PDP-8 /e/f/m memory

Allison ajp166 at bellatlantic.net
Tue Aug 15 07:29:25 CDT 2006

>Subject: Re: PDP-8 /e/f/m memory
>   From: Don <THX1138 at dakotacom.net>
>   Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 21:45:57 -0700
>     To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
>Ethan Dicks wrote:
>> On 8/15/06, Don <THX1138 at dakotacom.net> wrote:
>>> Outrageous overkill.  What's that, 10ns memory?  What's the 8's
>>> memory cycle time??  ;-)
>> The machine cycle time for an -8/e is 1.2uS.  ISTR that a core read
>> cycle on an MM8E (Omnibus core stack), including replacing the old
>> value after the read destroys it, is on the order of 950ns, but that's
>> from memory, not from looking it up.  In any case, *any* SRAM, even
>> stuff from the mid-1970s is fast enough.  As for overkill, it's not
>> about memory access time, it's about modern availability and package
>> count - if you want to use a 32Kx8 SRAM, your choices are,
>> essentially, uber-fast cache RAM in a skinny DIP or still-too-fast
>> CMOS SRAM (62256) in a wide DIP form factor.
>But cache RAM is power hungry and has little practical chance
>of being converted to BBSRAM

Most are not, few if any of mine are not.  NOTE: many of those rams 
are CMOS and at high cycle rates the power needed is impressive but 
in standby and low cycle rates the power drops significantly!  Often
they are spec'd at they fastest cycle time for power use as thats how 
PCs used them.


>> One could even wire up a socket with 3 rows of pins so the user could
>> choose skinny or wide - the RAMs have, essentially, the same pinout.

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