After a lengthy break I'm back to the UPNOD series. This time we'll take a closer look at the dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) circuitry present on the PCB:
As usual, all of my findings can be found here.Continue reading
A second installment in the UPNOD series, this time we'll take a look into the reset circuitry of the telco card.
As the title implies, this circuit is responsible for generating a proper Z80' reset sequence. Z80, being a rather dumb piece of clever electronics, may boot up in an undesirable undefined state and requires a few cycles of special treatment to properly initialize internal register values. This circuit does just that - it generates the initial reset pulse and handles reset signals coming from other parts of the board, all while maintaining proper synchronization.Continue reading
Since my last actual post on this blog I have acquired a new class of hobbies - electronics. Most recently, reverse engineering of really old computers. This series of posts will be about a vintage eighties TelCo computer-card-thing marked UPNOD CARD0117 TN64 I bought on a local auction:
All my findings will be posted on this blog and the accompanying data will be gathered in this GitHub repository.Continue reading