Spectrum Chips

Various ICs as used in the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. All chips are new, unused unless stated.

Products:

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4116 DRAM IC For lower RAM in Spectrum

4116 Spectrum "Lower RAM" Chip - Mostek brand

  • 4116 RAM (150ns) chips used for Lower RAM in ZX Spectrum
  • Unused, old stock parts. Good clean condition and all tested for 2 hours before dispatch

The 48K and 16K Spectrum uses eight 4116 chips for the lower 16KB of RAM. A chip can fail quite readily (especially following edge-connector related mishaps) - usually causing the Spectrum to not initialize on power up (often with the classic Dead-Spectrum vertical black+white columns / flashing attribute blocks display).

Sometimes a bad chip can be detected simply by its temperature - if it is noticeably warmer than those around it, it will be highly suspect. Another crude but often effective test is to "piggy-back" a working chip on each RAM chip one at a time. If the error goes away or at least changes, there's a good chance that chip is faulty.

Price: £ 1.40   Add to cart. (8 in stock)
4164 Spectrum Upper RAM chip

4164 Spectrum "Upper RAM" Chip - Samsung / Panasonic Brand

  • Organization: 64K x 1, Speed: 150ns or faster, 128-cycle refresh, Package: 16 pin DIL
  • Unused, old stock parts. Good clean condition and tested for 2 hours before dispatch.
  • Can be used individually or in any quantity to replace any of the original Upper RAM chips used in the Spectrum 48K (eg: Texas Instrumenents TMS4532-15NL3, TMS4532-15NL4,  OKI M3732H-20, M3732L-20). The RAM type jumper settings on the PCB can be ignored when using these chips (please see this page for more info regarding the Spectrum's Upper RAM.)
  • These chips cannot be (directly) used to replace the "4116" chips used for the LOWER 16KB of RAM in the bottom left of the Spectrum's PCB.
  • Also suitable for the Spectrum 128 and grey 128 +2 (but not the +2A or +3)
Price: £ 1.40   Add to cart. (6 in stock)
74HCT00 Logic IC

74HCT00 Logic IC

  • A cheaper, modern replacement for the 74LS00 logic IC in the ZX Spectrum
Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (30 in stock)
74HCT157 Logic IC

74HCT157 IC

  • A cheaper, modern replacement for the 74LS157 logic IC for ZX Spectrum
Price: £ 0.60   Add to cart. (29 in stock)
74HCT32 Logic IC

74HCT32 Logic IC

  • A cheaper, modern replacement for the 74LS32 Logic IC in the ZX Spectrum
Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (12 in stock)
74LS00 Logic IC

74LS00 Logic IC

  • Replacement logic IC for the ZX Spectrum (Quad NAND gate)
Price: £ 0.89   Add to cart. (17 in stock)
74LS04 Logic IC

74LS04 Logic Inverter IC

As used in Issue 6A Spectrum motherboards and also on some models of Spectrum 128

Price: £ 0.75   Add to cart. (16 in stock)
74LS157 Logic IC

74LS157 IC (Texas Instruments)

  • Logic IC used in the ZX Spectrum (multiplexor chip) and in some models of Spectrum 128
Price: £ 0.80   Add to cart. (19 in stock)
74LS32 Logic IC

74LS32 Logic IC

  • Logic IC for the ZX Spectrum (Quad OR gate)
Price: £ 0.75   Add to cart. (19 in stock)
7805 5 Volt Regulator IC

7805 Voltage Regulator

Replacement 5 volt regulator IC for the Spectrum, (breadbin) Commodore 64, ZX81 etc

Price: £ 0.50   Add to cart. (15 in stock)
LM1889N video encoder IC

LM1889N Video Encoder IC

Replacement LM1889N Chip, as used in ZX Spectrum

Price: £ 2.99   Add to cart. (7 in stock)
Nebula - ULA Replacement Module

Nebula - A Spectrum 16/48 ULA Replacement Module

The Nebula is a plug-in PCB module designed to replace the ULA chip found in UK Spectrum 16/48 motherboards (versions 2 to 6) - You can read more about it here. Here's some important fitting notes.

Availability update: 2-6-2020: The cost of the main chip has returned to normal so I'll probably be making Nebulas again soon.

Price: £ 18.99   Add to cart. (out of stock)
RAM upgrade kit for 16KB Spectrum (to 48K)

RAM Upgrade Kit for 16K ZX Spectrum (to 48K)

Comprises:

  • 8 x 4164 Upper RAM chips (Unused, old stock Texas Instruments brand - all tested before dispatch.)

.. brand new support logic chips for the upper RAM:

  • 2 x 74HCT157
  • 1 x 74HCT32
  • 1 x 74HCT00

.. and wire links / solder, and printed instructions.

