BeamRacer: A new VIC-II co-processor for the C64

Submitted by Retrograde in retrocomputing (edited )

  • Display List Coprocessor
  • Programmable Bitmap Sequencer
  • Lumafix Pro™ and GraydotKilla™
  • Pure 8-bit Design and Tight System Integration
  • On-board connector for VideoMod

BeamRacer enables precise control of the VIC-II graphics chip, allowing for a host of novel visual effects and freeing the main CPU for other tasks.

It expands C64 with a new programmable subsystem that continues Commodore's philosophy of keeping things wide open to experimentation.

The board has been carefully designed to mesh with C64’s architecture and preserve its 8-bit spirit. None of the VIC-II’s unique characteristics and behaviours are altered in any way, maintaining full compatibility with existing software base and decades worth of programming techniques and tricks.

This YouTube vid shows it in action. 🤯


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mike wrote

Thanks for this, I saw it mentioned in passing somewhere a couple of weeks ago and then completely forgot about it. Bit pricey for me, but I'd love to see what kind of things people pull off while using it.