Z80 based modular homebrew CP/M computer kit.Designed by RFC2795 Ltd in United Kingdom
RC2014 is a range of homebrew computer kits reminiscent of what was available in the late 70s / early 80s. They are not a clone of anything specific, but there are suggestions of the ZX81, UK101, ...Read More…
RC2014 is a range of homebrew computer kits reminiscent of what was available in the late 70s / early 80s. They are not a clone of anything specific, but there are suggestions of the ZX81, UK101, S100, Superboard II and Apple I in there.
The RC2014 Pro is a modular computer with an 12 slot enhanced backplane. It has a Z80 CPU running at 7.3728MHz, 64k RAM, Microsoft BASIC on ROM, or CP/M 2.2 on Compact Flash and communicates over serial at 115,200bps via a Zilog SIO/2 UART. The backplane allows expansion modules such as official RC2014 Modules or a selection of 3rd party "Designed for RC2014" modules. The design is simple, and the standard 0.1" pitch headers encourages building your own add-ons.
The RC2014 Pro consists of the following modules;
These modules are available individually if you are upgrading an existing RC2014, or have non-standard requirements. However, for a complete computer kit, buying the RC2014 Pro will work out cheaper.
Assembly of the kit is very straightforward for anyone with basic soldering skills. All components are through-hole, except for the compact flash socket which is pre-soldered. All chips are socketed. Assembly guides are available on the RC2014 website, along with detailed information and schematics on all the modules.
When assembled, the RC2014 Pro boots straight in to Microsoft BASIC, SCM or CP/M 2.2. This can be accessed through an FTDI cable and a terminal program (PuTTY, TeraTerm, Screen, etc) on your PC or laptop. Alternatively, you can use a Pi Zero Serial Terminal to plug in directly to monitor & keyboard.
The RC2014 Pro Kit includes all PCBs, sockets & headers, ICs, pre-programmed ROM, pre-programmed compact flash card, passive components and USB power lead. Simple assembly guide is included, and more detailed info available on the RC2014 website. See Bill of Material link for exact list
It is assumed that you have your own soldering equipment (entry level soldering kit is sufficient), and have at least beginners experience.
You will need to supply your own USB power adapter (500ma or higher) and an FTDI cable or CDC serial adapter connected to your PC/laptop
If ordering a RC2014 Pro Kit, you may wish to add extra modules. The 3 most popular options will work out cheaper if ordering from this page, as well as saving you postage. (Of course, more modules are available. Please see my Other Products for the full list)
Digital I/O Module Let the RC2014 interact with the real workload through it's 8 switch inputs and 8 LED outputs. For further info see here
Pi Zero Serial Terminal Free your RC2014 from your PC by Connecting it to an HDMI monitor and USB keyboard. For further info see here Important - This product is designed to work with the original (V1.0 - V1.3) Raspberry Pi Zero. Due to changes with the UART on the new Pi Zero W (wireless) the software I currently supply will not work
USB CDC Serial Adapter (5v) The RC2014 is designed to work with a standard 5v FTDI cable. Most USB to Serial adapters will work just fine too, but if you don't already have one, why not add this USB CDC Serial Adapter by 8086 Consultancy to your order Or buy direct from the creator here .
SCM is Small Computer Monitor written for the RC2014 by Steve Cousins
RC2014 is a trademark of RFC2795 Ltd
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