SMT techniques (was Re: group buy for homebrew CPUs?)

Jules Richardson julesrichardsonuk at
Sun Aug 13 03:04:34 CDT 2006

Don wrote:
>>> I think that skirts the appeal of a *real* "miniture PDP".
>>> E.g., why not just do the whole design in an FPGA?  It would
>>> be a pretty boring accomplishment.... :-(
>>   Huh?  I don't think so, at least not for me.  I'm totally in love 
>> with my SBC6120, which is at least a move in that direction.  I can 
>> run it 24/7 and just have it available on a serial port which I can 
>> get to when I'm not home, for some OS/8 hacking when I get the itch.
> But, you can make the move all the way "in that direction"
> and just run an emulator.  :>  I.e. the appeal is having
> the actual hardware.  And, while PDP's are reasonably
> commonplace, having a *tiny* one (imagine a 10x10x10 8/i
> sitting on your COFFEE TABLE  :> ) would be truly unique.

If you're going to build a miniature system out of modern components, why not 
just use a FPGA? :-)

Once the decision's been made to not stick with the original hardware, then 
surely any construction technique is fair game?

A. Because it destroys the natural flow of conversation.
Q. What's wrong with top posting ?

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