A Serial IO S-100 Board
Many S-100 systems have some kind
of Serial IO board in their system. Serial IO is primarily used for
communication with a CRT terminal, though some printers also used serial IO.
With the advent of multi-user S-100 systems, serial IO was almost always
used to connect the multiple terminals/users to the system. This was before
the days of networking and the Internet!
The big advantage of serial IO over parallel ports for communications is the
simplicity of the wired connection. Instead of 8 data lines, a strobe, an
acknowledge line, serial communication can be as little as two lines, more
often four and sometimes more. The hardware however is more
complicated since the data bits need to be sequentially sent along one wire.
Over the years numerous LSI chips were made to carry out this process. They
are generally called UART's (Universal asynchronous receive/transmitter
chips). Commonly used chips in early S-100 systems were:-
General Instruments' AY-5-1013A. This was widely copied by SMC, TI, Western
Digital and others later. The chip however required a separate
Baud rate generator (BRG, typically a 4702).
Next came the Intel 8251A type chips. These also could transmit in a
"synchronous" data format where the transmitter and receiver shared a common
clock signal. This was really never used in S-100 systems but the chip
itself was commonly used. Again a separate Baud rate chip (4702) was
Signetics and National Semiconductor came up with the equivalent
8250 chips. These chips had the advantage of having the Baud rate
generator onboard. It just requires a 5.068 crystal (2651) or the 2MHz S-100
bus signal (8250).
Motorola had its own 6800 type "ACIA" equivalent chip the
MC6850. It is
perhaps the easiest to configure but you need to "bend" the Intel
S-100 bus signals to use it. The
TDL SMB was the most common case of its use on
the S100 bus.
Not to be out done Zilog had their equivalent chip which they called the
DART. It's big advantage was that it had two serial channels on one chip. It
worked best is a Z80 hardware environment in an interrupt driven mode.
A number of S-100 Board manufactures started to add multiple chips to one
board. A good example of this was the
Cromemco TUART board which had two
dual channel TMS 5501 UARTs on board.
One of the frustrating things about many of the earlier UART chips was the
fact that internally they used a block if IO addresses for their many
internal configuration registers. A few of these chips on one board
and bang, there goes a 20H address black. In a multi-card
S-100 system finding a block of addresses that does not overlap with other
cards can be a problem.
The Zilog Z85C30
Zilog Z85C30 or SCC (Serial Communications Channel) chip as Zilog
calls it. This was Zilog's second generation UART type chip.
Obviously it had the advantage testing of all previous chips but it evolved
into an extremely powerful UART chip. It has the capability of doing
almost any format of serial communications you could come up with. Some are
quite exotic. It's a dual channel chip with its own internal BAUD rate
generator, but best of all its easy to interface in terms of hardware.
Being a second generation chip it also has a large FIFO buffer to prevent
data overruns. As icing on the cake each channel requires only two IO
ports to address its many internal registers. The first port (address
line = 0), address register 0 which is then loaded with the required
register to be read or written to on the NEXT register read or write.
The second port (address line = 1) contains the I/O data. This simple
arrangement makes interfacing the chip a joy. Contrast this with a single
channel 8250 which needs 3 address lines. The only catch is you
have to be very careful is initializing all the chips 15 internal
configuration registers. This, as we will see below it typically done
by sending a block or bytes sequentially to each register in turn from a
lookup table upon system startup.
The Prototype Board
I decide to utilize this chip for a serial S100 I/O board. My
main use of a serial port is to download and upload data and programs from
my PC. I will discuss this in detail below. One of the nice features
of the Zilog SCC is that it can be configured to very high BAUD rates.
Depending on the clock up to 76,800 BAUD. I typically use mine at
38,400 Baud. This makes large program transfers a rapid process. I
actually only needed one serial channel (A). This clearly left space on the board
to do something with the second serial channel. While I have brought the
pins for this channel (B) to the top of the board for a second serial
have as an option the ability to inserted the V-Stamp (see below) voice synthesizer chip
which can utilize the second SCC channel for speech generation. So the
board can have the computer "speak" into a small speaker also on the board
(or to an external one).
