Extending support and development for DC2N3

As you might already know, DC2N version 3 was conceived in 2010 and has not undergone further development since late 2014. That’s mainly due to the fact that its firmware is very stable and does the job pretty well, especially on the 128k hardware version.

With this post I’d like to reassure its users (current and future) that I am still supporting the device’s firmware and I plan to activate “halfwave” dumping as well. In fact, recent findings show that the signal on one side of MSX tapes is inverted (tnt has shed some light on the topic), meaning that the halfwave dumping mode would be quite handy for this platform too and not just for C16/+4.

One of the good things about DC2N3 is the self-update capability, meaning that its firmware can be updated in the field by just making a new binary available on a USB flash-drive. Such useful feature, combined with the fact the hardware design involves the use of dev kits that pre-date the Arduino “revolution” (which brought prices down significantly), means that DC2N3s are quite an expensive piece of kit. However DC2N3 saves data on USB flash-drives therefore, unless Apple manages to kill the USB standard, I trust DC2N3 will be a pretty useful device for long still.

I personally love it and wish I had made more of these devices available. Well, you never know 🙂

DC2N3 dumping a tape by Luigi Di Fraia

DC2N3 dumping a tape

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