Pertec Interface Cable Length
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Sat Aug 10 00:47:19 CDT 2019
On 8/9/19 9:05 PM, Douglas Taylor via cctech wrote:
> I have a question about cable length - any electrical engineers in the
> Connected a Qualstar 1260 tape drive to an Emulex TC02 qbus tape
> controller in a pdp-11/53. The interface is pertec with 2 50 pin cables.
> When I use a pair of short flat ribbon cables, 18 and 30 inches each, it
> works. Under RT11 I can INIT, Copy, DUMP, do a Directory.
> It doesn't work when I use a pair of 5 foot long flat ribbon cables.
> Are they too long? Do I need twisted pair type of cable? Is it
> possibly a termination problem?
5 feet should be no problem--ISTR that Pertec specifies a maximum cable
length of 20 ft. I use 10 foot cables routinely.
The Pertec interface is basically open-collector drivers into 220/330
ohms at the far end.
I have a Qalstar 1260, but it's the 1260S, the SCSI version--and I
rarely use it.
Looking at the schematics of the similar Qualstar 1052, the output
drivers are plain old LS240s; 24 ma totem-pole outputs. The usual
practice is to use 7438s OC 48 ma outputs; it's certainly the case for
So it could be that you're limited by the Qualstar design. Twisted
flat cable might buy you some added distance or you could fabricate a
"repeater" with real OC drivers to put between the drive and the
controller to extend the length.
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