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by Dave
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 68060 based QL system?
Replies: 69
Views: 2152

Re: 68060 based QL system?

Love for ARM? I would understand that on an Archimedes forum, but not here. *strokes RiscPC with StrongARM, remembers working on it.* It would be a prime RTOS. SMSQ/E is by no means an RTOS. (And especially some SMSQ/E storage drivers are the worst case when it comes to RT requirements.) But RTOS m...
by Dave
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: QL 34th Anniversary new hardware.
Replies: 199
Views: 12896

Re: QL 34th Anniversary new hardware.

We're just doing one last respin of the PCB for production, then the 4MB board will be ready.
by Dave
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: QL 34th Anniversary new hardware.
Replies: 199
Views: 12896

Re: QL 34th Anniversary new hardware.

Hi Juan,

I have a couple of membranes left. I'll have the rest of the items ready soonish. I'll only make them available once everything is ready.

Yes, I'll ship to Chile.

The DMV here accidentally used the Chile flag instead of the Texas flag for many years without noticing.
by Dave
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 68060 based QL system?
Replies: 69
Views: 2152

Re: 68060 based QL system?

I stipulate that SMSQ/E and Minerva use a couple of key quirks of the 68K instruction and register set to accomplish things that would need to be re-implemented in ARM assembly. I stipulate that the amount of work required to do a port would be extraordinary. If it were undertaken it would be a labo...
by Dave
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: CTL plug type
Replies: 34
Views: 10658

Re: CTL plug type

The BT plugs, if you ignore the pawl, are RJ45 connectors. They have the same dimensioning and use the same wire and tools (but with a little dremel-ing because of the pawl.)

So at a pinch you can break the pawl off an RJ45 and use that if no 630W are available.
by Dave
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 68060 based QL system?
Replies: 69
Views: 2152

Re: 68060 based QL system?

Let's not get hung up on just how difficult an ARM port would be - it's off topic and hijacking the intent of the thread.

Which seems to be what we'd like to see as future development paths for new hardware from Peter. He's not interested in it, so as far as he's concerned it dies right there.
by Dave
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 68060 based QL system?
Replies: 69
Views: 2152

Re: 68060 based QL system?

You're right, but even after thinking about it for a few seconds it's still about as realistic as the QL community launching its own Mars probe. Still, it's *technically* feasible! The Mars probe at least. :ugeek: As a thought exercise: if you omit the not insignificant manpower problem - what is t...
by Dave
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 68060 based QL system?
Replies: 69
Views: 2152

Re: 68060 based QL system?

Hey, at least I'm *taking* my meds :P
by Dave
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 68060 based QL system?
Replies: 69
Views: 2152

Re: 68060 based QL system?

I have agitated for porting to ARM for many years. It wouldn't be trivial, but it would be amazing. Few things are more unrealistic than porting SMSQ/E to the ARM architecture. So I never even start thinking of it. And personally I like the beauty of the 68K architecture and assembler language. Wel...
by Dave
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: CTL plug type
Replies: 34
Views: 10658

Re: CTL plug type

I have a large pile of the 631W connectors, which are currently being made up for the WiFi adaptor prototypes I'll be sending out soon. Only need to make a couple though, since there will likely be a fast serial card fairly soon.

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