A self made modular PDP-11 system based on the single chip PDP-11 CPU DCJ11

Project Background

Why does someone want to build it’s own PDP-11. This chapter has a little bit of background information, tells the story about the system and other trivia

System Overview

The PDP-11/Hack is a self built PDP-11 using the DCJ11, a single chip implementation of a PDP-11. The system consists of Custom System Bus, CPU with Memory, Multifunction Board and a Disk controller

System Architecture

The following blog describes the overall architecture and the design principles I used to build the system

System Bus

The PDP-11/Hack uses a passive backplane as system bus. It uses Euro-CardEurocrat DIN 41612 connectors and is based on the ECB bus

CPU Board with Memory

The heart of the system is the CPU board. In order to get the best performance the CPU board includes all the main memory and the system control logic.

Multifunction Board

A multifunction board combines several options on a single board and was very common for small PDP-11 systems. This is the second version of the multi-fucntion board I designed for my PDP-11/Hack which has more features than the first version

Harddisk Controller RLV12/Hack

For a fully functional PDP-11 system we need to have a disk drive. For the PDP-11/Hack I decided to built a complete RLV12 emulation as a disk controller including 4 RL01/02 units.