Well the Digital board is working fairly well... well enough for me to bother starting on the Analogue board anyway. Problems with the Digital board are the usual Z80 issues with stable clocks and making sure that we have a long reset pulse. The new CMOS Z80 doesn't seem very interested in running but the old NMOS one is OK. There is a resistor missing from the UART/opto isolator circuit but with the addition of the resistor it all seems OK and the NMI works and the CPU collects the data. I have Ruby script to feed in the SYSEX settings but really need the Battery backup in place first. The Analogue board has had a couple of small tweeks like a switch mode regulator instead of the rather brutal original linear one and a negative 5V generator so a simple DC wall wart will suffice through a standard barrel connector. I was thinking that the filter design could be redone for a Shruthi filter board... maybe one day...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The Panel PCB has returned from JCL and under the circumstances was pretty quick! Some hard to find parts came from eBay and some new, but a bit tarnished, parts have come from Digikey. The digital board seems to run OK and has HCT TTL parts to try and lower the power consumption a bit. Need to program up the EPROM so I can do some more testing...
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Friday, August 23, 2019
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Piper II. The rest of the build is getting there. The Control electronics is done 100% and the front panel PCB (quite large) is at about 98% -- just need to do the filters and output stages on their own PCB.... Hopefully for completion in the very short term!