[vcf-midatlantic] Add-on card edge fingers for mock S-100 boards

Adam Michlin adam.michlin at vcfed.org
Thu Jan 13 18:08:33 UTC 2022

TIL that the S in S-100 stands for Standard. Thanks, Herb!

I guess it could be worse, I'm still blown away that the RS in RS-232
stands for Recommended Standard... from 1960!


On Thu, Jan 13, 2022 at 1:02 PM Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic
<vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > Jonathan Chapman >
> > retrobrewcomputers.org
> >
> > Their boards are high-quality modern production with proper hard gold edge plating ...
> It wasn't clear if they (Goodman) is offering what they call
> "unbuffered" or "plain" S-100 prototype boards. The buffered board is
> apparently expected to be memory or I/O, not a processor board or
> bus-controlling board such as a new-designed 8080 board as Joe Giliberti
> may be considering. And without detailing the differences, there's
> different flavors of S-100 bus; Joe may desire the earliest kind for
> IMSAI/MITS operation.
> Prices at "auction" for old-stock S-100 prototype boards with no
> layouts, as old stock commercial products, seem  to be in the $25-$50
> range plus shipping. The newly produced bare boards at retrobrew, seem
> to be in that range also. The cheapest possible least-desired old S-100
> cards touch that range also, as I've observed. Thus I'd call that range
> "the bottom" for S-100 boards of any sort.
> And it's hard to find S-100 connectors below $10 a pop, for that matter,
> they are often more. It's not appreciated, that S-100 PC mount
> connectors came in two pin-widths between the two rows. Different brands
> of backplanes used one or the other. It's a gotcha to buy the wrong
> width connectors for a particular unpopulated backplane.
> So much for "standard" S-100. ;)
> Regards, Herb Johnson
> --
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