Contents of the CHIPS.DOC file
I C D A T A B O O K V1.3
By Jeff Cutcher
Copyright (c) 1988, by Jeff Cutcher
(A SHAREWARE PROGRAM)
IC Data Book Page 1.
This program is shareware. All that is required of you is to register your
copy of the software. To register please send $25 to:
174 Lehigh St.
Brick, NJ 08724
<<< Final Update >>>
This will be the LAST update for this particular piece of software. Do
NOT let this scare you off from registering. I am not moving to Hawaii. I am
currently working on Schematic Filer Version 2.0. This program will consist
- CAD Type Drawing
- Vectorized Graphics
- CGA(Hi Res), EGA, and VGA Support
- Mouse Support
- New Enhanced Parts List Data Book. ( Replacing IC Data Book )
- Test Point Measurements ( Voltages, Current, etc. for trouble
So, I am still working hard at programming, but feel this will be the
last update for IC Data Book. This program is very handy for electronics
classes. I myself use it during DIGITAL Labs. A teacher has given me
encouragement on the program, so I updated it to Version 1.3.
If bugs do occur, please notify me, I will update this software because
of BUGS, but no new features will be added. They will be added in Schematic
Upon receipt of your registration fee, I will keep your name on file for
future updates of any software. I will notify registered users when their
registered software has been updated. The price for updates will be VERY
You are entitled to distribute this software to whomever you wish.
Educational Institutions and Businesses may not distribute this software for
own daily usage. Each piece distributed to a student or employee must be
IC Data Book Page 2.
This program was made for the purpose of cataloging IC's for easy
reference. The program is not that hard to use. Once you become familar with
the one-key commands, you'll have no trouble. I have provided about 43 chips
already. Most of them are common gates. Others include flip-flops, counters,
555 timer chip, and more. The program allows you to enter data about an IC,
and then be able to call it up any time in the future.
H O W T O R U N T H E P R O G R A M !
To run the program, type 'CHIPS' at the DOS prompt. After loaded, the
menu will appear. The menu is:
1) Load In Data on IC.
2) Examine Data.
3) Enter Data For A New IC.
4) Save Present Data.
6) Change Drive/Directory.
7) Edit Info.
8) Color On/Off.
Option #1 is selected when you want to load data of an IC from the disk.
After you hit 1, you will be asked what IC number. Type the number and hit
enter. The computer will then search for it on the present logged drive. If no
match is found, the computer will respond with 'File not found.'.
Option #2 is selected when you want to look at the data presently in
Option #3 allows you to enter data for a new IC.
Option #4 saves the data presently in memory.
Option #5 prints the directory. You'll be promted for the path. If you
press ENTER, the '*.*' path will be entered.
Option #6 allows you to change the drive or directory. For example to
let the program look up data on drive B:, you would hit 7 at the menu, then
at the prompt type 'B:' and enter. Now the logged drive is B. You can also
type in a directory if you wish.
Option #7 is selected to EDIT the data currently in memory. You use it to
either ADD more info, or change the pin info. For example, if you misspelled a
word on the pin descriptions, you can use this little editor to change the
misspelled word to the correct word. But you will probably not use this
feature to much, unless you have a habit of making typing mistakes. You may
also use your own text (ASCII) editor to change text in a .CHP file.
Option #8 allows you to toggle between Color mode and Black/White mode.
Black/White mode (Color Off.) is used for monochrome monitors and/or Laptop
Option X is simple, to exit the program and return back to DOS.
IC Data Book Page 3.
E N T E R I N G D A T A
To enter data for a new IC first select option 3 to enter data. You will
be prompted each time for what data to enter. The first thing you will be
asked is for the date. You will get the prompt '--/--/--'. To keep things
clear you should enter the date in that fashion. For example 01/01/88. BUT,
you can enter the date like 1/1/88 if you want. So it is up to you on how you
want to enter the date. If you JUST press , the current date will be
The next prompt will ask for the chip number. I enter chip numbers with
only their significant numbers. For example a 74H00, 74LS00, ECG7400, or any
type of identification will be entered as a 7400. You can do whatever you want
though. If you enter a chip number with the letters, then that is the way it
will be saved. Now the reason I just put the numbers, is because later in the
ENTER procedure, you will be prompted to enter additional numbers that refer
to the same chip. Also, I allowed up to 8 characters for the chip number
because the chip number will be the filename on disk.
