The ZedRipper: a 16-core, 83 MHz Z80 powerhouse portable #VintageComputing #FPGA #Z80
We’re all used to multicore PC type machines these days but imaging a multicore Z80 machine. Z80? Like 1980 Z80? Yes. Clocked up to 83 MHz. A Kaypro dream to be sure. Chris Fenton has built such a beast:
Meet the ZedRipper – a 16-core, 83 MHz Z80 powerhouse as portable as it is impractical. The ZedRipper is my latest attempt to build a fun ‘project’ machine, with a couple of goals in mind:
Finally use one of the giant FPGA boards I had lying around
Play a little ‘alternate-history computer engineering’ with a hardware-focused approach to multitasking
Build a machine that I could write fun, small programs for on my daily train ride
Build a platform that would allow for relatively easy computer-architecture experiments
The ZedRipper is basically an attempt to build the ultimate CP/M 2.2 computer.
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