Tu10 pdp11

william degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Sat Sep 5 10:40:37 CDT 2015

Ok.  I checked my tu10, it has the backplane, it is a master.  I see where
it connects using the backplane cable to the pdp11.  I never worked with a
TU10 before and I was looking to see if references to the tm11 were
"module/card" or backplane interface.  I surprisingly found little
commentary or threads about the TU10 / TM11,  other than DEC docs.  I guess
these are not super common or people who have them have not often reached
out to the classic cmp community, that I could find in a search.

Bill Degnan
twitter: billdeg
On Sep 5, 2015 3:37 AM, "Eric Smith" <spacewar at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 6:14 PM, william degnan <billdegnan at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Reading docs on DEC TU10 for pdp 11 one makes a serial connection, right?
> > Not sure because I found little about baud, etc.
> No.
> > I did not see any definitive controller card for UNIBUS pdp 11.  Maybe I
> am
> > missing something..can anyone share experiences?
> A TU10 master drive contains electronics[*] which allows it to be
> interfaced to a PDP-11 TM11 tape control. Said electronics is probably
> what's known as a formatter, though I haven't studied the TU10 in
> detail so I'm not 100% certain.
> A master TU10 can be used with up to seven TU10, TU20, TU30, or TU40
> slave transports.
> The TM11 controller has its own backplane, and may be mounted in the
> TU10 master drive. It connects to PDP-11 using the usual BC11-A Unibus
> cables.

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