New product prototype ; Amiga 500 floppy drive swapper

New product developpement at Retronic Design is going on. Since we lauched the Gotek floppy emulator we had a lot of requests to integrate it to the Amiga familly of computers. Many people don’t want to break or modify their old Miggy to fit the Gotek drive inside the casing. Most of them have the classic Amiga 500, known for it’s internal drive/keyboard. With our external floppy adapter, it’s possible to add a Gotek drive as DF1: pretty easily. Downside is that original Amiga 500 cannot boot from DF1: with Kickstart 1.3. To solve this limitation, we designed an internal floppy swapper that entirely swap DF0: and DF1: It detects a particular reset pattern (double ctrl-a-a) to trig the swap. A chirp sound let the user know that the A500 is in floppy swap mode. To bring it back to normal mode, just do the same reset pattern. This is most convenient because it does not require any casing modification, even for a switch! We’ve been able to copy a floppy image to Gotek and vice versa using X-Copy. Note that our Gotek is running the new FlashFloppy firmware.

We hope to be able to ship our three new products before end of 2017. Production of these will be simultaneous:

  • Amiga Video Components (YPbPr) adapter
  • Amiga External Floppy Drive adapter (Gotek and PC drive)
  • Amiga 500 Auto Floppy Drive Swapper module

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