1802 MemberChip kit build, update




Page last updated Mar 8 2024.I built a Lee Hart 1802 MemberChip board in Nov 2020. Here's some of the build details in photos and brief descriptions. I've made a number of mods not in the kit. Also there's some errors I undid. In addition, I built an I/O card based on schematics in the manual.

In Mar 2024, I've added the current Rev A manual to this Web page.
Here is the Rev A manual with schematic for Mar 6 2024. Contact Lee Hart directly for current kits and most-recent ROMS for the 1802 Memberchip Card.

Information on purchasing the 1802 MemberChip kit can be found at Lee Hart's MemberChip sales page. It's also featured in the 2023 Hackaday contest currently at this Web page. Look at the Project Logs there for more notes about the MemberChip card software and hardware. - Herb Johnson

My Nov 2020 build of the 1802 Memberchip card

Here's a manual and schematic for a Rev A 2021 model, much like the late 2020 kit I built.

parts as provided by Lee Hart's kit.
printed silkscreens on both sides of paper
I pasted two photocopies (one mirrored) on one piece of paper, to assist me in construction. CPU side of circuit board
ROM side of circuit board, some components installed
I added a 3-pin socket for ceramic resonator, to change speeds.

install socket pins from strip, even for TTL

I used a 40-pin socket to align the header and CPU socket
I used a 20 pin header with long pins, for the 20 pins of the 1802 which provide data and I/O signals.
That becomes the I/O expansion for the board. The other 20 pins are a short 20 pin SIP socket.
installed CPU socket RAM already installed

I had to pull the 74HC573, installed backwards
Photo checks holes (vias) for damage

had to remove a PC trace this board had a flaw

installing the ROM socket
another view of the ROM socket

view of the 20-pin header and the 6-pin power/serial header
See how I used red & black wire insulation to mark +5 and ground

completed board on CPU side
completed board on ROM side

The USB/TTL dongle
USB/TTL dongle wired to MemberChip
Windows PC display (terminal program) of MemberChip ROM in operation

In Feb 2021 I added a second board with a Motorola 6821 PIO chip, as suggested by Lee Hart.

]memberchip] MemberChip with Intel 8255 PIO on an application board
The 8255 with 74LS00 is one of the "I/O Circuit Examples" schematics in the 1802 MemberChip Card manual. The board was built on a plain protoboard A female IDC socket will match the 20 pin header.
It was hand wired and soldered, no copper needed.

I've only wired the 8255 port A to the 2 X 13 external connector, and I brought out a ground. I've made a test plug with LEDs from an IDC connector. It has some LED's connected from Port A to ground common. I'm hoped the 8255 (not C) has enough pullup current to illuminate the LED's but not so much current that it will need limiting resistors. But here's what Lee Hart said; I'll have to rewire those LEDs and sink from +5V. - Herb

Lee Hart said: "The Intel 8255A specs the port A-B-C sink current Iol=1.7mA at 0.45v, so they could easily drive LEDs (with resistors) between an output and VCC. The source current spec is Ioh=2.4v at 200uA, so you'd need a pretty efficient LED if it was connected between an output pin and GND.

"However, they also spec a "darlington" output source current Idar for ports B and C of 1-4mA at 1.5v. So I guess you could connect an LED directly between an output and GND (no resistor) to get enough current for reasonable brightness.

"The MCSMP20A ROM has both BASIC and a monitor. Either one can peek and poke at the I/O ports. Let me know how it works out!"

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