ZZ9000 Compendium

Much more than a modern Amiga graphics card
Compiled by a ZZ9000 owner and enthusiast

Updated: July 14, 2021 | ZZ9000 is 2019-2021 MNT Research GmbH


Preface | Specifications | Requirements / Compatibility | Production / Shipping | Installation | Screen Modes
Add-Ons | Apps 'n ARMs | Benchmarks | Features | Support / Troubleshooting | F.A.Q. | Links | Contact


Features

"ZZ9000 is highly extensible" — Lukas Hartmann

Implemented:
[Release 1.4a] Ethernet speed boost [Driver/Firmware release 1.4a greatly increased Ethernet speed] ("Planned new features for Batch 2 are higher Ethernet speed...") [source link | archived image]
[Release 1.5b source link; Note: still in beta, and not yet hot-pluggable] AmigaOS access to the USB port ("Planned new feature for Batch 3 is to make the USB port useful from the Amiga in some way... This functionality will also be backported to Batch 1 and 2 owners.") [source link | archived image]
[ZZ9500CX] Amiga 500 compatibility with RGB capture cable ("Planned new feature for Batch 3 ... and Amiga 500 compatibility incl. video capturing via a new cable. Important: To use the ZZ9000 with an Amiga 500, you will need a Zorro II adapter like Rob Cranley's Z-500 or the Checkmate 1500 Zorro adapter.") [source link | archived image]
[Release 1.8] Added 256 MB AutoConfigTM Fast RAM to the AmigaOS (for Zorro III Amigas only). [source link] This provides the AmigaOS with a portion of the ZZ9000's 1 GB of DDR3 RAM [See the Apps 'n ARMs page for manual use of this feature] ("Possible future feature.") [source link | archived image]
Planned:
ZZ9000AX audio module (announced June 29, 2021): • SigmaDSP© processor. • AHI and mixing in Amiga-native Paula audio. [archived image] • Mix audio from other audio sources by using the pin headers on the card. [archived image] • Will work with all ZZ9000 revisions, including rev. 1. [archived image] • Will include an output bracket. [archived image] • Could be used as a building block in other audio projects as well. [source link]
Firmware 2.0 (April 6, 2020, in development): • WebM/VP9 playback on your Amiga with ZZ9000 ("yes, you can play back webm/VP9 on your amiga with ZZ9000 FW2.0 (in development)") [source link, archived image] • Amiga M68K to ARM interface is now finally interrupt driven (GIC), freeing up most CPU time on both ARM cores. [source link; archived image] • HDMI capturing and streaming support ("currently fixing ZZ9000 firmware's HDMI timing to allow capturing and streaming to work...") [source link | archived image]
An official ZZ9000 driver installation diskette is still planned ("Double click "Install ZZ9000" from the ZZ9000 Install package available from our website or on floppy disk from our online shop.") [source PDF | archived image]

Possible:
AmigaOS access to the microSD card ("...and to make the microSD card accessible from AmigaOS. These improvements will also be available for Batch 1 owners as a firmware/driver update.") [source link | archived image]
ARM-powered datatypes that decode images, and an ARM-enabled music player. ("ARM SDK (baby steps so far, later I could use some help from people knowledgeable with datatypes and/or extending a music player): https://source.mntmn.com/MNT/zz9000-sdk [source link | archived image]
FPGA expansion ("J10: FPGA Expansion. 10 additional unused FPGA inputs/outputs for later use.") [source PDF]
ZZ9000 Bus mastering. (March 17, 2021: "Would be great if we could figure out if we can do bus mastering on the ZZ9000 ... ZZ9000 bus mastering is technically theoretically possible. But have never tried.") [source: Lukas Hartmann, #mnt-amiga/irc.freenode.net]