Old x86 "PC" SBCs (Toronto Microelectronics)
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Sat Nov 22 15:08:45 CST 2014
On 11/22/2014 12:50 PM, Jules Richardson wrote:
> I've got this ISA card sitting around which was made by Toronto
> Microelectronics (TME), but it gives the impression that it may be a
> complete SBC in its own right; it has a 386sx for CPU, takes 30 pin
> simms, and has various connectors (IDE, floppy, 2x RS232 and parallel
> are obvious, then there are another six unlabeled connectors). IC dates
> are all around 1993.
I've seen similar Chinese-made NOS ones being offered on eBay. Most of
the connectors should be obvious--including one 10-pin header at the
extreme top left for serial comms. Others should be keyboard, mouse and
probably HDD indicator. A little buzzing out with a continuity checker
should betray the remainder.
I think these were mostly used in passive-backplane industrial
applications. You typically don't need a lot of compute power in such
applications, nor fancy graphics.
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