MIT want to make $12 Apple II clone
spectre at floodgap.com
Tue Aug 5 10:57:11 CDT 2008
> > > Why do they not use a Commodore 64 instead? It has already been
> > > reduced to a single chip by Jeri Ellsworth and it has enhanced
> > > graphics that are better then what the original C64 had.
> > Intellectual property concerns, maybe? The Apple II is certainly a much
> > easier design to build from elemental pieces or reverse-engineer.
> > Not that I mind a $12 C64, but still ...
> I thought about that..
> First the C64 had already been completed, this means that the design work
> was done as well as licensing. I mean she had to get permission to make the
> DTV in the 1st place. So that work has already been done.
I don't mean about the C64, I mean the *DTV* -- there's still patents on
the patentable portions of that design. Sure, not the core logic, but the
DTV itself couldn't be used without licensing (I'm sure Ironstone and Toy
Lobster want their money). So they'd have to reverse engineer it and the
Apple II is clearly an easier job.
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