any building 6800 sbc's out there?
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Wed Jun 18 12:24:32 CDT 2008
From: "Chris M" <chrism3667 at yahoo.com>
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Subject: any building 6800 sbc's out there?
> just curious. When I started piddling around with this
> stuff in the late 80's I guess, that was one of the
> chips I intended to use as the basis for probably a
> small breadboarded computer. Never got around to it.
> But I did *swipe* a coco off of a friend and played
> with that for a spell (6809 based). Close enough! :)
Oh, 6800 stuff. Brings back many old memories. When the 6800 was released
back in 1975 (+- 1 year) I had the great idea to build a ham radio repeater
controller. In the process I ended up doing a bunch more. Eventually we had a
bunch of "cards" that used 44 pin edge connectors (look, it is what I had at
work) and it worked out quite well. After the repeater project, I did some
work in testing Qume printers (you remember the Daisy Wheel things) and ended
up writing a small operating system using single density minifloppies and a
WD1771 controller chip (much better than discrete hardware!!). The data rate
was slow enough (64 us/byte) that I could get away with having the data use the
non-maskable interrupt to transfer data. Somewhere I've got some of the
hardware from that era. The boxes could be maxed out at over 60k bytes. One
of the 'projects' I ended up doing was the basis of a company I worked at from
'78 thru '83. One interesting thing was that GM had a special chip made that
plugged into a 6800 socket, and ran 6801 code at 6801 cycle times (about 20%
faster!). We got a couple and the system I've got in the garage still has it
Never did get into S100/CP-M stuff. Oh, well.
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