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Ithaca Intersystems DPS-1 Front Panel
I have very little documentation for Ithaca Intersystems DPS-1 system. This device was last manufactured before S-100 become obsolete due to Apple and IBM hit the market in 1980's. The front panel for DPS-1 system was one of the best designed. Nowdays, there were impossible to find it. I reviewed components that used for the front panel were available from varies sources.
But one component, IC7 as labelled as "Diode Pack". I realized there was no information about it. I looked the schematic showed "HEADER" contained D0-D7 (Data Bus) to AM25LS2521PC, Eight Bit Equal To Comparator (AM = Advanced Micro Devices) connected for Data Breakpoint (Low) and Breakpoint Enable (Low). Other side connected to front panel DATA switches. Between "Header" and AM25LS2521PC, there are "Diode Pack" as IC7. The "Diode Pack" hook up with D0-D7 bus, +5 volt and ground. That is all what the schematic showed.
What do you think about inside the "Diode Pack". Perhaps array of diodes? Perhaps pull-up or pull-down resistors?
I enclosed a manual, "A FRONT PANEL FOR THE S-100 BUS" by Ithaca InterSystems, Inc, 1979. The company languished in the 1980's, not being part of the domination of the IBM PC and PC clones. The company was dead for more than 30 years ago. Hopefully, you have skill to find out what is inside of the diode pack.
It would be nice for N8VEM group to create clone version of this wonderful front panel. By the way, you know about "Header" is capable to run 16-bit system by add 8 data buses, more data switches and more data LEDs. IT may sounds like a big challenge for us to create new generation of front panel board. Good idea?
Ithaca Intersystems Front Panel.pdf
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