A while back I created a prototype board for the PLA replacement chip for C64. It was time to make a PCB out of it. In this blog post I will describe the steps that I did to design the PCB using KiCad and manufacture it using PCBWay prototype service.
Teensy 4.1 can be upgraded with up to 16 Megabytes of PSRAM. Here I describe the process.
After collecting all the components needed for the Atari board it was finally time to solder them. But what are the chances that the project would work on first attempt? In my case it didn't and I will describe here my process of troubleshooting.
This is the micro:bit. It is a pocket sized computer system with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology that can be used to learn programming and electronics.
A while back I also made a prototype for C64 PLA chip replacement, but I never did any further tests and completed the project. I thought that it was time to do some more tests on the chip. But will it pass the tests? Let's find out...
The 4164 DRAM memory chips can be found inside old 8-bit computers like Atari 800XL and Commodore 64. In this blog I will try to explain how they work by going through the datasheet and then building a breadboard with an Arduino to look at the operation in more detail. You can also watch this on youtube.
As a child I have owned an Atari 800XL. This 8-bit computer always had a special place in my heart. After almost 35 years I have decided to dive a bit deeper into the circuitry of this now called retro computer. What better way to start than to remake the PCB from scratch.