Kryoflux or Catweasle
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Wed May 24 14:51:22 CDT 2017
> On May 24, 2017, at 3:35 PM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> I suspect that a PDP-11 in FPGA is quite a bit more reliable than the
> real thing--and when you're done you have a nice abstract description of
> the hardware in VHDL format.
The trick is to get it close enough to correct, given the documentation lapses. The PDP-11 is better off than many other machines (VAX and Alpha are better still) because it has an architecture manual, but even that is not 100% complete.
http://pdp2011.sytse.net/wordpress/pdp-11/ is a nice example of an FPGA PDP-11 (actually, the whole family -- conditional compile the model you want). It seems pretty accurate; the fact that it runs RSTS is a good sign since that tends to be about as picky as any PDP-11 software you'll find.
> And yes, I have a pile of old CMOS/ECL/TTL logic.
> Remember when CMOS logic was new-- +15V Vdd and 1MHz top speed?
No, but I remember CD4000 series logic: Vdd anywhere between 3 and 18 volts -- crank up the voltage if you want it to go faster ("less slow").
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