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Zilog Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter

Introduction

I have originally designed this adaptor for Z80 microcomputer project and CPU tester, but this turn out so well that I have now posted all schematic, gerber files and documentation to fellow enthusiast such as yourself :) Perhaps (and I hope) content in this obscured corner of interwebs will inspire you to start your own projects.

I have found out that Z80 adaptor for QFP44 and PLCC44 to DIP40 packages are non existent on market and this little board would be handy, if you collect Zilog Z80 CPU's or just wanna have a play with different revisions/packages. Design of my adaptor PCB was inspired by random PLCC to DIP adaptor used usually for EEPROM programmers etc. You can find tons of these gadgets on interwebs.

I will buy one of those fancy random PLCC to DIP adaptor or any other PLCC adaptors and it will all work you say.... WRONG!
Zilog Z80 in QFP and PLCC package has different pinout to standard and can not be used in one to one replacement. For starters QFP nad PLCC has 44 pins and DIP package only 40. Check out Product specification sheet and let the evidence guide your senses ☉ ‿ ⚆.

Card was designed in a tenet that form follows function and nothing more. Nothing special to mention about PLCC44 footprint, throughole package was chosed as it's easier to solder at home and pins don't colide. Machined DIP headers are strongly recommended as classic might ruin your precious DIP socket.
These boards look absolutely gorgeous in standard blue solder mask because hey! Zilog was all about blue! I can advise you where to buy connectors, I bought mine on Ali.

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Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter
Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter

Purchase item



... but if you feel like getting something for nothing isn't your cup of tea (completely understandable) (ಥ﹏ಥ) and a prefer to support me and get something back in return, then you please purchase this item directly from my on my eBay shop (click on FleaBay logo above). However if you are still up for an adventure (and are happy to have PCB's made yourself in your favourite PCB house - JLCPCB is recommended), then carry on and download gerber files further down. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Specs


Board Type: Backplane
Board Material: FR4-Standard Tg 130-140C Epoxy Glass Composite
Layers: Double sided
PCB Colour: Blue colour solder mask, white silk screen lettering
Surface Finish: Lead free HASL-RoHS
External size: 68 x 99 mm for 3x1 panelized, 24 x 52 mm depanelized
Board Thickness: standard 1.6mm
Board Connector LQFP-44_10x10mm_P0.8mm, 2.54mm:PinHeader_1x20_P2.54mm_Vertical_SMD_Pin1Left
Copper Thickness: 35um
Card weight: 15g panelized

Bill of materials

BOM amount for 1 depanelized adaptor:

Identifier Value Qty Notes
Printed Circuit Board 24 x 52 mm Z80 PLCC44 to DIP40 Adaptor 1 v1.2
Socket IC 1 PLCC, 44 pins, through hole 1 Mouser No: 649-54020-44030LF
Digi-Key Part Number: 2057-PLCC-44-AT-ND
Solder to top side of PCB
Connector J1,J2 2.54mm Pin header, Vertical, 1x20 SMD machined 2 Connector_PinHeader_2.54mm:PinHeader_1x20_P2.54mm_Vertical_SMD_Pin1Left
Solder to bottom side of PCB

Assembly instructions and notes


Gerber files contain " JLCJLCJLCJLC" to the silk layer. You can specify a location of the order number, select the "Specify a location" option when you place an order. Only if you order via JLCPCB
Use a temperature-controlled soldering station and quality solder, use plenty of flux. Take care not to leave solder bridges as any short circuit will most likely lead to failures
Use a temperature-controlled heat gun station and quality solder paste, use plenty of flux. Take care not to leave solder bridges as any short circuit will most likely lead to failures

Assembly:
1 - First start with pin headers: Insert and solder 2x Pin header, Vertical, 1x20 THT to bottom side of PCB. Pin headers are in 600mil pitch spacing. Use quality MACHINED golden plated pin headers, they are cheap and will protect your precious DIP socket.
2 - Turn around and insert Z80 and solder CPU PLCC-44 socket to top side of panelized PCB. Socket will need to be lifted a little bit as pin headers protruding to top of PCB about 0.5mm
3 - Remove outer cornners of panelized PCB from panel by snapping mouse bites (please don't use teeth this might end up in disaster and you with new dentures).
4 - Liberate single adapter and Enjoy!

Schematic


File type File name File size Last modified
Z8400 CPU Product specification, document PS017801-0602, Fig2,2a,2b z8400cpu_datasheet.pdf 1124 kB 20/07/2021
Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter Schematic v1.0 schematic_dip40-plcc44_v10.pdf 98 kB 21/07/2021

Design Files


File type File name File size Last modified
PCB layers v1.2 pcblayers_z80cpu_plcc44_dip40_adapter_v12.pdf 107 kB 14/09/2021
Gerbers Panelized 1 row, 3 collumns 68 x 99 mm, 2 Layer FR4, v1.2 gerber_z80plcc-dip_panel_v12.zip 111 kB 14/09/2021
Solder paste stencil Not available for this project

Photographs


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Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter
Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter
gerber files and photographs may vary, v1.1 (rev.1) pictured
Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter
Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter
gerber files and photographs may vary, v1.0 (rev.0) pictured
Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter
Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter
Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter
Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter
Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter
Z80 CPU PLCC44 to DIP40 adapter

Versions and revisions


This section lists the project version and revision history.

v1.2

■ Various silkscreen updates
■ Various PCB updates

v1.1

■ Various silkscreen updates
■ Various cosmetic updates
■ Traces update
■ panelized PCB in 3x1 grid

v1.0

■ prototype


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