Hardware

It it’s current incarnation, the Steckschwein consists of 4 main units:

  1. CPU/Memory
  2. IO (VIA 65c22), now also including UART
    1. SPI-Devices
    2. UART 16550
    3. Joysticks and user port
  3. Video / audio board with V9958 VDP and YM3812 (OPL2) sound chip

The 62c22 VIA is mainly utilized as SPI master to implement SPI as the main peripheral bus, connecting SD-card, RTC and the ATmega8 (used as PS/2 controller) to the system. The block diagram shows how things are working together.

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Block diagram as PDF