Schneiderware Pseudo ROM
The Schneiderware Pseudo ROM is a expansion "ROM" board, with 16K EPROM (read-only) and 16K battery-backed SRAM (read/write-able), published by german magazine CPC Schneider International as part of their Schneiderware DIY series. The plain PCB, or the fully assembled board were also available via mail-order.
Databoxes: UHR8000 RTC-RAM-driver in 10-1986 (hex listing, plus Hisoft Devpac source code) (caution this version uses incorrect I/O addresses FBE1-FBE3), UHRC000X RTC-ROM-driver in 4-1987 (this version uses correct I/O addresses FBE2-FBE4). Uni-PIO examples in 12-1986 (=only a few basic lines). There seem to be no Centronics and V/24 drivers included in databoxes.
- Schneiderware #8 Pseudo ROM (SRAM and EPROM mapped as ROM) (4/1987 pages 26-34, plus corrections in 5/1987 pages 32-34)
|Address (default)||Address (alternate)||Usage|
|DFxxh||N/A|| Schneiderware RAM/EPROM - Expansion ROM bank number (W)|
Battery-backed SRAM and/or EPROM are selected when the bank-number matches the jumper-selected values; the memory is then mapped to C000h..FFFFh (in case of READing one must also enable upper ROM via Gate Array). The bank number decoding is a bit strange:
The SRAM/Write mode doesn't disable the internal RAM in the CPC, so writes are going both to SRAM and normal RAM at C000-FFFF, that no matter if upper ROM is enabled/disabled via Gate Array; the author recommended to map VRAM to 4000-7FFF via CRTC registers, in order to prevent video dirt during writing.