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ECB Color Video Display Unit


The ECB Color Video Display Unit board provides a color video terminal to RBC ECB bus systems using the MOS8563 chip found in the Commodore 128. Features include:

Hardware Documentation

Current Revision: Rev 2.00-007

Board: colorvdu2_board.pdf

Schematic: colorvdu2_schematic.pdf

Manufacturing Files: FIXME (not present on old wiki)

KiCAD Files: FIXME (not present on old wiki)

Archived files related to prototypes & Rev 1.00 boards can be found on the Color VDU Rev 1.00/Prototype Files page.

Build Information

MOS8563 Documentation

Commodore 128 Programmer's Reference Guide

Notes on the 8563



KiCAD eeschema Parts List

Construction Notes for the Color VDU Rev 1.00 / 2.00

Rev 2.00 board builders - Notes 1, 2, 3/9, 4, 7 apply to your boards

1. CAUTION: capacitor C15 on the PC layout looks like any other decoupling cap; it is not!!! It is 10pf.

2. The DRAM chips are decoupled on the schematic using0.22uf caps, about twice the value for the other decoupling caps. Instead of C11 & C12, which decouple the DRAM chips, the board layout requires that three caps decouple the DRAM chips: C6, C12, & C14. Use the higher value caps in these three locations.

3. The resistor network used to convert the output of the 8563 to VGA levels is highly experimental; THE VALUES OF THESE RESISTORS MAY CHANGE. I suggest putting a 14-pin socket in the location for R21,R22,R23;R31,R32,R33,R34. (See Note 9, below. These values test okay.)

4. The schematic from which this board was derived did not specify a value for the inductor on the power supply of the 16Mhz oscillator. Choose one with low series resistance. 1uh to 100uh would be my guess as to the proper inductance. One wants a high frequency choke to isolate the board power supply from oscillator feedback. (I hope the 8Mhz oscillator does not show up on the video chip output.)

Added 23-Jan-2012:

5. For version 1.0 ONLY, there is a clearance issue between the 16Mhz oscillator and the nearby 74LS06 if a full-can oscillator is used. Either switch to a half-can oscillator or bend the pins on the full-can oscillator slightly to avoid shorting pins 14, 13, and 12 of the 74LS06. It would be good to insert an insulator between the full-can and those pins. This clearance problem was corrected in version 2.0.

Added 06-Feb-2012

6. For version 1.0 ONLY, circuit mods are requited to operate with both the SBC v2 (Z80) and the SBC-188. 8563 pin 9 is changed from /WR to RD. RD is generated through an LS04 from /RD output from the LS244. [Pin 9 will have to be disconnected from the board by bending it up and connecting directly to it. The board surgery needed is too extensive. 20-Feb] 8563 pin 4 is changed from A1 to the output from an added LS00 gate, the inputs to which are /RD and /WR. Hence, the 8563 will select only during /RD or /WR. [Pin 4 may be disconnected from the board by bending like pin 9, or by cutting the single trace on the bottom of the board which connects to it. 20-Feb] NO circuit mods are required for version 2.0.

7. Test programs are posted for the SBC-188 as of this date.

Added 20-Feb-2012

8. For version 1.0 ONLY, including Dan's comment: U33 pins 2 & 3 must be changed from Vcc to GND. It is practically impossible to do the surgery on the board, so bend the 2 LS138 pins up and add a jumper to GND (pin 7). This change is NOT required on version 2.0.

9. The resistor net which converts 8563 output to VGA levels uses 820 ohm and 390 ohm resistors. For input to a true 75 ohm VGA connector, these appear to be the correct values. (Update to Note 3, above.)

10. Notes 3 & 6 updated.

Added 14-Dec-2012

11. For version 1.0 ONLY, the interrupt signal from the keyboard/mouse is a positive signal, not an inverted signal (/INT). Hence 74LS04 inverter U21B should be omitted. Bend pin 4 up to disconnect, and solder a jumper from pin 3 to pin 4. This change is NOT required for version 2.0.

–John Coffman

–Wayne Warthen

Test Programs

Color VDU Test Programs for use with Z80 CPU boards such as the SBC V2 and Mark IV.

Color VDU-188 Test Programs for use with the SBC-188.

Builder's Notes/Comments

Please use this space to add any notes/comments on this board that don't fit into the above sections. (Periodically, these comments may be re-arranged to be better incorporated into a new revision of the wiki page.) Please sign your comments using the wiki “Insert Signature” feature! — Andrew Bingham 2016/02/27 13:01

Note: Some photos show prototype/Rev 1.00 cards.

File List

FilenameFilesizeLast modified
8563notes.txt27.6 KiB2015/10/31 22:42
colorvdu2.lst4.2 KiB2015/10/31 22:42
colorvdu2_board.pdf478.4 KiB2015/10/31 22:42
colorvdu2_bom.xlsx13.9 KiB2015/10/31 22:42
colorvdu2_schematic.pdf245.1 KiB2015/10/31 22:42
commodore_128_programmer_s_reference_guide.pdf23.5 MiB2015/10/31 22:43
construction_notes.txt3.3 KiB2015/10/31 22:42
cvdu-188-testprograms.zip166.0 KiB2015/10/31 22:42
cvdu_test_programs.zip2.1 MiB2015/10/31 22:42