TDL System Monitor Board (SMB).
This was an amazing card at at a time when a typical computer output went to a Teletype.
The board had the following features:-
||A 2K MONITOR operating system (the ZAPPLE Monitor)
in ROM.---2K of RAM, read/write storage for user
programs, auxiliary monitor routines, and/or stack area.
||Two SERAL I/O PORTS, 110-9600 baud, RS232 or 20ma current
loop for each port, and software-initialized via the monitor. Can be used for TTY,
CRT terminal, or other serial device.
||One PARALLEL I/O PORT, bi-directional,
can be configured as an input or output port port or dynamically changed
under program control.
||A SENSE SWITCH INPUT PORT
that allows the user to specify the I/O configuration
which the system will initialize to.
||A 1200 BAUD, CASSETTE
INTERFACE, Allows rapid loading and dumping of programs/data in
either a checksummed hex file or a binary image format
||JUMP TO MONITOR,
contains circuitry for automatically jumping to the monitor at F000H prompted
by a power on clear (POC) and/or reset.
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
for some issues using the latter.
One problem TDL ran into with this board was that the four EMM-SEMI 4804
RAM chips shown above were at the time very hard to obtain because they were
in short supply. TDL supplied early users with a small adaptor board that
contained Intel 2114 RAM chips. Such an adaptor board is shown below.
The manual for this board can be obtained
The schematic can be seen
The manual for the original Zapple monitor can be obtained
A later version
I recently noticed that the custom Zapple ROM on this board
can be changed for a standard 2716 EPROM with one small change.
Either bend up pin 20 on the 2716 EPROM and tie it to +5 volts or cut the trace
going to pin 20 on the SMB and jumper the pin to pin 24 of the same chip.
This allows you to modify the Zapple monitor for your specific needs and yet mentain
the functionality of the board. With just this board, a Z80 board and a video board
you have the start of a very capable S-100 system. I use this setup to test
many of my other boards before putting them in my main system. Here is a picture
of the test system.
Later Version of the SMB.
Apparently there also was a more updated version of the board called the SMB-II.
It was advertised in the May issue of Byte. But few were actully produced.
Other TDL S-100 Boards
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