Months has passed and some questions are still unaswerered.
Following Dragon Cart, the first ethernet cartridge for A8, it seems that two new ethernet devices will be produced:
- unnamed cartridge (cartridge solution, in this thread there's an interest check), by Duddie, a known AA member, producer of various products
- Dragon Cart II (PBI and ECI bus solutions, despite the name), by ol.sc, a known AA member too, A8 Contiki and IP65 C/ASM libraries (used by 8bit-Slicks) developer
These are cartridge and bus solutions, so it's easy to understand that difference (for example with a cartridge solution you cannot load software from a multicart but you have to use a SIO device).
IMHO the big question is software compatibility.
I own the original Dragon Cart and I used it with:
- Contiki (browser...), by ol.sc
- 8bit-Slicks, the awesome cross-platform (Apple II, A8, C64) online car racer, by 8bit-Dude, that uses ol.sc IP65 libraries
Evetually we'll have another cool cross-platform online game by 8bit-Dude, Grubs.
I hope that both devices, despite hardware differences, would be compatible, otherwise the already limited userbase would be splitted up and coders would not be encouraged.