Problems with 8/A Programmer's Panel

Vincent Slyngstad v.slyngstad at
Tue Sep 8 19:48:53 CDT 2015

From: Charles: Tuesday, September 08, 2015 4:07 PM
> Also, since 8235's were scarce even 
> then, we used 74F244 buffers instead to gate the input vs. output of the 
> switch register onto the bus back to the M8316 Option 1 board.
> That may have caused a lurking problem, since occasionally the SR will 
> change bits when an address is loaded. Turns out an oscillation starts on 
> the ground lines at about 20 MHz with certain entries at the keypad to LSR 
> and LA (I can't see an obvious pattern). This parasitic is large enough (up 
> to 2V p-p with respect to the chassis/rack) that it's clocking the D-flops 
> used as the physical switch register! It can be seen in the 7-segment 
> displays as a "flicker" which will change when I touch the ground on the 
> board... attempts to add more grounds actually made the problem worse!

When we did the 32K Omnibus memory boards, we initially went 
with ABT parts, but discovered they were way too fast, and creating 
phenomenal ground bounce.  Switching to LS parts reduced the 
problem to where the boards are useable.  Maybe an LS244 will 
do the same here?


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