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uTerm preview: a VT100 terminal for the Z80-MBC2...

A project log for Z80-MBC2: 4ICs homemade Z80 computer

8MHz Z80, 128kB banked RAM, RTC, Disk on SD, Basic and Forth interpreters, CP/M 2.2 and 3, cross Assembler and C (SDCC) toolchains

Just4FunJust4Fun 12/28/2018 at 10:161 Comment

Currently working on a VT100 terminal with VGA out and  PS/2 keyboard with a power supply (for the Z80-MBC2 too). It has a "transparent" USB-TTL adapter connector, so you can upload firmware or load an Intel-Hex file (with iLoad) while the card is inserted. Both the "mixed" power supply scenarios (USB-TTL adapter not powered from USB but Z80-MBC2 powered and vice-versa) are managed. The video terminal is based on the ChibiTerm (https://hw-by-design.blogspot.com/2018/07/low-cost-vga-terminal-module-project.html).

Stay tuned...


Working on a new revision (A071218-R250119):


Waiting the new PCB, I'm playing with the current PCB "patched" to perform like the new one.
Here a session with Wordstar 4 configured to use all the 30 rows of uTerm:

In the photo you can see that also the serial-USB adapter is attached to the uTerm using the "transparent" port. This allows to use two keyboards and two monitors in the "same" time (one keyb and monitor attached directly to the uTerm, and another keyb and monitor of the terminal emulator on a PC connected with the serial-USB). This allows also to use XMODEM (e.g. between the Z80-MBC2 and a PC) or to flash the Atmega firmware with the uTerm connected.

Or you can use the monitor attached to the uTerm and the keyboard of the terminal emulator on a PC. This is exactly the "configuration" I used in the photo to make the test (as you can see, there isn't any keyb attached to the uTerm).


Catchum demo with uTerm (a sort of Pacman...). Leaving the game alone, after a while the "demo mode" starts:

Here last version assembled horizontally with the Z80-MBC2:


Currently making custom 3D printed mounting brackets for a solid vertical assembling:

Discussions

Frank wrote 05/11/2019 at 20:24 point

is the Uterm available now for the mbc2 ?

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