1 chip PC

By st1mpy

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02-12-2009, 18:55

I think the 1 chip MSX (MSX on a single FPGA) idea was ultimately to allow cheap mass produced MSX chip. That's kind of nice for us, but something more practical for the rest of the world is a 1 chip PC. (Or atleast an external CPU + 1 chip PC architecture).
I googled for it and only saw one project that sounded like it.
We already have $200 PC (Netbooks) but may be this would make it possible to have $99 PCs?

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By RetroTechie

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06-12-2009, 03:39

There exist a wide variety of x86-based SoC (System-on-Chip) parts, and many are PC compatible (or enough to run most software of interest). It's just that they're used in different markets: netbooks, XO-1 ($100 laptop), set-top boxes (like your digital TV decoder), industrial control, internet 'kiosk' systems, networking equipment, you name it. Several companies have probably done the prototyping with FPGA-based tools, then took it to the next level and had some custom chip(s?) made with everything hardwired. And then other companies released hundreds of thousands of products based on it, but no release of a development project. So it's already been done, a number of times, you just haven't noticed. Smile2

If you don't believe me, Google around for: VIA CoreFusion, AMD Fusion, MediaGX, AMD Geode GX / LX, Pico ITX, PC/104, SBC (Single Board Computer)... I'm sure there's more. Basically: looks uninteresting for hobbyists (which I can understand).

Note to mods: topic isn't "social talk" - move to hardware / general discussion / perhaps MSX-related section?

By [D-Tail]

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10-12-2009, 22:09

Something not x86, but cool nonetheless (heck, anything non-x86 is cool): http://www.genesi-usa.com/

It should run Linux :)

By AuroraMSX

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13-12-2009, 11:16

Something not x86, and not really "1 chip", but very cool nonetheless: http://beagleboard.org/

It does run Linux :P

By Leo

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13-01-2010, 15:48

there is the 80386EX , and not SX or DX , "E" is for embedded, you can find DIP40 modules with a 80386 andits flash + ram ,no video though.
there have been some attempt for one chip pc like :
http://www.st.com/stonline/products/literature/ds/6376.pdf