I'm interested in this project, as I've got a couple STs that would benefit from having hard drives. I'd definitely purchase an unpopulated board in the current 4MB design state if it were offered.
What I'm wondering, though, if this project isn't growing out of reach of some of us through feature-creep. I like the idea of > 4 MB RAM, but how much will that add to the board/component cost? As a hobbyist, there's only so much I can justify investing.
My levels of expertise with board design obviously lags far behind many of you here. Around this time last year I did up a batch of Eiffel boards and had a real hoot doing so, but more advanced board fabrication is beyond me...as is my ability to read some of the more vague parts of schematics, and my access to things like GAL programmers.
My personal desire would be to see a very simple board for simple folks like me
. If someone could layout as close to a one-sided PCB as possible based on an easy design like Jo'ogn's interface, I'd gladly etch as many bare boards as I can.
Exxos - no attempt to thread hijack here, and like I said, count me in if this board gets produced. Just want to try to get myself an IDE board one way or another.