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Retro Chip Tester (RCT) Bare Boards - IC test tool

Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  Bare Boards -  IC test tool
Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  Bare Boards -  IC test tool
Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  Bare Boards -  IC test tool
Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  Bare Boards -  IC test tool
Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  Bare Boards -  IC test tool
Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  Bare Boards -  IC test tool
Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  Bare Boards -  IC test tool
Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  Bare Boards -  IC test tool
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Retro Chip Tester (RCT) Bare Boards - IC test tool

14-9-21  *** new stock arrived this week ***    only 2-remaining


Silicon-ark is pleased to be appointed sole UK distributor for Stephan Slabihoud's Retro Chip Tester (RCT).   

Stephan has spent many years developing this seriously usefull piece of IC test equipment.  

Specially designed for the retro computer / arcade game / synth builders who need to test the older chips that other testers cannot.


Supplied in "Bare Bones" format (main board PCB and Power PCB) for the home constructor to self build with the ATMega surface mount chip being pre-soldered and pre-flashed...so only basic through hole soldering required for everthing else. (see photo marked "A" and "B")

Construction time is 4 to 6 hours, all components easily available.  Construction, BoM, and test routines are all  very well documented.

Powered by USB, or external PSU.  Optional adaptor boards available for chips with specific voltage or pinout requirements. 

Onboard socket for use with SD card adapter to allow for the storage of ROM contents.

The easily updated library contains extensive test routines for the following :

 SRAM's , DRAM's, FIFO, EPROM's, ROM's, PROM's , 74 and 4000 series logic,

also:  other analog IC switches, latches, inverters,drivers, decoders,transceivers, bus drivers, displays.

Test routines are well thought out, aggresive and thorough and outshine anything currently available. 

Please note we have constructed one of these boards, and had it on daily tests for many weeks, some 2500+ chips now tested, back to back with the RCT, old ABI, new ABI and Dataman LV48.  Conclusion the RTC is now our main chip tester for production testing. We have yet to break it, or accidentally destroy a chip.   It allowed the testing of previously untestable chips, and recouped the investment in time and parts in a single day. 

(see photo: "C" - select chip  ...     photo " D" - testing chip ....     photo "E" - test result )

Please feel free to call me if you need any further information.

Current Firmware version : Beta 3     direct link to RCT website:  http://8bit-museum.de/rct

Download Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  build guide and user manual  ( 10 Mb ) :        

Download Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  supported LOGIC chip library :         

Download Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  supported DRAM chip library :         

Download Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  supported SRAM chip library :         

Download Retro Chip Tester (RCT)  supported ROM / PROM chip library :        


  • Availability: 2
  • Product Code: Retro Chip Tester (RCT) Bare Boards - IC test tool
  • MPN: RCT-V1.2h
£77.00
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