The Really Old-School Company Limited
rosco_m68k Classic 68030 Edition (Kit without CPU!)
rosco_m68k Classic 68030 Edition (Kit without CPU!)
The rosco_m68k Classic 68030 Edition is a self-build Motorola 68030 computer designed for experimentation, education and hacking.
Featuring a 68030 32-bit processor running at 20MHz with on-die Memory Management Unit, 1MB RAM, 512KB ROM (Flash, with in-system programming capability; Expandable to 1MB) and advanced IO capabilities thanks to the on-board XR68C681 dual UART, the rosco_m68k Classic 68030 Edition is easy to build and lots of fun to hack on.
And with our open-source serial firmware, Easy68K-compatible IO and simple starter projects for your own code, the rosco_m68k is ready to run your programs just as soon as you've soldered it up!
Please Note: This kit does not include the MC68030 CPU - You will need to own (or source) an MC68030RC20 (or faster, in PGA package) and a suitable socket (if desired) in order to build this kit!
Please Note: This product is not compatible with the Xosera video adapter. A new version of the adapter will launch soon that will work with the whole range.
Note actual PCB colour may vary.
Now shipping with Firmware 2.4 and SD Card support
- Supports MC68030 32-bit CPU (Not Supplied)
- 1MB RAM
- 512KB Flash ROM (Up to 1MB supported)
- On-board UART (115200 BPS as standard)
- SD Card support (requires Arduino SD adapter, not supplied)
- Expansion connector with support for both new and legacy (MC6800) peripherals
- Serial bootloader firmware loads programs via Kermit protocol
- Easy68K IO Compatibility Layer in the firmware
- Various example programs and quick-start code for your own!
- Built-in support for Xosera retro video adapter (additional hardware required, coming soon!)
- Supports IDE adapter, and legacy V9958 video (via community projects, all require additional hardware, not supplied).
Order the parts, grab your soldering iron, and join in the fun of putting your own computer together!
Who can build this?
The rosco_m68k is designed to be easy to solder, and no special skills or equipment are needed! Simply grab a regular (ideally temperature-controlled) soldering iron, some solder (we like lead-free 0.6mm diameter) and have at it!
- All-through-hole design, only basic soldering skills required
- 4-layer PCB so there's plenty of space around components, no fiddly bits
- High-quality solder mask and tented vias reduce the risk of hard-to-spot bridges
- Fully-socketed (excluding CPU) eliminate the risk of heat-damage to the ICs
Where supplied, all new components are the very highest-quality we can get our hands on. Some components are (by virtue of their not being produced any more!) pre-owned, surplus or new-old-stock, but we carefully recondition and test every component before it leaves our workshop to ensure that you won't be disappointed by non-functional parts.
What else do I need?
In addition to the base PCB and components and soldering gear, we recommend the following:
- Serial to USB (FTDI) converter to connect your rosco_m68k to your PC
- USB to Dupont power lead (can be easily made at home from any USB cable)
- Multimeter for debugging
- EEPROM programmer (Required if pre-programmed ROMs and glue logic options are not selected)
When working with the rosco_m68k, we find the following useful:
- Logic analyser for testing and development
- Solderless breadboards and jumper wires
- Arduino, or other MCU
What about software?
Just like the hardware, the firmware and software for the rosco_m68k are open source, and we're constantly improving and adding new features to it. You'll find everything you need at https://github.com/rosco-m68k including the standard firmware, example projects in both assembly and C, and a bunch of standard libraries you can use in your own projects to do things like serial output and GPIOs.
Getting started with writing your own code is easy thanks to our comprehensive instructions on building a GCC toolchain for m68k, and if you use Home-brew (https://brew.sh) you can simply install the toolchain with a couple of commands! (Note that Mac or Linux is recommended for development. A VM can be used when working under Windows).
Programs are loaded to the board via serial link using the Kermit protocol, and all support code is provided by the firmware and standard libraries to make writing these programs as easy as writing programs for your PC.
The standard firmware additionally provides an Easy68K-compatible IO layer, meaning that your existing Easy68k simulator code can probably be run on the real hardware with minimal changes (if any). (See http://www.easy68k.com for more about Easy68K).
And of course, if you're so inclined, you can completely replace the standard firmware with your own code, giving you total control :)
Excellent packaging and arrived in good time (Usually out of our hands via the great pond and customs!) Kits are always packaged well.
I am a fan of 68K CPUs (from way back) and very happy with the new rosco kits. They arrived in great shape and I am looking forward to finishing getting them all up and running. Support has been excellent on the Rosco discord (or via Github issues).