[vcf-midatlantic] MOBIDIC replica project

Chris Fala chrisjpf33 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 2 12:20:20 EST 2017


This sounds very interesting. If possible, I would like to follow your work to learn from you. Contact me privately if you have time.


On Dec 1, 2017, at 3:23 PM, Jeff Salzman via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

So far, it appears to be possible. I'm already researching how to make the
MOBIDIC components work as Arduino libraries. Once I wrap my head around
its computing paradigm, that effort will become easier.

On Dec 1, 2017 12:56 PM, "Douglas Crawford via vcf-midatlantic" <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> Very exciting-  It might be possible to work towards some sort of a
> working replica then!
>> On 12/1/2017 12:39 PM, Jeff Salzman via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> For some reason, I feel compelled to tackle the creation of a small
>> microprocessor (Arduino, etc.) emulator for the MOBIDIC. I found technical
>> specifications for the MOBIDIC 7A and discovered just how different it was
>> to modern computing architecture. Interesting stuff. It's kind of fun
>> learning about things like a Hollerith Constant for character storage, and
>> its implementation in the MOBIDIC.
>> Learn something new everyday... :)
>> On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 2:39 PM, Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org> wrote:
>> Ever consider a smaller scale for display purposes?
>>> Well we already have a small scale model made by the Army on display. If
>>> we're going to make something, then let's go all the way. :)
>>> As for the emulation, will the design, architecture, components,
>>>> programming materials be available to the group
>>>> I'll endeavor to get it all onto Bitsavers.
>>>   so those interested can
>>>> figure out what effort they can or may contribute to the project?
>>>> Considering the comparable lack of complexity, it could be emulated on
>>>> an
>>>> Arduino Mega, Raspberry Pi
>>>> Something like that would be great, then we could show people (instead
>>> of
>>> just telling them), "This whole truck is emulated in a $10
>>> microcontroller."

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