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...a new computer project!
The "QBox" will be a new computersystem with a lot of new features.
This idea evolved from my dissatisfaction with the construction, programming methods
and operation of todays computers.
With the "Project QBox", I try to join powerful hardware, a fast operating-system
and a useful architekture in hard- and software to create a system which is
very easy to use and quick to understand because of its logical construction.
In this section you can get all the news about the current development-state of my new
Of course I'm very interested on comments and suggestions.
So please send an eMail to me!
The developer platform is not the QBox, it's just a help for me to create my own cpu boards and
an example on how to create coldfire computers.
The QBox will be powered by an Motorola ColdFire RISC processor. This picture shows my former
developer platform which I used until I developed my ppQBox.
It was equipped with a ColdFire 5206/25MHz, 2MB PS/2 RAM, 256kB FlashROM, 2 Serial Interfaces,
a BDM Debug port and an ISA-Slot. The large flatband cables were connected to a selfmade FPGA-board
equipped with a Xilinx XC4005XL with 3.3V core voltage.
I coded already a small preemtive Multitasking kernel for this board and it run already successful
over 20 Tasks at once!
This board will perhaps someday get an VGA-compatible graphics board and a IBM-Keyboard
interface so that it makes sense to start to code the complete OS (called QOS). The connected FPGA is used to
study the connected work of a fast CPU together with a in-system programmable logic chip. Later,
I will use the Xilinx chips to create own bus-controllers and video-chips. The main advantage of
FPGA's is, that you can create hardware by using software... ;) You no longer need to solder
thousands of wires, you can now do this by code or by mouse. Well, in spite of this advantage it is still
complex to create those designs because there are side-effects which must be considered.