Next you will be asked to enter a four line description of the chip. You
can enter four, 77 character lines. I usually enter information like the
function of the chip and whether it is CMOS or TTL. After each line hit
. If you enter less then 4 lines of info, then just keep hitting
until you reach the next prompt.
After the fourth line is entered, whether it is a blank or not, the next
prompt will ask you to enter additional numbers. These numbers refer to the
same chip. For example if you are entering data on a 7400, you may find that
you own 3 different chips that are the same as the 7400 but have added
letters. This is where you enter those in. You can enter up to 7. If you enter
less then 7 or don't want to enter in any, then just keep hitting
until you reach past the 7th entry. Then the next prompt will appear.
Now you will be asked to enter how many pins the IC has. Now I have made
the program to accept up to 98 pins. But, if you enter a chip that has more
than 42 pins, when you select the key to print the chip on the screen the chip
will not fit. Because the screen is only 25 lines vertically. The reason I
made the feature print the IC vertically was because most of the 74xx chips
have 14,16 or up to 42 pins. After you enter the amount of pins the IC
contains, then you will be prompted to enter the name for each pin. By the
name I mean (Vcc,GND,Input A,Output A,TEST,CLOCK), ect. So use the codes that
are given in the reference book. Then in the pin descriptions, you can
elaborate on the description of each pin.
Next, you will be prompted to enter additional information about the chip.
For example you may want to enter the Min/Max ratings ect. Keep each line less
than 23 chars, because as you will see later, the window on the examine screen
is only 22 chars wide. To finish, on a blank line type '/x' then . You
can enter up to 100 lines of text for the information.
You will have now reached the last step in entering data. You will be
asked to enter the pin descriptions for EACH pin. Each pin has ONE line of
description. The line may be 70 characters long. This description allows you
to more fully explain the code of the pin. For example if, lets say pin 5 was
a clock input, you would have either CLK, or CLOCK. Then in your pin
description you would type, 'CLOCK input, May be from 1MHz to 5MHz.' or
whatever you want. But thats the idea, to explain that pin more fully. You
will do this for every pin.
Remember too, when entering information, you may hit ESC to escape out
of that particular function.
IC Data Book Page 4.
When you have entered the data, you can EXAMINE it to make sure every
thing you typed is correct. If not, you can hit 'M' to return to the menu,
then hit '7' to edit. If everything you typed is correct you may now save it.
Select '4'. The computer will ask if the number you entered before is exactly
what you want. If so you hit 'Y', if not then you hit 'N', and enter the
number you want it saved as. You can then save the present info by a different
number. After you hit 'Y' or enter the new number, the computer will save the
data to disk.
C O M M A N D S F O R T H E E X A M I N E S C R E E N
When you enter the examine screen, the windows will be listed, and the
appropriate data will be put in its window. Next the computer will wait for you
to enter a key. The commands are:
A Change Date.
B Enter NEW four-line description.
C Enter NEW additional numbers. (Existing ones will be erased)
D Exam Pinouts.
E Exam Additional Information on IC.
F Exam the Pin descriptions.
G Print IC on screen.
M EXIT examine screen and return to menu.
Pressing 'A' will allow you to enter in a NEW date. Most likely you will
hit to place the current date. 'B' is used to enter a new description.
'C' is used to enter new numbers. 'D' is used to see the pinouts. After you hit
'D' the cursor will be in the appropriate window. Then, use the arrow up and
arrow down keys for scrolling up or to scroll down. Make sure that the NUM-
LOCK is in the off postion. After you are done examining the data, hit
Command 'E' allows you to exam the additional information. Follow the same
rules as above, use the arrow up and down keys for scrolling. Hit to
stop examing that data. Command 'F' follows the same rules too. This window
ONLY displays one line at a time, but you use the appropriate keys to scroll
through the data. Command 'G' prints the IC on the screen. When you enter IC
data, you are not prompted to DRAW the IC, because the computer uses the data
you entered to draw it. So when you select 'G' the chip will print out. Then
you hit any key to return to the examine screen. Finally, 'M' will return you
back to the menu.
IC Data Book Page 5.
If you run into any problems just leave me mail on the EAGLES ROOST, THE
RIGHT CHOICE, CADDY SHACK BBS, or CompuServe.
THE RIGHT CHOICE: (201) 974-8317
EAGLES ROOST: (201) 244-3528
CADDY SHACK: (201) 920-2353
Jeffrey L. Cutcher (CIS 71071,263)
174 Lehigh Street.
Brick, NJ 08724