Design Philosophy Behind Motorola's MC68000

The series of articles in Byte Magazine:[BYTE_1983_28p].pdf


The 68000 changed everything in my industry. We built a lot of machine control RTOS and evolved it through 68020 and 68030. The thing that made these processors so appealing was their bombproof performance. They didn’t even get heatsinked, but showed remarkable reliability.

If I’m not mistaken our HAAS VF-2 is controlled by a 68030 from the 1990s, and it still lives!

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And I’ve never had a problem overclocking them up to 50% more than their rated abilities. They just ran and ran. 8MHz CPUs at 12MHz… 12MHz CPUs at 16MHz… they just ran.

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