[sdiy] Digital topics like PLDs?

Tom Wiltshire tom at electricdruid.net
Mon May 25 17:45:50 CEST 2015

Are you looking for a PLD solution for a particular reason? I use PICs even for jobs like this. A whole pile of glue logic can usually be turned into a PIC program of a dozen lines and runs fast enough that unless the original logic was really pushing the limits, you'll never know the difference.

That caveat means that a uP works well for replacing glue logic in (for example) a sequencer or the control panel of something, but not well for replacing the huge amounts of 7000-series logic in something like a PPG.


On 24 May 2015, at 16:17, MTG <grant at musictechnologiesgroup.com> wrote:

> I know we talk about Micros and DSPs a lot, but I wonder if anyone knows anything about simple PLDs. I have 3 or 4 TTL chips that I would like to pop into a PLD. It has to work in an 80's vintage synth so that means I/O is 5v, mostly LSTTL. The TTL chips are surprisingly expensive. pretty much $1 each at Mouser/Digiket/etc.
> My last encounter with this stuff was a 22v10 design and I see that you can still buy those. Is that a viable route or a waste of time and money versus a similar but newer part. I prefer it to be a DIP package.  Also any software recommendations. I have PLDshell 5.0 on 3.5" floppy but I imagine there is something more current for this stuff.
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