DEC Pro 350/380 Memory Cards - Interchangeability?

Eric Smith spacewar at
Tue Aug 30 19:15:32 CDT 2016

On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 1:28 PM, Paul Koning <paulkoning at> wrote:
> Another possibility would be a current (not surplus) DRAM device such as a 1M x 16 chip, plus a couple of level shifters to go between the 3.3 V it likes and the 5V logic of the Pro.

WARNING: Most recent 1Mx16 DRAM devices are synchronous DRAM (and
usually DDR of some description), which are NOT EVEN CLOSE to being
electrically compatible with legacy 16-pin DRAMs, nor even the 1 Mbit
and 4 Mbit legacy DRAMs.

Most of the ones that aren't synchronous are 3.3V parts, and won't
work reliably if at all in a 5V system without the level shifters Paul
mentioned.  I commonly use 74LVC245 buffers between 5V and 3.3V logic,
when the 5V logic doesn't require a full 5V swing (e.g., Voh min of
2.0V for TTL-compatible parts).

It does appear that ISSI still makes some 5V 1Mx16 non-synchronous
DRAMs in either EDO or Fast Page Mode. There's a reasonable chance
that the 5V Fast Page Mode devices would work for replacing legacy
DRAM, and wouldn't require any level shifting. Mouser has some in
stock, e.g., the IS41C16105-50KLI in SOJ-42 package at $7.20 each
(quantity one) or the IS41C16105-50TLI in TSOP-44 package at $7.02
each (quantity one).

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