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Hardware News   Hardware News : Jim Drew opens website + info on SuperCard Pro
   posted by RobertB on 1-Oct-2013 4:05:56 (3668 reads)
Jim Drew, veteran programmer and hardware developer, has opened up his new website-- http://www.cbmstuff.com

Still a work in progress, his website right now offers the SX-64 Ultra Reset and the much-awaited SuperCard Professional, touted to be better than a Kryoflux board at reading/copying and writing floppy disks from virtually any computer platform. Here are the final specifications of SuperCard Pro -- (Please click 'Read more')


CPU: 40 MIPS (PIC24HJ256GP210A)
RAM: 512K STATIC, 55ns
USB: FTDI 240X FIFO, Full Speed
SERIAL: Dual RS232 ports, one full or half duplex, one half duplex
FLOPPY: 34 pin standard PC floppy interface, fully bi-directional
SD-CARD: Micro SD card slot (1GB or larger cards)
RESOLUTION: 25ns
POWER: USB can power 3.5" drive directly, external power supply required for 5.25" drives
MISC.: Future expansion port for IEC interface, future cycle exact 1541 drive emulator, possible SD2IEC.
SOFTWARE: disk copier/imager and analyzer software compatible with Win95-Win8.1

On the waiting list for a SC Pro,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://videocam.net.au/fcug
The Other Group of Amigoids
http://www.calweb.com/~rabel1/
Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
http://www.sccaners.org
    

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Re: Jim Drew opens website + info on SuperCard Pro
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Wow, Jim your "about' section on the website is impressive


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What does it mean for general amiga user.. does work with amiga machines or is it pc only? Or is it standalone device? I read it could be a floppy controller on a computer with the upcoming firmware, but it be possible for amiga computers? Would like this on my amigaone..


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seems another mips sympathisant in amiga hardware field.

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@noXLar

From looking it seems to be a Windows application, so I would presume it is used primarily on a Windows based machine. It can however archive disks from Apple II, C64/128, Amiga, MSDOS, Atari 800 and Atari ST, so you should be able to make exact images from your old games to a MicroSD card for archival purposes. As such you could then easily use the resulting image within an emulator, or I imagine written back to a real disk using any sector/block transfer program.


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SuperCard Pro can be controlled via USB using PC, Mac, or Linux software. Right now, I only have PC (Windows) software. If someone wants to write the Mac or Linux software, let me know. I use a FTDI USB interface controller which has PC, Mac, and Linux drivers already. You can talk to the SuperCard Pro via the FTDI library or via serial.

SuperCard Pro can also be a stand alone device, controlled via one of the two serial ports. So, it is possible to copy a disk using a Timex Sinclar ZX-81 through serial communications. :)

I made a few last minute changes so that the floppy port is fully bi-directional and the hardware does clocking and DMA transfers of the flux transitions with very little CPU intervention. So, besides copying/imaging disks, it can become a floppy drive emulator. I have not written the firmware to do this yet, but it is coming. This means you could plug it into your Amiga and using the SuperCard Pro's serial port connected to a LCD display (or to your Amiga's serial port or simulated serial port), and you could select flux images from the SD media card, and play games just like they were an original floppy disk.

I am working with Mikej on the FPGA Arcade project. The Amiga core will support the SuperCard Pro flux images, so you can read/write flux level image files created with the SuperCard Pro hardware. At some point, we might integrate accessing the SuperCard Pro's connected floppy drive from the emulation. That remains to be seen. The image file format is public information, and I am making a simple SDK with example code of how to control the board. It has some really basic functions (and a few complex ones) that are passed in as packets, like ReadTrack(), WriteTrack(), StepIn(), StepOut(), StepToTrack(), etc.

It's a neat project that really evolved over the last year.

Jim

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Wow, Jim your "about' section on the website is impressive


Thanks... that's really courtesy of the Amiga. When I designed EMPLANT, I got to be involved with several Hollywood production studios because our system ran the Mac Avid Video Suite way faster than any Mac at the time could, which saved these studios a bunch of money. I did a few custom things here and there and got some movie credits. Fast forward 20 years later and I hook up with Mike and James Cameron... who knew? :)

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noXLar 
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Okay so amiga drivers are in development for fpga amiga?


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The new 680x0 core for the FPGA Arcade is being tested/debugged right now.

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so fpga arcade is getting a real floppy drive..cool:)

I do want one of those fpga arcade, and perhaps your controller, do you belive there will be a driver for os4.1?


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I do not know what OS' will be supported. I am not doing anything with the Amiga side except helping with the low level disk emulation (Paula), and testing.

As the core nears completion, we will all have a better handle on exactly what will work and what won't.

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okay, thanks for your answer:)


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Are you also the guy that did PCx?

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Yes, along with several other emulations for Amiga and PC.

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