Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Dec 2012 13:45 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "With fond memories of educational titles like 'Granny's Garden', and less educational ones like 'Pole Position' and 'Boffin', the BBC B seemed like a worthy machine to bring back to life inside an FPGA." The Hacker News thread has links to more FPGA implementations of older home computers.
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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by henderson101 on Tue 18th Dec 2012 14:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
henderson101
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2006-05-30

The main problem with the Electron was that it was a bit of a rush job. They replaced a whole load of discrete electronics with an ASIC and then lopped off mode 7. It had most of the "cool" I/O removed and really wasn't 100% compatible with BBC software.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 18th Dec 2012 15:51 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2011-05-12

Hum, wasn't is supposed to be 100% compatible and be upgradable to a 'real' BBC?

I think it's still a very nice machine, a true home computer. It's a category of computers I really miss.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by henderson101 on Fri 21st Dec 2012 12:14 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2006-05-30

No. AFAIK you *never* got mode 7, which was used in a lot of educational software. Mode 7 was aka as the "teletext" mode. Because they replaced a chunk of the guts with a custom ULA (ASIC) it was more like a "very good" BBC clone. It did almost everything, but not with absolute compatibility. The BBC emulator that came with RISCOS had better compatibility with software, for example.

There were modules you could add to an Electron to get most of the functionality of the BBC.. but by the time you'd spent all that money, you probably could have just got a BBC.

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