Wednesday 24 April 2013

Slim 3"1/2 Form factor SD HxC Floppy Emulator available !

24 04 2013

The Slim SD HxC Floppy Emulator with a 3"1/2 form factor is available :

The Slim SD HxC Floppy emulator can be buy on the Lotharek ebay page :

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/lotharek1977/m.html

Or on the Lotharek online shop:

http://www.lotharek.pl/

Without case - HE10-34 floppy connector: http://www.lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=91

Cased - ZIF floppy connector: http://www.lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=97

Cased - HE10-34 floppy connector: http://www.lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=101

Specifications :

Device specifications:
SDCard_HxC_Floppy_Emulator_Product_Brief.pdf

User Manual:
Slim_SD_HxC_Floppy_Emulator_User_Manual_ENG.pdf

Compatibility List (regularly updated):
Support List

For more informations, software update and firmware update:

Project website : http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator
Project website : http://hxc2001.com/
Project Forum : http://www.torlus.com/floppy/forum
Official seller : http://www.lotharek.pl/

Sunday 27 May 2012

3"1/2 Form factor SD HxC Floppy Emulator available !

27 05 2012

The SD HxC Floppy Emulator with a 3"1/2 form factor is available :

The SD HxC Floppy emulator can be buy on the Lotharek ebay page :

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/lotharek1977/m.html

Or on the Lotharek online shop:

http://www.lotharek.pl/
http://www.lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=42

Specifications :

Device specifications:
SDCard_HxC_Floppy_Emulator_Product_Brief.pdf

User Manual:
SDCard_HxC_Floppy_Emulator_User_Manual_ENG.pdf

Compatibility List (regularly updated):
Support List

For more informations, software update and firmware update:

Project website : http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator
Project website : http://hxc2001.com/
Project Forum : http://www.torlus.com/floppy/forum
Official seller : http://www.lotharek.pl/

Thursday 20 May 2010

SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator available !

20 05 2010

The SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator is available :

The SDCard HxC Floppy emulator can be buy on the Lotharek ebay page :

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/lotharek1977/m.html

Or on the Lotharek online shop:

http://www.lotharek.pl/
http://www.lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=13
http://www.lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=18

Specifications :

Device specifications:
http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator/SDCard_HxC_Floppy_Emulator.pdf

User Manual:
http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator/SDCard_HxC_Floppy_Emulator_User_Manual.pdf

For more informations, software update and firmware update:

Project website : http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator
Project Forum : http://www.torlus.com/floppy/forum
Official seller : http://www.lotharek.pl/

Some youtube videos showing the device in action:

SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator on Amiga 500:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzfUZorBayw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1zP6p9SBLw

SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator on Atari ST:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6dBTyfPrkg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O74GgYcA3w

SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator on Amstrad CPC:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeJvNCPMU-c

Tuesday 17 February 2009

More than 100 USB HxC Floppy Emulator built and delivered in 2008 !

17 02 2009

Thanks to people who contributed to this unexpected success, mainly CrazyIcecap, Giants and PeterSieg!

Reminder - Project webpage : http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator/

Friday 16 May 2008

First batch of 20 USB Floppy Emulator !

16 05 2008

First batch of 20 USB Floppy Emulator built and sold successfully by Giants (http://cpc-hardware.com/) !

Sunday 13 January 2008

Coming soon

13 01 2008

Schematic + pcb +binaries of the standalone mcu based version of the HxCFloppyEmulator :

Sunday 19 August 2007

Demonstration Video

19 08 2007

Here is a video demonstrating the HxC Floppy Drive Emulator (USB Version) in action :

HxC Floppy Drive Emulator Video

Thursday 5 April 2007

Working standalone version

05 04 2007

The standalone version of the Floppy Drive Emulator is now working, as you can see on this picture :

Standalone

You can see the Amiga Workbench, running on a real Amiga, from its image stored in a SD Card.

Wednesday 21 March 2007

Standalone version in progress

21 03 2007

Many of you would rather have a standalone version of the HxC Floppy Drive Emulator (using a memory card) than a version needing a USB connection to a host computer.

Jeff has taken this wish into account, and is currently working on such a version, as you can see on this picture.

HxCFDE standalone

As usual, feel free to ask your questions in the forum.

Friday 8 December 2006

PCB built

08 12 2006

Jeff just finished a first version of the PCB, using an Altera EPM7128S CPLD. Here is a picture of this nice piece of work :

HxCFDE_PCB

As usual, you can find more information on his website.

Tuesday 21 November 2006

Sources available

21 11 2006

Jeff has made his VHDL sources available. With those sources, as well as the schematics and the Windows software also available on his site, you have now all the necessary stuff to build your own HxC Floppy Drive Emulator :)
Check his site here for more information.

For the impatient :

Have fun :)

Thursday 19 October 2006

Website opened

19 10 2006

This webiste is dedicated to the HxC Floppy Drive Emulator project. If you don't know what it is, please go to the About section to learn more about it.

The project is currently in a prototype stage : it means that most of the stuff works (both hardware and software), but that it is still not ready to be delivered to the public. We are now planning to have ready-to-use boards manufactured and sell them at a reasonable price.

However, many options can be considered for this purpose, depending mostly on the desired features, that will condition the hardware parts we will use. What we want to do with this website is to get some feedback for people that would be interested in such a system.

If you are interested in such a project, and might consider to buy such a board, please register to the forum. The e-mail address provided during registration will be used to contact you afterwards, to keep you informed, or ask you to take surveys about features you would like to see, price range, etc. Please don't worry about this process, your e-mail address will be used solely for this purpose.

HxC Floppy Drive Emulator

19 10 2006

The HxC Floppy Drive Emulator is a software and hardware system created by jfdn aka Jeff, that emulates the behaviour of a floppy drive. It currently works for Amiga and 16-bits Atari computers.

If you wonder what a "Floppy drive emulator" can be, just have a look at this slideshow...

HxCFloppyDriveEmulator
As you can see, the floppy drive has been replaced by some piece of hardware. This piece of hardware features an USB connection to a PC. On the PC side, just run the Floppy drive emulator software and drag/drop your favorite disk image file. Then just use your beloved computer as usual (no hardware of software modification of any kind, apart from the floppy drive replacement is needed), and feel the magic !

It means that you can run all your Atari and Amiga software on the real machines, without the hassle of keeping your old floppy disks, and experience floppy drives failures.

Here is basically how it works : the PC software loads the disk image files (.ST, .MSA, .ADF, .DMS...), and convert track data to MFM format (the physical way the data is stored on a floppy disk). Then the hardware part decodes the floppy drive logic, and retrieves from the PC the MFM flow into SRAM buffers. Those buffers are then sent to the target computer.

The first version of the system used 74-series chips and SRAM, and the parallel port of the PC. On the second version, most of the logic has been replaced by an Altera CPLD, and a FTDI USB module has been used to replace the parallel port.

For more information, I suggest that you go to Jeff's pages about his project (Warning, those pages are in French language).

Contact us

19 10 2006

For any question or inquiry about the project, please have a look at the forum first, as you may already find answers.

If you want to receive information and updates about this project, please register to the forum. The e-mail address provided during registration will be used to contact you afterwards, to keep you informed (and solely for this purpose).