[Coco] ATX PSUs
mmarlette at frontiernet.net
Fri Mar 20 07:53:15 EDT 2009
Sounds like you are describing the SuperIDE board with HDB-DOS. As it emulates the floppies on a hard disk. Now if you are saying you actually want a floppy drive interface, physically then....have you tried to get 5.25" 360k drives in quantity lately? Uggggghhhhhhh. Nope, we don't design to old technology, think bigger. I'll leave it as that. :)
The SuperIDE was designed with a SuperExpansion(SE) port, not limited like the MEB of the Disto designs. The SuperBoard also has this port and the SE boards are inter changeable throughout our products. What fits in the SuperIDE will fit in the SuperBoard, etc....This allows us to design to the future without limitations other than space. With shrinking package sizes, we can handle that as well. My last design, under 40x microscope, Metcal .010" soldering tip and it was still to big of a tip on that part.
Real RS-232 port, SuperBoard has a dual port 16550 on the multi I/O chip. I just finished up with the chip selection and design of this. It needs to be tested and perform to the high standards that we have at Cloud-9. I can say this, it will be fast. Can't wait!!!!! This is ANOTHER area the CoCo has never journeyed in to........ We have VERY specialized communications analyzers on our LeCroy scopes, very cool option.
Anyway back to work.......
----- Original Message -----
From: "Frank Swygert" <farna at att.net>
To: coco at maltedmedia.com
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 8:18:12 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: Re: [Coco] ATX PSUs
Well, you could do both! If the PC with DriveWire3 will be real close to the CoCo you could easily install a second HD in the PC case and run a cable to the CoCo IDE board. The PC would have to be powered up to use the CoCo HD though. If you use DriveWire3 or CoCoNet with a PC as a server, there's little need to use a "real" HD on the CoCo though. If I were doing anything I'd get one of the Cloud-9 HD controllers with the card slot, then not use a hard drive at all, just a big card.
Now if Cloud-9 (or someone) would just make a FLOPPY controller with a card slot that acted like a hard drive we'd REALLY be "on cloud nine"!! Throw in a real RS-232 port while I'm dreaming! Something like the Disto SC-II with multi-I/O board but a IDE controller instead of SCSI. Oh, one more improvement -- needs to be no-halt!
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 11:39:05 -0500
From: "Bill" <cwgordon at carolina.rr.com>
It sounds basically like (if I understand correctly) the simplest thing to
do is stay with DriveWire 3, use a small PC with Win 98 on it, and proceed
like I knew what I was doing. Correct? If a CocoIDE will not perform
correctly in a PC case, than I should stay away from it.
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