OK, OK there seems to be grown swell for a V2 of this board. We have three choices:-
We can tweak the layout, correcting little things like when the LED come on and what they represent – currently not really useful.
Also allow the board to function as a “slave of a slave” with the Z80 a master and a 80286 (or 80386) as a slave and a few other minor things.
We could probably squeeze in a more extensive master slave chip arrangement (it will be tight) like the 80286 such that the board itself as a slave could call another sub-slave (or DMA controller).
Or we could redo the complete board and move it up to a 68020. The 68020 had one neat feature, you could dynamically choose the bus size you want—8, 16, or 32 bits with two external pins on the chip. This for example allowed you to use a single boot ROM instead or 2 (or 4) as was the case in the with 16 bit wide systems. They also picked up on the Intel idea bus buffering by using an efficient "cache". The cache in the 68020 was only 256 bytes deep and works a little differently from the 8086 queue. If a jump occurs to a point in the queue, the queue was flushed and reloaded. But the cache looks just like memory, so a jump to a point in the cache would not cause the cache to be dumped and reloaded. If loops are small enough, they can execute directly from the cache.
The second two upgrades would definitely require one (or more prototypes), and realistically would not get out until Autumn for #3, probably August for #2.
What do you guys think.
From: n8vem...@googlegroups.com [mailto:n8vem...@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Edward Snider
Sure Ian, you are down for 2 boards.
We have enough interest that there will definitely be a run once the updates are made to the board.
Update on who wants boards...
1. Fabio Battaglia - 3
2. Paul Birkel - 1
3. Todd Goodman - 3
4. Brian Marstella - 1
5. Jerry Brumble - 2
6. Gary Kaufman - 2
7. Andrew Bingham - 1
8. Matt Turner - 2
9. Yoda - 1
10. Andrew Kwan - 1
11. Ian May - 2
Could you put me on the list for 2 of the updated 68000 boards please?