EpiC is a homebrew computer based on the 68k multi-processor. The goals of the system are:
CPU: Motorola 68060/68LC060 @ 100 MHz (expandable with other additional CPU cards)
This is not only a hobby project, when we're done we'll make it available in kit form.
RAM: up to 2GB RAM
ROM: 1MB EPROM containing custom bootloader and BIOS firmware
Video: custom VGA controller with 8MB double frame buffer capable of 24 bit color up to 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
Audio: dual SID or custom audio controller
Storage: IDE Interface
Connectivity: 2 x PS/2, 1 x Infrared, 1 x Serial, 4 x USB, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x Audio In, 1 x Audio Out
Why not a normal x86 processor?
- I have always been enamored with the flexibility of the 68k instruction set
- No bloody segmented memory model! Just 32 bits of straight addressing power.
- Built-in multiprocessor capability!
- The '060 was the most powerful and fastest member of the 68k family
- Other than a limited number of Amigas, the chip never got use in a modern mainstream system. It would be awesome to see how it could perform when given a full complement of modern hardware.