I have almost finished with developing software for a device that could be described as an intelligent RS-232 adapter for the Commodore serial port. The advantage of this device is that it works with every 8-bit Commodore and every computer that is equipped with a 3-wire 38400 bps RS-232 interface. I would like to package this device nicely. The circuit board I have designed has a place for a DB-9 connector at one end and a place for the 6-contact Commodore cassette por conncetor at another end. (Commodore 16 and plus/4 users will have to use an adapter, or mount a wire that has an applicable mini-DIN connector on the other end.) Are there any standard connector housings that could house both the cassette port connector (single or double sided card edge connector with 6 contacts at 3.96 mm spacing) and the "IBM PC/AT standard RS-232" DB-9 connector, and the circuit board? If my current circuit board design is too big, I'll omit CTS and RTS from the connection and replace the MAX232 with a chip that has half the capacity (only TxD and RxD), and maybe go for SMD technology. By the way, I will release the hardware and all software as open source, as soon as I have ported the custom cassette port transfer routines (over 5 kilobytes per second) from the VIC-20 to other computers, including the PET II series, which was not previously supported by prlink. Marko Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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