C2NEmu PCBs received and first prototype assembled

As I received the PCBs of my C2NEmu project, I assembled one. Here’s the result:

C2NEmu: first assembled prototype

C2NEmu: first assembled prototype

Just to recap: this device connects to a Commodore 64/VIC 20 tape port and to a PC through a USB cable. It offers 2 modes of operation:

  1. playback a TAP file (version 0, 1, or 2) from a PC into a C64/VIC20
  2. record the write signal from a C64/VIC20 to a DMP file on a PC

C16 is supported as well by means of a converter, which I won’t be supplying myself.

Unlike audio equivalents, this device fully supports the motor signal, which is not just fundamental at the “FOUND” message or at a Credits screen. There are a number of games whose tape loader requires data playback to stop for a fairly large amount of time at given points: this device takes care of that, without manual intervention.

It’s still early for (pre-)ordering as I am still performing tests but I assume the final price is likely to be about 8 GBP + shipping.

Stay tuned!

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