January 21, 2019
This is the Z80 CPU module I demonstrated a few months ago. It is designed to work with the RC2014 bus.
So what makes it special? Well, the module includes a number of extra features and enhancements designed to simplify a system build. These include:
It will work with either the standard RC2014 bus or the latest enhanced bus where all the Z80 CPU signals are available.
It includes several options for generating a signal clock: Crystal, Oscillator or taken from RC2014 back plane.
A reset circuit is included.
And the signals INT, NMI, BUSRQ and WAIT feature 10K pull-up resistors.
The schematic is here:
and you can find it on Tindie here:
December 31, 2018
It’s been a while since I posted about the 8052 CPU card for RC2014 Bus and heres a update to where i got to with this interesting RC2014 project.
The original 8052’s are still available but originally used UV erasable EPROM or OTP PROM for their program memory. So instead I’ve been using a modern FLASH memory version of the 8052, a AT89C5252 with great success.
The original 8052-BASIC has was good but had a number of software bugs. Fortunately, there had been a number of improvements over the years and the version I’ve been using is V1.31 which can be found here:
8052-BASIC needs a couple of K’s of RAM to operate. For this I’ve been using a standalone 32K-byte SRAM card.
November 26, 2018
I been using a lot of TTL and CMOS logic gates in my recent RC2014 circuits and after realising that I had loaned out my much used copies of TI’s TTL Logic data books some time again and never got them back so to help me I created this quick comparison table for the common TTL and CMOS logic gates.
For completeness here’s a logic truth table:
October 31, 2018
We were at eDay again earlier in the month (Saturday 6th October 2018) as part of Newcastle Maker Space. This is the seventh year its been going and as usually we had a great time showing off various projects.
We had the following R-Kade and PiZythn and Rc2014 projects on show.
For those who don’t know what eDay is: eDay is a local digital skills day where various digital technologies are demonstrated to an enquiring general public. A sort-of geeky show and tell where local groups and individuals meet at Gateshead Central Library and show off their projects or what interests them.
August 31, 2018
A few months ago I mentioned a 8031/8052 CPU card I had designed for the RC2014 bus. Here’s a couple of pictures for an assembled card. I’m just starting to test it out so I will post results shortly.
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.
February 23, 2018
The Prototype card is one of the very first cards I designed for the RC2014 system.
It’s larger than a normal RC2014 card but that is intentional so you have as much prototyping area as possible for building a circuit.
It features both the classic single row pin-header for the original RC2014 pin-out and also a double row pin-header for the newer enhanced RC2014 bus pin-out.
You can find them on my Tindie store