BBS card, ISA8bit multi serial, 4 channels

emanuel stiebler emu at
Thu Nov 1 07:09:14 CDT 2018

On 2018-10-31 18:25, Tom Manos via cctalk wrote:
> I have a couple of these as well. The one to have way back when was made by
> AST. It had 4 16550 UARTS and could run them all at whatever speed you
> wanted.
> There was even a public domain program/device driver for it, for UNIX on
> x86 called FAS (Final Async Solution) that worked very well. I still have a
> copy of it if anyone is running real serial on period hardware and SVR2/3
> and maybe others.
> I ran these boards for a couple years on my public access UNIX system.

We had those in every PC in the office. There were versions with 4 or 8
UARTs, IIRC, four UARTs had to share one interrupt, but the
Linux/ESIX/Interactive driver for them was working pretty well ...

Made PCs suddenly useful ;-)

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