More on mystery system

Brent Hilpert hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Mon Jul 26 12:14:51 CDT 2010


On 2010 Jul 26, at 7:52 AM, Chuck Guzis wrote:

> I'm plowing throught the 6 or so hard-sector floppies that I have
> from this thing and I ran across a few ASCII text strings.   Here's
> the largest one and perhaps it furnishes a clue to what I've got:
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> * INSTRUMENT CONTROL SUBROUTINE
> *
> * FAIRCHILD SERIES 70/76
> *
> * WAVETEK 172A FUNCTION GENERATOR
>
> SUBROUTINE SETUP,FG_2 SHAPE @1:C,DC_OFFSET @2:S,MODE @3:C
> SET @1="W172A-2; 15/MAY/83";
> IEEE_SEND(1:7)"S", at 1,"I";
> B  DECLARE S:0,I:0,C:0;
> SET LC0 = "2";
> SET LC0 = "1";
> SET LC1 = "2";
> *        ( ISSUE 26 APR 1981 )        *
> OUTPUT /LC3 "SHAPE:", at 1/;
> OUTPUT /LC3 "MODE:", at 3/;
> SET @1="W172A-2;
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> It would seem that I'm dealing with something from an old piece of
> ATE equipment.  Does "Fairchild Series 70/76" conjure up any
> memories?  Does anyone have a clue to what processor this thing might
> have used?
>

I scanned the Osborne book, didn't spot anything with a D3 opcode for 
branch/jump/call.

Stating the obvious by this point perhaps, but considering the function 
and the "IEEE_SEND", I would suspect some HP computer being used as an 
HPIB/IEEE-bus instrument controller.




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