Re: Update on Jeri's board (fwd)

From: Ethan Dicks (
Date: 2001-04-02 22:09:51

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 10:13:57 -0800 (PST)
> From: Jeri Ellsworth <>
> To:
> Subject: [Homestead] Re: [COPS] Update on Jeri's board
> Hi,
>   I have planned to include 16 Meg's of SDRAM assuming that I can get my
> controller to work with the nasty stuff.

If you are putting a DIMM socket on the board, it's going to be tough
to find anything under 64Mb.  If it's soldered down, then that isn't
a problem.

> I have to make some decisions about keeping the 24
> bit modes or reducing them to 16 bit and adding a lot of fun features: PS-2
> mouse, keyboard, high speed rs-232, IDE, OPL3 .....  What should I add?

Personally, I'm interested in I/O more than top-shelf graphics.  While 16-bit
graphics aren't close to cutting edge, being able to use modern peripherals
will keep this design live for a long time.  Besides the peripherals you
mentioned, I'm fond of LCD displays; a built-in LCD-friendly I/O port (like
the "short bus" on the IDE-64) would be a nice touch (I'd be happy to do
some kernel routines to talk to it, if necessary)  Other than that, Ethernet
is my big favorite.  The only reason I've ever considered sticking an ISA
slot on a C-64 was to mount serial or network cards on it

Keep up the good work!


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