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IMSAI/Altair Front Panel Mini project

Hi Leonard
Well, interesting you should say that...


We've already designed such a critter.  However it seems to have run into significant technical problems.

I'll let Don Caprio, Rich Cini, and John Monahan get into the technical specifics but as I recall it would require major redesign to be a "general purpose" S-100 front panel.

Maybe it could be done?  There were at least a couple rounds of prototype boards built.  It seems a shame to let it gather dust now though after all the sunk cost and effort that went in to it.  Blood, sweat, and tears (mostly tears at the end...)

I still support the project but it may require some super-human effort to fix it.  Not a challenge for the meek...

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

From: lcyoung <lc...@bellsouth.net>
To: n8vem...@googlegroups.com
Sent: Friday, August 9, 2013 9:56 AM
Subject: RE: [N8VEM-S100:1782] IMSAI 8080 CPU card replacement

This may not quite be the right thread, but...
How about some sort of front panel or ability to perform the Imsai/ Altair front panel functionality (ss, set address, run, stop, etc)?
Either on board the CPU or daughter board, or even a semi look-alike front panel? Just a thought. Front panels are cool and useful at times!
Thanks for all your hard work, as well as the great efforts of others.
Leonard KS4RN