DP 1000 and filing off IC identifiers? Why?

Terry Stewart terry at webweavers.co.nz
Wed Jan 10 01:48:32 CST 2018


My apologies for cross-posting.  I’m putting this on a few of the forums

I have a third party TRS-80 Model 1 expansion unit that I used with my
System 80 when I first got disk drives.  I’ve decided I should add some
pics and info to the System 80 website as I know they were used here in New
Zealand with System 80’s and, also in the U.K. for the Video Genie.  A
modified expansion cable was needed to convert from the System 80 expansion
bus to the TRS-80 Model 1 bus on the unit but that was straightforward.

The interface is called a DP 1000 by General Northern Microcomputers Ltd.
It has no RAM, but contains a disk controller and printer port.  It was
designed for ‘80s Model 1s and compatibles that had 48K of RAM under the
keyboard, rather than requiring it in the expansion unit, as was the
standard configuration.  Many System 80s had their memory expanded under
the keyboard so it was ideal for these.  Mine was like this, and I found my
DP 1000 worked very well with it.

Before I put some info up, I’m wondering if anyone knows any more about
General Northern Microcomputers Ltd, the company that made the DP 1000?
I’m pretty sure it’s a U.K. company.

Also, most of the chips have their ID’s shaved off (see the circuit board
image)??  Why would they do this?  I can only assume it was to stop reverse

Here are some pics:






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