[sdiy] NVRAM for TR606?

Ullrich Peter Peter.Ullrich at kapsch.net
Mon Apr 3 08:32:07 CEST 2023


I always wanted to design RAM+battery retrofits and also memory cards for different synths.
My preferred part for that would be the Infineon/Cypress FM16W08-SG (8kx8) or FM18W08-SG (32kx8), as they work from 2.7 to 5.5V - so
Suitable for old 5V and new 3.3V equipment - but it seems that they are hard to get these days at the normal distributors...

For these parts a RAM replacement should be possible quite fine - just take care of the minimum cycle time they need - for older synths
this is normally no problem as they have slow microcontrollers/CPUs but for newer parts this could eventually be a problem.

The benefit is that they need NO battery!

You can look for similar parts under Ferroram or MRAM...


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Von: Synth-diy <synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org> Im Auftrag von brianw
Gesendet: Samstag, 1. April 2023 03:27
An: antti.s.pitkamaki at gmail.com
Cc: synth-diy at synth-diy.org
Betreff: *EXT* Re: [sdiy] NVRAM for TR606?

Do you have any data sheets or part numbers for NVRAM?

Last time I checked, they either have a battery built-in, or they require different code to work with SRAM interface timing. In other words, I don't think you can retrofit. If someone has a part number that would work, I'd like to know how it works.

The other solutions people are talking about use a new CPU design where the code can handle modern non-volatile memory.


On Mar 31, 2023, at 11:36 AM, antti.s.pitkamaki--- via Synth-diy <synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:
> I hate leaky batteries. Does anybody know if there is an NVRAM solution for the Roland TR606? I don't want to keep batteries in it, but it looses memory contents without them...
> At least for pinball machines some have replaced the original volatile memory chips with NVRAM equivalents, but googling about a solution for the TR606 yields nothing.
> Cheers,
> Antti

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