There was extra room on board! Since this was a serial type board I
decide to also add a USB port to the board. This (see below) appears to the
CPU as a simple parallel port with two status bits. It is supplied in a
wonderful 18 pin DIP IC type board by DLP
Design Inc. It takes away completely all the
complex overhead involved in USB communication. Communication over
this line is completely paced by the capabilities of the S-100 CPU. My
file downloads from my PC behave as if they are running at 100K+ baud!
I also threw in a Intel 8255 parallel port chip giving the board two extra
parallel ports. Each of the three above board functions have
their own independent I/O configuration switches that can be set anywhere in
the systems 256 byte 8 bit I/O adders space.
Here is a picture of the prototype board:-
Please excuse some of the wire connections. They will be corrected on the
final board. Here is a diagram of the boards main components.
I wanted to build an S-100 serial IO board that would serve me well into the
future. Where I could use it with very fast and wide CPU's. I wanted to stick with DIP type
is a circuit diagram of the prototype board. Going through the main
The Z85C30 SCC circuit.
As I said above interfacing this chip to the S-100 bus is straightforward.
Two address lines are used for the two communication channels (A & B) each
with it's own control and data port. PLCK can be any clock fast enough to
run the chip. I use the system S-100 main clock (but have a jumper for the
bus 2MHz clock for cases where in the future the bus is at really high
speeds). There is no relationship between this clock and the BAUD
rate/serial data transmission clock (pins 28 & 12).
In order to understand how to hook this chip up to your PC using a RS-232
cable connection you must fully understand the RS-232 signal protocols.
Please start here if you need more help understand the
In order to interface to the outside RS-232 world the zero or +5 volt
Low/High levels of the chip must be converted to the -12V & +12V
levels required for RS-232 transmission. In the 70's the two chips to do
this voltage level conversion were 1488' and 1489's. These worked fine
except you needed extra + and - 12 volt regulators. Today we use the
+5 volt (only) MAX232 chips that internally generate the required voltages.
So the serial data I/O from the SCC pins goes through the MAX 232 chips
to convert the signals to RS-232 levels. (BTW one word of caution, be
careful with your logic probe if you are checking this circuit -- the MAX
output voltages are not TTL levels).
The board has numerous jumpers to hook-up the ports to an incoming RS-232
set of signals. Getting the different signals right can be a
frustrating experience -- particularly since you cannot use a TTL logic
probe. (You can of course use a probe on the SCC pins themselves).
For most PC serial ports the only signals you really will need to
download/upload data are:-
TXD, RXD, CTS and RTS. You will need to cross these signals as
There are two types of RS-232 Sockets. The older 25 pin sockets and the
newer smaller 9 pin sockets. Unfortunately the pin designations are
different for each type. The Clear to Send and Request to Send
lines are required in particular on the S-100 side of the connection to
prevent data getting lost while the CPU is busy. If you running a
system at less than 1200 Baud even they are not required. The software (see
below) I use however assumes they are connected.
The board has the CTS, RTS, DCD and DTR signals (for Serial Port A)
indicated with an LED bar indicator for easy debugging. On the S-100
side the RTS LED should flicker as data is coming across.
The V-Stamp Voice Synthesizer.
In the late 70's primitive Voice Synthesizer chips started to become
available. A popular S-100 board was the
Things have come a long way since them. Not only in the size of the chips
but the quality of the speech.
V-Stamp Voice Synthesizer
Today very realistic speech can be generate with a single chip IC. One
particular system that I like is the V-Stamp system by RC Systems. It is
based on their RC8660 chip set. See
here for a complete description.
The 24 pin package behaves as an idiot proof black box. You send simple ASCII text strings to the
chip over a serial line (5 Volt, TTL level signals). We do this from the B
channel of the above SCC. Once the chip receives an ASCII 0DH (CR), it
speaks out the string with amazing intelligence. Numbers, for example,
are pronounced in full (32,800 Baud is spoken as thirty two thousand
eight hundred Baud). The chip even has circuitry to figure
out the communication Baud rate automatically on reset.
Debugging is easy! In RAM at 0H:-
D3 A2 ;This assumes the Zilog SCC B port is being
used to communicate with the chip.
