|Re: HEPAX "cloned"... at last!!!|
Message #5 Posted by Diego Diaz on 11 Mar 2004, 6:20 a.m.,
in response to message #4 by Meindert Kuipers
And thanks a lot for your kind words!
First, this is the (so-called) 2004 NoVRAM project. As you already know, the 2003 Clonix project was finished by Dec-'03 and it was intended to be (in fact it is) an EPROM-Box (Flash EPROM really) in a standard module housing with up to 6 pages for the user to "load" them at will... so far many users are (hopefully) having fun with their new Clonix toys.
This 2004 NoVRAM project (still) is intended to be a RAM-Box, also in a standard module housing. (Currently it needs one half of my breadboard, so "some" shrinking is still required... ;-)...
Just joking, the PCB layout is also finished and the gerber files are ready, so, if some of you have the means to have them manufactured I'll gladly order a bunch of them. It's a pretty tiny PCB (14 x 23 mm) with very tigh tolerances: 0,5mm in thickness, double sided, thru platted holes (0.4mm dia.), tinned pads, 0.2mm tracks... definitely I cannot make'em in my kitchen ;-).
NoVRAM will also have Flash EPROM room for 6 4k ROM images and 4 4k RAM pages. Thus HEPAX "cloning" is "the" aim of this new little beast... and still two more 4k ROM images can be loaded!!
As with the Clonix project, all and every bit of info will be publicly available and the required files and docs will be on-line at the Clonix site, as well as "the other" 41 site.
Still some weeks (months?) for the very first "real sized" NoVRAM module to see the ligth though.
Next milestone in its time line is the PCB manufacturing and, of course, the required ROM/RAM module shells is a non-stop hunting.
As a "side effect" of the NoVRAM developement, a new Clonix .HEX file will be soon ready to download, containing the four HEPAX rom images (only loadable at page 7, so, regrettably, not compatible with HP-IL), but you can start playing with HEPAX commands as a practice while the new NoVRAM arrives... ;-))
I'll post again later to tell you the url where the latest pictures and info can be found.