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BOX 989 - Newbrain AD plus boards and software

BOX 989 - Newbrain AD plus boards and software

Newbrain AD in plain box with PSU, manuals, cables etc.

From Gerald McMullon - CCH OE 505. Quote from Gerald are in italics.

AY-3-8910 based sound chip on a board with a ribbon cable.

Bare board for a Peripheral interface module. See later for more details.
This provides two hardware serial ports, centronics and parallel user port.
Intended for use as a terminal and for laboratory control applications.

ROM expansion board with two ROMs on. Possibly both Forth - v1.40. Five empty slots. ROMs were selected with DIP switches. "MPE-FORTH in EPROM was the first proper alternative language to BASIC. This has been followed by a Public Domain FORTH that is the first 96K language for the NewBrain (loaded from disk). Although interfaces to several compilers are now available (Pro Pascal & Pro Fortran, Microsoft Fortran, HiSoft and Turbo Pascal FTL-Modula-2 and BCPL) for the 96K disk system."

ROM expansion board with four slots, all used. Pascal 84, Pascal 3/9/84(?), Utility ROM. Fourth slot is a HM6264LP static RAM chip. It also has a toggle switch and a single key switch attached. "A side ways paged ROM/RAM card called Micropage, was developed, giving up to 64K ROM or 48K ROM and 8K RAM with new software fitted. This allows the NewBrain to be set up for dedicated tasks. Programs such as HiSoft Pascal, HiSoft Devpac Z80, Pro-Ed word processing, Chess and Typing Tutor have been popular choices for this card, as well as owners' own programs."

NB Eprom Programmer board, with one Eprom. Ribbon cable has been cut. "An EPROM blower for the BBC type user port provided a cheap development system for NewBrain Micropage and other ROM cards."

Z80 PIO board with ribbon connection and three IDC sockets. "A Z80 PIO board giving BBC type user port, parallel port and Centronics printer port gave users a cheap option for parallel printers, a faster cheaper joystick and connection to BBC type perpherials."

Populated Peripheral interface board, known as the PI BOX. "Because of the shortage of Expansion modules a Perpherial box (PI BOX) was developed. This contains hardware RS232 comms port (for a modem), RS232 printer port, Centronics printer, 8K battery backed CMOS RAM, BBC type user port, an extra parallel port (as the PIO Board) and software in EPROM. In true NewBrain fashion this can be connected to a standard NewBrain or a NewBrain with disc controller. This box is particularly useful to turn the NewBrain into an ADM3A terminal with NewBrain extensions. You can run a NewBrain program and switch between it and terminal mode, or transmit the output from a program to the host."

Empty cartridge case.

A prototype disk interface card with CP/M ROM. Not tested as incomplete.

Eprom programmer board, unpopulated.

Two joysticks with different end connectors (one ribbon, one Newbrain)

Unknown board, possibly for CPU.

 

BOX 989 - Newbrain AD plus boards and software






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