Thoughts on future projects (68K!)

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This blog post does not document what I’ve done in my hobbies, except for some small projects, but rather what I plan to work on next. Before getting to that though, I should finish my description of the progress I’ve made with the VGA controller. I have attached the  EPF10K10 (PDF) FPGA to the 68000 CPU bus, and have had… Read more »

VGA signal generation with an EPF10K10 FPGA

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This post has been a long time in the making. I’ve been distracted by various things: work, family, and CNC related projects. I will create a short post describing my first successfully completed CNC project after this one, since I’m pretty proud of it. But onto the topic at hand. The road to a video display began with a stand-alone breadboard… Read more »

Monitor progress and thoughts on the 68000 ISA

The machine-code monitor for my MINI000 68000 SBC is coming along nicely. It’s been great fun and an excellent introduction to writing 68000 assembly. Command processing consists of the following steps: Read a line of text from the serial port. Parse the line into command and argument portions. Locate the command from the set available. This will result in a… Read more »

Adding a C library to the 68000 SBC

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There are more than a few different choices of C library for running on small systems. Some candidate C libraries for the MINI000 board include: Newlib is an extremely popular choice for small systems. It is relatively complete. Not quite complete enough for a modern desktop Unix system, but almost. It specifically targets bare-bones (AKA freestanding) 68K systems, and allows… Read more »

MPCNC “finished” and progress with the 68000 SBC

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The MPCNC is now ready to be used in anger. It took longer then I’d have liked but it’s all ready for serious cutting, albeit in wood: Making the spoil-board up was a bit of a mission, mostly because I’m completely new to this kind of thing. I started with a 600mm by 1220mm by 18mm thick piece of MDF…. Read more »

First cuts from the MPCNC

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Working on the MPCNC has been a bit of a background project. It’s hard to believe I started printing the parts for it about four months ago. Here is a little about the MPCNC for some context. The project is the brainchild of “Ryan” at v1engineering.com. It  is a set of 3D printable part designs, given away freely, and other… Read more »

68000 SBC bring up

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Five MINI000 boards arrived just after Christmas. Annoyingly I got stung for the import duty, but fair enough. They were still very cheap! The quality looks fantastic, though its hard to tell from a camera-phone shot: The following was done over the course of a few weeks. Unlike the MAXI09 board bringup, I took my time and found I enjoyed… Read more »