C3 00 00.
This sends "3" followed by a CR to the chip. It says the number "3".
Please note this assumes the Zilog SCC chip has already being initialized. I
do this in my "Master.z80"
monitor. If not please see the SCC initialization code further down this
While the chip and board can be connected to an external speaker/amplifier I
have added a neat little speaker available from Jameco (#2095242) that
delivers reasonable sound directly on the board. Once you start adding voice
feedback to your programs you find yourself always doing so. You can send
information in voice form that will not upset the current CRT display. Quite
The V-Stamp chip can be obtained
here from RC
Systems. They have a 3.3V and 5V version. I use the 5V version (2 min
speech storage capacity, #RC860F-1C). Unfortunately it is not cheap
($75), but it's an amazing device.
One other point, the pins on the V-Stamp "chip" are quite thick. I
used a 28 pin DIP socket cut in half to seat the chip. Be sure beforehand
the socket will accommodate the pins. Some Auget sockets will not.
Please note: There is only one full equipped serial port IF you use the
speech chip. That is because the interface to the speech chip is serial. Not
RS232 BTW, just 5V levels. That is why with one serial port and speech you
need only one MAX232. However that RS232 connection has only RS232 signals
for Tx, Rx, CTS, & RTS. This does 90% of applications. If you need the other
RS232 control signals you need extra MAX232’s. For two serial ports you need
all 3 MAX’s. BTW, the Zilog CCS is perhaps the most elaborate serial chip
of that era. It is capable of very elaborate protocols, way overkill for
The DLP USB245R Adaptor
Like the above V-Stamp chip this USB adaptor also presents an idiot proof black
box interface to a USB port connection. Communication at a
fundamental level over a USB cable is extremely complex both in terms of
software and hardware. Whole books could and probably have been written on
the process. There was a good series of articles in a recent
& Volts Magazine if you feel so inclined. To facilitate these
connections a number of companies have made drop in chips that look on the
computer side of things as a simple serial or parallel port. The chip
transparently handles the very complex handshaking of the USB communication
process -- in this case to a receiving USB port and Windows driver on my PC.
The unit I decide to use was the parallel port version of the DLP Designs
USP adaptor (DLP-USB245R). I obtained it from Mouser, but I'm
sure its available elsewhere. It costs about $24. For a complete
description of the chip see here
(The spec sheet calls it a DLP-USB1232H. The DLP-USB245R behaves the same).
The interaction with the chip is very easy. It has an 8 bit parallel input/output
port which can be tri-stated.
When pin 12 (WR) goes from low to high the DLP chip reads in the 8 bits of data
and sends it out on the USB cable. When pin 11 (RD*) goes low, each 8
bit of data in
a FIFO buffer that arrived over the USB cable is put on the 8 bit data bus
(one byte per pulse).
There are two status pins, TXE (pin 14), when high do not write to the chip
(is it's busy). RXF (pin15), when high at least one byte of data is
available. I/O with this chip could not be simpler! I have the
software and hardware going is a few hours.
Like the V-Stamp chip above, the pins on the USB1232H "chip" are quite
thick. I used a 18 pin DIP socket cut in half to seat the chip.
Be sure beforehand the socket will accommodate the pins. Some Auget sockets
will not. Also the pins are too long, causing the chip to be too
high/close to the next S-100 board on the bus. Trim them to half their
USP Chip Software --
The program USBGET.ASM assumes the presence of the DLP-USB Controller on
the S100Computes Serial IO Board. The USB "chip" takes care of all the USB
signals. However it does utilize two bits of port C of the 8255 for
status. On the PC/windows end, the first time you connect up the USB
cable, windows should download/install the DLP driver. If not go to their
web site www.dlpdesign.com and
download/install it yourself from
here. Under the windows "Device
Manager", the hardware should be listed under Universal Serial Bus
controllers as "USB Serial Converter". Note you may have more than one
of these in your system.
On the PC side, if you use a Telnet program the connection will typically
appear as a port COMx (usually COM3 or higher). The S-100 computer must be
on for it to appear on the PC as an option. UART configuration options are
usually not critical (in fact I think not used). To be on the safe side I configure my port to 38,400
Baud, 8 bits, No parity, 1 stop bit, hardware flow control.
