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Hardware News   Hardware News : Technical data of the new Catweasel MK4 controller
   posted by Wiesel on 18-Jul-2004 13:35:57 (2801 reads)
During the first months of this year, we were totally surprised by the overwhelming demand for Catweasel MK3. All stock has been sold, and even our retail partners do not have anything left in stock. The demand was so high that one controller even went for more than 150,- EUR on eBay!


Unfortunately, it turned out that a new production run of the existing MK3-design cannot be done for reasonable prices, so a re-design became necessary. The new controller is now in the first stage before mass production, so we're confident to be able to show the first controllers at the Amiwest show on july 24th and 25th in Sacramento, Califoria.

Many improvements have been made compared to the Catweasel MK3 that can be summarized under the headline "bigger, better, faster".

Read all about the new controller on the individual Computers website.

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Re: Technical data of the new Catweasel MK4 controller
Posted on 18-Jul-2004 13:57:24
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What can I say except

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Re: Technical data of the new Catweasel MK4 controller
Posted on 18-Jul-2004 14:21:16
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nice i,m gone buy one! And i have friends how will do so to. Think its an amizing thing.

 
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umm i got mk3 and i bought that a few weeks ago.

mk4 sounds awesome though


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@Wiesel

Amazing, you beat me to it posting here!

 
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Re: Technical data of the new Catweasel MK4 controller
Posted on 18-Jul-2004 18:58:26
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Hardware updates downloadable from the internet and installable without removing the card from the computer... seems like Jens is using some of the tricks he learnt while working with Jeri on the c-one.

This sounds like a very cool card. I also like the fact that it's a slimline card, which means it will fit very nicely in any mini-itx box, plugged into a you-know-what

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Posted on 18-Jul-2004 19:55:39
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MorphOS software available for an upcharge eh?

Sign me up, I need working software for my Catweasel MkIII - do that
and I'll buy a MKIV too :D

Is the MorphOS software readya and tested - I don't want to be left
hanging with another $125 one-button joystick dongle!

Thanks,

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Jens won't provide Morphos Drivers but it should be open for others to write.


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bzzt!Wrong, try again....I already asked.

The drivers contains Jens IP...I guess he would have to find someone he trusted completely and release details to them under NDA.

Steve

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Posted on 19-Jul-2004 10:43:44
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Oh I'm sooo gonna get one!

/shoe

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Look out!

Jens might surprice you with AmigaTwo someday:
"About making my own PPC board: I would not license a design that's outdated by definition. As you might have seen on the C-One and the Catweasel MK4, I believe that re-configurable hardware is what future computers are built from. FPGA densities are fairly close to what's necessary to make a North bridge at reasonable prices - maybe two more years.

Jens Schoenfeld "
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Posted on 19-Jul-2004 11:57:24
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What a cool piece of hardware. I must have one to make my AmigaOne a reel Amiga

Controller

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Posted on 19-Jul-2004 12:38:44
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Yep, this looks like a must have item. Being able to use your Amiga disks and keyboards directly in an AmigaOne is great. Now if someone would just produce some new (modern, not new old stock) Amiga branded keybards with our own traditional Amiga layout.

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The new Catweasel MK4 controller sounds great....
- support for Amiga keyboard
- support for Amiga mouse
- read old Amiga floppies using a normal PC-diskdrive


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And to think that you did all that..."just because you can"??

It seems cool enough to get one, I'll admit that. I have no plans to use Amiga mice though, as for keyboards, well, I'm with Herewegoagain on that one. We need new keyboards. Floppy disks, I might find some use for, once or twice..maybe..

Now, if I've got the cash to spare once it's out, I might be tempted to get one.


And while we're on the subject of new keyboards, we wouldn't happen to have any friendly, talented hardware designers hanging around this community, who might be crazy enough to manufacture such an old-school peripheral, now would we?


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So far as I know, didn't Computer City (or someone) already do this? Manufacture some keycaps for some kind of Cherry keyboard....need to google it!

In any case that might be a starting point.

Steve

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mjohnson

OT: The problem with doing your own keyboards is that there are so many layouts for different countries to cover for so you may have to have many different basic layouts. All in all leaving you with a very few keyboards per layout which equals high cost. A more realistic approach would be to use an existing PC keyboard already manufactured with different layouts and provide replacement caps for the Amiga keys. The problem with that solution though is to find a keyboard that most people would want to use and design keycaps that people find amigaish enough. Neither which IMHO is fulfilled with that "cherry keyboard" thing.

/Bjrn

 
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I like Catweasel more then ever when I have been read still produce cards for Ateo.


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@Orgin

Quote:
there are so many layouts for different countries to cover

Doh!

I completely didn't really think about that... Oh, well, it was a nice thought anyway...

By the way, I'd settle for a Swedish one, wouldn't you? Now, there you see, voting done, it is!


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The problem with that solution though is to find a keyboard that most people would want to use and design keycaps that people find amigaish enough

True...me, I'd settle for some boing-Win keys, in colour preferably, and a "help" key on the scroll lock. But, yes, having a few to chose from wouldn't hurt. And, well, an Amiga-logo of some sort on the keyboard would be neat as well...but now I'm starting to drift away again..


By the way, what's supposed to be OT about this? It's not like we've starting calling each other names or flaming anyone yet...
And, well, there is a keyboard-connector on the Catweasel, and we are talking keyboards here.


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