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Month: October 2011

Baby Steps…

Baby Steps…

Cx4 first progress
Cx4 first progress

Cx4 memory map and data RAM are implemented. No work done on the actual core yet. Still, sometimes it’s nice to get any positive feedback from the hardware. :)

Prototype – assembled

Prototype – assembled

I had the Rev.E proto assembled by the end of August – but never got around to showing it off. ;-)
Well, here it is.

Rev.E front, assembled
Rev.E front, assembled

The fat 4MBit SRAM at the top isn’t used yet. Its purpose is to retain save data in case of power failure (before it’s written to SD card), to serve as custom chip work RAM, and probably to store some other status information. Save data is currently stored in PSRAM along with the ROM, and monitored/saved to card from there.
Rev.E back, assembled
Rev.E back, assembled

Though the Zeroplus Logic Cube is rather low-end, it’s still a 200MHz, 128kSamples LA that has proven invaluable for all sorts of debugging. The JTAG/UART adapter (not shown) is a run-of-the-mill FT2232 DIP adapter board which plays nicely with OpenOCD. This one I got cheap from Akihabara (thanks to Tobias Diedrich!).
Rev.E in operation, wired up
Rev.E in operation, wired up

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