Thursday, October 27, 2016

TM-500, TM-5000 modules

A set of TM-500 test plugins and frames listed here.

TM 5006, FG5010, DC5010 x 2

TM5006 portable, SG505, DC500, PS503A x 2, DM502A

TM506 rackmount, AM501, DC503, SG505, PG506, DM502A

DC5009 for TM 5006 programmable counter

TM503 x 3

FG 5010 programmable 20MHz Function Generator

DC5010 Programmable Universal Counter Timer 1 of 2

DC5010 Programmable Universal Counter Timer 2 of 2

SG505 Oscillator, DC509 Universal Counter / Timer

PS503A Dual Power Supply x 2

DM502A Autoranging DMM

AM501 Operational Amplifier, DC503 Universal Counter

PG508 50Mhz Pulse Generator

DM502A Autoranging DMM

TM5009 Universal Counter/Timer

SG505 Oscillator

SM509 Universal Counter/Timer

PS503A Dual Power Supply

PS503 Dual Power Supply

DM502A Autoranging DMM

AM501 Operational Amplifier

TM503 Universal Counter

SG505 Oscillator

PG508 50Mhz Pulse Generator

DM502A Autoranging DMM

TM503 frame

Male end 067-0645-02 TM500 extender cable

Female end 067-0645-02 TM500 extender cable

Cable detail, one 40pin ribbon, other may be coax

Rear of TM5006

Rear of TM5006

TM5006 S/N B020417 Option 2

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cincinatti Millacron 900-v2 Backplane

This is a backplane for a Cincinatti Millacron CNC control computer.  It contains a licensed copy of the Microdata 1600 built by CM.  It was used in a variety of machine tools by CM.  I have seen it used in a mill at least.

The name of this control was Acramatic.  Acramatic applies to a variety of control system designs by CM.  I am not familiar with their user interface of designs to know how they evolved them, but the 1600 was gradually evolved by CM.

The original 1600 they used had a standard Microdata cpu set, firmware board, used 8, 16, and 32k cores.  Most of the Ampex and CDC 32k x 9 memories are from the CM controls, and sell for considerably more because the tools as still in use.

CM replaced the original 1600 with an enlarged cpu set, integrating higher integrated DIP technology, and early PAL parts, etc.  The firmware moved onto that design from being on a separate card.

Next to go was the memory, with core being replaced by mos memory board.

Finally the design replaced the 1600's backplane, cardcage and formfactor, and went to bitslice designs though perhaps still retained some compatability of function.

Still need to study the backplane to see what parts of the backplane zones are common with the 1600.

Overall View of board

Probable front panel and cpu zone

2901 version of the board, carrying the firmware for the 2901's on the cpu board.

3-351-3859a cpu

3-351-3859a cpu

Firmware for 1600 version of the cpu

900 V2 card cage with cards

backplane exposed in a system

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Part of a satellite spectral analyzer

This came out of a scrapped assembly.  I think it was part of a satellite / rover spectral analyzer that was never flown.  Already stripped out when I got this part.

I think the device may have been some sort of prototype chemical analysis payload component.  There was a lot of nickel (very pure) tubing moving things around, and other things.

The small linear array in this package suggests to me that it may be part of a spectrograph instrument of some sort, since that sort of optical sensor is common in those applications.

This is far too new to be a slit scanner for stellar light, and the nickel tubing used suggests there was plumbing for holding something under test, perhaps a gas.

More views of the sensor and container

 Internal view showing the linear array
 magnified side view thru the aperture showing one of the larger small parts, surface mount.  The white showing in all of these is a circuit board, probably ceramic.
 Appears to be possible column driver chips or resistor networks next to the array.
 Another chip.  There are leads down the two sides visible, and from the traces, probably around the entire chip.

View showing the entier stack.  Bottom is probably aluminum, then a brass round base, and cylinder carrier that the glass is carried in.  The white sleaves over blue wires are over the leads which come from the glass / metal lead feed thrus around the ring of the chip. 

Top appears to be brass, hopefully not beryllium or some other fun metal.  it is rounded as seen, probably to make reflected light off of it deflect away from the sensor window, which is out of view on top.