The powerful, flexible, hacker-friendly 16/32-bit Retro Computer!Designed by The Really Old-School Company Ltd in United Kingdom
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What is this? Note that the base model includes the bare PCB only, select the optional components you'd like included when purchasing the product. Note that we unfortunately are no longer able to su…Read More…
Note that the base model includes the bare PCB only, select the optional components you'd like included when purchasing the product.
Note that we unfortunately are no longer able to supply the MC68010 or MC68901 with the kits, due to diminishing supply of these components in retail quantity. You will need to source these ICs yourself. For most things, an MC68000 will work instead of a MC68010!
Updated board revision for 2021! Now shipping with Firmware 1.3 and SD Card support
The rosco_m68k is a self-build Motorola 68k computer designed for experimentation, education and hacking.
Featuring a 68010 16/32-bit processor running at 10MHz, 1MB RAM, 16KB ROM (Up to 64KB supported) and advanced IO capabilities thanks to the on-board MC68901 Multi-Function Peripheral, the rosco_m68k is easy to build and lots of fun to hack on.
And with our open-source serial firmware, Easy68K-compatible IO and simple starter projects for your own code, the rosco_m68k is ready to run your programs just as soon as you've soldered it up!
Order the parts, grab your soldering iron, and join in the fun of putting your own computer together!
The rosco_m68k is designed to be easy to solder, and no special skills or equipment are needed! Simply grab a regular (ideally temperature-controlled) soldering iron, some solder (we like lead-free 1mm diameter) and have at it!
Where supplied, all new components are the very highest-quality we can get our hands on. Some components are (by virtue of their not being produced any more!) pre-owned, surplus or new-old-stock, but we carefully recondition and test every component before it leaves our workshop to ensure that you won't be disappointed by non-functional parts.
In addition to the base PCB and components and soldering gear, we recommend the following:
When working with the rosco_m68k, we find the following useful:
Just like the hardware, the firmware and software for the rosco_m68k are open source, and we're constantly improving and adding new features to it. You'll find everything you need at https://github.com/rosco-m68k including the standard firmware, example projects in both assembly and C, and a bunch of standard libraries you can use in your own projects to do things like serial output and GPIOs.
Getting started with writing your own code is easy thanks to our comprehensive instructions on building a GCC toolchain for m68k, and if you use Home-brew (https://brew.sh) you can simply install the toolchain with a couple of commands! (Note that Mac or Linux is recommended for development. A VM can be used when working under Windows).
Programs are loaded to the board via serial link using the Kermit protocol, and all support code is provided by the firmware and standard libraries to make writing these programs as easy as writing programs for your PC.
The standard firmware additionally provides an Easy68K-compatible IO layer, meaning that your existing Easy68k simulator code can probably be run on the real hardware with minimal changes (if any). (See http://www.easy68k.com for more about Easy68K).
And of course, if you're so inclined, you can completely replace the standard firmware with your own code, giving you total control :)
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