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A Raspberry Pi That Thinks It’s a PDP-8! @Raspberry_Pi #PiDay #RaspberryPi

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Excellent project + write-up from Andrew Back featured on DesignSpark.

Some time (2 years?) ago I purchased a PiDP-8 kit, an extremely cool Raspberry Pi (896-8660) powered project that combines an “operator front panel” comprised of switches and indicators, with the SimH multi-system computer history simulator, to create an authentic looking, albeit miniaturised, PDP-8. In this post we take a quick look at the PDP-8 and SimH, before moving on to finally assembling the PiDP-8.

But what is a PDP-8 I hear you cry? Well, a 12-bit machine introduced in 1965 and seemingly the world’s first successful minicomputer. Which is to say not a mainframe computer filling up a room with many racks of equipment; something that could sit on top of a desk, no less!

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