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Thread: Rockwell RM 65 Family (AIM 65) Development system?

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    Default Rockwell RM 65 Family (AIM 65) Development system?

    Has anyone seen a modular enclosure like this for the Rockwell RM 65 Family? I purchased this on a whim as the seller also had two AIM 65s and it certainly looks interesting. It was noted as a "Rockwell RM 65 Development Control System" but the seller was selling for his late father so doesn't have much info. I could not find another like it so maybe it's a custom aftermarket enclosure? I don't see any front Rockwell markings and I don't have a picture of the back. Won't get it for a bit but I've started to look into the cards indicated by the manuals included that I am assuming are inside.

    Any info is much appreciated.


    AIM65 Enclosure.jpg

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    It could be a Rockwell RM65-1000(E), and there's a fair amount of info on the web. The manuals seem to be harder to find though. Perhaps you could scan the ones in your photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbbert View Post
    It could be a Rockwell RM65-1000(E), and there's a fair amount of info on the web. The manuals seem to be harder to find though. Perhaps you could scan the ones in your photo.
    Scanning manuals? Absolutely. There is an SBC module manual so hopefully it has an RM65-1000(E). If I jack up the contrast, I think I can see an RM65-7101 Single Card Adaptor for AIM 65 in the back of the unit so I am guessing it connects to one of the AIM 65s.

    AIM65 Enclosure 2.jpg

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    Hi Snuci
    I don't know about the enclosures. They look like off the shelf stuff but Rockwell could have used them. The boards inside are either STD bus or Euro bus ( I think that is what they are called ). The cables on the back are likely for pods that are likely gone.
    I have a similar development system but mine would have had a external floppy drive and some special monitor ( most likely with the drive in the same enclosure ). Mine has a 6502 processor board that I expect to just connect to a RS232 serial ( the processor boards have RS232 drivers ). Mine didn't use BASIC but a house setup Forth based on Fig Forth. I've made some modifications to the code on mine to boot to serial but not had time to try it out.
    I see you have a full set of manuals. I hope one of them is for the processor board ( I can't read the fine print ). If so, I'd really love to get a copy of it. There are a lot of configuration jumpers on the CPU board.
    My unit uses the Euro bus boards. These are hard to get additional boards for but the STD bus boards are more common in the US. Still, I have more than enough RAM ( I have 64K plus 32K on the ICE boards ). It is possible to bank the boards so one could have more than 64K RAM. There is a separate ICE interface board in mine but isn't of much use without the POD at the end of the cable and some software to load.
    These are the same boards that they sold for industrial use so they are quite high quality.
    If you like, I can give you a copy of my modified Forth. I assume the BASIC it has is related to the BASIC used on the AIM65. Looking at the Forth I have, it looks similar to the AIM65's Forth. If you get any disk with it, it would be great to make copies. The disk would have things like the assembler and debugger stuff.
    The CPU likely uses those nasty 24 pin 8K byte EPROMs. Not many programmers handle them. One can always make an adapter to the more standard larger 28 pin chips.
    Dwight

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    The (E) in the name indicates the Euro type boards. These use a triple row pin type connector as compared to the STD bus that uses an edge connector. Both types of boards would use the same manual. The SBC is the RM65-1000 manual!!
    Dwight

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    The pictures aren't great. These are the manuals with this unit.

    - Floppy Disk Controller (FDC) Module User's Manual
    - General Purpose Input/Output (I/O) and Timer Module User's Manual
    - RM65-0110 Input/Output ROM User's Manual
    - 8k Static RAM module User's Manual
    - 16K PROM/ROM Module User's Manual
    - RM 65 Run-time BASIC User's Manual
    - Single Board Computer (SBC) Module User's Manual
    - 32K Dynamic RAM Module User's Manual
    - Asynchronus Communications Interface Adapter (ACIA) Module User's Manual

    The AIM 65 comes with:
    - Math Package User's Manual
    - BASIC Language Reference Manual
    - Monitor Program Listing
    - User's Guide
    - PROM Programmer and CO-ED User's Manual


    I will certainly scan whatever is not already scanned.

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    The only manual I know of on the web someplace is the FDC manual. I don't know about the AIM manuals because I've not payed attention to them.
    Dwight

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    Most of the AIM manuals are available on Rich Cini's excellent site (under Rockwell), but I'd love to see the Math Package manual...

    http://www.classiccmp.org/cini/systems.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeS View Post
    Most of the AIM manuals are available on Rich Cini's excellent site (under Rockwell), but I'd love to see the Math Package manual...

    http://www.classiccmp.org/cini/systems.htm
    Thanks Mike. I found this earlier and was going through some of these manuals this morning. I will scan what is not there and put them on my site and send them to Rich as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeS View Post
    Most of the AIM manuals are available on Rich Cini's excellent site (under Rockwell), but I'd love to see the Math Package manual...

    http://www.classiccmp.org/cini/systems.htm
    That was where I'd seen the RM65 FDC manual. It was apparently used with the AIM65 sometimes. I'd assume that they made an adapter to UBC or STD bus, from the AIM65, at sometime.
    Dwight

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