8bitbaby prototype board for MSX, Apple, Atari, C64/128/VIC20 etc

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Door HansO

Paladin (672)

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29-10-2005, 14:14

A prototype board for MSX would be a PCB without components but with at least a quality double sided goldplated edge slotconnector and enough holes in a standard grid.

Hard to find for the older computers like the MSX alas. Kludges like recycling ISA board connectors might help, but a real prototyping board is a better starting point.

I have found this site: http://www.8bitbaby.de where a general purpose prototype board is shown and seems to go in production soon. Not only suitable for MSX and Apple II (both have 2x25 edge slot connectors, but also for other computers.

Will become available as bareboard, also available with an Altera MAX 3032 or 3064 CPLD.

Estimated price 10 euro for a bareboard. No ordering yet!


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Van BraK

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29-10-2005, 14:20

I go to this site as fast as I can !

Thanks !

Van HansO

Paladin (672)

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12-12-2005, 10:03

The 8bit baby is born.


This prototype board is now available, and for a low price, see http://www.8bitbaby.de/

Quote from the webstore at http://www.siliconsonic.de/news/news108_e.htm

It's an experimenting-board for hobbyists who want to develop hardware on their own. As the name already suggests, the board aims at users of the popular 8-bit computers of the 80s. These computers all have expansion ports that carry all important signals. Unfortunately, most hobbyists do not have the chance to make their own expansions, because experimenting boards normally do not have slot-connectors.

This problem is now solved with the "8 Bit Baby". The board has a special connector for a computer on each of the four sides:
for C64: 44-pin, raster 2,54mm
for VIC-20: 44-pin, raster 3,96mm
for C16/C116/plus-4: 50-pin, raster 2,0mm
for Apple II: 50-pin, raster 2,54mm (which is identical to MSX raster)
The board is prepared for a programmable logic chip by Altera in order to bring hardware development up-to-date. The EPM3064 can replace many TTL-chips with it's 64 macrocells and up to 34 IO-pins.

Van gargamel

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28-12-2005, 12:57

Thanks for the great tip Hans! I will order some asap Smile

Individual Computers makes quality hardware, at least the Catweasel cards that I have.

Van carlao2005

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13-02-2008, 05:09

this post is very old, but...
the site 8bitbaby is down. does anybody has any news about it?
best regards

Van gargamel

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13-02-2008, 11:57

No, unfortunately. The board is still available though for order.

Individual Computers (manufacturer)

Protovision (reseller)

GGS-Data (Swedish reseller)

Van konamiman

Paragon (1157)

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13-02-2008, 12:58

I didn't know this. Very nice!

Does this board allow to pin components without soldering? (like if it were a breadboard)

Ooooh... I want oneeee! Eek!

Van gargamel

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13-02-2008, 15:36

No, it has through plated holes.

There are holes for the bus so using a 1 pin line socket and a prototyping board will give you a nice dev kit.

Van konamiman

Paragon (1157)

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13-02-2008, 16:22

I was just wondering if I would be able to plug the following in this board without having to solder:


Van gargamel

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14-02-2008, 19:47

You have to solder the bus connectors once and then add a solderless breadboard.

Van ronivon

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18-02-2008, 15:06

Hi there,
I got two of these cards, and some CPLD 3064.

But I could never program the cpld successfully.
There is a nice startup page here: http://www.themotionstore.com/leeedavison/misc/cpld/flash/index.html

I must have burned out the 3.3v regulator, resistors and capacitors when soldering it. I may have even burned the cpld.
I have two more, but will need to buy other components and try again.

Have someone else tried there cards, and could program the cpld?

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