front panels

From: James Willing <>
Date: Mon Feb 23 17:55:44 1998

On Mon, 23 Feb 1998, Sam Ismail wrote:

> On Mon, 23 Feb 1998, Jack Peacock wrote:
> > I also had one homebrew S-100 with the Wameco front panel, which used hex
> > displays for address and data but otherwise was identical to the IMSAI front
> > panel. Does anyone remember other front panel S-100 cards besides MITS,
> > IMSAI, Ithaca, and Wameco? Wasn't there a Byte-8 sold by Olson Electronics
> > for a while that also had a front panel?
> Yes, the Byte-8 had a front panel with, I believe, a hex keypad and a two
> digit 7-segment LED display.

Buzzzzz! Incorrect answer. The front panel on the Byte-8 (I see that I
need to get some more docs scanned) was toggle switches and LEDs.

The problem with this however was that they crammed it all into a space of
apx. 4" x 6". (toggle switches on about 1/2" spacing)

If you thought that toggling something into an original Altair was bad
(and led rapidly to sore fingers), this critter would convince your that
the Altair was the best thing to ever happen!

BTW: The Heath H-8 came standard with a hex keypad and 7 segment
displays, but (bonus question) who offered an "upgrade" front panel for
S-100 boxes that provided the same? (and made their own units for a time)

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