MIT want to make $12 Apple II clone
eric at brouhaha.com
Tue Aug 5 16:44:00 CDT 2008
Zane H. Healy wrote:
> The CPU portion is the part that really had me wondering. How on earth
> can you manufacture such a device for only $12.
I don't know how you get it down to under $12, but clearly the CPU has
to be inside an ASIC, and the cost of the ASIC has to be under $1. It
won't particularly affect the cost for the CPU to be a 32-bit RISC
rather than a 6502. The RISC might take more transistors than the 6502,
but the transistors are essentially free, since the ASIC will be
pad-limited. The use of an ARM processor specifically might be more
expensive than a different 32-bit RISC, just because of licensing fees
to ARM Ltd., but other suitable choices exist.
> As for the software, I believe it has to all be written. I suspect that
> no existing Apple II software supports Hindi.
All the more reason to use a modern processor architecture rather than a
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