HP 9000 series 200 emulator
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Sat Mar 5 12:50:10 CST 2011
> The GPL V3.0 licence is included in the source archive of course.
> For the other project, someone already get the verilog HP86 in FPGA I
> have on my site
> to try to make this kind of stuff for amigo protocol.
> For fpga, I use a digilent evaluation board and the free tools from
> xillinx (they exists for windows and linux)
> The source for the whole HP86+HP9121/HP9895+serial line in verilog is
> gpl too ....
> It not very complicated, just some componentt to adjust levels, some
> buffers to map
> the inout nature of HPIB lines into IN part and OUT part for the fpga
> (it better this way),
I was thinking that it should be fairly straightforward to bit-bang HPIB
through the port pins of a microcontorller (HP did this in some of their
machines, the 98034 uses an HP custom Nanocontroller chip, and IIRC the
82169 uses an 8049with an HP buffer chip). That microcontroller could
also handle the SS/80 protocol and SD card interfce.
Of course an FGPA could do those things too, so if somebody wants to make
a version fo this in an FPGA that would be great.
> Btw as you 'distmantle' regularly your series 200 machines, do you
> think if it is possible to dump the
> rom of the character generators in the alpha part of the display board ?
Sure. The ones that would be easiest for me to get to are the 9836C
(colour) and HP98204B (video card in the HP9817). I think I couldget to
an HP898204A card too. Do you want more than one character generator
dump, or is any one OK. Given the choice I'd rather do one of the 98204
ones, simply becasue it's easier to pull a DIO card and desolder the ROM
than it is to dismantle a 9836 far enoguh to extract the video boards,
but either is possible.
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