Elektronika BK0011 is successor of BK0010, same in english. Both use PDP clone-like CPU K1801WM1. The CPU is said to be fully compatible with PDP11 CPUs, but does not implement EIS instructions. See articles in OldComputerMuseum, PDP11 Instruction set CPU runs at 4Mhz. BK0011 has 128KB RAM. Monochrome/Color output via DIN connector. Built-In speaker and (russian) keyboard. Parallel and serial ports. QBUS available at back side of case. Slots for inserting additional option ROMs
This post describe my effort to fix a broken M8044 PDP11 RAM module. For tracing down the bug, I’ve used QBone. I own a defective M8044 RAM board. This board came as part of my OBA-11 PDP11. It was obviously checked by DEC, found to be broken and has a red defective badge. Setting up test bed I’ve created a testbed, consisting of: QBone An unused backplane H9278-A with 8 slots The device under test, the M8044 As power supply, I took a 5V/4Ampere power supply from my parts bin +12V (used by M8044) supply comes from a lab power supply First test with QBone: Check if board responses to bus requests QBone has its tests and many features in a single executable.
What is QBone? QBone is a fascinating project by Jörg Hoppe. It is based on a PDP QBus module that can be inserted into any QBus backplane. It implements all features required by the QBus, so this module looks like any other QBus module from the PDP11 perspective. The module integrates a BeagleBone Board (BBB). This is an ARM-based modern computer, like Raspberry PI. The biggest advantage of BBB over Raspi is: that the board contains two separate I/O processors called PRU (Programmable Realtime Unit).
This document contains information I have gathered when trying to bring some DEC PDP11 boards together to have a “working” system. Summary of boards I have collected some boards in the last years. CPU boards: M8186 LSI-11/23 CPU (C Revision, so capable of 22 bit addressing) RAM boards: M8044 MSV11-DD 32K RAM, 18Bit M8067 512KB RAM, 22 Bit Serial boards: M8028 DLV-11F serial board M3104 serial board Multi Purpose Boards:
DEC Digital OBA11-MF bought in poor condition from ebay. It has no case, has some physical damage. Sold of course as defective. All together this seems to be a kind of “embedded” PDP 11/03 with only a bare minimum of boards and no intention for extending it later on. Maybe used as a control unit in some chemical plant or whatever. here someone has a picture of another device like this.
I own some old PDP11 parts. I try to complete these to have a minimal set of cards to boot the PDP11. This is seen as a long term task and may last several years… Activity was started in February 2017. In January 2021, I have spent 91+161+3*90 = 522€ on that madness, without any results so far :-) . In 2022, I could buy a basic PDP unit, without case and in bad condition.