[Coco] [OT] Z80 still being used in modern electronics
msmcdoug at iinet.net.au
Mon Apr 16 12:42:06 EDT 2007
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: [Coco] [OT] Z80 still being used in modern electronics
>> From: "John Guin" <johnguin at hotmail.com>
>> Date: Sun, April 15, 2007 2:56 pm
>> To: "'CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts'" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
>> Hello all, I've been looking into getting an update for my old HP
>> calculator. I was looking at the Texas Instruments line and saw they
>> have an SDK for their TI-83 calculator. I downloaded it to see what
>> tools they have available and was surprised to see their "state of the
>> art" calculator uses the ol' Z80.
A few years ago I was involved in some software development that ran on a
(new) device that had a Toshiba Z80 clone in it. IIRC it was only slightly
enhanced - we were using a standard Z80 compiler for it.
FWIW the developers shipped us a unit with ZIF sockets for the (flash ROMs).
It was a few weeks before they even had in-system-programmable ROMS - and
then it was _very_ _very_ slow... we used the ZIF sockets 2 or 3 times
before I coded a MAME driver for it and we did 99% of the development under
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