The data bus buffers are controlled by the memory mapping logic on TANEX as
The only restriction imposed by this method of bus buffering is that a device
capable of Direct Memory Access (DMA), such as TANDISC, cannot read or write
directly to the RAM, ROM, or 1/0 ports on the microtan 65 card. Examined in
more depth, this restriction is of little consequence, since a DMA device is
unlikely to want to read the TAT\'BUG ROM, or to access any of the 1/0 ports on
the microtan 65. In addition, this means that there is no way that a DMA device
can accidentally overwrite TANBUG's system parameters, the processor stack, or
the display memory, as these are located in the RAM on the microtan 65. The
microtan system is therefore safe from system crashes which might otherwise be
caused by a DMA transfer of data into this reserved memory area.
Addresses F800 to FFFF (the top 2K of memory) cause ROME to be active in a similar way, and by cutting link LKROM on the microtan 65, this signal allows the ROM on microtan (TANBUG) to be enabled. Although TANBUG is only in a 1K ROM, the system is not affected by allowing TANBUG to "roll-over" into the next but last 1K of memory space.
The third control line is IOE, which become active for addresses in the range BFFO to BFFF - the top 16 1/0 addresses. Again, cutting link LKIO on the microtan 65 allows this signal to enable microtan's 1/0 ports. Note that IOE enables 16 1/0 addresses although microtan only uses 4 1/0 port addresses. Users should not use any of these 16 1/0 addresses for self constructed peripherals. As described in the microtan manual, user peripherals should use addresses starting at BCOO and work upwards.
Thus by cutting the three links LKRAM, LKROM and LKIO on the
MEMORY ADDRESS FUNCTION
FFFF 1K ROM (TANBUG)
FBFF (TANBUG REFLECTED -lK)
EFFF 6K ROM
Dooo 8K BASIC INTERPRETER
BEEF BFFO - BFFF MICROTAN 65 I/O
IK I/O PORTS
0000 1K RAM ON MICROTAN 65
Fig 2-1 Full Memory Map of the Microtan System
Only two 2114's (i.e. IK x 8) are supplied with TANEX in the minimum configuration, and these two chips should be inserted into locations N7 and N14 on the circuit board. Subsequent 2114's should be inserted in the ascending order indicated in Fig. 3.1, as this ensures that the available RAM is always in a contiguous block with the 1K of RAM located on the microtan 65. (No harm will be done by not following this recommendation if the user has particular need for non contiguous memory).
ADDRESS FUNCTION IC LOCATIONS
0200 MEMORY MICROTAN 65 RAM (lK)
Fig 3-1 RAM Segment Memory Map
TANEX can accept up to three 2K x 8 EPROMS and the two 4K x 8 ROMS that
contain Microsoft BASIC. The BASIC interpreter (in
and these two ROMS should be inserted into IC locations H2 and
j 2 . Each ROM must be placed in its correct socket for the BASIC
The three 2K byte EPROM positions accept the industry standard 2716 EPROM in its 5 volt only version. The IC locations and appropriate address range are shown in Fig. 4.1.
In order to make use of EPROM in the microtan system, the EPROM must be programmed with useful software. This could be the users own software, programmed into EPROM using an EPROM programmer, which itself may be either the microtan system programmer, or the users own. Alternatively, EPROMS containing proprietary software can be obtained from TANGERINE.
Interaction with TANBUG
The microtan system has been designed from the outset to be expandable, and TANBUG is no exception to this. Already powerful as a IK monitor, it contains within itself the necessary code to expand by a further 2K, when used in conjunction with TANEX.
Referring back to the microtan 65 manual, page 6-21, there is described
TANBUG's error linking procedure. When TANBUG re-
This will return TANBUG to the correct point. If the user does wish to expand TANBUG, then location F7F7 should have the instruction
where 'USERBUG' is the start address of the users expansion software that will action any new commands. At the end of the users expansion software, a normal return to TANBUG should be executed using the instruction:
This will generate a carriage return/linefeed and re-enter TANBUG. Alternatively, the user expansion software can end with the following instructions:
This will return directly to TANBUG with no change to the display. If, however, an error situation is the result, for example, because of an illegal command, the program should execute the instruction:
This will print a question mark and carriage return and restart TANBUG appropriately.
