This article says that it will have a SAM Coupe compatibility mode.

Potentially quite exciting, that.



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SAM Revival issue 25 now out! (Finally!)


November 20th 1989 was once announced as the official release date for the SAM Coupe in the press at the time, although the first batch of computers didn’t ship until early December. But what that means though, is SAM’s 25th Anniversary is now well and truly upon us! So to continue my celebrations it’s time to announce SAM Revival issue 25!

What’s in the magazine? Well, let’s take a look at the cover first. I commissioned a new drawing by Robin Evans - the original artist for the SAM robot, you’ll be familiar with all his doodles in the SAM Coupe User Guide and the early MGT adverts from 1989/1990. Well he dusted off his memory of drawing the robot and has came up trumps with the drawing for the cover. As part of the commission I’ve also got a couple of prints of the cover artwork which Robin has hand signed - the first of which will be auctioned on eBay on 20th October 2015 - I’ll post up some photos over the next few days on my website and a link to the auction once it’s started. Although I paid for the commission of the artwork from my own pocket all proceeds from the auction will be used towards my ongoing work developing new products for the SAM Coupe.

Inside the magazine, a mammoth news section kicks off after the editorial, covering news from around the SAM scene, with all the details of new hardware, software and demos for the SAM Coupe as well as previews of projects that are being worked on.

Feature articles shows off all the work undertaken by Phil Wilson with the customising of his SAM, plus shorter articles about several other customisation projects. The Developer Diary section looks at the new game that’s Warren Lee is preparing, and a quick look at TRINload from Simon Owen which is a utility to transfer data from a PC to the SAM via the Trinity Ethernet Interface.

Planned SAM COUPE 2


I plan make new computer compatible with SAM COUPE and ZX128. Functionality may be similar as old SAM COUPE but with more features, faster CPU, more ram/rom, more graphic modes, new keyboard+case. In ZX mode will possible enable compatibility with ZX128 memory, use AY ports (instead MIDI) and enable DIVMMC interface compatibility (possibility use system ESXDOS from ZX Spectrum). Computer will contain also second Z80 CPU, text mode(in colors) and more news.

Mainboard is in development, but first prototype of new case is here:

Full case - -

New case versus original -

New feets -

SimCoupé 1.1 Alpha Released


Simon Owen has announced a new alpha preview of Sim Coupe V1.1 for Windows platform with the SDL sources not too far behind for other platforms.

Highlights include video recording, support for SID chips, Sound Sampler playback and many, many more fixes, tweaks and enhancements - full details listed in the Changelog

Download at

Cut down 'Trinity Mass Storage Interface' launched by Quazar


A new release to give a lower price point for mass storage on the SAM Coupe, my new ‘Trinity Mass Storage Interface’ is a cut down version of my ever popular Trinity Ethernet Interface, giving only the flash card mass storage capabilities from the original.

The interface supports MMC, SD and SDHC cards. Included is the latest version of B-DOS for the Trinity and supports cards up to 64GB in size are now supported giving the SAM Coupe all the storage you will ever need.

Please note:

* The optional Trinity BOOT ROM will not function with this interface as it lacks the 128K EEPROM storage that’s on the full Trinity Ethernet Interface. The EEPROM storage is required for the BOOT ROM to hold the bootblock and extra startup code, such as B-DOS.
* This interface can be upgraded at a later date to the full Trinity Ethernet Interface if you do want to the EEPROM and ETHERNET capabilities it offers. Contact me directly for the costs.

The Trinity Mass Storage Interface is priced at £44.99 and is available now.

Kind regards,


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