Offered: Matchbox sized 6502 / Z80 / 6809 Co Pro

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Post by ^Trickster^ » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:32 am

Can I please be included in this?

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Post by maz » Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:24 pm

I am also interested. Can I also use your board to bridge the tube and a RPi?

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Post by topcat96 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:32 pm

Found a cheese wedge co-pro. :D

Please remove my name from the list.
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Post by Fwapp » Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:36 pm

Hello! - I too would like a shiny thing for my BBC B - I need to play Tube Elite :D

Let us know if/when you're up for it

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Post by eXne » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:10 pm

As I became recently aware of this forum and the plans for a copro: if possible can you put me on the list to purchase one?
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Post by roland » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:16 pm

Hé, another new Dutch member!

Welcome Etienne. Please introduce yourself in viewforum.php?f=13 so we can read all about you and give you a warm welcome :D
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Post by Bagpuss » Tue May 03, 2016 12:05 pm

Please add me to the list for the next batch of boards to be produced.

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Post by dhardingham » Mon May 09, 2016 8:36 am

Please can you add my name to the list.

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Post by Budgie » Mon May 09, 2016 8:15 pm

Please add me to the list

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Re: Offered: Matchbox sized 6502 / Z80 / 6809 Co Pro

Post by Lardo Boffin » Thu May 26, 2016 2:29 pm

Hello!

I don't know if this is the right topic for my question but here it is - I have a matchbox coproc from December and was wondering how I got it upgraded to the latest firmware with the ARM2 processor etc.?

If this is not possible please put me down for a new one! I can live with owning two (although I will have to buy a second Beeb as well.. :D )

Thanks!

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Post by danielj » Thu May 26, 2016 3:12 pm

Lardo - are you attending any of the meets? Like Halifax? We can flash you up to the latest version...

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Thu May 26, 2016 9:26 pm

danielj wrote:Lardo - are you attending any of the meets? Like Halifax? We can flash you up to the latest version...

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Unfortunately not. Weekends are at a premium at the moment and I suspect I would be bankrupted by all the lovely things I would have to buy!
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Post by sydney » Thu May 26, 2016 9:37 pm

You could post it to one of us, we'll update it and send it back. Daniel needs something to keep him busy
at Halifax! Where in the UK are you?

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Thu May 26, 2016 9:54 pm

sydney wrote:You could post it to one of us, we'll update it and send it back. Daniel needs something to keep him busy
at Halifax! Where in the UK are you?
Hi Sydney

Thanks for the suggestion!

I'm in Chesterfield (near Sheffield).
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Post by sixxdog_uk » Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:52 pm

Hi Lardo,

I'm travelling up to Halifax from Leicester so I could grab your copro and drop it off on the way back if this helps?

Alex :-)

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:43 pm

sixxdog_uk wrote:Hi Lardo,

I'm travelling up to Halifax from Leicester so I could grab your copro and drop it off on the way back if this helps?

Alex :-)
Hello Alex

Thanks for the offer! I have posted it to Sydney who is going to take it with him.

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Post by trixster » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:16 am

Id like to be added to the list please if possible!

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Post by sundbyk » Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:39 am

Hi,

Please add me on the list for the hardware.
Is i possible to have the schematics and make it myself?

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Post by hoglet » Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:44 am

sundbyk wrote: Please add me on the list for the hardware.
Is i possible to have the schematics and make it myself?
The schematics are posted here:
viewtopic.php?f=44&t=8852&start=120#p98780

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Post by sundbyk » Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:06 am

Thanks,

I will make some PCB's if that is OK by Flynn.

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Post by JudgeBeeb » Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:21 pm

It is a really densely packed PCB with components on both sides and a lot of very small surface mount packages. You will also need the facilities for programming the firmware. This is no easy task.
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Post by sydney » Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:27 pm

Perhaps the matchbox is no longer needed with the advent of the PiTubeDirect project.

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Post by BigEd » Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:50 pm

sydney wrote:Perhaps the matchbox is no longer needed with the advent of the PiTubeDirect project.
I wouldn't go that far myself! I see them as interesting alternatives, with different possibilities for further developments.

