New RC2014 boards: RS232 and 8052

April 24, 2018

I got a bumper box of PCB’s in the post today, just in time for Maker Faire UK 2018 this weekend (29th/30t April 2018).

Inside the box were some new RC2014 boards. The first two new PCB’s were my respins of a Z80 SIO/2 serial board and a Raspberry Pi Zero terminal board, as well as two brand new designs.

The first brand new board was a RC2014 RS232 breakout board allowing TxD1/RxD1 and/or TxD2/RxD2 serial signals from the RC2014 bus to be driven at RS232 levels.

The second brand new PCB was a new 8052 CPU board. This is a bit of an experimenters board as the 8052 bus architecture doesn’t directly map onto the Z80 bus architecture. When using the 8052 CPU some of the Z80 control bus signals (!M1, !MREQ, !IORQ etc.) will need pulling low via jumpers when attempting to make use of other cards. So why all the fuss. Well, the 8052 CPU does have the excellent the 8052-BASIC available which does make it a fun and a powerful (in 1980/1990 micro terms 🙂 ) system.

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RC2014 Z80 System with enhanced bus

January 28, 2018

I’ve been busy with my big box of PCBs and I here’s my first Z80 system design and build. It comprises of the following:

– Z80 CPU card
– 8K ROM & 8K SRAM card
– 68B50 ACIA card
– 5-slot enhanced+ backplane

It’s pretty much a standard Z80 layout but I’ve expanded the bus to the latest Enhanced Bus definition for all the cards. The 5-slot backplane uses double row (2×39) female pin headers to include the RC2014 enhanced bus and in addition I’ve added an extra set of address lines (A16 to A23) for the possibility of using 16-bit CPU’s (8086/68000) and memory options (upto 1MB) in the future.

Here’s some pics of the various cards:


Z80 Card

Memory Card

 

ACIA UART Card

 


Big Box of PCB’s

December 27, 2017

Christmas came slightly early this year when a big box of PCB’s arrived.

Inside the box where a bunch of PCB’s for making guitar effects boards.

As well as a bunch of PCB’s for my take on a RC2014 Z80 based retro computing system.

More pics to follow when I’ve built them up.


Sick of Beige (SoB) board – DB9

January 9, 2017

Whilst looking to build some breakout boards I remembered the Sick of Beige (SoB) “standard” of PCB footprints designed by Dangerous Prototypes. DP have made a really cool set of PCB footprints in various sizes with the added bonus of being designed to be case friendly.

Dangerous Prototypes have a great page describing the various PCB sizes here:

http://dangerousprototypes.com/docs/Sick_of_Beige_standard_PCB_sizes_v1.0

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My first Sick of Beige (SoB) board is SoB DB9, using the DP5050 footprint. This is a handy little breakout board for those wanting to build their own 9-way D-Type interfaces be it for RS232, RS485, CAN bus or any other project.

A standard 9-way D-Type (Male) connector provides the interface with 3.5mm Screw Terminals connections provided for easy interfacing. In addition a Male Pin Header connections is also provided. Two small circuit prototyping areas are also provided.

Board Details:

– 9-Pin D-Type connector (Male)
– Easy to Connect Headers
– 3.5mm Screw Terminals
– 2.54mm Pin Header
– small circuit prototyping area x2
– Compatible with Sick of Beigh DP5050 footprint
– Board Dimensions: 50 x 50 mm
– 3.2mm Mounting Holes x4

Uses:
– Industrial Control
– Robotics
– Mechatronics

As usual you can find them on my Tindie page here


WIP – new RPi Zero add-ons

June 29, 2016

This last month I’ve been working on some new add-on boards for the Raspberry Pi Zero.

In no particular order:

  • ADC16 – 16-ch ADC board (2x MCP3008 8-ch, 10-bit)
  • UserP0rt – 16-ch port expander and 8-ch ADC (MCP23S17 and MCP3008)
  • Relay2 – 2-ch Relay board (2x Relays 30V, 1A)
  • I’ve just sent these off to be manufactured, so I’ll post an update when I’ve got them back.


    Four new Raspberry Pi Zero add-on boards

    January 18, 2016

    Another bunch of new PCB’s. This time for the Raspberry Pi Zero.

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    In no particular order, there’s a serial RS232 board, a GVS I/O board with ULN2803 for servo’s etc., a Breakout board (I2C, SPI, UART and GPIO) and another MIDI interface ;-).

    More details/info shortly.

    As usually you’ll find them on our Tindie store.


    New RPi MIDI board and a new MIDI Breakout board

    December 13, 2015

    RPi_PIIO_MIDI_PCB

    I should have called this post “yet-another RPi MIDI board” as it’s includes my third iteration of a MIDI interface for the Pi. But YARMB doesn’t actually trip off the tongue 🙂

    So here we have a new RPi MIDI board. Briefly its spec is:

    • MIDI IN via 5-W DIN Connector
    • MIDI OUT via 5-W DIN Connector
    • 3.3V Operation
    • HAT foot print (65 x 56mm).
    • Four fixing holes.
    • ID EEPROM (not fitted)

     

    In addition to the RPi MIDI, there’s also a MIDI break out board (BoB) board. It’s spec is:

    • MIDI IN via 5-W DIN Connector
    • MIDI OUT via 5-W DIN Connector
    • MIDI THRU via 5-W DIN Connector
    • On board 5V Voltage Regulator
    • Size 80 x 49mm.
    • Four fixing holes.