What is it?
EPiC is a multi-processor homebrew computer project based on the Motorola 68k microprocessor. It's not only a hobby project for my own enjoyment; upon completion I intend to make it available in kit form.
Why would you want to do that?
- 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.
What are the specs?
- CPU: Multiple Motorola 68060/68LC060 @ 100 MHz
- 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: Custom audio controller
- Storage: IDE Interface
- 2 x PS/2
- 1 x Infrared
- 1 x Serial
- 4 x USB
- 1 x Ethernet
- 1 x Stereo Audio In
- 1 x Stereo Audio Out
What's the progress?
Not much. I've currently exploring some of the computer's subsystems (e.g. sound, video, etc.) in various breadboard experiments.