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by myelin
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Arcflash" A3000/A3xx/A4xx/A5xx/A5000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?
Replies: 80
Views: 2615

Re: A3000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?

Making some progress here! This is the most complicated board I've designed, by quite a long way. I managed to use all 117 signals on the CPLD, and daisy chaining 25 address/control lines through two BGA flash chips was an interesting process! Hopefully this will solder OK :) Here are some renders o...
by myelin
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Econet clock?
Replies: 15
Views: 596

Re: Econet clock?

You'll need a terminator somewhere in the circuit. Technically you should have one at each end, but for a short cable run (a few metres) it won't matter. The Econet terminator also biases the circuit, so it sits in the reset (data=1) state. Without one, I believe you'll end up with a 'line jammed' e...
by myelin
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For Sale: IDE Podules - Nov 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 941

Re: For Sale: IDE Podules - Nov 2018

I'm interested in one 8-bit V3b with DOM (as long as it'll work in an A3000), shipped to Mountain View, CA.
by myelin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Arcflash" A3000/A3xx/A4xx/A5xx/A5000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?
Replies: 80
Views: 2615

Re: A3000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?

I could possibly handle the A5000/A3000 pin overlap by using a few more pins on the CPLD and making it redefine them as appropriate... I’ll figure that out when I do the PCB layout. That said, it looks like there might be enough interest in an A5000 version that I could just make another PCB with pi...
by myelin
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Arcflash" A3000/A3xx/A4xx/A5xx/A5000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?
Replies: 80
Views: 2615

Re: A3000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?

Those pics are perfect; thank you Ian! Looks like I’ll need to consider component clearance for the A3xx and A4xx when working out the board shape here. I need to look more carefully, but it looks like the podule backplane might block off the side of the board that was where I was planning on puttin...
by myelin
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Arcflash" A3000/A3xx/A4xx/A5xx/A5000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?
Replies: 80
Views: 2615

Re: A3000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?

The spacing of the roms on the A5000 is definately different to the A3000, from online pics, it looks like the A3xx spacing is similar to the A3000. I can't find any good close up top-down shots of A5000 motherboards, but it looks like they're a bit closer together than those on the A3000 - is that...
by myelin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Arcflash" A3000/A3xx/A4xx/A5xx/A5000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?
Replies: 80
Views: 2615

Re: A3000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?

The fitting instructions for the carrier board show you need to pick up LA18, LA19, and LA20 from IC28. Odd... Looks like the A310 has LA18 connected; LK12 lets you connect it to pin 2 or pin 24 of the ROMs, like LK17+LK18 on the A3000: http://www.drobe.co.uk/archives/ftp.acorn.com/documents/CIRCUI...
by myelin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Arcflash" A3000/A3xx/A4xx/A5xx/A5000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?
Replies: 80
Views: 2615

Re: A3000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?

It would be nice to make the connections a bit configurable, so it could be fitted to an A3xx without ROM carrier board (the carrier board picks up a few address lines that aren't available as standard on the rom sockets). Ah, excellent... glad I asked for feedback, because I'd completely overlooke...
by myelin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Arcflash" A3000/A3xx/A4xx/A5xx/A5000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?
Replies: 80
Views: 2615

"Arcflash" A3000/A3xx/A4xx/A5xx/A5000 in-system programmable ROM -- any interest?

http://myelin.nz/arcflash Status: looking for testers I've finally figured out a design I'm happy with for this -- posting here to see if anyone else would be interested in one. This will be a board that plugs in to the four ROM sockets on an A3000, and act like a DualOS/MultiOS board, plus let you...
by myelin
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Simple Electon MMC Interface
Replies: 65
Views: 6307

Re: Simple Electon MMC Interface

After acquiring my first Electron less than a month ago I set out to design a bit of hardware to bung in the back of it. Working on the old principle of walking before you run, I decided on a very simple one-socket sideways ROM card. At the weekend I got the board up and running and was pleased to ...
by myelin
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: New A3000 4MB memory
Replies: 71
Views: 3380

Re: New A3000 4MB memory

Is there any chance this could be caused by old decoupling capacitors on the MEMC or on RamFVCC, and it's not really your boards' fault but more that Ian's computer needs some new capacitors?
by myelin
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: MEMC nibble mode ROM access / ROM emulation
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Re: MEMC nibble mode ROM access / ROM emulation

Excellent... I think I can make this work. I'm trying to do it with a single 16-bit wide flash chip, and do two accesses per host access. Luckily the flash chip I'm looking at (S29GL064N) has a compatible page mode; the first access takes 90ns and subsequent accesses within a 16-byte page take 25ns....
by myelin
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: MEMC nibble mode ROM access / ROM emulation
Replies: 4
Views: 302

MEMC nibble mode ROM access / ROM emulation

It looks like MEMC has a single-cycle ROM access mode for sequential accesses, "200ns with 60ns nibble-mode", configured by setting bits 7:6 (for high ROM) or 5:4 (for low ROM) of the MEMC Control Register to '11'. This is documented in section 6.5 of the MEMC datasheet (0460,019, 1986). This has be...
by myelin
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3000 logic analyzer project
Replies: 13
Views: 651

Re: A3000 logic analyzer project

I’m looking to capture 96 channels at 8MHz; will these options work for that? Most of my concept is the front end: plugging into the A3000 board and multiplexing 96 channels down to 16 is all the custom part of it does. If the BBB can receive 16 bit data at 48MHz and send it out over Ethernet, it wo...
by myelin
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3000 logic analyzer project
Replies: 13
Views: 651

