Hi, David. The born again nature is real. You can see the way people
change when they are born again. The fact that you can't understand the
change is, as I've said many times, because you do not pursue the truth.
You are willing to continue on believing you have the answers, and you
are in possession of the definitive knowledge base. Until you are willing
to set aside yourself, and say honestly, "I want to know the truth, even
if it shatters everything about my world view and turns my life upside
down," you will never find it.
Jesus Christ is only found when we come to the end of ourselves, which
is why He eludes you.
Rick C. Hodgin
If you understood the answer, you would see value in it. The fact that
you think I don't yet understand the question, indicates you do not yet
understand my answer, and cannot because the place from which I proceed
in this effort stems from a place unknown to you: the spirit, and in a
manifestation of the invisible things at work in our lives, rather than
merely the visible things.
Love exists, but you cannot see love, only the effects of love in a
person's life, in their behavior, their speech, their drives, desires,
and so on.
It's the same for the born again believer pursuing spiritual things.
But this differs from love, because all people can experience love. But
for the spiritual person, the born again believe, those things they are
in pursuit of cannot be known to someone without the born again nature,
so there is disconnect, a lack of understanding, and a conclusion as to
the wrongness of the born again person as by the assessment of the not-
born again flesh-based reasoning mind.
It is the result of original sin, and is the consistent battle Christians
face when reaching out to the lost. It's why it requires an act of God
in a person's life before they can be saved, or even be led to Jesus Christ
to repent, ask forgiveness, and be saved.
It's why God deserves all of the credit, and we who are born again choose
to honor Him with all of the things of our lives.
Rick C. Hodgin
Not trying to argue, but I don't see how they are at a good price. You
can get many FPGAs at the same price range with *much* more capacity.
The AN parts seem to have a price premium of around 20% and the flash
parts from Lattice can be had a lower prices. Further, the AN flash
parts are available in a lot fewer packages and none of them very small.
A number of the Lattice parts can hold multiple configurations and
switch in just a very few milliseconds. This sort of thing takes 100's
of milliseconds in the Xilinx parts. That is the sort of difference you
get when the parts are designed with flash in mind. The program memory
in a Xilinx part is literally an afterthought.
But those were *your* words, that you can't live in a house made with
slave labor, your metaphor. If a commercial MCU you can buy today is
not suitable because of its origins, how is any of this suitable? It's
all from the same commercial, not founded in love of god, basis. Why
reject one and not the other?
So far I haven't seen any sign God is involved. It seems to be all
Ok, I have money. Let's say I am happy to devote some of it to a fab
that will build a chip for the purposes of God. Why *this* chip? Why
an obsolete design with little redeeming qualities? What is the
justification of this design over all others?
Ok, so you offer your design to Him. Will He then go out and have it
fabbed? Then what happens? Who will use a 15 year old computer design?
What value will it give to anyone other than you?
You don't need a wafer to get a chip. There are foundries that will
batch your design onto a shared wafer. You likely can't use a 500 nm
process, but you can get a decent process that will be inexpensive. I
recall the minimum price for a small chip would be in the low 10's of
Plans are great, but does He have funding?
I have no answer to give that would make sense to people as the people
who ask these questions are not in pursuit of the truth to begin with,
but are rather pointing fingers and making accusations to discredit me.
From within that very spirit they cannot understand my answer.
But, here it is:
To describe it: When I was saved in 2004, I held every thing in my life
up to the Lord for scrutiny. I changed most everything about my life, but
some things remained because they survived that scrutiny. I didn't feel
convicted over them. This is one of them.
I don't know what to tell you, Rick.
It's the one I have experience on, and have interest in. However, I do
desire to move it to 40 bits.
I also have other interests. I believe there is an encoding in DNA which
conveys data and a processor ISA. I call it the "Butterfly CPU," and it
was something I was given which, to me at the time, was surprising. You
can read about it here:
I have several ideas. And one of my prayers has been to be shown the
fundamental microprocessor. I've laid that desire before the Lord, and
left it there, continuing on in motion, knowing that as I am in motion,
He is able to use me, and then move me to where He needs me to be.
There are also several witnesses throughout my life. Things which have
happened to me that I can't just explain away, and even couldn't explain
away at that time.
In short: I am a sinner, saved by grace, and that grace has extended
throughout my life, even before I was a believer, and I have seen multiple
witnesses of His hand at work in my life, even before I received Him as
Lord and Savior.
I don't have those answers. I will lift my effort up to Him with my life
and labor and prayer. He will then move me, and it, in the direction He
sees fit, and I would not presume to guess the future.
My personal goals for the future are part of a timeline of labor:
(1) By the end of this year, having my assembler and low-level
C compiler completed for my kernel, and
(2) have my kernel booting on real hardware using my own dev tools.
(3) In 2017, to rewrite part of my kernel in my low-level C language,
and to complete my RDC framework and CAlive compiler (a higher
level C-like compiler).