The methods given above all presume that the users software has left the
stack pointer in the same position as it was when the entry was made via address
F7F7 i.e. that there are an equal number of JSR and RTS instructions in every
flow path of the users
Note that TANGERINE Computer Sy@tems reserve the right to use this top EPROM
location for the expanded system monitor, 'XBUG'.
ADDRESS FUNCTION IC LOCATIONS
1K TANBUG ON MICROTAN 65
-lK REPEATED TANBUG RESERVED FOR EXPANSION
2K EPROM TANEX E2
2K EPROM TANEX D3
8K BASIC TANEX
INTERPRETER H2 and J2
Fig 4.1 ROM Segment Memory Map
Although this chapter is intended for those who have purchased TANEX in kit form, it is recommended that purchasers of ready assembled TANEX also read through this, and the next section. Before beginning to assemble TANEX, please read right through the instructions carefully so that you understand all the operations involved.
Preparing your working surface
For assembling TANEX you will require a miniature soldering iron, thin multicored solder, pliers and wirecutters (both of the small variety).
As in the microtan 65, many of the integrated circuits are of the MOS type and can be damaged by static electricity, and we recommend you take the following precautions. Do not wear nylon clothes; ensure that your soldering iron is properly earthed; spread a sheet of aliminium foil (cooking foil) over your working area and earth it to a radiator or water pipe with a piece of wire.
Unpacking and identifying the parts
Unpack the kit and identify all the parts as listed below:
5 off -24 pins
Integrated Circuits - minimum configuration TANEX
Ml 74LS30 K2 74LSOO
In addition there will be 3 off 74LS367's which are to be fitted to the microtan 65 in IC locations Ml, M2 and M3.
Optional Integrated Circuits
C2 6522 additional VIA integrated circuit. (MOS'I
N2 - N6, N8 - N13 additional RAM (see Fig. 3-1). (MOS)
R4 IK (brown, black, red) R 13 1 K (brown, black, red)
c 1 100n C2 100n
C3 - C23 decoupling capacitors (47n).
64 pin Eurocard style edge connector.
a) Fit and solder the IC sockets, ensuring that they are the correct way round i.e. that the pin 1 identifier on the socket is at the same end as the identifier mark on the printed circuit board.
b) Fit and solder the resistors into their positions.
c) Fit and solder the capacitors into their positions.
d) Fit and solder the transistors into their positions.
e) Fit and solder links LKI and LK2 using the excess wire cut off from one of the resistors.
f) Fit and solder the screw terminal for the cassette interface, and the edge connector.
g) If you have purchased the serial 1/0 odtion, fit the crystal using the "sticky pad" provided and solder in place.
h) Insert the integrated circuits, ensuring that they are the correct way round, into their respective sockets, leaving the iViOS devices until last.
Assembly is now comdlete, but carefully double check to ensure that there are no solder blobs or bridges anywhere.
Further Assembly Hints
1) The circuit board is of the plated through hole type. This makes it difficult to remove a component once it has been soldered in place, so please double check that you have the right component in the right place before soldering it.
2) Do not apply pressure to the printed circuit board when soldering, as this may cause the tracks to lift and break.
3) A good solder joint is made by 'wetting' the tip of the solderin- iron with solder, and then placing the tip of the iron against the leg of the component where it emerges from the circuit board, and then feeding a small amount of solder against the tip, allowing it to flow around the area of the joint.
4) Wash your hands. Dirt and grease on the circuit board will make soldering difficult and unreliable.
5) Components are inserted on the side of the board with the white printing, and soldered ONLY on the opposite side.
6) Most important of all: DO NOT HURRY.
with T.I.NEX. These should be inserted into microtan 65 in locations Ml, lv!2
Now plug the two boards into the mini-motherboard or system
motherboard. Note that the edge connectors of the two boards
are offset at different positions to prevent confusion. The
track side of the motherboard, or mini-motherboard indicates
Reconnect to your power supply, and begin to enjoy the full power of your
expanded microtan system.