[Coco] new products - pre-announcement
jimcox at miba51.com
Sun Aug 31 00:39:08 EDT 2008
Wow! Great going Chuck!
On Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 7:56 PM, Chuck Youse
<cyouse at serialtechnologies.com> wrote:
> Well folks, I've been busy doing rather than talking. Next week I'll be
> putting up a web site at http://www.retroengineering.com where I will
> display my newest creations, complete with schematics, layouts, theory
> of operation, data sheets for ICs used, software drivers, etc. They
> will be offered for sale (with warranties and support) for those who
> wish to buy them, but everyone will be welcome to build their own from
> the information on the site -- I will even give assistance as my
> schedule allows -- provided that you do not engage in profit-making from
> it. My intent is really to have some fun, provide a means for those
> without the requisite time, skills or equipment to get their hands on
> some of these things easily, and maybe make a few bucks to offset the
> investment of time and development costs.
> Four main I/O boards for the Coco are already on their way to the fab
> house and will be back by the end of September:
> 1. The COCO HDISK - nothing exciting, a simple hard disk controller. I
> will sell these as bundled systems for NitrOS-9 complete with hard drive
> in an external case, pre-installed with NitrOS-9. ROM on board boots
> NitrOS-9 from hard disk (no floppy required -- you can even leave the
> floppy drivers out of your cobbled NitrOS-9 build). Expected
> availability: Oct 1 2008.
> 2. The COCO FDC - this is my (revised) high-density no-halt floppy
> controller, for use with NitrOS-9. Boots NitrOS-9 from 3.5"
> high-density 1.44M floppy -- not for use with RS-DOS. Comes as a
> package with controller and 3.5" drive in external case. Expected
> availability: Oct 15 2008. (Note: I don't expect much interest in this,
> so the production run is small. I.e., a limited quantity will be
> 3. The COCO SSP - this is a board with a 16C552 on it, essentially, two
> buffered (FIFO) UARTs and a PC-style parallel port for driving a printer
> or external EEPROM programmer, etc. With NitrOS-9 drivers and example
> machine code for use with RS-DOS. Expected availability: Oct 15 2008.
> (I will be employing this card to put up a two-user BBS on my "main"
> Coco. Internet-accessible through Cisco async magic.)
> and last, but not least,
> 4. The COCO NET - 10baseT ethernet for your CoCo. Yes, it's finally
> here. With sample software for NitrOS-9 and Microsoft BASIC, in the
> form of a simple web server and a TFTP client for transferring files
> over IP. If time allows I may write a full-blown stack for NitrOS-9; no
> promises. Expected availability: sometime in November. (This was the
> most time-consuming, not because the design was terribly difficult --
> though it did have some gotchas -- but mostly because it had to be
> hand-routed to deal with trace matching and differential impedance
> considerations. It may not work out on the first spin, hence the vague
> Stay tuned for more details -- I'll let you know when more information
> is available on retroengineering.com. (I'm just waiting for the
> significant-other to work her CSS magic. I don't do web. At least, not
> prettily.) Until then, feel free to drop me a line if something piques
> your interest, or if you have any comments.
> Go go gadget Coco,
> PS By the way, all of these, except for the high-density floppy
> controller, will work on Coco 1/2 as well. (The floppy controller will
> work, but only in double-density mode.) Most of these cards are
> infinitely more useful with a multi-pak, of course! And I have a few
> more things in the pipeline, but this is the initial line-up.
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