Last updated Feb 27 2014, added photo June 13 2014. Edited by Herb Johnson, (c) Herb Johnson, except for content written by Lee Hart and others. Contact Herb at www.retrotechnology.com, an email address is on that page.
As of late Feb 2014, Rev F is out of production. Check with the 1802 Membership Card Home page for current production version information. - Herb Johnson.
This is the support page for the Rev F Membership Cards. "For those just tuning in, the Membership Card is a reproduction of the original Popular Electronics Elf computer, but shrunk to fit in an Altoids tin! It works the same, and runs the same software." - Lee Hart, developer. The Membership card home Web page has links to previous versions, history, testing, hardware notes and software - and HOW TO ORDER. This page has information specific to the Rev F card, and notes about previous versions E and D. (Rev D added optional features to the DB-25 connector; D and E added minor board layout fixes, Rev F supports a ceramic resonator vs a crystal.) Here's the Rev D and E Support Web page.
The photo on the left is the assembled Rev F CPU board. (Rev D & E & F have minor PC board changes, plus Rev F has a ceramic resonator.) The photo on the right is an assembled Membership Card with front cover, in TWO Altoids tins! Photos courtesy of Cristian Arezzini Dec 2012. He says "I used two cans because I wanted something totally self-contained. The top tin contains the computer, the bottom tin contains the batteries and "sleep" switch. The small white cable brings power to the computer. This way I can take it with me without worrying about loose cables or connectors or such... :)"
Documentation: The Rev F manual is a .PDF file at this link. dated May 25 2013.
Here's the link to the Rev F schematic .PDF. dated May 12 2013.
Here's the link to the Rev D boards layout .JPG . dated June 7 2012.
Here's a compact Membership Card and 1802 operating guide PDF dated Aug 12 2012.
For reference, here's the older Rev D and E Support page. Also, here are Rev C to D differences.
On the left is a Rev F board and parts kit. The unpopulated Rev F logic boards from Aug 2013 are shown on the right. Also on the right, is a a front panel cover card, available at additional cost. Rev F product descriptions are below.
The Membership card home Web page has links to previous versions, history, testing hardware and all software - and HOW TO ORDER.
Refer to the Membership Card home page for the ordering Web link. An email contact address is there for special orders. - Herb Johnson
Initial testing and programming
Rev F description
Order the Membership Card from the home page
Hardware and software and notes about them
Errors and corrections
Chronology from Rev F to Rev C
See this document on Testing the 1802 Membership Card with small toggle-in programs. Basic operations of the front panel are described. Use of the parallel port for programming will be described in this linked document. Other links to testing hardware and software are on listed on the home Web page. - Herb Johnson
The Rev F Membership cards consist of a CPU board stacked on a Front Panel board. You can also buy a Cover Board, "a circuit board to cover the switches and lights of the Front Panel card.
- 1802 microprocessor (option for 1804/5/6 without load mode). - 2k-32k memory chip socket; accepts 6116 2k RAM 6264 8k RAM 62256 32k RAM 2716 2k EPROM 2732 4k EPROM 2764 8k EPROM 27128 16k EPROM 27256 32k EPROM (or equivalents) - supercapacitor to maintain RAM contents with power off - one 8-bit output port (OUT4 default, or you can jumper-select others) - output port multiplexed to four DB-25 pins (PC parallel port) - OR all 8 bits out to eight DB-25 pins (jumper selected) - one 8-bit input port (INP4 default or you can jumper-select others) - jumper select on board ROM/RAM for high or low 32K address space - optional +5 volt power input at DB-25 pin 18 w/diode protection (jumper selected) - ceramic resonator for stable clock (replaces R/C in early versions) - clock adjustable with pot (slow for low power, fast for high speed) - the usual 1802 I/O bits (Q, EF1-EF4, INT, etc.) - all I/O and power brought out to a 30-pin header - size: 3.5" x 2.125" - power: 3-6vdc at 1ma (plus whatever the memory chip chosen requires)
Here's a link to the Rev F schematic of the logic cards.
- plugs onto the 30-pin connector of the Membership Card - provides the Elf front panel interface and DB-25 interface - 8 data output LEDs (memory reads and OUT4) - 1 Q output LED - 8 data input toggle switches (memory writes and INP4) - read/write memory, run/clear, run/load toggle switches - 1 input and EF4 pushbutton - "stand alone" memory read, write, program load, and run operations - no PC, external hardware, or any onboard program, are required. - size: 3.5" x 2.125" - power: adds about 3ma for each LED lit
DB-25 PC parallel port connector on Front Panel: - has all I/O and control signals to classic PC parallel port (8 bits in, 4 out) - allow full front panel operation by "classic" PC (with appropriate software). - builder can jumper to bring out all 8 bits and bring in +5 on DB-25
Here's a link to the Rev F schematic of the logic cards.
The Membership Card Cover Board is a PC board, with holes for the switches and lights and IBM-PC parallel port compatible DB-25 connector, silkscreened labels, and a tinned copper shield on the back. Cut a large rough rectangular hole in the Altoids box, and solder or epoxy this board to the top to provide a neat finished front
panel." - Lee Hart
The two boards stack, and will fit in an Altoids tin. The front panel cover board (optional) fits over the Altoids lid. Only common readily available electronic parts are used (the 1802 is the hardest part to get). All thru-hole parts, for easy assembly (no surface mount).
Standby mode, nonvolitile RAM: Seperating the CPU board from the Front Panel will put the CPU board into a "standby state", program halted and RAM powered by the supercapacitor. But removing the power connector "should" disconnect the RAM from the rest of the system. [Lee, please update this description? - Herb]
optional dual ROM/RAM operation, four I/O ports For rev D/E/F, two CPU boards can be stacked by using a CPU socket to connect the two boards. One of them is has the CPU chips and either ROM or RAM; the other is driven by the CPU and used to hold ROM or RAM; and provide another pair of input and output ports at another address. This will be documented at a later time. This list of Rev C to D notes will provide some guidance. Also, here's a Tech Note about stacking two Rev C Membership Card CPU boards.
For Rev F and earlier M/S card versions, here's a 2014 tech note on a "ROM-stack for the 1802 Membership Card". A companion document describes serial interfaces and monitor ROM products. These are also informative about use of Rev G's RAM/ROM/serial which were designed in.
Refer to the Membership Card home page for the current ordering status of the Rev F kit. An email address is there to order or contact.
Here's some engineering notes about power consumption, program retention, current consumption of LED's by color. There's also more information about previous versions. Here's the Rev C description, and here's the Rev B description.
This Web site has dozens of Web pages about hardware, software, operation and upgrades and debugging of the Membership Card. Please, please look at the Home Page of the 1802 Membership Card for links to those notes. Collections of hardware note Web links and software note Web links are on these linked pages.
This information is now on a history of production Web page where it will be updated and referenced by current and previous revisions.
This page and edited content is copyright Herb Johnson (c) 2014. Contact Herb at www.retrotechnology.com, an email address is available on that page..