Fitting is usually just a case of inserting the chips into the empty sockets on the motherboard and soldering a couple of wire links across the appropriate pads on the PCB. Almost all 16K models can be upgraded but there are some very early (Issue One) Spectrums that have no space on the PCB for more memory.

Price: £ 11.99   Add to cart. (out of stock)
RAM upgrade kit for 16KB Spectrum (to 48K) PCB version

RAM Upgrade Kit for 16K ZX Spectrum (to 48K) PCB Version.

This version of the Spectrum RAM upgrade kit offers a cheaper, modern alternative to using individual DRAM chips. A small custom daughterboard PCB with a low power SRAM IC is simply pressed into the RAM IC sockets.

The kit also contains the 4 support logic chips which must be fitted at positions IC23-26 (IE: 2 x 74HCT157, 1 x 74HCT32 and1 x 74HCT00). A couple of wire links may also need to be soldered between the appropriate pads located on the PCB - full fitting instructions are provided.

Please check your Spectrum can be actually upgraded! Almost all 16K models can but there are some very early Spectrums that have no space on the PCB for more memory.

Click here for fitting instructions (printed version also included in kit)

If you don't require the support logic, the board is usually available on its own - see below.


Price: £ 9.99   Add to cart. (2 in stock)
ROM Replacement (EPROM) Kit

ROM Replacement (EPROM) Kit for the Spectrum 16/48

It is possible to replace the Spectrum's ROM with an EPROM should it become faulty. However, a small modification must be made to the Spectrum PCB. This kit contains the necessary components:

  • 1 x 28 pin 32KB EPROM
  • 1 x 28 DIL socket
  • 2 x schottky BAT85 diodes
  • 1 x 10K resistor
  • Instructions

One advantage of replacing the Spectrum ROM with a 32KB EPROM is that it allows two different ROM images to installed if desired (the ROM selection is based on the connections to the PCB - it's also possible to use a SPDT switch for selection, EG: See this video.) EG: Having a diagnostics ROM in the second ROM slot can be very useful. (Please see the Spectrum 128 section for ROM replacements for that machine - no extra components/mods are required there.)

VERY IMPORTANT:  You must email the ROM file(s) you wish installed on the EPROM and I'll burn them before dispatch- contact me for details. Note that the EPROMs I supply are write-once devices so cannot be reprogrammed once the ROM image has been burned.

Price: £ 3.99   Add to cart. (6 in stock)
ROM Replacement Module - No PCB Mods

Switchable ROM Replacement Board (No PCB mods required)

  • For the original 16K/48K ZX Spectrum.
  • With this unit, either of two 16K ROM images can be selected using a small onboard switch (which can be accessed from Spectrum's expansion port if necessary)
  • Unlike when using a standard EPROM, no Spectrum PCB modifications are required when using this board - you can desolder/unplug the existing ROM chip and replace it with this module.
  • Please send the 2 ROM images you require programmed onto the unit after purchase - usually a diagnostic ROM and the standard BASIC ROM are required (contact me for help if needed)
Price: £ 7.99   Add to cart. (5 in stock)
Spectrum Lower RAM replacement board

Lower RAM replacement board for ZX Spectrum

A PCB module designed to replace (all 8) of the 4116 ICs used for the lower 16KB of RAM in the Spectrum.

Price: £ 9.99   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Spectrum Upper RAM replacement board only

Upper RAM replacement board for ZX Spectrum

A PCB module designed to replace (all 8) of the 4532 ICs used for the upper 32KB of RAM in the Spectrum.

  • Suitable for Spectrum motherboard issues 2-6
  • Modern low power SRAM
  • Can be pressed into DIL sockets or soldered onto Spectrum PCB when the 4532s have been removed.
  • Click here for fitting instructions - printed version also included with board.

Please note: If you need to upgrade a 16KB machine with this board, please purchase the version with the support logic chips.

 

Price: £ 8.99   Add to cart. (out of stock)
Z80 CPU - NEW

Z80 CPU - New

  • Brand new direct replacement Z80 Central Processing Unit for Spectrum (and ZX81 etc) 
  • Modern lower-power CMOS version, made by Zilog.
  • Replacing the CPU should resolve the known issues with the out-of-spec Z80s sometimes found in Spectrums. (EG:  External interfaces not working correctly due to timing anomalies and weak signals such as "M1")
Price: £ 4.75   Add to cart. (10 in stock)
Z80 CPU - Salvaged

Z80 CPU - Salvaged

  • Original NMOS type Z80 Central Processing Unit for Spectrum (and ZX81 etc)
  • Manufacturer: NEC, SGS, Mostek, Zilog etc 
  • De-soldered from a Spectrum board, cleaned and re-tested (checked "M1" signal etc)
  • Straight, long pins (not cropped short) so easy to re-use.
Price: £ 2.50   Add to cart. (5 in stock)