In this blog I will show you how to interface an Atari-style joystick to the Altera DE1 FPGA board running a Spectrum implementation, how to change the ROM to enable you to input some game-cheat pokes and a few games I eventually completed using this setup. Read more...
This article contains a brief overview and a background of the A-Z80 CPU created for FPGA boards and a ZX Spectrum implementation tied to it. Read more...
It is time to do something useful with the A-Z80 CPU, so why not implement a venerable Sinclair ZX Spectrum and kick back into some retro gaming? Read more...
Related: PlayZX, an Android app to search, download and play TAP/TZX files. Read more...
Download app from GooglePlay: link
A-Z80 is a conceptual implementation of the venerable Zilog Z80 processor targeted to synthesize and run on a modern FPGA device. It differs from existing Z80 implementations in that it is designed from the ground-up through the schematics and low-level gates. This set of articles describe its design and implementation.
Open source project at Bitbucket: https://bitbucket.org/gdevic/a-z80
and OpenCores: http://opencores.org/project,a-z80
Data bus on the Z80 processor carrying information within the chip itself do not simply connect to package pins and out to the world - the gate circuitry of each bit is quite complex. This article presents a transistor level schematic of a data bit’s gate which I reverse-engineered from a die photograph. Read more...
Deciphering a chip die-shot into meaningful logic gates may be hard, but it is both challenging and interesting. It turns out not to be that difficult if you follow certain guidance which I will describe in this post. Read more...
If you want to find out exactly what a venerable Z80 is doing on its bus while executing instructions, in this post I outlined a dongle for Arduino and the software that will let you see that. Read more... or Read about tests...
The following is a set of articles on DIY making of a PCB board. We will build a board from scratch with the Atmel SAM3 MCU on it.
Hope you like it!
- Get Started
- The Mask
- Cut a Board
- Expose and Develop
- Drilling holes
- Solder parts
- Protection and Sealing
- Testing and Troubleshooting
A weather station, Ambient Weather WS-2080 has a nasty hardware issue: occasionally, its USB interface would hard hang. Once it happens, nothing short of a power reset of the receiver unit would fix it. I've finally got around to fix it. If you have a similar problem with that weather station, read on...
Sinclair ZX81 lives on!
Parallel Port Logic Analyzer
Software Scope using a Sound Card
RS232 and Raspberry Pi (1)
RS232 and Arduino (2)
Accuracy of Arduino’s ADC
Printing from Eagle
Etching the PCB: Copper etchant calculator
Just before the Wold Cup the most horrific thing happened: our 65" Mitsubishi WS-65819 broke!
Now, most people would run to the nearest TV store and purchase a brand new HD TV without blinking, but this mishap presented an opportunity to see what's inside that TV and to try to fix it. Read on...
For a long time, I wanted to buy an internet radio to get access to thousands of stations from all over the world. I ended up building a custom "radio" that can do that - and more.
Git is a popular source revision control system; GitForce is one of the visual front-ends to the git command line tool with the look and feel of Perforce SCM. I wrote GitForce to help people - who are already familiar with Perforce - to transition to using git with minimal learning curve. Read on...
Open source project at SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/gitforce
XPlaneRemote and XPlaneRemote Plus are Android applications that show basic general aviation instrument set (basic-6 and radios) on your Android phone or a tablet. If you fly X-Plane, you might be interested to read more...
Download app from GooglePlay: link
The x86 virtualization became a mainstream technology, but it was not always that way. Intel CPU architecture was not designed for virtualization, so it was relatively recent that clever software methods were devised to successfully implement it.
In this post I want to share some interesting technologies I've discovered while writing a proprietary virtualization solution. Read more...
I wanted to write a Linux driver for an FM-radio card I purchased but then I got very disappointed with the existing Linux debugging tools - and their inferiority to Windows debuggers. So, instead of writing a driver, I wrote a source-level kernel debugger for Linux instead.
Open source project at SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/linice