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TE-1507 : Prototype updated

Hi, In my PC-1500 i had problems with the first TE-1507 version using Xicor memory.
It was impossible to write something in an unprotected X28HC256.
http://www.pc-1500.info/2015/07/30/te-1507-the-memory-module-for-developers/

The Team1560 needs were to have a big system RAM and a place to test system ROM extensions.
Done ! The TE-1507 is now working with 2 RAM ICs and the R/W protection is done by jumper.

Here are some pictures the prototype :

TE-1507_Proto_900_001

TE-1507_Proto_900_002TE-1507_Proto_900_004

TE-1507_Proto_900_006TE-1507_Proto_900_007

TE-1507_Proto_900_008TE-1507_Proto_900_009

This one, number 3, is reserved for…….. ? Stay tuned 😉

The release version should be available in one month.

Happy birthday !!! The second candle !!!

Hi all my readers !
Two years ago when i started this website i didn’t imagine to find all these informations about the Sharp PC-1500.
Did you imagine that this little pocket computer was distributed all over the world ?
Under other brands like Hiradastechnika or Nanfeng ?

It’s always a pleasure when a reader contact me and tells me it’s story with the PC-1500.
But it’s very rare ! Who wants to share his experience and knowledge ? Send me some articles with pictures and i will publish it !
Do you have some old program tapes ? Do you want to teach machine language programming in a set of articles ?
Your English language writing will sure be better than mine ! lol

300 000 visits since last year… incredible ! Thank you !
I know that my visitors are from lot of countries, some close to me in France like the Silicium.org forum, some from the other side of the planet like Neil in Australia or Waon in China, Toplica in Russia… Thank you for following the SHARP PC-1500’s story.

My next big task will be to contact Sharp in Japan and to ask for their help.
They may have lot of documents to share with us and shipping a parcel with rare informations, schematics, books, pictures, peripherals (like CE-165), is not an excessive cost ? They may have a museum, isn’t ? My website is the PC-1500 museum 😉
Please, Sharp company, read this page http://www.pc-1500.info/donors/
Some of you are already generous donors and i thank you again and again !!!

Who can answer this question : Which is the last serial number signification ?
My suggestion is something like the factory or the target country…

Ok, it’s time to close this second year with a Graal : the Blue PC-1500 in the rare Japan case !

PC-1500_GRAAL_001
PC-1500_GRAAL_002PC-1500_GRAAL_003
PC-1500_GRAAL_005PC-1500_GRAAL_004
PC-1500_GRAAL_007PC-1500_GRAAL_008
PC-1500_GRAAL_009

The Sharp CE-515P printers (Part II) : European/US version opening the box

The box don’t have the classic PC-1500 peripherals brown look.
It’s the for the next generation, the PC-1600, and have a nice blue color.
The parcel looks strong and the printer seems to be well protected.

Sharp_CE-515P_002 Sharp_CE-515P_001

The inside part is made of two blocs of polystyrene. The user manual is on the top.
Sharp_CE-515P_003

And on the top bloc we discover places for a paper roll and 3 pens sets. Nice idea !
Sharp_CE-515P_004
Sharp_CE-515P_005 Sharp_CE-515P_006

Removing the top bloc… and the big graphic color printer is here with it’s power adapter.
Sharp_CE-515P_008

Here are all items included in the box… but the transparent cover is not on the picture.
Sharp_CE-515P_009

Next time we will open the printer 🙂

TE-1507 : The memory module for developers !

Hello !

The TE-1507 memory module is now in my PC-1500 !
This module offers a very wide memory space for developers.

It was initially planned to have RAM and EEProm but due to a bad EEProm lot… it’s now full RAM.

Standard memory for Basic/ML :
– from &0000 to &3FFF
– 2 x 16KB switchable by PV or PU (jumper to select active signal)
– read only by removing a jumper
– disabled by removing a jumper

EEProm memory (here it’s RAM) for ML only as system/peripheral ROM extension:
– from &8000 to &BFFF
– 2 x 16KB switchable by PU (as in the CE-158 interface)
– set by jumper if it’s in the PV=0 (like CE-150) or PV=1 (like CE-158 or CE-162E) memory space
– read only by removing a jumper
– disabled by removing a jumper

The two memory addresses can be inverted by placing the enable jumpers on the switch positions (90° move)

Here are the pictures :
TE-1507_H_014TE-1507_H_013

TE-1507_H_015TE-1507_H_017

TE-1507_H_023TE-1507_H_022

TE-1507_H_021TE-1507_H_020

TE-1507_H_019

This module will be a very good investment to expand your PC-1500(A) !
The Team1560 member CGH is working on a ROM builder to add Basic keywords from a wide library. Cool, isn’t it ?

The price for this special module is $75 without shipping costs.

New in the family : PC-1500 RP !

Do you remember the PC-1500 RP2 found in Brazil ?
This new one is the RP and it’s the same for the printer.

PC-1500_RP_015

This is a full set with all accessories and manuals. The instruction manual is only a bad copy.
PC-1500_RP_016PC-1500_RP_002
The case is very clean ! And all accessories are present : power adapter, pens, paper, cables…
PC-1500_RP_003PC-1500_RP_006
And the papers too : connector cover for the printer, sticker for name.
PC-1500_RP_009PC-1500_RP_007
And the big surprise is the PC-1500RP 8K memory module. Uh, all seems to be named PC-1500RP…
PC-1500_RP_008
The case is like the one the the PC-1500RP2 but with two rivets on each side. This makes it stronger.
PC-1500_RP_001PC-1500_RP_005
PC-1500_RP_004PC-1500_RP_014
Differences between the RP and RP2 ? None !
PC-1500_RP_010
Each time the serials are same for the pocket computer and the printer.
PC-1500_RP_013
PC-1500_RP_011
PC-1500_RP_012

Manuals BRLink
PC-1500_RP_INSTR(Not original cover)
Download
PC-1500_RP_PROGDownload

In conclusion i think the RP version is the PC-1500 without memory module (or with 8K) and the RP2 is provided with the 16KB module (Remember the PTA-4000 and PTA-4000+16).
Not much differences but we can consider the two versions.
Now we have 11 PC-1500 versions !

Like Status Quo, in the army now, oh-oo-oh…

Do you know that the Sharp PC-1500 was used in the army ?

In this picture we can confirm with a big surprise : it was in the Chinese army !
Who can believe this ? A Japan pocket computer in the Chinese army… but maybe was it the Nanfeng version…
I don know much about it’s use but it’s in a rugged box with a waterproof keyboard mask.
The logo seems to be Chinese Air Force or Airborne.

I would be please if one of my Chinese readers could tell us the item’s story and send us more pictures.
Can someone help me to get one ? I really like it !!!
Do you know similar use in your country ?

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