Re: A3000 logic analyzer project

Yep! I haven't watched the video yet, but will almost certainly want to use his libcyprio code if it can work in isochronous mode or provide buffers for me to write into. It looks like the Domesday Duplicator buffers a bit of data in the FPGA , which I won't be able to do with a CPLD, so I may not b...
by myelin
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3000 logic analyzer project
Replies: 13
Views: 651

A3000 logic analyzer project

I've been trying to bring three A3000 motherboards to life, with no luck so far. One is still in need of some capacitors, and the other two were severely battery damaged (ROM sockets missing half their pins -- that sort of thing!). For the battery damaged two, I've replaced the ROM sockets and CMOS ...
by myelin
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Minus One" - 3 x cartridge Electron expansion
Replies: 29
Views: 2655

Re: "Minus One" - 3 x cartridge Electron expansion

Looks like I never made a bill of materials for this project! C1-3 are 100nF, C4-5 are 1uF. The regulator is an MCP1700T-3302E/MB. I buy everything from Digi-Key here in the US; with any luck they’re reasonably available where you are! Let me know if you need any more info. Programming the CPLD will...
by myelin
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: software
Topic: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!
Replies: 81
Views: 2750

Re: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!

If that's how you choose to interpret it, then I guess it's up to you. Seems you read the first two sentences you quoted but not the third - which clearly (I thought) explained that it was a different focus. I think that wasn't as clear from your last post. I took your "retro OS" comment from one o...
by myelin
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: software
Topic: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!
Replies: 81
Views: 2750

Re: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!

This thread! I keep half-writing comments and then going away, only to return to find someone else has made my point much more eloquently! I'm really glad that there are people who think RISC OS has enough value that they're prepared to put their time and money into tracking down and buying out righ...
by myelin
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: software
Topic: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!
Replies: 81
Views: 2750

Re: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!

Permissive vs copyleft debate aside, can I just say how awesome it is that they've actually gone back and relicensed everything right from the beginning of time in the repository? Terrible source control faux pas, but legally it's amazing: it probably means we can build an open source RISC OS 3.60 R...
by myelin
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3988

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

This looks amazing and I would love to give it a try! However, something seems to be wrong with maemagel.com; it's just serving a blank homepage and 404 for all the links here.
by myelin
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: New hardware suggestion - Pi econet server
Replies: 51
Views: 2112

Re: New hardware suggestion - Pi econet server

Progress update: it now reads frames from the Econet, verifies the CRC, and dumps them to the USB serial port. Time to start seeing if I can integrate Gareth's ArduinoFilestore.
by myelin
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: New hardware suggestion - Pi econet server
Replies: 51
Views: 2112

Re: New hardware suggestion - Pi econet server

You don't hndle scout frames, you handle scout... um... transactions. See Econet over IP and [url=http://beebwiki.mdfs.net/Econet_packet]Econet packet[url]. I see... so if one were to build an Econet-to-AUN bridge, the trick would be to immediately acknowledge every scout frame coming in from the E...
by myelin
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: software
Topic: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!
Replies: 81
Views: 2750

Re: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!

As far as GPL vs Apache goes, my take is that they're more interested in making RISC OS super convenient to embed and aren't too bothered by the idea of closed-source forks. There's plenty of examples out there of successful projects with healthy ecosystems and lots of contributors that are under BS...
by myelin
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: software
Topic: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!
Replies: 81
Views: 2750

Re: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!

Indeed... it would be amazing to get the source code to Arthur or RISC OS 2/3, but having at least one version under an open source license makes me happy :)

They're apparently talking to 3QD as well, so more free stuff may be forthcoming, fingers crossed!
by myelin
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: software
Topic: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!
Replies: 81
Views: 2750

RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!

The new license files aren't in the CVS repository yet, but here's the news. RISC OS Developments bought out Castle and is rereleasing RISC OS under the Apache 2.0 license!

https://www.riscosopen.org/news/article ... r-business
by myelin
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: New hardware suggestion - Pi econet server
Replies: 51
Views: 2112

Re: New hardware suggestion - Pi econet server

Every time I ask for some help finishing a bit of code [...] FYI something you might like, depending how your CRC implementation works: I figured out how to modify Lammert Bies' code to make a table based Econet CRC algorithm , that takes bytes in host order and returns the CRC residue (i.e. the co...
by myelin
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: PCF8583 breakout board
Replies: 6
Views: 322

Re: PCF8583 breakout board

I was thinking something a bit more generic/"maker"/arduino/RPi-ish. Preferably using a CR2032 (and no charging) or having two pads to connect to an "off board", out of harms way AAA based NiMH battery, while the board occupies the real estate where the old NiCd lived. Sounds like you want an emula...
by myelin
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: MEMC1A timeline and documentation
Replies: 7
Views: 509

Re: MEMC1A timeline and documentation

The A540 schematics may be useful here - http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org.uk/docs/Acorn/Manuals/Acorn_A500R200TRM_Drawings.zip - showing how the quad MEMC system was wired up (interesting that the MEMC1a datasheet doesn't show this as a supported configuration, did an Acorn engineer just hac...
by myelin
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: New A3000 4MB memory
Replies: 71
Views: 3380

Re: New A3000 4MB memory

cmorley wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:32 pm
The bad news is this means a redesign of the board to add a load of schmitt trigger buffers. This is going to cause another delay.
That sounds painful! What signals need all the buffering?