MITS SIO Board
This was a single serial I/O port board for the Altair.
The board was designed around a SMC 2502 UART chip. Baud rate and address
selection was selected by jumper wires on the board. There were 3
variations of the board. The "88-SIO A" had standard RS-232 signal levels,
the "88-SIO B" and "88-SIO C" had TTL level inputs slightly different (see
The board was often used in those early days with Teletype Corporation's
ASR33 "Teletype". Later versions of the ASR33 had an RS-232 hookup option but
earlier machines relied on a 20mA current loop connection. See
issues using the latter.
The manual for this board (with code examples in octal!) can be obtained
Often this board was used with a "modem" board that MITS supplied to read
and write data to a cassette. This was called the MITS 88-ACR Board.
The board was often piggybacked on to the back of the SIO board as shown
The manual describing this setup can be found
Other MITS S-100 Boards
4K Dynamic RAM
16K Dynamic RAM
8080 CPU VI/RTC
MITS FDC Boards
This page was last modified