MITS 2SIO serial chip?

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Mon Dec 17 23:44:11 2001

see below, plz.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter C. Wallace" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2001 7:44 PM
Subject: Re: MITS 2SIO serial chip?

> On Mon, 17 Dec 2001, Richard Erlacher wrote:
> > > >
> > > > The PAL16R/L/Xnnn series were quite a bit less costly, faster, and more
> > > > straightforward in their application than the Altera parts, however,
> > <$2
> > > > in production lots.
> > >
> > > I think you are missing the point, In 1981 PALS were expensive...
> > >
> > Yes, they were, but the 8250 cost WAY more back then than, say, a 2651 with
> > external '393 counter. The makers of most of the add-on I/O boards I've got
> > lying about seem to have found PALs cost effective, BTW. That said, I
> > that I pointed out that the same task was readily achievable with less than
> > half-a-dollar's worth of TTL SSI logic. I think this discussion is
> >
> > The discussion of the SIO/DART arose from your apparent unawareness of the
> > multi-channel serial devices that several manufacturers were pushing before
> > PC was even a reality. The fact that you don't like the interface
> > of the DART/SIO for the ISA environment is clear,
> I am perfectly aware of multiple channel serial chips, we used one in our
> Sprite CPM machine in 1978...
> And its not just that I dont like the DART in a ISA environment, I dont
> think it even makes sense to use it as you suggested. I doubt that
> there is a single add-on card that uses a DART for the ISA bus...
> and, while I think it's at
> > least as big a piece of rubbish as is the SIO, along with the other Z80
> > peripherals, The 8250 isn't any better or worse for the ISA, IMHO, because
> > doesn't take any more logic to interface the thing.
> Takes much less logic, only a decode
...and you have to generate an address strobe, and you have to deal with the
setup and hold time issues, which the bus doesn't. ... pretty much the same as
any other device costing a third as much. Of course it depends on whether
you're satisfied with "getting by" or would prefer to meet the spec's.
> Just because YOU don't like
> > I had to buy 8250's to populate multi-port serial boards for various S-100
> > systems back then and was acutely aware of the cost of an 8250 as opposed to
> > less generously provisioned device. It had lots of parallel bits, that some
> > folks used, but I never needed them.
> I pressume thats why IBM chose it since it supported a full set of Modem
> control lines...
That would be a reason all right, though the 2681 had about as many, IIRC.
That's not what the extra parallel port bits did, is it? I thought the
handshakes were still automatic. ... I've not had to hook up a serial device for
so long I can't remember the specifics. <sigh> Oh well... we always tie the
cable back to handshake with itself anyway, and rely on the X-on/X-off protocol
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