This is a 1M byte 'linear' memory module for use with the Z180 CPUDesigned by Stephen C Cousins in United Kingdom
This product is designed to work with a Z180 CPU module, such as SC111. This module contains two 512k byte Flash ROM chips and one 512k byte RAM chip. Only one of the Flash ROM chips can be mapped ...Read More…
This product is designed to work with a Z180 CPU module, such as SC111.
This module contains two 512k byte Flash ROM chips and one 512k byte RAM chip. Only one of the Flash ROM chips can be mapped into memory at any given time.
A jumper, or external switch, selects which of the Flash ROM chips is used. Alternatively, an external control signal could be connected to the switch header and used to control selection. By this method, it would be possible to access all 1024k bytes of Flash memory.
The memory is organised in a 1M byte linear memory space. In order for a Z80 family CPU to access 1M byte of memory, some form of memory management (eg. paging) is required. As this module does not include such a feature, memory management must be provided elsewhere. The Z180 CPU includes suitable memory management, but the standard Z80 CPU does not.
The Flash memory supports being written to by the CPU, thus allowing the firmware to be updated, or “Flashed”. This is unlikely to happen by accident due to the software requirements for writing to the Flash, but to play safe each Flash chip has a jumper to select hardware write protection.
Two Flash chips are included in the kit. One can contain RomWBW (configuration RCZ180_nat), while the other can contain the Small Computer Monitor (configuration S5).
The kit contains everything you need to build the memory module, except solder, tools and cleaning materials. To use the completed module you require a suitable Z180 CPU module, a suitable backplane, a USB to serial adapter (5-volt power and 5-volt signals), a computer, and a terminal program (such as Tera Term).
The documentation can be found at www.scc.me.uk or by following the link below.
The bare PCB is available on its own in the Tindie product "Pick'n'Mix Boards for RC2014".
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Eric | Nov. 9, 2020
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