First post, by hard1k
As we're approaching the release of our AWE64 Legacy project, I've decided to start some arrangements for the next one.
This time it will be my all-time favorite brand and product, the almighty Aureal Vortex2 (AU8830), the last game changer in the computer audio industry.
So, what we have:
- a stock of AU8830 chips of the later revision (B0AAAA), it's located in China, seems authentic, the price is right, already ordered 30 chips:
- a basic and simple AU8810 design that can be used to accommodate AU8830 too (all Vortex chips are pin compatible, thanks Aureal!)
The first idea is to make an "A3D-accelerator", a very small PCB with no bracket, and just two MPC connectors (Line-In and Line-Out) so that it could be installed in tiny systems, thin clients or PCI/ISA shared slot along an ISA card occupying the bracket place. Also some very special combo product is in the works, but I won't disclose it yet as there is another person involved.
What would you guys suggest? A new soundcard? What should it be? Or a combo with anything else? Do any of you have any hardware-related docs, a detailed datasheet, for example?