S-100 board PCB planning
lynchaj at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 8 19:11:32 CST 2010
> I am restoring a Northstar Horizion. Would any of your boards be
>substitutes for the original NS ones?
Hi Rod! Thanks!
The boards would likely work in a NorthStar Horizon as it is a fairly normal
S-100 system. The boards are designed to be strictly IEEE-696 compatible so
either they would work as is or require some minor adjustment.
They are not strict NorthStar replacement parts though. They would
compliment a NorthStar system nicely I think but it would depend on the
board and how you use it. It is hard to say without knowing your specific
Allison covered the topic pretty well in her commentary. My recommendation
is to check out S100computers.com and see the documentation on the boards
and see if this would interest you. There are a lot of photos,
explanations, and videos of the various boards in action.
> Andrew, I'm **VERY** interesting in knowing more about S-100 boards.
>much would it cost?
The S100computers.com and N8VEM S-100 boards are an all volunteer amateur
run project. They are roughly at cost for the PCB manufacturing. They are
$20 per PCB with $3 shipping in the US and $6 shipping elsewhere. These are
group purchases of boards for hobbyists by other hobbyists.
I am not soliciting sales for the boards. What I am asking is if hobbyists
are interested in getting these boards to contact me and tell which ones
they want. I will order/reorder boards when the "waiting list" for any
given board gets large enough to warrant an order.
This is not a business as I am trying to organize a group buy of the boards.
John and I are ordering boards for ourselves anyway so I thought to offer to
the community if there were other interested hobbyists. There are about
50-60 S-100 builders on the private distribution list now.
All of the boards are documented at S100computers.com and the N8VEM wiki.
The design information for hardware, software, schematics, PCB layout, parts
list, build instructions, etc are freely available and posted online. If
you can't find it please ask and hopefully I'll update the website.
I hope this helps. Thanks and have a nice day!
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