Availability of PDP-8i Front Panel
anders.k.nelson at gmail.com
Mon Sep 26 17:05:15 CDT 2016
Hi Ray (and everyone),
I'm also very interested in knowing the mechanical dimensions of the front
panel PCB and positions of the lamps/switches/mounts/etc., but for the
PDP-8/e. Does anyone have front panel PCB dimensions and positions for all
the UI components I could use?
I can make a simple PCB design for each of the main areas (lamps, switch
register, other switch groups) that will arrive at a few smaller PCBs,
saving a ton of cost. I also have experience in LED display and switch
matrix design so we won't need a thousand wires going everywhere when used
with an emulator. For example, one USB cable for the entire front panel.
There exists the amazing PiDP-8 (
http://obsolescence.wixsite.com/obsolescence/pidp-8) that has all of these
items taken care of. But there does /not/ exist one for the PDP-8/e.
I await your wisdom,
+1 (517) 775-6129
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From: Ray Neal <rayneal382 at gmail.com>
To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:59:24 -0700
Subject: Availability of PDP-8i Front Panel
I working on a project to build a PDP-8i for a combined Compute
Science/Electronic Engineering course on design. The purpose of this
course is to teach the basic of computer design, build and Programing a
computer they must build. This course is still a year down the road.
I volunteer to accomplish the building of the prototype system using only
the parts available at the time the orginal computer were built.
The point of the build is, if a 70+ can sit down with the course material,
and design and build a working model of the PDP-8i, the there is no excuse
that each student attending the course, should not be able to accomplish
the same task.
1. I would like to know if you still have your PDP-8i Front Panel still
2. What is the cost for the panel plus shipping to Tucson, Arizona?
3. I understands that you are attempting to re-manufacture the Switch
Rocker Assembly? And possibly the PCB board for mounting the switches?
a. If so, I would like to know status, and an estimated cost for a
B. Would these items be compatible to with c&k 7000 u-frame series
One other question I have is do you have any drawings that give both the
dimensions and profile of the mounting frame? If so are they available?
I want to Thank You for taking the time ahead of time in answering this
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