Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th Dec 2012 20:13 UTC
Games "Unfortunately, many of the logic chips that make up Pong are no longer readily available. There are newer parts that will perform the same function but they have different pin connections. I started by re-drawing and adapting some the circuits to the available parts." Recreating Pong from scratch. In its original hardware form. Crazy cool.
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FPGAs
by transputer_guy on Mon 17th Dec 2012 18:36 UTC
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2005-07-08

Even the smallest FPGA could handle this little project.

This reminds me of that Clint Eastwood movie, Space Cowboys, where he has to explain his own ancient hardware schematics to youngens (with Masters and Phds) that couldn't read logic schematics anymore.

When I was back in college, 1 particular grad student had his very own ICL 1904 built out of transistor boards working in a spare room. As each board failed he would wire up a TTL logic board replacement work alike.

Then there was that BBC show that ran on PBS last year that reset a British family back to 1970 and had them relive the 70s and 80s in a month going through all these toys 1 day every year.

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RE: FPGAs
by zima on Wed 19th Dec 2012 14:28 in reply to "FPGAs"
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2005-07-06

When I was back in college, 1 particular grad student had his very own ICL 1904 built out of transistor boards working in a spare room. As each board failed he would wire up a TTL logic board replacement work alike.

Reminds me of http://www.mycpu.eu/ & http://members.iinet.net.au/~daveb/simplex/ringhome.html

Do you remember the title of the BBC show? (too many of them; /me is afraid of Wiki effect ;p )

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RE[2]: FPGAs
by transputer_guy on Thu 20th Dec 2012 02:46 in reply to "RE: FPGAs"
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2005-07-08

I couldn't remember, but thanks to google and a few guesses it came out as "electric dreams", but search for "bbc electric dreams" or you'l get the movie.

Perhaps its still be up for streaming on pbs or bbc.
And its on youtube in snips.

There is a wiki page on it too.

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RE[2]: FPGAs
by transputer_guy on Thu 20th Dec 2012 16:03 in reply to "RE: FPGAs"
transputer_guy Member since:
2005-07-08

I just found out about Micro men on youtube, the battle between Uncle Clive and Chris Curry, Sinclair vs Acorn, 85mins well spent.

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