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Motorola MBX860/821 board

The Motorola MBX860/821 board platform, based on the Motorola MPC860 is supported by both eCos and RedBoot.

Supported devices

Device drivers are included for:

  • Diagnostic (polled) serial I/O
  • Interrupt-driven serial I/O
  • Ethernet



We have had reports that the MBX860 is no longer available. Please contact Motorola for more information:

Motorola Computer Group
tel: +1 (800) 759-1107


The Motorola MBX860/821 board platform is supported by eCos from public releases 1.3.1 and onwards in addition to being available from the anonymous CVS repository. RedBoot sources are publically available from eCos public releases 2.0 and onwards, in addition to being available from the anonymous CVS repository.


Specifications are available for the processor and platform and are available on-line from the manufacturer's web site.

Instructions for installing RedBoot on the MBX860 can be found in the RedBoot User's Guide. Board specific instructions, including installation instructions can be found here within the User's Guide.

Instructions for installing and using eCos on the MBX860 are available here.

The most recent version of the full documentation set may be found on-line here.

RedBoot support

Prebuilt binaries of RedBoot are available for download for both ROM and RAM startup. Some necessary support files may also be included. Consult the RedBoot documentation on how to use these binaries.