The corresponding USBPUT.ASM sends a file from your S100 system to a PC.
All these files are included below.
You can also run the test program MYIO.ASM (see below). Use menu
option 3. With your Telnet program configured to the USB port on your
PC, any character you send should appear on your S100 Console. I
recommend the Telnet Program
Absolute Telnet. Under "Options", select "Properties", then select
"Connection". Your DLP windows driver should appear as a COMx port. If you
pull out the USB cord that COM port should disappear from the "port"
dropdown menu. It will reappear if you reconnect.
The 8255 Parallel Port Chip
This is a very well known chip and will not be
described again here. See for example its description and use in the
IDE adaptor board.
The reason the chip is on the board at all is to obtain two input bits for
status bits of the above DLP USB chip (PC7 & PC6). I use bits 6 and 7 of the 8255 port
C for this purpose. Ports A & B are brought to the top of the board as
general I/O parallel ports. The remaining bits of port C are used as
status/strobe/LED indicator bits for ports A & B.
Much of the challenge in developing
and debugging a board like this is writing software that can quickly determine if
there is a hardware or software problem. I have written a short diagnostic program
test and display each of the boards functions. The code can be seen
Here is a picture of how it appears on the CRT:-
Programs to Upload and Download files from a PC with this board can be
As I said above, one of the hurdles in using the Zilog SCC chip is
understanding how to initialize the 16 registers to get it going. The
good news is that for most registers you will not need them once they are
setup. The easiest way to do this is to use the Z80 Block I/O instruction to
write to each register (the port address being in the Z80's [c]
register). The code to initialize Channel A for say 19,200 Baud, 8 bits, no
parity, using CTS & RTS etc would be:-
;Byte count (14), for OTIR below
DB 0EDH, 0B3H ;Z80 opcode for
;Initialization table for SCC registers
;1, Point to WR4
;2, X16 clock,1 Stop,NP
;3, Point to WR3
;4, Enable receiver, No Auto Enable (Hardware CTS), Receive 8 bits
; DB 0E1H
;4, Enable receiver, Auto Enable, Receive 8 bits (for CTS bit)
;5, Point to WR5
;6, Enable, Transmit 8 bits RTS,DTR, Enable
;7, Point to WR11
;8, Receive/transmit clock = BRG
;9, Point to WR12
; DB 02H
;10, Low byte 38,400 Baud
;10, Low byte 19,200 Baud <<<<<<<<<<<
; DB 0EH
;10, Low byte 9600 Baud
; DB 1EH
;10, Low byte 4800 Baud
; DB 7EH
;10, Low byte 1200 Baud for debugging.
; DB 0FEH
;10, Low byte 300 Baud for debugging.
;11, Point to WR13
;12, High byte for Baud
; DB 01H
;12, High byte for Baud
;13, Point to WR14
;14, Using a 4.9152 MHz BRG Clock.
;15, Point to WR15(If required)
;16, Generate Int with CTS going high
Remember the BAUD rate values are dependent on the BRG clock rate. If a
different crystal is used, different values need to be inserted.
To actually use the chip for simple communications you only look at status
bits in Register 0 (By default the CTRL port). However if you need to
control (raise/lower) the RTS line you need to access the Write Register 5.
See my PGGET.ASM for example (see bottom of this page).
A Production S-100 Board.
Here is a picture of the final board:-
Building the Board
This board I would classify as medium in terms of building it and
getting it to work. The complications are not so much the board itself but
the task of getting the RS232 communications link with another computer
wired right. The LED bar on the top left of the board is very useful
As is always the case, we will assemble the board in stages. Checking each
stage before going on to the next one. I have done 3 version of this
board so far. I still get switch/jumper settings wrong. So be patient with
your build. Lets get started...
First solder in all IC sockets, switches, capacitors, resistors and the 1.5A
Voltage regulator. Do not add the sockets for the V-Stamp or USB
Check the board does not hang your S-100 system. It should look like
In this example (and the software described above) we will assign the
following board ports with via DIP switches SW1 - SW4.
