May 19th, 2014

Do you want 16MB of auxillary RAM in your Apple IIe?

The real question is, ‘what would you do with 16 megabytes of auxiliary RAM?’ Well, there’s AppleWorks (but it only recognizes 1.5MB) and only a few other programs like SuperCalc that can adequately justify adding more than 1MB of RAM to your Apple IIe. Sure, you can also add a print spooler and a RAM disk but then, what’s next?

We’re about to find out. Matt Jenkins is close to turning his prototype RamWorks clone, dubbed ‘ScramWorks’ into an actual card. Initially, Matt looked at an 8MB version, but it’s just as easy and with little increase in cost to max out the card for the ultimate 16MB auxiliary card.

During their early years, Applied Engineering advertised memory add-on cards for the RamWorks line totaling between 14MB to 16MB (achieved by stacking multiple expanders), digital and analog video adapters and even optimistically developed a 65c816 option card, perhaps in the hope of spurring 16 bit development on the Apple II line. By the time the RamWorks II and III were introduced, AE had reduced their advertising claims to 3MB and the 16bit option card was a gizmo that little to nothing took advantage of. That was then.

So what’s new and different today? Honestly, very little. Matt is looking into making the card compatible with the older AE RGB interfaces, or more likely, integrate Nishida Radio’s VGA adapter into the design. That would certainly be practical.

It would be up to today’s hackers and enthusiasts to develop the killer apps or utilities to make 16MB of RAM dance on the Apple IIe. I will buy one (or two) in the hopes someone will do exactly that.

If you’re interested in the ScramWorks project, let Matt know. He has a survey up to gather information on what the community needs and expects.

March 17th, 2014

Willegal reproduction SwyftCards said to look good, work great


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Get the scoop here.

November 16th, 2013

Briel Replica 1 Tenth Anniversary Limited Edition announced

Briel Computers is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Replica 1 by releasing a limited edition (and new revision) of their insanely popular Apple 1 compatible computer. The first 50 boards make up the limited edition 10th Anniversary Replica 1; each will be serialized and sport a collectible red PCB. After those are sold out, the new 10th Anniversay Edition Replica 1 PCB will revert to its usual green color.


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As always, if you’re comfortable with a soldering iron you’ll have the option to purchase the new Replica 1 as a build-it-yourself kit ($149 USD) or for the non-techie and/or time-constrained, as a fully assembled and tested product ($199 USD). The limited edition 10th Anniversary Replica 1 will be available for pre-order on November 28th, 2013 — Thanksgiving Day in the USA.

R110 kit

The new board has the following changes:

  • Smaller size (only 7″ X 4.5″)
  • Reduced chip count, only 8 chips plus USB-Serial adapter
  • Single universal power adapter mini-USB connector for serial interface and power
  • Can be powered from a PC or Mac USB interface
  • Universal drivers for serial connection for data transfer now at 9600 BAUD
  • Dual boot mode, standard Apple 1 with Woz Integer BASIC or Applesoft Lite (selected with jumper)
  • Improved video with choice of NTSC or PAL (PAL mode not tested)
  • Optional USB Power supply and cable, no need to search for a compatible power supply

Look for a review of the new Replica 1 10th Anniversary Edition in the next issue of Juiced.GS later this year!

April 9th, 2013

Another run of CFFA1s

Rich Dreher, creator of the popular CFFA line of Apple-1 and Apple II expansion boards, has announced that cards from the next run of 200 CFFA1 are now available to order for $109.95 + shipping.  The CFFA1 is compatible with Vince Briel’s Replica 1, Mike Willegal’s Apple 1 Mimeo, the Obtronix clone, and of course, the original Apple-1.

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Visit Rich’s CFFA1 Project page for more details.

June 21st, 2012

Mike Willegal announces Mimeo Apple 1 kits to be available again

Mike Willegal posted via his blog that the Mimeo Apple 1 replica kit will soon be available again. Some changes in how the kits are obtained are in the works though. Instead of providing everything Mike will sell the Mimeo mainboard, but the components will be available as a pre-picked kit package from Unicorn Electronics. You can get all the details here.

Or, you could go this route. ¡Ay, caramba!

January 23rd, 2012

Brazilian Apple II clone schematics

This morning, a PDF scan of a book containing the schematics of the Apple II clones (and other computers) produced by Brazilian company CCE was made available via bittorrent.  The MC-4000 and MC-4000 //e – clones of the Apple II Plus and IIe, respectively – are covered, as well as the MV-12, a composite monitor CCE sold with their Apple clones.  CCE also made a computer called the MC-1000, which was not a clone of any US produced computer, but which used a BASIC that appears to be designed to closely resemble Applesoft.

 

 

The final two pages of the PDF give background on the origin of the scans, and the Portuguese version of Wikipedia has some information for the MC-1000, MC-4000 and MC-4000 //e.  None of this is in English, but Google’s translator does a decent job.   1000bit also has pages for some of the CCE clones.

If you have a bittorrent client, you can download the 287 MB PDF here.

UPDATE:  If you’d prefer to avoid the p2p route, you can get the file directly from my Dropbox at this link.

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