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I came across this book when I was studying Mechanical Engineering in university back in the '80s. I was so engrossed by the book that I used it to build my own "ZAP" computer at home AND then switched to Computer Engineering the following year! It is a book that literally changed my life. Thanks, Steve. 

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The book for homebrew z80 micro computer builders, or old school soldering iron hackers in general. I read and re-read this, even the power supply stuff is comprehensive (though I'd tend to use a bought power supply these days and regulate it to correct voltage. The digital logic and chip interfacing are clearly explained, so is the z80's workings. I Don't remember much about the o/s code, was well into forth so that's what I was going to shoehorn in. Wire wrapped the z80 computer, could not get the eprom burnt correctly though. My electronics case got chucked out by a mother in law... such is life. Now a research computer scientist (me not the mother in law). lool, thanks Steve. 

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My father and I used to live by this book, literally!
Used often, worn out and replaced more than once.
Back in the CP/M days, we were both Zilog nuts.
He built em, I programmed em. We didn't quite
copy Steve Ciarcia's designs exactly, but found
his book an extremely important reference.
 

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Somewhat outdated but a most excellent guide.

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Absolutely fantastic!

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A Note about this book and its free availability online
You are encouraged to read this approved copy of design guidelines and application notes from Steve Ciarcia, founder and editorial director
of Circuit Cellar magazine. Although the original title first appeared in 1981, pre-dating Circuit Cellar “the magazine,” I still get a number of purchase requests each year from electronics enthusiasts. Some are just interested in Steve’s brand of designing and ability to overcome obstacles, while others still find themselves tweaking projects that use parts described in Steve’s projects.
Please note: The original work was only available as a hard copy. Thanks to Andrew Lynch and Bill Bradford for their work in creating the PDF and getting permission from copyright holder Steve Ciarcia to release it. Scanning for other versions of this book done by Bill Bradford.
You will be pleased to know that the same style of embedded computing articles can be found each month through Circuit Cellar magazine. Please visit www.circuitcellar.com to learn about this monthly resource for professional designers and electronics enthusiasts alike.
Please enjoy “Build Your Own Z80 Computer” as a great blast from the past. Its style is the foundation on which Circuit Cellar magazine was built and continues to grow. I look forward to seeing you become a part of the ongoing Circuit Cellar success story.
Sincerely,
Sean Donnelly, Publisher – Circuit Cellar
circuitcellar@circuitcellar.com
 

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