Nov 222015

This is the first in hopefully a series of posts regarding the Rainbow Islands hardware.
I have no time frame in mind for releasing these posts and I will do them when I have any particular section covered.

First up is the reset/watchdog circuit.


Here we have the circuit that I have drawn out.
On power up the MB3771 power supply monitor chip will keep the CPU in a reset condition by asserting a low signal to pin 4 of IC2 (74LS08 AND gate).
At the same time the master reset pin of the 74393 4-bit binary counter is held high thanks to the inverting buffer at IC3.
Note, jumper JP1 can be used to disable the watchdog although I couldn’t find a resistor tying it high which would mean if the trace was cut on JP1 the MR pin would be floating. Maybe I just cant see it.

Once the MB3771 is happy it asserts a high signal from pin 8 which will allow the 68000 CPU to run and the watchdog timer to begin.
The watchdog clock is taken from the VBLANK signal and directly clocks the first binary counter at pin 1 which in turn clocks the secondary binary counter via output pin 6.
If the master reset pin in not activated within a certain time then the counters will count up and initiate a reset.

The watchdog reset signal is achieved by writing any value to an address between $3c0000 – $3dffff.
The memory map for the watchdog is determined by the PAL20L8 device B22-07 @ IC7.
Output pin 21 is the pin concerned with this function. Here are the equations for it.

!WD = 1ACK & !A23 & !A22 & A21 & A20 & A19 & A18 & !A17 & !AS
# 1ACK & !A23 & !A22 & A21 & A20 & A19 & !A18 & A16 & !AS
# 1ACK & !A23 & !A22 & A21 & A20 & A19 & A17 & !A16 & !AS

This output goes to a 74LS138 decoder/demultiplexer. Output pin 13 is the watchdog reset output.

That’s pretty much it. Simple and nothing much out of the ordinary.

 Posted by at 1:19 pm

  One Response to “Rainbow Islands – Reset/Watchdog Circuit”

  1. Great work.This is a common design on all Taito boards that uses the M3B771 monitor voltage,I think.