The future of the KZ80

A project log for KZ80

A Z80 laptop

Kyle IsomKyle Isom 02/04/2020 at 05:440 Comments

News on the KZ80 front has been quiet, and for good reason: the new job hasn't given me the time I need to focus on it. Additionally, the cost of developing hard is pretty high so I need to find a way to do it more cheaply. I think the way I'm going to do this is by verifying designs as RC2014 subsystems. Those subsystems are going to be, in order of precedence,

  1. the mainboard (CPU + ROM + RAM)
  2. the LCD dev board (basically, PIO + headers)
  3. the keyboard... board (PIO or two + headers)
  4. CF/SD module - I'd like this to be an IDE interface, like the CF drive I have now.

I don't have Eagle on OpenBSD, so I'm going to have to learn Kicad, and to be honest, I really don't want to do that. This might take a while. I have to not only learn a new UI (and one I've struggled so so much with in the past) but also learn how to build library parts and then rebuild my collection of library parts. I'm sure it's for the best, but it's going to take a long while.