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
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
The following blog describes the overall architecture and the design principles I used to build the system
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
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.
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
For a fully functional PDP-11 system we need a disk drive. For the PDP-11/Hack I decided to build a complete RLV12 emulation as a disk controller including 4 RL01/02 units.
The KDJ11-E had a built-in RTC using the DS1215 phantom clock chip. So I added one to my multifunction board. Now I wanted to make it available to the OS without proprietary program