Early 80's electronic/computer design books

Seth Morabito sethm at loomcom.com
Thu Mar 26 00:58:36 CDT 2009

On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 9:26 PM, Keith <keithvz at verizon.net> wrote:

> If you could go back, what books would you find on the bookshelves of these
> engineers?  If you graduated college or a technical school in 1980, what
> were the popular reference texts used?
> 68000 reference books?
> 6800 reference books?
> standard information on bus arbitration, or memory controllers, or maybe
> LSI chip layout?
> standard OS design practices?
I second the recommendations that have already been made.  Anything by
Rodnay Zaks or Don Lancaster is a classic that was (and is) popular.

You may also want to look at:

"Programming the 6809"
Rodnay Zaks and William Labiak, Sybex, ISBN 0-89588-078-4

"From Chips to Systems"
Rodnay Zaks and Alexander Wolfe, Sybex, ISBN 0-89588-377-5

And coming soon, apparently, will be a free electronic edition of Steve
Ciarcia's "Build Your Own Z80 Computer" from 1982.  Keep an eye out for

All of these have been out of print forever, but except for Steve Ciarcia's
book they're pretty cheap and easy to find via used bookstores online.


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