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 Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2012-07-18 17:00:18
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