C2N232 released

From: Marko Mäkelä (msmakela_at_cc.hut.fi)
Date: 2001-12-21 07:57:09

On Wednesday, I got a long awaited package from Reichelt, containing the
components for building 20 C2N232 devices.  On the very same evening, I
soldered the parts I could.  (Mounting the MAX232 was the most laborous
part, as the chip was in SO16 package, while the prototype board was
designed for SO16L, which is much wider.  I'll try to get some pictures of
the prototype boards later tonight).  Yesterday I got the capacitors and
resistors that I deliberately excluded from the Reichelt delivery, and
yesterday night I soldered them on the board.  Luckily I got them in the
0805 package, because 0603 would certainly have been much harder to
solder.  I was truly amazed when the device worked at the first try.

I've now released the hardware and the firmware at
<URL:http://www.funet.fi/pub/cbm/crossplatform/transfer/C2N232/>.  The
cbmlink software is not there yet, as I haven't had time to finish the
disk copier and to test the software on all Commodores.  Also the firmware
may need some changes if I find more timing glitches while testing
cbmlink.  But that is not an issue, since the circuit board has solder
pads for a programming cable.


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