- Aug 21, 2016
Hey guys I have seen rdc's n64 control board which is awesome I was wondering can he desgin n64 main board in a small form factor so there would be no trimming work and small portables in modding scene
While he can, he probably won't, as that would take much more time and effort than the original controller board, and it would also cost a significant amount more per board...Hey guys I have seen rdc's n64 control board which is awesome I was wondering can he desgin n64 main board in a small form factor so there would be no trimming work and small portables in modding scene
Your only justification is to avoid the "relocation" and "wiring mess" of a normal project, which isn't NEARLY enough justification to make it worth it. Remember, a board redesign is no easy task, and beyond that, you'd have to pay someone to relocate every single necessary component from an actual n64 to a slightly smaller board. Not worth it.Ya but there will be less mess inside
I know I'm not rdc, but as an electrical engineer I can confirm that it wold be a significant amount of work. It's entirely possible, but as some people have mentioned, the board design aside, the physical relocation of first party hardware onto a second board would require a bit of skill and time that anyone in their right mind would charge a pretty penny for.Ok thanks a lot but looking for a reply from rdc
If someone was going to go anywhere near that far, they would most likely do a FPGA based design unless they saw huge demand that doesn't exist for this board.If you were to go to these lengths I'd say you may as well clone the N64 and spin your own ASIC, if we're going to talk about expensive and difficult things (granted spinning your own ASIC is expensive to a few more orders of magnitude).
I mostly said ASIC because of size limitations of FPGAs more than volume of production (though if this were to happen it'd probably be out of China so they'd mass produce it anyways). Perhaps you could be able to get away with an off the shelf MIPS and a clone of the RCP in an FPGA with some clever hardware wrappers around the MIPS to handle any differences between the R4300 and what was developed by NEC, though according to Marshallh the RCP isn't viable to clone on even modern FPGAs due to size and speed constraints.If someone was going to go anywhere near that far, they would most likely do a FPGA based design unless they saw huge demand that doesn't exist for this board.
Old computers use a different kind of ram (DDR, or Double Data Rate), whereas the N64 uses RDRAM (Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory). While there were a very small number of computers that did use RDRAM over DDR, their chips are not compatible either because they have different speeds or different pinouts. If there was a chip on the market that could easily be found, I'm sure it would have already (I know both noah and ss have looked extensively).But it can found on old computers