I realize that some people may be a little scared jumping to the 16 bit S-100 world with their systems. Andrew & I have put together an 8088 CPU board that should make the transition easier. Externally the hardware is 8 bits so it will splice into an old S-100 system box easier, yet you can run 16 bit (MSDOS etc.) software. The board should provide a stepping stone to more advanced systems.
Since situations like this often are a chicken and egg scenario, you need a system to start/debug a system… I am offering any of the “hard core” users in this group help with this board.
If they build the board as described here:-
and they cannot get the 8086 monitor to sign on I will TRY and fix it for them. For this I would need some info about their console I/O routines clearly. If they are using the IDE board I could also “burn” their CF card with DOS 4.01. This (8088) board only, and only this group.
I think Andrew will be taking orders on this board soon. It will be some time before we do a second batch for this board.
From: John Monahan Ph.D