I got the MCF5206 Coldfire evaluation board SBC5206 ( today: M5206AN ), for about 100 EUR, a special offer, called “M5206PROMO”, valid until 1997-06-10, bundled with a complete software package, as mentioned below. I will tell my experiences with the processor, this board and the software on this WEB site.
Here is a list of useful documents to order for COLDFIRE users:
|MCF5200PRM/AD||COLDFIRE Programmer´s Manual|
|MCF5206UM/AD||COLDFIRE User´s Manual|
|MCF5206/D||MCF5206 COLDFIRE Integrated Microprocessor 96|
|MCF68HC901UM/AD||MC68HC901 Multi Function Peripheral User´s Manual|
For comparison, You should cross-read these documents, too (e.g. if You would like to know about the exact differences in the exception vector assignments or between the opcode sets):
|M68000PM/AD||M68000 Family Programmer´s Reference Manual|
|M68000UM/AD||M68000 8/16/32-Bit Microprocessor User´s Manual|
|M68020UM/AD||MC68020 Microprocessors User´s Manual|
|M68040UM/AD||MC68040 Microprocessors User´s Manual|
|I/O channel (8-Bit), soldering side||B3||+5 Volt|
|I/O channel (16-Bit extension), soldering side||D16||+5 Volts|
As a bonus, a NE2000 compatible Ethernet network adapter KNE 2000 TLC by KINGSTON is supplied with the MCF5206 COLDFIRE evaluation board SBC5206 ( today: M5206AN ). It may be plugged into the 16-bit ISA-BUS compatible slot. It needs +5 Volt for power supply. For this card only the operation is guaranteed in the ISA-BUS slot.
Unfortunately for me at that time, in the late 1990th, the network adapter is just equiped with a jack for the 10BaseT unshielded twisted pair wire. I finally found another NE2000 compatible card for which a +5 Volt power supply is sufficient and which operates in the COLDFIRE board !
|Kingston KNE2000 TLC||NE2000 compatible Ethernet card, 10BaseT||needs +5 Volt||software configuration on PC is necessary, shipped configuration is $300, IRQ3||works|
|ND5000 by NDC||NE2000 compatible Ethernet card||needs +5,+12 Volt||software configuration on PC necessary||works|
|ReadyLINK ENET 16-COMBO by COMPEX INC.||NE2000 compatible Ethernet card, 10BaseT, 10Base2, AUI||needs +5,+12 Volt||jumper configuration only||works|
|LanPro EN-2000PXA||NE2000 compatible Ethernet card||?||?||fails|
|ZOT-N200E2/EC/ET||NE2000 compatible Ethernet card, 10Base2||needs +5 Volt||jumper configuration only||fails|
|CNET PowerNIC CN650Eplus||NE2000 compatible Ethernet card, 10Base2, 10BaseT||needs +5 Volt||software configuration on PC necessary, shipped configuration is $300, IRQ3||works|
|Allied Telesis AT-1700 Network Adapter Card||NE2000 compatible Ethernet card, 10Base2, 10BaseT||needs +5 Volt||software configuration on PC necessary||fails|
Comment of KINGSTON about direct connections by a 10BaseT twisted pair wire: “If you are connecting two machines together using RJ45 cabling only (no hub), make sure your cross-over cable is built correctly, crossing pins 1&3 and 2&6. Even though pins 4,5,7, & 8 are not used, it is mandatory that they be present in the cable. (NOTE: A cross-over cable is necessary for connecting PC to PC, or hub to hub, unless your hub has a built-in cross-over switch on one of the rear-panel ports)”.
If you need more than one ISA-BUS slot for development purposes, then please have a look at these ISA-BUS slot extenders:
In general, “Riser Cards” are provided for free with “Pizza Box” alike flat network pc cases !
I am still looking for a suitable box for the Coldfire Board !
The ATARI_ST is equipped with the same i/o chip (e.g. the 68901) like the COLDFIRE board .