[Coco] Any news on the so called CoCo4 or NextCoCo

jdaggett at gate.net jdaggett at gate.net
Thu Nov 18 16:07:52 EST 2010


This is my observation of where the COCO4 concept is at this point:

The COCO4, what ever it is or will be, is like a person with ropes tied to each arm and leg 
with four horses pulling in all different directions. Right now the DE-2 FPGA board approach 
is winning out and the rest is going to be left behind. Rip to shreads and the pieces left for the 
buzzards to pick. 

Any other idea or suggestion will probably meet with some resistance and really is not totally 
worth persueing. Unless it solves a personal niche, it probably is no longer worth persueing.  

just my thoughts

On 18 Nov 2010 at 9:41, Frank Swygert wrote:

> Still two camps -- hardware (FPGA) and software )streamlined emulator/OS 
> combined). I'm of the software camp because it would be easier, cheaper, 
> and quicker to accomplish. If you bought all new hardware cost would be 
> comparable, but even an old Pentium 1I computer can be had for a song 
> and would still have the computing power to emulate a CoCo at a 
> relatively high speed -- though there's no reason to go so far as a P1 
> when even P4 machines are relatively cheap now. And most of us have an 
> older board that would be great for this at little to no cost.
> What I really advocate is both -- do the streamlined emulator with an 
> advanced DECB and use it to develop a higher level Nitros, then put the 
> resulting "machine" in an FPGA hardware configuration. Both would be 
> compatible software wise, but for those who needed/wanted a compact 
> board it could be done. Of course the emulation/OS combo would run 
> easily on something like an ITX or embedded Intel board too.
> -------------
> It's the attempt at a "coco4" by Steve b. that's dead. The dream lives 
> on!! :-)
> On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 08:29:28AM -0800, Steve Batson wrote:
> > > I know many would love to see a CoCo 4 come into existence, but I 
> > thought
> > > the project was dead. Says it's dead on coco4.com
> > >
> > > Is there new info or activity on this, or just more discussion?
> > >
> >
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