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Post by sydney » Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:58 pm

BigEd wrote:
sydney wrote:Perhaps the matchbox is no longer needed with the advent of the PiTubeDirect project.
I wouldn't go that far myself! I see them as interesting alternatives, with different possibilities for further developments.
If you think that then that's good enough for me!

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Post by sundbyk » Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:50 pm

BigEd wrote:
sydney wrote:Perhaps the matchbox is no longer needed with the advent of the PiTubeDirect project.
I wouldn't go that far myself! I see them as interesting alternatives, with different possibilities for further developments.
Agree, two different directions.

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Post by mschmalenbach » Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:58 am

Characteristically for me I'm coming late to everything in life, including this wonderful forum!
(I was born a week late, been at least a week late for everything in life, except my wedding - on time for that, but my bride was 25 minutes late and not entirely sober, bless!)

Is it too late to add me to the list for future recipients of the Matchbox? I appreciate they'll cost around the £50 mark, but as I don't drink any more, that's fine! (Some say I don't drink any less, but I don't know what they mean!)

I was once an engineer (FPGA cell design & layout tool design for GEC Plessey Semiconductors back in the early 90s) and after a variety of other 'lives', I'm now back in the world of engineering & tech, working for Microchip Technology, who bought SMSC some years ago - SMSC makes the USB/Ethernet hub that's on every Raspberry Pi board going.

I've been working on building a compiler for small microcontrollers, from 8 bit machines (PIC & AVR devices, 6800-based MCUs), through 16 to 32 bit machines (MIPS as well as ARM).

I recently acquired a couple of BBC Master 128s, that both work, but have issues - so I'll be overhauling them over the summer too..

I'm looking to move my compiler development over to the Beeb, to code it in BBC Basic, but have it generate code for a variety of targets, many if not all of which, could be a TUBE-hosted co-processor.

Why? Because!

If there's anything specific I need to do ref: matchbox co-pro, I'm sure somebody will let me know, and if there's anything I can do in some small way to help out anywhere, just shout!

Cheers

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Post by tricky » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:31 pm

Welcome.
I've tried a few times to write a compiler for the beeb, but usually end up designing a sort of C like language instead!
There is cc65, which i think works for the Atom. I'm not sure if the beeb version got finished.
You probably already know all this stuff :)
The pi copro might be a good start/stop-gap as you can make it now and i think it is faster at running basic; but 6502 only.

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Post by sixxdog_uk » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:02 am

Whats the current state of play on these cool little gizmo's ?

Ive seen them in action and they certainly kick the llamas ass ;)

Hope to be able to buy one soon.

Alex :)

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Post by BigEd » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:09 am

(As the very useful Matchbox Co-Pro signposts thread has fallen out of the forum index, here's a link to it:
viewtopic.php?t=9994
There's a link within to the online shop, presently showing as out of stock - we can hope Jason is planning a new batch.)

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Post by mschmalenbach » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:57 pm

tricky wrote:Welcome.
I've tried a few times to write a compiler for the beeb, but usually end up designing a sort of C like language instead!
There is cc65, which i think works for the Atom. I'm not sure if the beeb version got finished.
You probably already know all this stuff :)
The pi copro might be a good start/stop-gap as you can make it now and i think it is faster at running basic; but 6502 only.
Thanks old bean!

I got turned on to this when I took a refresher on Microchip's 8 & 16 bit PIC micros (MCUs), and at the same time stumbled across the very excellent "Let's Build A Compiler" series of articles by Jack Crenshaw.

Part of my focus with this has been researching language features - I'm looking to evolve a language that is of particular use to folk who are developing embedded systems - so bit twiddling is key, as are features that reduce the likelihood of writing buggy code in the first place - bugs that only really arise in the field, and are very tricky to replicate and hunt down in the lab. C is just an awful language from a number of standpoints, and yet attractive in others - keeping these positives whilst getting rid of the negatives is where I think I'm going.

The idea of final development of all this on a machine from my schooldays is strangely compelling for me - and to also build some hardware plugged in to the Beeb - a variety of difference MCUs from different sources - which can then be programmed from the Beeb environment - well, it's the old geek in me coming out, a way of relaxing from my main duties at work(!) - training sales engineers in how to engage with clients.

My aspiration is to make the compiler available to the Beeb community & see which other directions it can be evolved in...
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