Zilog CSS Ports A0H - A3H
SW2 (A8-A15), SW3 (A0-A7)
Ports A8H - ABH
SW2 (A8-A15), SW1 (A0-A7)
USB Adaptor Ports ACH - AFH
SW2 (A8-A15), SW4 (A0-A7)
SW2/U3 (see schematic) is utilized only for 16 bit IO Port addressing.
Many Z80 boards set the upper 8 bits for port I/O addressing to zero so SW2
will have all eight switches set to ground. It can however be utilized
nicely in 8086/16 bit systems. You can of course bypass this option
completely by jumpering K5 to 2-3. Then only the lower 8 bits are
utilized for port addressing. Note if you use the 16 Bit port
addressing all ports are affected. For most CPM applications the high order
8 bits will be 0. Not so for MS-DOS.
Let us first setup the 4 ports for the Zilog SCC (A0H -A3H).
Note: Before we go any further we need to correct for an unfortunate small
board layout error that arose in the address line connection to U20.
(THIS HAS BEEN CORRECTED IN THE MOST RECENT V2 BOARD,
See below). As
shown in the schematic and understanding how the 74LS682 works (see
here), address line A1 is connected to pin 17 of U20. This would
allow us to adders only ports A0H and A1H. We need to take A1 out of the
equation (pin 17 of U20 should have been connected to ground) so U20 pin 19
will go low for ports A0H to A3H. To do this, before you insert U20
into its socket, bend out pin 17 and make a short wire solder connection to
the next door pin (ground), pin 18. In effect the schematic will change as
Next add U3 and U12, Jumper K5 2-3. Set dip switch SW3 to:-
closed, open, closed, open, closed, closed, closed,
In memory at 0H in RAM place the following code and jump to it:-
DB A0 C3 00 00
Inputting from port A0 should pulse pin 19 of
U20 low. Repeat for ports A1H, A2H and A3H. It should not pulse low
for port A4H or higher. Next try jumpering K5 to position 1-2 (16 bit port
addressing) -- see above.
Next add U24 add LED2. Be sure you insert the LED correctly. The longer
lead goes into the square solder pad. If in doubt don't yet solder in place
just juggle it about in a repeat of the above test. The LED should
light up with the correct port addressing.
Next add U14, U13, U5, U3 and U6. Pins 1 & 13 of U13 will float high! Repeat
the above test. Pin 3 of U3 should pulse low. If we change the code to
D3 A0 C3 00 00
Pin 6 of U3 should pulse low.
Next install U7 and U9. These are the critical I/O buffers to the board.
Check that inserting the board into your system does not lock-up your
With your monitor input from port A0H. You should get 0FFH.
Add jumper K24 2-3 and carefully add U17 the Zilog SCC chip and the 4.9152
MHz Oscillator. (Note: This is labeled in error on the silkscreen of
the board, it is marked in error as "4.92162"). Actually you can
use any similar speed oscillator, you must adjust the Baud rate value in
Now when you input from port A0H you should not get 0FFH but some other
value, usually 11001101B
Next add K1, jumper it 1-2 or 2-3.
Add all remaining IC's except the 8255, V-Stamp, USB Adaptor, and the MAX
chips (U18,U16 & U23).
We will now run a critical SCC loopback test where we will send serial data
out on pin 15 of U17 and receive it back on pin 13. The CTS (pin 18) and RTS
(pin 17) also need to be connected. We do this before adding the
RS232 voltage conversion circuitry of the MAX chips to simplify this and
where we don't have to worry about jumpers etc., (see below).
Levels at this point are TTL so you can use a logic probe.
This is what the setup will look like:-
Now as I said above, for this to work the SCC has to be initialized carefully and
correctly. Download the MYIO program and run it under CPM.
Initialize the SCC chip -- option 0
Set the baud rate, and will do, -- option 1,3
Go to the Loopback test -- option 2.
In the loopback test whatever character you type on the keyboard should
appear on the screen. This indicates the SCC is working correctly -- a
major point in the boards assembly!