(4) Also in 2017, begin coding my Logician tool, which is a
semiconductor design tool.
(5) In 2018, have my kernel solid with several core apps and a
well-debugged RDC framework and CAlive compiler tool chain,
and also Visual FreePro, Jr.
(5) In 2019, have my ISA completed and working in simulation, and on
FPGAS, and begin working on other hardware devices, and the whole
system design (mainboard, form factor, features, etc).
(6) In 2020, 2021, and 2022, continue developing these things which
I have to get to the point where I have a complete system.
(7) In 2022, have my CPU and other hardware devices ready to be
manufactured in a fab.
(And there are a few more things in there at various stages, but those
are the big bullet points)
Will any of it come to pass? These are my goals. If the Lord is willing,
yes. If not, then I'll move to the next thing.
Rick C. Hodgin
I don't know how it would come to fruition, if it does. These are my goals.
And I am prepared to yield to His goals for my life. And if these are part
of His plans for my life, I look forward to seeing how they will come to
fruition. The DNA Butterfly CPU idea, for example, started from a dream I
had. In that dream I saw mated circles connected in a cross pattern that
is as the images I've posted about it convey. It was a strange dream to
me, and one which later took on meaning through another "revelation" given
to me when I was sitting at a co-worker's desk looking at a butterfly's
wing pattern. It looked to me like UV-unwrapped texture data for a 3D
model. I thought to myself, "How interesting it would be if God had put
some 3D story in the DNA of the various species, beginning with the Monarch
Butterfly (as it looks like it has a candle on its back, and the Bible
begins with "And God said, let there be light.")
I've told the DNA Butterfly CPU idea to many people. They all think I'm
daft. Nonetheless, I could see how God could do that knowing that only in
the end-most times, when we had this technology, would we be able to decode
the message He placed in there from the very beginning of His creation of
life on this planet.
We'll see though. So far it has yielded no fruit, though I haven't spent
a lot of time on it, just a few dozen hours. It's outside of my field of
expertise, so I just leave the idea and information out in the public so
the person who's supposed to come across it can do so, and make the actual
discovery themselves ... assuming it even exists. :-)
Rick C. Hodgin
No one is trying to discredit you. I am trying to understand you. You
keep repeating that you can't explain what you are talking about.
I'm not sure what you mean by "this".
That part is clear.
So this *is* about *you* then? Even so, I don't have any idea how
working on this project has any benefit for God or anyone else. It
seems like a hobby project you have tied into God for your own reasons.
The processor that executes DNA is life. Living organisms are the
machine that executes the code in DNA/RNA. No mystery there.
I think you need to be more motivated to explore alternate architectures
to the 386. Let me motivate you to the MISC style of computing. If you
follow that path and combine it with useful peripherals and I/O, I think
you can find a design that will have value in both this world and the next.
You attempt to discredit me below. You say, "So, it is about you," which
is a comment designed to belittle my efforts in giving this work over to
God, and to man. You try to translate it from my real attempts into
something the world could understand, rather than accepting that it might
really be an offering from within, one given in this way to God in the
same way someone who feels love for another person might do something for
that person because that love is real. For the born again person, the
desire to serve God in this way is real, and it's more powerful than love,
though it is also a form of love, it's just of and toward God, which makes
it something more fundamental.
Working with the 80836, my operating system, software in general, the
things which have led me to continue on in those endeavors.
I desire to move it to 40-bits, but that's to bring the aging 32-bit
limited design to more modern needs. The overall offering is the part
given to God, including the migration to 40-bits, using the creativity
and resourcefulness He gifted me with.
I have mapped out several cores for my design (the oppie*.png files):
It wasn't until late 2014 that I found out about Verilog, and that
hardware was something that was really within my grasp. Until then I
always thought of it as this entirely nebulous thing that other people
I'm saying that there's digital data encoded in the portion that is not
used for protein generation, of the kind that when converted from the
base-4 form in DNA would reveal its own logical CPU, and data, something
that would convey that story I'm talking about, and in a full 3D form,
probably with audio and some type of narration as well, but that's all a
Rick C. Hodgin
So anyone who does not fully and complete agree with you and understand
you and your motives, is not seeking "the truth" or following God?
Don't you see how egoistic, even megalomaniac, that is? I know you will
deny it, but you appear to consider yourself to be the sole judge and
interpreter of "the truth" and God's will and plans. As Rick says, it
is all about /you/, and what /you/ want to achieve - God is just the
excuse you give. (I know you are not actively or intentionally doing
this - it's clear that you truly believe that this is all part of God's
plan for you. But what comes over to others is that this is /your/ plan.)
You are not asking people to believe in God, or trust in God. You are
asking them to believe in /you/ and trust in /you/.
