ZX81 and 6116

From: Richard Erlacher <edick_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Wed Mar 27 07:39:52 2002

A lot of manufacturers have thought it "clever" to rearrange the address and
data lines, on an EPROM, for example, in order to obfuscate their firmware.
It's not rocket science to trace the CPU<=>EPROM hookup, though it's also
surprising how few people are willing to take the 10 minutes to do that. You
can get some surprises with RAM, however, and particularly if you are trying
to "program" a battery-backed RAM for purposes of emulating an EPROM, since
the order of the addresses and data normally doesn't matter at all.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Hans Franke" <Hans.Franke_at_mch20.sbs.de>
To: <classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 2:36 AM
Subject: Re: ZX81 and 6116

> > > line goes to which address pin on the SRAM, only that it goes to an
> > The same applies (of course) to data lines. Provided each data lines goes
> > to _a_ data pin on the SRAM, it'll work. The data lines are bidirectional
> > on these chips, so if a bit is written on a particular line it'll be read
> > out on the same line. It doesn't matter what the RAM manufacturer called
> > it -- all data pins are equivalent on the chip.
> Yep, true. The only situation I know where this has any
> impact is if you use an in circuit RAM logger/emulator,
> which picks the data from the RAM socket and of course
> in all outputs assume that the lines are in 'standard'
> use.
> Gruss
> H.
> --
> VCF Europa 3.0 am 27./28. April 2002 in Muenchen
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Received on Wed Mar 27 2002 - 07:39:52 GMT

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