MIME: Microprogrammable Minicomputer Emulator.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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This report addresses the design and fabrication of a microprogrammable, general purpose minicomputer specifically configured for use in an educational environment AFITs Digital Engineering Laboratory. In order to have utility as an instructional aid in the areas of computer control and microprogramming, it was determined that such a machine must have the following attributes educationally oriented human interface, educationally oriented design, and user-microprogrammability. These high level attributes were then used as a basis for deriving functional and detail requirements. The Am2900 Bipolar Microprocessor Family was used as the basis for realizing the design which satisfied the defined requirements. The project resulted in hardware which was used by students in digital engineering classes and laboratory to investigate microprogramming and its application to emulation. This report includes representative microcode necessary to emulate sample PDP-1103 instructions as a demonstration of MIME capabilities.
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