A "New" Retrocomputer

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A "New" Retrocomputer

Postby TRS80 on Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:40 pm

Sometimes there are bits in the junk box just crying out the be built into something. In my case I got an old telephone tester that had a Z80 CPU and Z80 DART (Serial) chips. Most of the parts needed to build a small Z80 based computer.... so I did.

The machine is based on this design.... http://searle.hostei.com/grant/cpm/index.html

Grant has done a really excellent job pulling this together, particularly the software and the custom CBIOS for CP/M.

The design is an excellent example of a retro type machine with some modern parts that really reduce the chip count.

In my case I used a 628128 Static RAM (128kb) and only use 64kb, a 128kb Flash ROM chip and only use 4kb and a 64mb Compact Flash card for storage divided into 8mb drives.

No fancy graphics or sound but it runs CP/M really well.

Board before the CF adaptor is fitted
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Board after the CF adaptor is fitted
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Underside before the CF adaptor is fitting
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The wiring is not as bad as it may look in the photos. It is just a case of being methodical and using a multi-meter to check everything you do.

That said... I did need to revert to the Logic Probe and Logic Analyzer at one point to find what turned out to be a solder bridge.
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Re: A "New" Retrocomputer

Postby tezza on Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:55 pm

Good stuff! It's great to see retro-homebrew projects like this. Congratulations.
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