About the Olduino/Z
The Olduino is a retro-Arduino. This one uses a Zilog Z80 processor from the 1970s but adds hardware and software so it can function like an arduino and use some arduino add-on shields. The Olduino/Z is more limited than an Arduino but that is part of the fun. The Olduino/Z has 8 dedicated output pins and 7 inputs one each of which is dedicated to serial I/O. It lacks(so far) analog input and output capability but can still use many basic shields. The Olduino has hardware support for high speed SPI(Serial Peripheral Interface) through a TP3465V interface chip on the olduino board. It does bit-bang serial communications to an attached PC at 9600 baud courtesy of a monitor program in the onboard ROM. Programs in C using arduino-type constructs like digitalWrite() and millis() are written on a host PC using the Z88dk compiler setup and loaded into non-volatile ram by an xmodem bootloader.
There’s a nascent interest group for the Z80 Membership Card at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Z8MC/info
My name is Bill Rowe. I built my first home computer in the 1970’s from the Popular Electronics article. I got out of hardware hacking in the 1980’s but came back when somebody gave me an Arduino in 2008. When Lee Hart made the little Membership Card I thought “Hmmm Olduino?” The Olduino has been through several generations of hardware and software and boasts its own C compiler. I have enough development plans to keep the project going for a while. You can reach me through the form below or directly as bill_rowe_ottawa at hotmail.com.