SC710 – RCBus Backplane

SC710 is an RCBus modular backplane with 12 vertical bus sockets, 1 horizontal bus socket, and one horizontal bus plug.



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Parts List

PCB1SC710, v1.0, PCB
C1 to C1212Capacitor, ceramic, 100 nF
JP12 to JP20
17Header, male, 2 row x 3 pin, straight
JP2,4,6,8,105Header, male, 2 row x 5 pin, straight
Jumper76Jumper shunt
K1 to K612Header, female, 2 row x 40 pin, straight
P11Header, male, 2 row x 40 pin, angled
S11Header, female, 2 row x 40 pin, angled
Spacer12Spacer, 10mm, M3, nylon
Screw (for spacer)24Machine screw, 6mm, M3

Printed Circuit Board


This backplane conforms fully to the RCBus specification v1.0 and thus supports: RCBus-2014, RCBus-Z80, RCBus-68xx, RCBus-9995.

User Guide

This backplane section can be used as an extension to other backplane sections or it can be used as the only backplane in the system.

Input/output port functions
I/O Address ReadWrite
Jumper options
JP 1, 3, 5,
JPx.1 Connect P37 signal between bus sockets
JPx.2 Connect P38 signal between bus sockets*
JPx.3 Connect P39 signal between bus sockets*
* See daisy chain details below
JP 2,4,6
JPx.1 Connect TX signal between bus sockets
JPx.2 Connect RX signal between bus sockets
JPx.3 Connect P37 signal between bus sockets
JPx.4 Connect P38 signal between bus sockets*
JPx.5 Connect P39 signal between bus sockets*
* See daisy chain details below
JP12 to 22JPx.1 Connect P42 signal between bus sockets*
JPx.2 Connect P43 signal between bus sockets*
JPx.3 Connect P44 signal between bus sockets
* See daisy chain details below

JP 1 to JP10 allow some signals to be isolated between bus sockets. This can be helpful if there are several modules that use these signals for different functions.

Typically the signals will be connected straight through to each bus socket by fitting jumper shunts horizontally, as illustrated to the left.

Alternatively, a daisy chain can be created from pin 39 to 38. This requires a jumper shunt to be fitted in the position illustrated to the left. A second daisy chain can be created from pin 43 to 42.

A daisy chain is created with two pins on each module. One pin is an output signal while the other is an input signal. The jumper connects the output of one module to the input of the next. The illustration below shows the jumper positions required to create a daisy chain between four modules, in bus sockets K1 to K4.

Daisy chains are typically use to create a priority ‘chain’. In the case illustrated above the output is from pin 39 of one module and this is connected to the input pin 38 on the input of module to the right. This creates a priority chain where the modules on the left are a higher priority than modules on the right.

Typical uses for a daisy chain are the Z80 mode 2 interrupt priority, IEI and IEO signals. This is specified as using pins 39 and 38. The second chain, using pins 43 and 42 can be used for a DMA priority chain.

Priority chains require all bus slots in the chain to be occupied by suitable modules. A gap can be left by fitting a pair of jumper shunts horizontally to pass the input and output signals straight through to the bus socket not use the chain signals, rather than being crossed from output to input pins.

The illustration above configures the backplane for a daisy chain where bus socket K3 does not receive a crossed chain signal and thus should not contain a module which is part of the chain. Socket K3 can be empty or can contain a module which does not have connections to pins 39 or 38.

Assembly Guide

Below is the suggested order of assembly. A general guide to assembling circuit boards can be found here.

  • Decoupling capacitors C1 to C12
    These can be fitted either way around
  • Header pins P1
  • Bus socket S1
  • Header pins JP1 to JP22
  • Bus sockets K1 to K12


  • This product is designed for hobby use and is not suitable for industrial, commercial, or safety-critical applications.
  • The product contains small parts and is not suitable for young children.

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