MSX as embedded platform?

By xperroni

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03-01-2015, 11:49

Having started a couple months back to dabble into electronics and embedded computing projects as a hobby, I thought it would be cool to build a simple robot or whatnot based on an MSX-compatible controller board. I had expected to easily find a couple projects devoted to adapting MSX hardware for embedded development, however after a week or so of research I came back empty-handed.

I did of course learn of the various robot kits that can be controlled from an MSX computer. But what I was looking for was some way to place an MSX inside a robot: a small form-factor MSX computer board with I/O pins that could be used to drive motor controllers, read input from sensors, etc. But other than perhaps adapting the 1chipMSX VHDL code to an embedded Altera board, I could find no such option. Did I miss something?

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By st1mpy

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03-01-2015, 12:02

Is Altera de0 too big? I think someone managed to run it on DE0 nano, which is very small.

By rogermm

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03-01-2015, 16:27

By xperroni

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05-01-2015, 03:10

Quote:

Is Altera de0 too big? I think someone managed to run it on DE0 nano, which is very small.

Ah, yes, it does look good.

But then I guess the answer to my question ("did I miss something?") is "no" after all – there is no embedded MSX-compatible computer ready for use in DIY projects. Though to be fair, it seems that today embedded development is all about ARM systems using Atmel components – even extending the search to Z80 systems in general I found little to no current activity, with some pages still showing "breaking news" from twelve years ago. oO