Version 10

     

     

    Remember Matt's replica Altair 8800 build from a while back? It should come as no surprise that he's a fan of the retro electronics (see also: Project Hawthorne, Project Essex, and Project Pripyat), but due to lack of space, he keeps mainly portables and smaller form factor devices. Even at a reduced size, the Altair replica didn't sit quite right because it still required a full-sized terminal to function properly. So, in this project, Matt converts the desktop Altair into a self-contained laptop replete with emulated green phosphor screen, toggles, and glorious blinkenlights all in a handsome aluminum case that would not have been out of place during the disco era!

     

    Supplemental Content:

     

     

    Bill of Material:

     

    Kit A:Kit B:

    Buy Kit ABuy Kit A

    Buy Kit BBuy Kit B

     

    Product NameManufacturerQuantity
    Development Board, Arduino Due, AT91SAM3X8E MCU, 54 3.3V I/O, 12 Analogue Inputs, With HeadersARDUINO1Buy NowBuy Now
    Toggle Switch, (On)-Off-(On), SPDT, Non Illuminated, 1MS4T1B1M1 Series, Through Hole, 5 AMulticomp8Buy NowBuy Now
    Toggle Switch, On-On, SPDT, Non Illuminated, 1MS Series, Panel Mount, 5 AMulticomp17Buy NowBuy Now
    LED, Red, Through Hole, T-1 3/4 (5mm), 10 mA, 2.1 V, 650 nmMulticomp36Buy NowBuy Now
    Bipolar (BJT) Single Transistor, NPN, 40 V, 300 MHz, 625 mW, 600 mA, 35 hFEON/Fairchild36Buy NowBuy Now
    Through Hole Resistor, 10 kohm, LR Series, 250 mW, ± 1%, Axial Leaded, 200 VTE37Buy NowBuy Now
    Through Hole Resistor, 150 ohm, MCMF0W4 Series, 250 mW, ± 1%, Axial Leaded, 250 VMulticomp37Buy NowBuy Now
    Ribbon Cable, Spectra Zipr PlanarAMPHENOL SPECTRA-STRIP1Buy NowBuy Now
    Premium Female/Male Extension Jumper Wires, 40 x 6" (150mm)Adafruit2Buy NowBuy Now
    USB Connector, USB Type B, USB 2.0, Receptacle, 4 Positions, Through Hole Mount, Right AngleMulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    D Sub Connector, Right Angle, HD15, High Density, Receptacle, 15 Contacts, DE, SolderMulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    DIN Audio / Video Connector, 6 Contacts, Jack, PCB Mount, Through Hole Right AngleAMP/TE1Buy NowBuy Now
    IC & Component Socket, 28 Contacts, DIP Socket, 2.54 mm, 7.62 mm, Phosphor BronzeTE1Buy NowBuy Now
    Crystal, Through Hole, 8 MHz, Through Hole, 10.3mm x 5mm, 50 ppm, 18 pF, 30 ppm, AS SeriesRalton1Buy NowBuy Now
    Microcontroller PIC/DSPIC, PIC32 Family PIC32MX Series, 32bit, 40MHz, 128KB, 32KB RAM, SDIP-28Microchip1Buy NowBuy Now
    Fixed LDO Voltage Regulator, 2.3V to 6V, 178mV Dropout, 3.3Vout, 250mAout, TO-92-3Microchip1Buy NowBuy Now
    LED, Red, Through Hole, T-1 (3mm), 30 mA, 2.1 V, 625 nmMulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    Ceramic Disc Capacitor, 27 pF, 1 kV, 561R Series, ± 5%, C0G / NP0, 6.4 mmVishay3Buy NowBuy Now
    Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor, 0.1 µF, 50 V, MC Series, ± 20%, Radial Leaded, Y5VMulticomp2Buy NowBuy Now
    Tantalum Capacitor, 10 µF, 16 V, MCTA Series, ± 10%, Radial Leaded, 5 mmMulticomp3Buy NowBuy Now
    Through Hole Resistor, 82 ohm, MCCFR0W4J Series, 250 mW, ± 5%, Axial Leaded, 250 VMulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    Through Hole Resistor, 220 ohm, MCF Series, 250 mW, ± 5%, Axial Leaded, 250 VMulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    Through Hole Resistor, 470 ohm, MCCFR0W4J Series, 250 mW, ± 5%, Axial Leaded, 250 VMulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    Through Hole Resistor, 4.7 kohm, MCCFR0W4J Series, 250 mW, ± 5%, Axial Leaded, 250 VMulticomp4Buy NowBuy Now
    Through Hole Resistor, 100 kohm, MCCFR0W4J Series, 250 mW, ± 5%, Axial Leaded, 250 VMulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    Electrolytic Capacitor, 10 µF, 16 V, MCGPR Series, ± 20%, Radial Leaded, 5 mmMulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    DC Power Connector, Socket, 4 A, Cable Mount, ScrewVelleman1Buy NowBuy Now
    DC Power Connector, Plug, 4 A, Cable Mount, ScrewVelleman1Buy NowBuy Now
    Jumper (Busbar), Jumper, TSW, MTSW, TLW, DW, EW, ZW, HW, & TSM Series Headers, 2 Positions, 2.54 mmSAMTEC2Buy NowBuy Now
    Matrix Board, 1.2 mm, 160 mm, 100 mmMulticomp1Buy NowBuy Now
    PCB, Pad-per-hole, Epoxy Glass Composite, 1.57mm, 152.4mmx228.6mmVector1Buy NowBuy Now

     

    Additional Parts:

     

    Product Name

    header pins: right angle & straight

    ps2/usb adapter

    USB 84-key mini keyboard

    briefcase style laptop case

    acrylic

    8-inch 4:3 LCD VGA monitor