>If you make L2 cache an option and do away with PCI (If everything is on the
>motherboard, who needs it?) you'd have a very good starting point. Good to
>see that there is life after MIPS. If this gets going I'll have to change
>my signature :)
What do you mean by "everything is on the motherboard"? Whose
definition of everything? What if person X wants to add a device?
I'd be willing to drop ISA support, myself, but there's no point in
dropping PCI support, since it is supported by the CPU.
Also, with the ALPHA chip, I think that not having an L2 cache would
be a real waste of processor. I don't know of any reason that it
couldn't be made an option, I'm just doubting your sanity for not
wanting it ;-) Remember, this CPU (at least one of the two we are
considering) is ~twice as fast as the MIPS, and can use a lot of fast
access to memory...