Hardware Z-Machine?

Hello! (first post)

I am in the process of writing an interpreter in Ruby (github.com/sardaukar/RZM), and I’d like to know if anyone here has heard of any project to create an FPGA (or similar) core that can run Z-code “natively”.

Thanks for any pointers, and looking forward to engaging conversation on this forum! Cheers,


I’ve heard the idea mentioned before but I don’t think anything ever came of it.

We were talking about it a while back. I wanted to run a contest to create a hardware Z-machine, but then Whizzard came up with this idea for an IFComp and that sounded more fun.

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