Looking for info on a CAMAC module - Kinetic 3912 Unibus Crate Controller

Pete Lancashire pete at petelancashire.com
Wed Nov 2 12:53:18 CDT 2016

In a past life I did quite a few Test & Measurement setups, started with
dedicated I/O, then added GPIB, and later VXI
Always enjoyed the challenge of automating stimulus and measurement.

In the mid 90s I helped add GPIB to a NIM & CAMAC setup. But never got to
really play with any of the instruments.

For 'fun' I want to setup and NIM Bin and CAMAC Crate and since my days of
connecting to a computer started with a PDP-11. But unless a Unibus box
shows up that's for another rainy season.

Anyone with a NIM Bin or CAMAC Create they don't want and is near Portland
Oregon (due to weight and size) ?

On another vector, it is sad to see that there is not a 'bitsavers' for NIM


On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 8:24 AM, Jon Elson <elson at pico-systems.com> wrote:

> On 10/31/2016 01:04 PM, Pete Lancashire wrote:
>> Over the years I've played around with a few old CAMAC (*) modules, by
>> today's standard they pretty much have zero value, anyway that's another
>> story. Recently
>> I've been offered a CAMAC to Unibus board. A Kinetic 3912 Unibus Crate
>> Controller .
>> A Crate in CAMAC speak is just a chassis with a backplane.
>> The problem with CAMAC is there is almost no information out there,
>> Since I don't YET have a Unibus system, it more of a curiosity then
>> anything.
>> So .. anyone have the manual ?
>> (*) -
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Automated_Measurement_and_Control
>> I have a 3922 crate controller and a 3953 auxiliary crate controller at
> work.  I also have manuals for the 3911 PDP-11 crate controller and 2912
> LSI-11 bus adapter and the 3953.  These have schematics in them.
> I THINK the 3912 may be an LSI-11 (QBus) controller, not Unibus.
> Jon

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