Re: 2001 chiclet keyboard

From: Ethan Dicks (
Date: 2006-09-27 20:23:41

On 9/27/06, Gabriele Bozzi <> wrote:
> Well, makes sense to me.
> Thus this is a 3008 (or 2001-N or B) under 2001's skin. After all is
> not bad since I have the best (worst?) of both worlds: a chicklet
> keyboard and a rom that manages disk drives.

It's true that you shouldn't have IEEE issues as the original boards
did, but C= did make upgrade ROMs for the 8K static PET board (the
origininal), or you can install your own modern ROM adapter in the CPU
socket - removable, so you could restore the PET to its original
mis-functionality, but upgraded so you don't have the same problems.

> Is it true what I read: that the original rev1 was a very close
> derivative of the Kim-1 with video attached?

While it wouldn't be surprising that the PET designers were familiar
with the KIM, I think the  PET is a from-scratch design that happens
to share the CPU.  One of the most significant differences is that the
KIM used 6530s which were mask-programmed with their address decode
information and ROM contents.  This means that if a KIM 6530 breaks,
you have to get one for a KIM, there is no generic one.  In all PETs,
there are ROMs, but no 6530s, meaning that when a VLSI chip (6520,
6522...) breaks, you just drop a new one in from anywhere; when a ROM
breaks, you drop that in, or a compatible EPROM.  Also, the PET is
more than just RAM, ROM, and video - there's the tape interface, the
keyboard interface, the User Port, and the IEEE interface.  Very
different from a KIM.


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