From a technical and practical viewpoint, the 40-bit idea is far worse
than useless. It destroys the only vague benefit of using the 386 ISA,
which is compatibility with existing software (an odd requirement, given
that you want to re-write everything). I have seen what happens when a
design tries to add a bit onto a cpu, without doing it fully (such as
moving to 64-bit) - it's a mess. I know you believe that the number 40
is somehow special and holy, but you are again asking people to forget
all their technical knowledge and experience and instead trust fully in
/your/ ideas about divine plans.
I have had plenty experience with "born again" Christians, and "born
once" Christians. Most have been friendly and pleasant people, with
realistic ideas on life and how their beliefs fit together with their
life. They are often enthusiastic about spreading their beliefs - but
do so in terms of listening to others and when appropriate, giving ideas
and encouragement about finding out more about God. They try to show
how their beliefs affect them by trying to be as good people as they can
- they do not try to tell you all about what strong faith /they/ have,
or what great plans God has for /them/, and they do not intrude their
evangelism out of context. The best evangelist waits for the agnostic
to come to /them/, asking why is it that they are so content, peaceful
and loving - they don't tell others how sinful they are, and how God is
so loving and merciful that he will condemn you to burn in hell for
eternity if you don't renounce all of reality around you and believe the
Bible as the complete and unabridged factual reference of the universe.
But I expect you don't consider such people as "real" Christians, since
they do not act and talk like you.
David, Jesus came to this Earth to meet men at the point of forgiveness
rather than judgment and condemnation. He offers to set us free from
our sin debt, freeing us from the punishment that comes from sin, re-
storing us to eternal life, which is what gives us the born again
That new nature is one which aligns with our true nature, which is as
He is (Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and we are soul, body, spirit). When
we died in original sin, we are only soul and body, as our spirit was
dead because of sin. Only when Jesus takes our sin away are we then
alive again in the spirit. And because of that new part of our nature
is then alive and active, we are in tune again with God, and with the
things which are of His Kingdom, and not merely the things of this
The born again person is not like other people. Their interests are
not like those of this world. They are in business for God, going
about His business, and doing this as an ongoing matter of course in
their lives. It's not about them, but it's about Christ living in
We are the light of the world, as He is living inside us spiritually,
and He is guiding us in our lives in the things we do as we go. We
are dead to self, and alive to Him, which is why we change.
It's up to you to reject Him and all He's offering you, David. But if
you take the time to learn about who He is, and pursue that knowledge
honestly, you'll find out that He is love, and what He is sending to
Hell is sin, and all those who embrace sin and will not turn from sin.
Everyone else will be saved.
As I've advised you many times, David, be one who is saved. Do not
let the draws and pulls and lies of this world keep you from coming
to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You'll be forever
grateful that you did.
Rick C. Hodgin
Really, nobody will do a single wafer (even if that is what is supposed to
be delivered) as so many things can go wrong. So, they run a couple wafers
and give you the best one. And, the cost of the wafer disappears into the
noise of the entire effort. The masks are the huge expense, and then once
they are set up to run a specific process, it only costs a tiny bit of extra
time to run a couple more through all the same steps. Many of the steps are
done by pushing a boat of 25+ wafers through an oven all at the same time.
MOSIS is still running the AMI (now ON Semi) C5N process, with 500 nm
feature size. Now, we use it for mixed signal stuff that is very heavy on
the analog side, but the process is CMOS with some high res poly. It is one
of the cheaper processes they offer.
For my needs, it will be a long time before I'm ready to go to a fab.
My desire would be by July 12, 2022, which would be 10 years after I
started this project, but that's just a target.
I think if I was going to create a semiconductor fab, I would call it
Sand Castles. :-)
Rick C. Hodgin
Yes, but in fact the smallest Spartan 3A or 3AN has been enough for a number
of projects I am doing. So, I do not NEED the higher density, and
certainly, the later rev Spartans go up to insane capacity, but I just don't
And, I don't really need multiple configs in most of the things I'm doing.
I prefer to be able to mail a new config to people and have them plug in a
chip, if that is necessary.
So, Xilinx is working for me. And, yes, after going to the trouble of
getting comfortable in the Xilinx tools, the last thing I want to do is
learn somebody else's tools' quirks.
What tool quirks. I think that is mostly a Xilinx domain. Altera tools
just work and I've yet to find much in the way of problems with the
Lattice tools. They never tried to roll their own, so I guess that is a
I'll be finding out how good Microsemi tools are soon. I've got a
Smartfusion2 kickstart board and want to play with it. But the Avnet
site is no working this week because of a massive upgrade. They
actually made the board and I've not yet found much in the way of
getting started info. I guess I should just rely on Microsemi to get me
started on the tools and figure out the kickstart board specifics once
I'm up with the tools.
I think I'd like to design this board, but without the plugs into the
Would you still be willing to help me with design? I'll get the pinouts
and work up a circuit and wiring diagram proposal in multi-layer image
format for inspection.
Do you know what part number I'd need for the level converters?
Rick C. Hodgin