A few free items
mmaginnis at gmail.com
Tue Apr 21 12:09:12 CDT 2009
Wow. Thanks for all the details. I could find nothing at all about
it despite my best Googling, and very little even about Palantir.
It's always nice to learn something new about my favorite hobby.
On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 4:31 PM, Jim Battle <frustum at pacbell.net> wrote:
> Mike Maginnis wrote:
>> A few items to give away.
>> I came across a box of stuff as I was cleaning out the server room.
>> Might be of interest to someone, might not. I'd prefer local pickup
>> (Denver, CO area), but could be persuaded to ship if you cover S/H.
>> * Unknown board from "The Palantir Corporation" (c) 1988 - has a
>> Motorola 68020. 16-bit ISA. Maybe a co-processor board?
> I designed that card, and one and a half of the three ASICs (at LSI logic)
> that are on it. I'm surprised it says Plantir; I thought we were called
> Calera Recognition Systems by then.
> The card was for OCR; $2000 new. When the classiccmp archives are back
> online, you can search it and there is a long message or two where I
> describe how we configured these cards, even multiple cards in one system,
> without having any jumpers. It is child's play on PCI, but ISA bus had no
> mechanism to make it easy.
> I spent a lot more time debugging flaky boards than I spent designing it.
> It wasn't that the design was bad, but we made about 300 boards/month and
> there is always some fallout. At $2000/pop, it was worth my time (at
> $35K/yr) to the company to sit and debug them.
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