Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to buy Zeal 8-bit Computer?

It is already possible to buy the motherboard from Tindie, check if it is still in stock right now by clicking here!

Keep in mind that this release is for developers only as the software, including Zeal 8-bit OS and programs for it, are still work in progress.

Regarding Zeal 8-bit Video Card, it is still under development, on both the software (Verilog) side and the hardware side.

Will Zeal 8-bit Computer be sold as a kit or a finished product?

The motherboard has been launched as a finished product, which means it is already assembled, you only need to plug the power, the UART and you are good to go.

Some viewers informed me that they would also be interested in buying Zeal 8-bit Computer as a PCB kit. I am still considering this option, if this is also what you would prefer, feel free to inform me on any social platform or by email.

How far will Zeal 8-bit project go?

Ideally, I would like to turn it into a real product. It means to have a working operating system made for it, where we can launch the software, play games, write code, etc... As such, it could be used by anyone who would like to learn low-level programming or learn more about how computers work in general as the complexity of 8-bit computers is way lower than those we have today.

In fact, I have already started developing such operating system, called Zeal 8-bit OS, you can check it on Github

The extension port and user port make it easy to add new features to Zeal 8-bit Computer, so anyone can propose his external extension.