Here you find some useful resources to build your A3660 construction kit.
Download the following documents:
- The bill of material (BOM), a list of all parts and their corresponding part numbers on the PCB
- A graphical overview and some important part numbers of the assortment box you received
We have prepared some useful images that will help you to assemble the board:
- A3660 assembled (upper side)
- A3660 assembled (lower side)
- How to place R101 and R510
- How to place the CPU socket
- How to place C400
We recommend the following tools to assemble the board:
- An appropriate soldering station with a fine and medium soldering tip
- Fine and low-temperature soldering tin
- Soldering Flux (better soldering and kind of fixing parts while soldering)
- A cutter or pliers to remove the bottom of the GAL sockets
- Tweezers to place and hold small parts
- Toothbrush and Isopropanol alcohol for cleaning the PCB
Some hints for assembling the board:
A.) We recommend to start with the low profile parts first (i.e. resistors and capacitors) followed by the parts that have higher profile.
B.) Putting some soldering flux on the solder joints and then putting the ICs in place before soldering simplifies the soldering process enormously.
C.) Place the C400 part according to the this picture.
D.) Place the CPU socket according to this picture.
E.) R101 and R510 are selectors (depending on where you put the resistors). Putting R101 on “5ns” and leaving “10ns” unpopulated is the recommended setting for your setup (Shipped Delayline IC works with 5ns). View this picture.
F.) R510 selects the installed CPU model. There is an important difference regarding power supply between the Motorola 68040 and 68060 CPU models. The 68040 models works with 5 Volts, whereas the 68060 CPU work with 3.3 Volts! If you are using a 68060 CPU, put the resistor on the “060” marked position and install the Voltage Regulator LM1085 at VR1 position (this will power the CPU with 3.3 Volts, de LM1085 transforms the 5V of the board to 3.3V for the CPU area only). Otherwise, if you are using a 68040 CPU, put the resistor on the “040” marked position and simply bridge the IN and OUT pins of the VR1 (this way the CPU will be powered with 5V. But be careful, powering a 68060 CPU with 5V will destroy it beyond recoverability!!! So always keep this information in mind if you should ever change the CPU model on your board (i.e. from 040 to 060 or vice-versa)!
Some hints for installing the accelerator board to your Amiga computer:
First of all, don’t forget to set the mainboard jumpers correctly! You will find appropriate information on the backside of the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) or the Internet.
Secondly remove your Kickstart ROMs from their sockets (using a small and flat screw driver and wipe alternately from from both sides of the IC to slowly put it out.
Then place the new Kickstart ROMs in the same sockets (watch out for little notch to place them in the correct direction!).
Now firmly put the accelerator board to the processor socket of your Amiga. You can use a office ruber to push on the upper side solder joints of the long processor sockets in order to exert enough force to cleanly merge the connectors.
If you are using an 68060 CPU on your board, keep in mind that you will need to install an appropriate 68060.library to your Sys:Libs folder on your hard-drive (such as the Phase5 68060 libraries: http://phase5.a1k.org/ )
If you encounter any problems or have further questions, you can contact us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org