Do you remember the RC2014 we spoke about in issue#12? No? Huge problem - head over, we’ll be waiting here for you.
This home-brew is special. Still. And it’s getting better. One of the advantages of the design is the way, the bus is broken out. It allows you to extend the machine with additional 'modules' at any point in time and extend the computer’s abilities just like eating a piece of cake. 🍰
Phillip Stevens aka feilipu did exactly that. I don’t mean the cake. I mean the module. He built one, which allows you to run a 8085 CPU in tandem with the machines Zilog Z80. As you might imagine, there are a number of challenges when trying something like that. Especially when it comes to timing. But Phillip did it, and even better, he wrote a post about it.
If you are not yet familiar with the RC2014, this might feel a bit off. Should you actually own that very special piece of hardware, the article is definitely for you. Hopefully your collection of But-I-need-that-because-X-justifications™ did not run out of items already! 🤷♂️
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