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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:02 am 
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I already got the PCBs for the first approach (didn't have time to implement the improvements yet) and they work perfect!

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But suddenly I noticed something more that could be optimized: even though the boards work, shouldn't they also work without using Phi2? (since #PRG is supposed to be A15 NAND Phi2, so Phi2 line is already present when using #PRG without having to explicitly use it again).

I might remove the Phi2 signal from U6, replacing it with a connection to VCC, and see what happens.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:55 am 
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For mapper 113, don't you need M2 to to distinguish writes to $4100-$5FFF from writes to $C100-$DFFF?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:04 am 
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If the game's well behaved, it may never write to addresses above $8000, and so he might technically be able to get away without decoding /ROMSEL.

And because, on a write cycle, all of the address lines, data lines, and R/W are driven at about the same time ... well, it might work if you ignore M2, too, basically just detecting any moment where A14=A8=1 and A13=0. There's even established (accidental) precedent for this, on the hardware for mappers 38 and 86.

Anyway, you already have the PCB, with the routing complete; what would you gain from omitting that trace?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:31 am 
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You are right, I have nothing to gain on this PCB, but was asking just in case I decide to do a future revision (or just for learning purposes). But maybe it's better to be safe and leave it as is.

Thanks for feedback!


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