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Hello Everybody,

I was wondering if any one had any ideas on what some one could make with a Motorola 68000 Processor, like a small project. So send ideas my way pleas.

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They can be quite useful for

They can be quite useful for embedded controllers. In fact, Contiki runs on them, and it has a TCP/IP stack, web server, browser, etc. You might wanna take a look. its very cool, and an amazing operating system.

http://www.sics.se/contiki/

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Cool

Very Cool! Dose any one else have any ideas?

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What's the story? Do you hav

What's the story? Do you have one loose 68000 lying around and you want to do something with it? Do you want to get started in microcontrollers and you don't care where you start? Do you want to learn 68k programming so you can do vintage Mac programming later?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_68000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/68k
http://www.esacademy.com/automation/faq/m68k/

The 68000 isn't a true microcontroller - you'd need to add a lot of external peripherals (RAM/ROM, I/O, etc) to do anything useful with it. Later derivatives in the 68k architecture might be more useful.

Although as it's been around so long, I'm sure a bit of Google fu would turn up some simple-ish projects.

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DrBunsen, http://www.esacadem

DrBunsen, http://www.esacademy.com/automation/faq/m68k/ was sooo cool. You have my interest piqued. Could you advise anything else on the 68k series of cpus? Sorry for derailing the thread.

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Vintage Mac

Well a little bit of every thing relay. I don't have one lying around thats for sure, but I did just get a Mac classic and I thought I would write some minor programs for it. (Its not like the next Claris works or anything)but some thing cool.

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Re: Vintage Mac

In that case you probably want to have a look at these 68kMLA threads:

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Developers, developers, developers

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Books

Lightsoft FAQ wrote:
Q: “What books would you recommend for 680x0 programming?

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Tim's beginner's guide to 68k

Tim's beginner's guide to 68k - from the abovementioned FAQ

whatthehellswithwindows wrote:

Contiki / has a TCP/IP stack, web server, browser, etc. /

Now there's a {heh}small{/heh} project - porting Contiki to a 68000 Mac.

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