Z8000 parts question

From: Dwight K. Elvey <dwight.elvey_at_amd.com>
Date: Tue May 11 17:59:08 2004

>From: "ben franchuk" <bfranchuk_at_jetnet.ab.ca>
>Joe R. wrote:
>> Today I found a big stack of computer cards with Z8000 CPUs on them. The
>> Z8000s are socketed and I planned on grabbing them. But I'm wondering if
>> it's worth the trouble to take the related parts off? They're all soldered
>> on so they'd take more work. Besides the Z0800110PCS CPU, the others are
>> Z08030AB1 Z-SCC, Z0803606PSC Z-CIO, Z0801010PSC Z-MMU and Z0858110PSC. Any
>> thoughts on this?
>> Joe
>> .
>I like my computers whole. :)
>Who did make Z8000 computers? The Z8000 like several other
>CPU's that never made it big and vanished out of sight.

Hi Ben
 I think Olivetti was the only one I know of. The M20 ( I have
one of these working ) was the most common. The M20 was also
labled as L1 for some markets. I think there was a M30 and M40
that also had the Z8000 as well( not to be confused with the
M24 that most have seen ).
 There were a number of custom applications and even some
Multibus boards made with Z8000's but in the desk top like world,
I think the M20 was it.
 I've got both PCOS and CPM8000 running on my M20. The board,
Joe has, has the MMU so it would be a candidate for getting CPM8000
up on. I'd be a lot of work to trace out how things were
interconnected. Not an easy project without some board schematics.
 I could assist anyone wanting to get CPM8000 running on a
Z8000 system but before starting to build one, contact me and
I can describe some of the design requirements.
Received on Tue May 11 2004 - 17:59:08 BST

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