CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

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CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby Jookie » Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:46 pm

Greetings to all Atari fellows!

I'm pleased to announce a new device for your Atari ST called CosmosEx, see this brief introduction:
http://youtu.be/iKSLluG5ErE

More device details can be found here:
http://joo.kie.sk/cosmosex
Stuff will be added there when there will be something more to share (e.g. device in usage).

If you're interested in the device and you might consider buying it in the april or later, register here to stay updated:
http://joo.kie.sk/cosmosex/register

The estimated price is 65 Euros without Raspberry Pi, or 103 Euros with Raspberry Pi.

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby Cyprian » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:39 pm

awesome 8O

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby alexh » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:42 pm

Looking good. Will it be an opensource design? I only ask because I imagine it is inspired by the Amiga variant?

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby Jookie » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:59 pm

alexh wrote:Looking good. Will it be an opensource design? I only ask because I imagine it is inspired by the Amiga variant?

http://amigadrive.blogspot.it/


Everything will be open source once it will be finished, and it's not inspired by that Amiga project - both ACSI and floppy parts are done using STM32 microcontrollers...

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby Cyprian » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:09 pm

Jookie, would be possible to use that device as an graphics card?
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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby alexh » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:32 pm

Jookie wrote:it's not inspired by that Amiga project - both ACSI and floppy parts are done using STM32 microcontrollers...

Ah cool. There is another Amiga floppy emulator project which uses STM32 microcontrollers.

http://cortexamigafloppydrive.wordpress.com/

They use the ultracheap (€18) off the shelf Gotek floppy emulators and a revised firmware.

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby Jookie » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:37 pm

alexh wrote:Ah cool. There is another Amiga floppy emulator project which uses STM32 microcontrollers.


Hmm, interesting... But the main features of CosmosEx don't lie in the floppy emulator part, but in the hard disk / network drive / network card part ;) (the floppy emulator is there in case you either want it, or you decide to put the device in place of original floppy, so you won't loose the floppy part completely).

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby Jookie » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:40 pm

Cyprian wrote:Jookie, would be possible to use that device as an graphics card?


It could be done, but it would lower your hard disk transfer speed and it probably wouldn't work well with existing games and demos (if it would be done through ACSI port), but if you are asking only about supporting new stuff, then you could get interesting things out of it (although there would be lack of ST software for that).

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Postby spiny » Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:15 pm

registered my interest :)

If I'm reading it right, will this support USB sticks in the same way that Ultrasatan supports SDCards ? e.g Will HDDriver 'see' a USB stick and let me format it with TOS/Windows compatability ? as that would be BRILLIANT :D

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby Jookie » Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:25 pm

spiny wrote:If I'm reading it right, will this support USB sticks in the same way that Ultrasatan supports SDCards ? e.g Will HDDriver 'see' a USB stick and let me format it with TOS/Windows compatability ? as that would be BRILLIANT :D


Yes, you have two options:
- use native mode - access the sectors of the USB stick using HDDRIVER or ICD Pro with the TOS / Windows compatibility stuff (just like UltraSatan)
- use translated mode - have Windows partition on your stick and use it through my driver, without HDDRIVER and the TOS / Windows compatibility. This translated mode is also used for folders shared from your windows / linux machine, and in both cases (USB stick and shared drive) it shows directly like another drive letter under TOS.

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby alexh » Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:45 pm

I am probably in the minorty here but I have a MegaSTe

What are the chances of making the PCB design flexible enough to be fitted into a MegaSTe to the internal ASCI port?

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby dhedberg » Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:00 pm

I'd love to buy one for my Falcon030, but I guess it won't work with the Falcon030?
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Postby 1st1 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:05 pm

Cool thing! I want to register but it is not possible, it says there are illegal characters in my email adress. There are no, just name@provider.de.

Beside the ACSI version a SCSI version also would be welcome - for the Falcon.
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Postby DarkLord » Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:18 pm

Very interesting. I registered as well...
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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby dhedberg » Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:25 pm

Talked to a couple of friends that would be interested as well if it would work with the Falcon030. Please consider that!
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Postby dbsys » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:30 pm

I agree: Support of the Falcon would be great.

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Postby Marakatti » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:35 pm

Looks cool, registered!
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Interest registered!

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby DarkLord » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:44 pm

alexh wrote:I am probably in the minorty here but I have a MegaSTe

What are the chances of making the PCB design flexible enough to be fitted into a MegaSTe to the internal ASCI port?


Same goes for the STacy. I wonder if Alan H.'s adaptor cable that I use in my STacy
with the Ultrasatan would work okay with this device? That would be handy. :)
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Postby calimero » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:13 pm

Sounds great!

Btw youtube promo is hilarious ! :D
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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby dhedberg » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:31 pm

calimero wrote:Btw youtube promo is hilarious ! :D

Haha! I totally missed that one! You're right, It's hilarious! Would also be interested in how it was made! :D
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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:42 pm

Great design ! :D
From my point of view you made the right choice by exploiting correctly the RPi with Linux.
RPi HW & Linux is a powerful couple allowing to make such things "easily" without reinventing the wheel : disk, file system and network support already there and working perfectly.
I am thinking to use this kind of board in some products too. Here is something that i have experimented last year : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJEekEhZtD8

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby AtariInside » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:27 pm

can´t wait. great project. already registered and I am also interested in a SCSI/Falcon version ;-)

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby TheNameOfTheGame » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:40 am

Hmm, does this hook through the ASCI port or the floppy port? Maybe you said it and I missed. I am getting old haha.

I like the design, hey do you think this could support the SuperCard Pro images as well as ST and MSA?

Oh, also +1 for Falcon support too.

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Re: CosmosEx - new device for your Atari ST

Postby Silly_Pony » Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:57 am

It's both floppy and ASCI, looking at it.
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