Next we extend the loopback test to include the MAX chip U16. You will need
to set the jumpers on P60 and P62 according to the requirements of your
modem/terminal or receiving computer. Before you do that test the MAX
U16 chip. Set the jumpers up as follows:-
P60 3-4, 7-8. P62 1-2, 7-8.
Then at the top connector P57 3-2 and 7-8.
Here is a picture of the board at this stage:-
Do the above loopback test again. This time you are looping around the
RS232 circuit. Do not use a TTL logic probe on these signals!
Only if you get the above to work should you try adding true external device
such as a terminal or modem. There may be more connections required --
depending on the device. If for example a DTR signal is required you
need to add U23 and jumpers.
Once you have this serial port working you can use it to upload and download
code/programs from a PC very quickly. The Zilog CSS is easily capable of
working at 32K Baud and above. See
here for more
information on this topic.
Next let us setup the Speech synthesis circuit. This circuit utilizes
the B port of the Zilog SCC chip. If you don't need speech synthesis
you can have two independent RS232 ports on the board. Just add the
appropriate connections and jumpers as described for port A.
Unfortunately the V-Stamp speech synthesis mini board is expensive (~$80) so
you need to handle it with care. Rather than solder it directly to the
S-100 board I added two rows of 12 pin connections. I used an 40 IC
socket (the skeleton variety with a large gap in the middle) and cut
out two rows of 12 pins. You can then plug the V-Stamp chip into this
makeshift socket and yet remove it later if need be.
You also need to insert the speaker. The Jameco speaker I used had somewhat
long pins which I trimmed so the speaker was low profile on the board.
Here is a picture:-
Interfacing the Zilog SCC to the V-Stamp is fairly straightforward. It
utilizes only the CTS, TXD and RXD lines of the SCC chip. The V-stamp
actually can be configured to communicate at a number of different Baud
rates. These are set by jumpers on p59. The easiest
configuration (see the spec sheet)
is where the V-Stamp figures out the Baud rate itself. This is done by
jumpering (use a wire wrap tool) as follows:-
P59 pin 2 to 1, 3, 5 and 7.
Do not forget to add jumper JP4.
Again you can test the chip and its ability to speak with the program MYIO
Next we will add the 8255 Chip. To interface this chip we need 4 ports. I
have my board (and MYIO software) configured for ports A8H to ABH.
Again there is the problem with the Address line A1 going this time to U2.
As described above you need to bend out pin
17 of U2 and solder bridge it to pin 18 of the same chip as
described above for U20. (THIS HAS BEEN CORRECTED IN THE MOST RECENT V2 BOARD,
The switch settings for SW1 are:- close, open, close,
open, close, open, close, close.
As I said before the only
reason the chip is on the board at all is to obtain two input bits for
status bits of the above DLP USB chip (PC7 & PC6). I use bits 6 and 7 of the
8255 port C for this purpose. Ports A & B are brought to the top of the
board as general I/O parallel ports. The remaining bits of port C are used
as status/strobe/LED indicator bits for ports A & B. You should be
able to test ports A and B yourself once the chip is configured properly.
See the code in MyIO.Z80. A typical use of these ports would be a
printer connection for your system.
Finally we will add the USB interface "chip". This chip uses two
ports, in my case I use ACH and ADH with U21 and SW4. (Note, U21 actually
blocks out 4 ports, ACH to AFH) we only use the lower two).
The switch settings for SW4 are:- close, open, close,
open, close, open, open, close.
Remember this chip is inserted on the board
upside down so the USB connection faces upwards. Take care
not to put it in backwards. Also the pins on this "chip" are somewhat
large. They will not fit into some IC sockets. Check beforehand. Also in
order to keep a low profile for the board I cut off about 1/8" from each
pin. The chip should sit flush with the boards IC socket. If it protrudes to
much it will prevent you placing another board in the S-100 Bus next to it.
