The C2N232

From: Marko Mäkelä (Marko.Makela_at_HUT.FI)
Date: 2002-05-23 14:52:10


> Got lost in the mists of time.  What does the C2N232 do?

The name is composed from "Commodore C2N" a.k.a. the datassette or
tape drive and "RS-232", the de facto industry standard serial
interface for connecting computers and modems.

The device can act as a cassette drive emulator, mainly for the
purpose of loading a cbmlink server program to the Commodore.  (You
can use the C2N232 for LOADing and SAVEing programs to a PC, Mac or
Amiga, but it's slow.)

With cbmlink, you can load and save programs and copy files or disks.
The software should work on all 8-bit Commodore computer models I know
of (PET, PET-II and the home computers), and on various Unix systems
(including Mac OS X), Microsoft Windows and Commodore AmigaOS.

In the future, the device could be used with a terminal program.  I
haven't implemented the necessary firmware yet, but the firmware can
be updated via the RS-232 connector.

I have ordered parts for producing 100 units, and I have slightly over
30 preliminary orders so far.  The price will be at most 25 EUR or USD
per unit.


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