The MC CRT Controller performs the interface to raster scan. CRT displays. It is intended for use in processor-based controllers for. CRT terminals in. The MC CRT controller performs the interface between an MPU and a raster -scan CRT display. It is intended for use in MPU-based controllers for CRT. The Cathode Ray Tube Controller (CRTC) is a programmable IC used to generate video displays. This IC is used in a variety of computers including the.

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Graphics chips Motorola products. Interlaced and non-interlaced output modes are supported, as is a hardware text cursor. This is commonly 8645 by demos and much more rarely games to provide one moving area of the display usually the play field and one static usually a status display.

The process of reading that value, converting it into pixels, and sending it to a CRT is left to other circuits.

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Also, an internal latch is provided which when triggered will duplicate and retain a copy of the video address so that it can later be read back by the CPU. Every address it generates is composed of two parts – a 14 bit character address and a 5 bit row address.

Therefore, adding such a character buffer to the was not a cost-effective approach when the chip was introduced. The sync generation includes generation of horizontal and vertical video blanking signals, which are used to condition the external pixel generation circuits.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This is useful for light pens and light guns which can function by sending a pulse to the when the electron beam passes, allowing a running program to read back the location that was pointed at. You are commenting using your WordPress.


The was one of the first chips I got to grips with. A design dontroller use only the 14 bit character address and set the number of rows per character to 1 but it would be constrained to 16 kB of addressable memory.

On the the same thing requires adjustment of the character height. The may be set to work in linear 14 bit mode using a status bit.

That being said his goal was to just get the display system running. This has the advantages of easier programming for non-character display and easy smooth horizontal scrolling but can impede smooth vertical scrolling.

It is used to produce correctly timed horizontal and vertical sync and provide the address in memory from which the next pixel or set of pixels should be read. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: If he stepped up from the ATmegap to a ATmeag or ATmega then he would have enough pins to run it straight off the micro and be much faster. These limits arise from the combination of the and the design of the external memory connected to it, not from the alone.

It was used in a few other machines, e. The chip he used is 20MIPs and would likely be faster than the original Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Then did a board using anot thefor a core based system. This causes the same sequence of character values to be re-read from the memory for each raster line of each character row, before the advances the memory address to the next controlldr row and repeats the same crtt.

Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree to the Controlldr of Use and Privacy Policy. So if I understand correctly, modern electronics can do in 40seconds what a 30 year old processor can do in a split second?


Although overwhelmingly compatible, a number of small variations exist between the and Notify me of new comments via email. The biggest difference is that the may be configured so that it has sole access to the address bus for video memory. It is also significant that each word addressed by the does not have to equal one pixel or one character.

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The slow speed is due to the shortcomings of a particular design. For low-power handheld devices, which would be the main ones likely to use character displays now, the power used for high-bandwidth memory access would be good reason to reduce the memory bandwidth for display refresh through the use of a line cache in the display controller.

With drawing of blank pixels at the screen edges, this can be made invisible to the user creating just the illusion of a smooth vertical scroll. A solution is found in the Amstrad CPCwhich combines the row address and character address to provide linear scanlines within a non-linear buffer.

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Vertical scrolling appears constrained because only the character start address can be set cet the row address is always zeroed at frame start, but by adjusting border times it is possible to shift the position the framebuffer is shown on the raster display for increments in between whole characters. The two ICs were quite different. When limiting his video RAM writes to the vertical retrace period, the screen shown at the top of this post took a full 40 seconds to display.