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The 1980s called - asking for the Z80 Membership Card

The ’80’s and early ’90’s saw a huge proliferation of “personal” computers, spawning an army of hacker kids who would go on to hone their computing chops on 8-bit and 16-bit computers from brands such as Sinclair, Commodore, Acorn, Apple, Atari, Tandy/RadioShack and Texas Instruments. 387 more words

Classic Hacks

Integrated Circuit Reverse Engineering, 1970s Style

We are used to stories about reverse engineering integrated circuits, in these pages. Some fascinating exposés of classic chips have been produced by people such as the ever-hard-working . 342 more words


A Python script for programming Zilog MCUs - Z8F2480


Zilog may be a rather obscure MCU manufacturer nowadays, but for the ones who uses its MCUs, the script described here and published on GitHub… 679 more words


Yet Another Z180 (YAZ180 v2)

Testing on the YAZ180 v1 , shown below, is now complete. I don’t want to use it for further driver and platform development, because the PLCC socket for the 256kB Flash is becoming worn-out. 3,621 more words

Characterising Am9511A-1 APU

I’ve built a Z180 based board, supporting the AM9511A APU. Partly for historical enjoyment. Partly because the AM9511A-1 is actually still faster at arithmetic than “modern” Z80 devices. 2,113 more words