A simple 8 bit controller from NCL
So far I couldn't find any further manuals about this controller on the internet. There is only the usual overview on "Total Hardware 1999". Attention: This overview has a mistake! See drive 4/612 (i.e. Seagate ST-225), see below.
- ROM BIOS: 0xC8000
- I/O Port: 0x320
- IRQ: 5
The BIOS is basically of type 2764, i.e. it is 8 KByte in size. On this card two EPROMs from MITSUBISHI (M5L2764K) are used. Sticker on BIOS: NCL 5027 CN-12-01. Sticker on second EPROM (Microcode): NCL 5027 00-00-04. The BIOS contains the following string:
NCL01 (C) COPYRIGHT SPACETECH 1984 (C) COPYRIGHT SVC 1985
Like the IT-805 controller, the NDC-5027 has a good low-level formatting routine, but you have to select the disk drive with the switch (SW1). You can also split the drive into 2 logical units. I did not test.
Start low level formatting with:
DEBUG (ENTER) -G=C800:5 (ENTER)
In contrast to the CTT IT-805 (1:1), you can only set the interleave factor to 1:3. More is not possible. I checked it with SpinRite II.
- Total Hardware 1999: Jumpers and switches - Overview