8085 Trainer Bibliography

Without Books, I'd Have Nothing to Fill My Head.

I couldn't have even gotten started in electronics without the documentation. Without books like these, I'd still be whacking a crystal radio with a hammer while wondering why it doesn't work.

Useful Books for 8085 Designers


8080/85 Family User's Manual, Intel Corporation

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A slim volume, but the definitive reference to using the 8085. An amazing breadth and depth of material for the size of the book.

8080/85 Assembly Language Programming, Intel Corporation

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The software companion to the User's Manual, this book isn't quite as indispensible, but it is servicable. The instruction descriptions are too brief.


1978 Intel Component Data Catalog, Intel Corporation

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Contains the 8085 data sheets, as well as the rest of the family, including VLSI support chips. Helps you decide if you want to use them, and tells you how many volts you need to program an 8755.


The Intelligent Microcomputer, by Roy W. Goody, SRA

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Clearly and simply describes the operation of the 8080 and 8085 in detail. Provides many sample circuits, and fruitful ideas. I wish my electronics classes had had textbooks this good.


CMOS Logic Databook, Rev. 1, National Semiconductor

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Aside from the data sheets for standard logic, this book has the most complete applications section for using the 74C923 of the several books I have that document it.


Practical Interfacing Techniques for Microprocessor Systems, Coffron and Long

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While I didn't actually use much out of this book, I always refer to it for ideas. This book always gives me food for thought on how I want to solve a particular problem. Plus, you've got to love a book that gives a fully implemented NTSC/PAL video interface using standard logic.


Practical Microprocessors, Hewlett Packard

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This is the companion book to Hewlett-Packard's 8085-based micro trainer. That trainer's only vice was that it had a circuit board so thick it was hard to find a connector that would fit it without forcing it. The tradeoff being that you didn't have to worry about cracking traces by bending the PCB while using the system. The book includes both schematics and source code, always useful references.


Microcomputer Theory and Applications, by Mohamed Rafiquzzaman

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Aside from the standard content, this book includes the complete source for the SDK-85 in the back. A motherlode of useful examples for 8085 system design.


8080 Microcomputer Experiments, by Howard Boyet, Dilithium Press

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Books like this are why I miss Dilithium Press. We won't talk about the others.... Anyway, this is one of the gems of my classic computer library. It was written as a companion to the E&L Instruments MMD-1 micro trainer for the 8080A. It's applicable to far more. It includes some insertions concerning that new 8085 chip.


8080/Z-80 Assembly Language, by Alan R. Miller

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This book is the comprehensive reference that the Intel Assembly Language book isn't. It covers the Z-80 and CP/M as well. 8080 instructions and their operation are discussed in depth, as well as the differences between the different 8080-type MCUs.


And Finally:

8085/8080 Assembly Language Reference Card, Intel Corporation

8085 AL Refcard

What can you say about a software development environment that doesn't fail to function or have media issues after 30 years have gone by? Not a single update, no lost time to plug-in problems, no unwanted interface changes. How cool is that?

Between this, my pencil, eraser, and lined paper I've got everything I need to write all the software the MAG-85 could ever use. Isn't technology wonderful?