QSIC update and request

Noel Chiappa jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu
Mon Jan 1 20:23:10 CST 2018

    > From: David Bridgham

    > I could ask for a lot more really but that's pretty good.

IMO we're 'over the hump' on the prototype phase of the project. The complete
QBUS interface (including DMA and interrupts) are done, and very thoroughly
tested, and now we have the SD interface up and running too. Once we get all
this running reliably, IMO the remaining work (configuration, simulating the
RP11, etc) will be relatively simple and straightforward.

Then we get to the next major lump - turning out the production unit.

    > Here's a picture to my test setup:

Looking at that brings up another piece of progress to report; that paper
version of the indicator panel inlay is just about obsolete; we have produced
blank inlays (the correct shape to fit into the bezel, but with just the back
black layer with all the holes), and the next move is to produce ones with
the white captions silk-screened on the front, just like the originals:


So 'very soon' we should have a complete working indicator panel!

A lot slower, overall, than we had hoped, but we're getting there!


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