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Super SpartaDOS Cartridge/PCB is almost here!

XF551s

I know you’ve been chomping at the bits for this and I hate to keep torturing you with delays.  I want the process and the boards to just work.  So we are taking the time to cross our t’s and dot our i’s so to speak.  I can give you a look at what we believe to be the final boards.  We will be offering two versions.  One will be the full shelled cartridge and the other is just the pcb for insertion into the SpartaDOS original cartridge shell.

Here’s the KM-20 shelled printed circuit board:

PanosVersionSpartaDOS  PanosVersionSpartaDOS2

and here’s the pcb that will fit into the original SpartaDOS cartridge shell.  Sorry if it’s missing some parts.   Eagle wants to charge to convert their board format to 3d.  And the roundabout SketchUP method is tortorous beyond belief.   I’ve decided I don’t like SketchUp.   Who needs another 3d Cad program that won’t allow import of parts in any other format in the free version?

SpartaDOSOriginal2  SpartaDOSOriginal2back

Final preparations are underway.  Until then hang onto your horses!  🙂

 

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SDX Cart Reimaged update

XF551s

Great news!

The SDXCart reimage project I’ve been working with tf_hh has finally hit a milestone.  And what a milestone.  We have a fully functional prototype now.  Here are some pics:

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Now the next step is developing an enclosure.  I’m going to be offering the KM-20 shells heavily modified of course.  But I will also offer the pcb without a shell.  I have a quote out with Itead to see what they will charge to make the boards and partially assemble them at least as far as the SMD parts are concerned.

The current features are fixed:

Current version SDXDos 4.47

Flashable with Ultimate1MB and UFlash flashers

GALs and ROM are socketed for future upgrades and easier repairs

RTC with replaceable CR2032 battery backup

Cartridge Passthru

Cartridge Reset Button

External and SDXCart on/off button

Stay tuned.  I’ll have some more info on the XF551 Control board and display in the next few days too.