Now, the word auto-sensing here is used in the truest sense as the device will automatically recognize where it's plugged, and configure itself without the help of the software. all happens at hardware level.
Plug it into your Atari and without flipping any switches (hard or soft)it will be ready to be used as a SIO2PC, unplug and re-plug it into your 1050 and it will be ready for 10502PC action. The device works up to 6x SIO speed with no hickups (using Atari DOS 2.5 + Hias's High Speed SIO patch + AspeQt running with 0 pokey divisor) giving you a 125,000 baud throughput.
Naturally it is 100% compatible with AspeQt (open source, free for all SIO2PC software), should work with APE (APE version 3.0.6, in Virtual Com Port Mode only, not tested by myself) and ProSystem (Unregistered version works at 1x speed).
I have not tried to make it compatible with older or abandoned SIO2PC/10502PC software (as such it won't work with software unable to use the DSR –in SIO2PC mode- and DTR -in 10502PC mode-) lines for handshaking. So this rules out ATARI810 and the original SIO2PC).
The device is based on the FTDI RS232R chip and uses modified FTDI driver installation files for VCP. The modification was done to accommodate custom PID (Product ID) and settings programmed into the device EPROM, actual driver files were untouched and are original FTDI files.
I will make the first 10 devices available to AtariAge members at a special price of $55 + shipping, (this will be a special ATARIAGE edition with bright blue LED, a Male A to mini B USB cable and a DVD full with required drivers, ASPEQT v0.8.2, and Atari file archives).
After this sale, the device will only be available from my website (and/or eBay) at a regular price of $65 + shipping. Software and the Drivers for Windows, Linux, MacOs etc. will be available for download from my website.
It takes me about a day or two to build and test each device, depending on where you are on the order list it may take from 2 to 20 days to ship yours, so if you want it fast please order early.
Please note that I AM NOT OFFICIALLY TAKING ORDERS RIGHT NOW, this is only the announcement and a preview of the device
(I have all the necessary parts but I am still waiting for my USB cables to arrive). I will post a pre-order message when I am ready to build and ship. In the meantime I will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. You may of course jump in and order one now, but don’t start counting the days before the actual pre-order message is posted.
I had great fun building this device and hope you’ll enjoy it just as much.
P.S: (Some photos and two video clips will follow shortly, sorry for the quality of the video clips, i had to use my digital photo camera connected to my laptop like a webcam :-))
Edited by atari8warez, Tue May 15, 2012 11:49 PM.