Working with this USB converter "chip" could not be easier. Simply
connect a USB cable mini-B connection to it. You can for example
receive data from a PC utilizing a modification of PCGET.ASM which I call
USBGET.ASM on your CPM machine and a PC program like Absolute Telnet on your
PC. The PC (Windows 7) automatically installs a window driver to talk to the
chip. No Baud rates, no handshaking lines etc. It really nice for large file
As a basic test if you type "3" on your PC Telnet terminal (i.e. outputting
on your PC USB port ASCII 33H), from your S-100 Z80- monitor if you query
you should see 33H. Bit 7 of the 8255 port AAH will hold the status
Likewise if you send 33H from your Z80 port ACH you should see "3" on your
PC telnet terminal.
The Code for USBGET.ASM can be seen
here. The file can be downloaded
All components can be commonly obtained. I obtained mine from Jameco.
Here are Jameco catalogue numbers of some components:-
1.5A, 5Volt voltage regulator
10 Bar LED Display #697477
470 Ohm Resistor pack #97869
1K Ohm Resistor pack #78777
Dual Row jumper headers #67821
Single Row Jumpers (cut to size) #527654
Bypass capacitors #25525
Zilog SCC chip #281308
Intel 8255 #52732
MAX RS232 Level Converter #24811
For the 4.9152MHz Oscillator Jameco does not seem to have them any
longer, but DigiKey has many e.g. #X108-ND,
as do many others.
USB-To-Parallel FIFO from Mouser #626-DLP-USB245R
V-Stamp Voice Synthesizer from
#VS5130 (5 Volt version)
Note, this is not a complete list.
A Production S-100 Board.
Realizing that a number of people might want to utilize a board like this
with Andrew Lynch at N8VEM (see
here) we have
completed a run of these boards. We will collect names for a second batch if
Please note all the above
clearly applies only to people who know what they are doing and can do
a little soldering and board assembly. There will be little hand holding
at this stage.
V2 of the BOARD
The demand for this board has been large. A new V2 version of the above
board has now been completed.
It's essentially the same as the first board (correcting the U2 address error
mentioned above). See below for the most recent schematic. One minor
change is the 3 indicator LED's now better reflect when the board is being
LED D1 = data to the bus CPU
from any port on the board
LED D2 = data from the bus CPU to any port on the board
LED D3 = whenever the USB data port is being accessed (read/write).
Here is a picture of this V2 Serial I/O S100 bus board:-
Some other minor points. The schematic and board has a 0.33uF capacitor on
the input to the Voltage regulator. This should be at least a 25V capacitor.
On older S-100 systems that use linear (transformer) power supplies with
quite some 8V ripple this value should be more like 33uF. To be on the safe
side I always use 47uf/25V caps on the 8V input to all my boards V
Also the onboard 4.92162 MHz Oscillator (P56), should be labeled 4.9152
MHz in the schematic.
As I said above the speech synthesis chip/board is expensive. I never like
to solder expensive chips like this to a board. However on this V2 board the
board holes for this "chip" are just right that you can press the unit
directly into the 24 holes. The fit is so tight you don't need to solder
them. This way the board does not rub against the next board in
your S-100 system. The USB unit's pins are a little narrower and
really need to be soldered in place (or use a socket).
Finally you don't need U18 and U23 (the RS232 converters) if you are using
the speech synthesizer with the second SCC serial port.
Here is a picture of the switch settings for the "standard" software ports
used in the software below.
Jumpers K1 1-2, K24 2-3, K5 2-3.
Please note many older S100 bus CPU boards do not
set the S-100 bus upper 8 bits to zero for I/O port addressing.
In this case jumper K5 2-3, otherwise the CPU will not "see" the ports.
(All S100Computers/N8VEM boards use the upper 8 address lines for I/O port
Neil Breeden has provided the following Serial port summary picture. See
The links below will contain the most recent software and schematics of this board.
Note, it may change over time and some IC part or pin numbers may not correlate
exactly with the text in the article above.
SERIAL I/O BOARD SCHEMATIC
SERIAL I/O BOARD LAYOUT (FINAL,
SERIAL I/O BOARD SCHEMATIC (V2, FINAL,
CURRENT V2 SERIAL I/O BOARD LAYOUT (V2, FINAL,
KiCAD files for this board (S100
DIAGNOSTIC SOFTWARE FOR SERIAL I/O BOARD
(V2, FINAL, 12/29/2013)
Other pages describing my S-100
hardware and software.
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