Front panel controller

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Fri May 14 16:45:04 2004

On Thu, May 13, 2004 at 02:13:05PM -0400, J. David Bryan wrote:
> On 12 May 2004 at 7:16, vrs wrote:
> > I'm curious what everyone thinks of this issue, and what *are* the
> > better choices?
> The Motorola 68EC000 makes a reasonable microcontroller. 16 MB addressing
> range, configurable 8- or 16-bit data bus, a range of operating speeds (far
> faster than a 6809), freely available tools, still in full production, and
> about $4.00 in single lots.

I would certainly be in favor of anything 68000-based... I've been writing
68K assembler since 1985, and have a collection of 68K hardware tools
from my days with Software Results (Northwest Instruments bus analyzer,
Fluke 9000A w/68K pod...)

I realize that these days the 64-pin DIP package is not in favor, but I
do happen to have several hundred if not a small number of thousand CPUs
in that format. In any case, the instruction set is the real win here,
more than the package.


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