ZBasic Language Reference
Recommended ZX-32a4 Serial Interface Circuit
The pullup resistor shown on the ZXs Com1 transmit output (pin 23) is needed to ensure that the serial
output line stays in the idle state during reset cycles. Its value is non-critical anything from 4.7K to 22K
should work fine. The pullup resistor on the reset input isnt technically required since the chip itself has
an internal pullup. The external pullup could be eliminated or could be made larger if desired.
There are other serial interface circuits that would provide the required functionality, two of which are
shown below. Both alternate circuits use the same ATN circuitry as the recommended circuit above.
Alternate Serial Interface Circuit #1
The first alternate above is similar to the circuitry used on the ZX-24 series devices. The advantage to
this circuit is its simplicity. The disadvantage is that the voltage levels of the serial output signal do not