Introducing the Thortron-78

I read about the Z80 in the logs and decided to build a computer using one. I ended up constructing from basic components a 5V power supply, a computer consisting of a 4 Mhz clock, Z80 CPU, an eeprom, and a video board based on the TMS9118.

Here is the whole set up:

Here is the actual computer with the logic analyzer probe attached to the CPU:

Here is the computer displaying its name (sadly in gray scale because of an as yet unsolved issue with color loss):

Here is the HP logic analyzer that saved me a good deal of time, and which was according to some labeling on it once used at Fermilab:

The current state of the project is that the computer (I call it the Thortron-78) can drive a TMS9118 VDP well enough to display text on a TV via composite video. Next up is RAM, keyboard i/o, and then some type of storage.

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