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256K Dynamic RAM
This was quite an advanced card at a time when going past 64K memory in a microcomputer was the norm.  This board allowed the Z-100 Model 85-2653-1 computer, to go up to 768K of RAM when these cards were used in a system.   The motherboard of course had to first have 192K of RAM.
 Zenith 256K DRAM
The board utilized 64K X 1 dynamic RAM chips.  It could be addressed on any 64K boundary of the S-100's 16 MG address space.  There was parity bit error detection in hardware on the board. The board utilized 200 nsec RAMs. The data path could be either 8 or 16 bits wide and 0,1,2 or 3 wait states could be inserted for data R/W.  The board in fact met all IEEE-696 specifications.

The (very detailed) manual for this board can be obtained here.
The schematic for the board can be obtained here.

Modification:  To convert this 256K  Dynamic RAM board to a 1M Dynamic RAM board
Soon after the board came out a small adaptor board was made that allowed this RAM board be converted from a 256K RAM board to a 1Mg RAN board.  The instructions as to how to do this are here.


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