SA1000 adapter board assembly

See here for usage information

I have updated board to rev D due to the oscillator I used on rev B being long lead time. Make sure you use BOM for the board you have board.

For new rev D board


Missing one connector

Mouser BOM
Digikey BOM

Note: The programmed ATTINY chips I shipped with SA1000 rev D boards before October 17 2021 are programmed for use with 18.432 MHz Crystal. I used Abracon ABL-18.432MHZ-B2. Purchase that crystal instead of the 9.216 MHz on the BOM. Since the 20 MHz ATTINY45 are out of stock I switched to the lower frequency that will work with the 10 MHz parts available. I will ship future programmed ATTINY45 programmed for the 9.216 MHz crystal.

The board files are here and information on files is here. See board license

For old rev B board

Digikey is the only place I found an oscillator which could be programmed to the needed frequency so I am only providing a Digikey BOM. Edit as needed for your usage. Add as ordering note Program oscillator 510CAB-AAAG to .27125 MHZ. If all the parts show up as invalid refesh the page. It seems to sometimes do that.

The oscillator is out of stock and likely to be for a number of months. I use an Arduino beatle
The SA1000 manual says it wants a 271.250 kHz +- 0.1% clock. Theoretically this could be programmed to 0.02% of the desired frequency. The one I bought was 0.16% off. It likely has a ceramic resonator thats not that accurate. The clock is used for up to speed detection and step rate control so 0.16% should be close enough. It worked fine with my drive. Don't know how far off other boards will be. Arduino sketch for board

I used some tape to make sure it didn't short to the connector pins and some hot melt under to to keep in in place and above the component pins. You can see the three connections it needs.

The board files are here and information on files is here. See board license

If using the short connectors for P7 & P11 in the BOM R3 and R4 will need to be installed on the opposite side of the board from how the silkscreen indicates for the unlabled revision of the board. The silkscreen was corrected for rev B

X1 pin 1 is in the upper left. On the sikscreen its in the upper right.

X1, U1, U3, C3-C5 only needed for reading Shugart drives which need external clock. Emulation for all drive or reading Quantum drives don't need the clock.

If you are only using the board for reading or only for emulation you can not install some of the connectors.

P5 is not needed.

Front of board

Back of board



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