TTL Calculator Project
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Thu Dec 21 16:01:18 CST 2006
> Several months back, we talked about a calculator built from TTL. It =
> from a 1970's article in Practical Electronics, an English Magazine.
I have originals of that....
It's interesting to compare that design with the HP9810 (either from the
patent or from the schematics on hpmuseum.net). They're approximately
contemporary (I think the 9810 came out in late 1971), they're both built
from TTL (although the HP also has some PMOS DRAMs and MOS ROMs).
The bigest difference is the architacutre. The Digi-Cal is a calculator
in hardware. There's a multiplication counter. A BCD full-adder. And so
The HP is really a computer. There's a general-purpose 16 bit processor
in there (shich. OK, has a few BCD-related isntructions). Connected to it
is RAM and DRO, the latter contains the programs to make it work as a
calculator. And peripherals like the keyboard, display, and printer.
That the HP is a general-purpose design is shown by the fact that the
HP9810 (3-level stack RPN calculator), 9820 (algebraic-notation
calculator) and 9830 (BASIC-programamble computer) are all essentially
the same design and use the same processor boards.
> I had 7 requests for copies, which I mailed directly to the requestors.
> Apparently they disappeared into a black hole, because I didn't receive =
> single acknowledgement, let alone a thank you.
That, alas, is typical.
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