Re: Commodore 16 mini-DIN ports - why?

From: Anders Carlsson <>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:35:55 +0200
Message-ID: <162BDD2CD9F44C3EBD8FEB39B98DBAAC@zapac9ea002038>
I mgiht be cynical, but I think just as much as it were issues of space and 
static electricity, it was also about Commodore trying to cull 3rd party 
peripherals, at least for a while until they had come up with updated tape 
recorders and joysticks. Not that the engineers would've been asked to come 
up with different connectors, just that management wouldn't object about it.

After all, the C128 a couple of years later had the same card edge tape 
connector and DE9 Atari style joystick ports. It doesn't have a shortage of 
board space, but when it comes to accidents with static electricty it should 
be just as fatal on the C128 as it would've been on a TED series computer?

Also, my developers' prototype TED board has card edge tape connector and 
DE9 joystick ports, probably to simplify things for early software 
developers. I haven't got a Commodore 116 to compare the outer case with my 
board, to see how much smaller the production motherboard became. Perhaps I 
should look up dimensions on the web, unless someone on the list has those 
readily available?

Best regards

Anders Carlsson

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