Category: Documentation

  • NIROS – Nixdorf Interactive Real-time Operating System versions

    The picture on the left is a BA80 display showing the NIROS EX 3.3 log-on screen. The first version of NIROS that I can find any record of is 3.3 (not EX 3.3 just plain NIROS 3.3) and was the first version I used. Over the years, it went through many enhancements and updates. I’ve listed […]

  • 8870 CPU instruction set

    ​If you open an 8870 system cabinet you will find circuit boards or plates, and if you open these plates you won’t find a CPU chip (actually that’s not completely correct as Nixdorf loved the Z80 CPU and you find them in all their peripherals), but the main system CPU was actually bit-slice technology; meaning it […]

  • Communication interface personality boards

    There are many different ways to connect an 8870 to it’s VDUs, printers and the outside world in general. The 8870 supports PLC (Programmable Line Controller) devices that provide a lot of interface options and protocols but for general connectivity of VDUs and modems, the ALME (Asynchronous Line Multiplexer Extended) is the preferred and easiest […]

  • 8870 Plate

    The 8870/Quattro computer system houses a variety of boards or plates. They are have a uniform height and width and usually encased with a metal frame and aluminium side panels. One or more plates can be fixed together to make larger modules and one or more of the plates may have an LFI plaque affixed. […]