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ST/F/M V1.5 & V2.2 16MHz BOOSTER LAST BATCH & NEWS

Postby exxos » Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:27 pm

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The V1.5 Booster has been out of stock for ages, so it is what I am working on at the moment. This is the last batch of about 20 being constructed.

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I may design a alternative design in the future, mostly quicker to assemble, or move back to leaded parts so people can assemble themselves.

The V1.5 booster is aimed at "stilly style" motherboards where the V2.2 booster is physically to large to fit. This V1.5 booster needs the "Fast-Rom" board to fit to make use of Fast-TOS.

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The STM Fast-TOS board is still in mid construction phase.. I decided to redesign it somewhat as it was taking to longer to test and wire up etc. More on that another time.. Spiny had a prototype of this some months ago.. http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=29809&p=293912. The new design is similar but with connectors so I can simply build and test them by swapping boards on connectors rather than having to wire them up each time to test. This also means as there is various layouts that people can "trim" the cables to the length they need and solder them in.

The V2.2 Booster is almost sold out now.http://www.exxoshost.co.uk/atari/last/V22BOOSTER/index.htm The ones in stock in my store are the last production run of that series. I don't have any other STFM boosters developed enough to replace it yet. But hopefully maybe next year when I get more time I can work on the boosters again.

Mostly I have been working on the STE booster, http://www.exxoshost.co.uk/atari/last/V1STE/index.htmbut with so many projects (something like 15 projects now!) I'm just going to have to put more complicated projects on the back burner for a while while I can complete the smaller projects which have been waiting for several months.

The next STE booster should have IDE and Fast-ram running at 32mhz. I have the prototype IDE board here, but no time currently to build and test. The fast-ram "addon" is designed also, but again due to time no time to test. It could likely be next year before I have time to work on it again.

I keep getting emails about when something will be on sale, I really can't say. There must be like 30 people all wanting different stuff, so whatever I build next, 29 people will have to wait. So its hard to decide what is best to spend time on. I'm spending all my free time on Atari projects as it is, and there is only one of me, not 30 ;) Mostly I am trying to "rotate" what I am building, hence spending time on the V1.5 series of booster.

I know people are waiting for PSU's and ROM-boards and basically everything.. Mostly I will be working on items which are quicker to complete over the next few weeks and get the smaller projects completed first.

Some guys over on FaceBook groups have been kind enough to start testing some RTC modules out and spend time on that. I think in the future I will seek people to beta test stuff for me, with so many projects on the go, its just not viable for me to keep up with them all by myself.

John Cove will soon start selling assembled versions of my kits via his ebay shop plus other things. Assembly of kits like the boosters and maybe other items such as the Fast-TOS boards, I just don't have the time to assemble those and test them. So John will be taking over in that respect.

My time is better spent on designing items than say all day soldering stuff, so hopefully With johns help he can take some work load off me. Also this means items which I have never sold assembled, John will likely be selling those via his ebay shop. http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/jaysretrocomputers.

Overall I am busy working on various projects constantly. These past few weeks (excluding the delays due to my webshop issues) I have almost been banging out hardware on a weekly basis. Though I haven't caught up with the ROM adapters from several months back yet.. So please people be patient... I can only stay awake for so long each day :)
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Re: ST/F/M V1.5 & V2.2 16MHz BOOSTER LAST BATCH & NEWS

Postby rpineau » Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:30 pm

Hang in there and keep up the good work.
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Re: ST/F/M V1.5 & V2.2 16MHz BOOSTER LAST BATCH & NEWS

Postby LuigiThirty » Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:41 pm

Cool! I have a 6-chip STF board (this one: http://www.atari-wiki.com/images/f/fa/1 ... rboard.jpg) and I want to install a 1.5 booster. Is it possible to go from 6-chip to 2-chip with this board so I can use fast ROMs with the booster and get maximum speed out of the ST or am I stuck with a fast CPU and slow ROMs?

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Re: ST/F/M V1.5 & V2.2 16MHz BOOSTER LAST BATCH & NEWS

Postby exxos » Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:01 pm

LuigiThirty wrote:Cool! I have a 6-chip STF board (this one: http://www.atari-wiki.com/images/f/fa/1 ... rboard.jpg) and I want to install a 1.5 booster. Is it possible to go from 6-chip to 2-chip with this board so I can use fast ROMs with the booster and get maximum speed out of the ST or am I stuck with a fast CPU and slow ROMs?


You need the STM style ROM kit, but I've not had chance to build them yet. Ive redesigned them to use a connector as I have to solder them up totally to test them and the end user is best deciding on length as everyone will have different style motherboard layouts etc, so I can't produce a "one size fits all" hence moving to connectors. Then I can test them a lot faster.

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