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BusCard (Revision A) Reverse-Engineering Project [message #280948] Tue, 20 January 2015 21:04 Go to next message
Dave Buchan is currently offline  Dave Buchan
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Hi guys,

I can't remember whether I posted any info on this before, but I have set-
up a web page with all the details I've cobbled together on my BusCard
(Rev. A).

The BusCard was manufactured by a little company in Toronto called
Batteries Included Ltd - later subsumed by Electronic Arts, I believe. I
bet no one currently at EA even knows they bought it. It plugs into the
expansion port of a C64 and provides an IEEE-488 bus and a parallel
printer bus.

You may see quite a few BusCard II cards around, but I seem to have been
an early adopter and have one of the few (only one?) of the BusCard Rev.
A. This version is of particular interest because it uses common
components rather than proprietary chips like the BusCard II.

The purpose of my project is to ultimately provide Gerber files with
EAGLE so people can make their own BusCard.

I have very limited time and so I've uploaded my hand-drawn schematic as
it is now for people to look at and comment on. Eventually I'll get back
to EAGLE and do it all right. In the mean time, please feel free to send
any comments along by email - I don't check here often.

Anyway, maybe it's of interest to someone:

http://www.pdbuchan.com/commodore/buscard/buscard.html

Dave
Re: BusCard (Revision A) Reverse-Engineering Project [message #280963 is a reply to message #280948] Wed, 21 January 2015 09:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Anton Treuenfels is currently offline  Anton Treuenfels
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"David Buchan" <pdbuchan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:54bf0923$0$1104$b1db1813$7968482@news.astraweb.com...
> Hi guys,
>
> I can't remember whether I posted any info on this before, but I have set-
> up a web page with all the details I've cobbled together on my BusCard
> (Rev. A).
>
> The BusCard was manufactured by a little company in Toronto called
> Batteries Included Ltd - later subsumed by Electronic Arts, I believe. I
> bet no one currently at EA even knows they bought it. It plugs into the
> expansion port of a C64 and provides an IEEE-488 bus and a parallel
> printer bus.
>
> You may see quite a few BusCard II cards around, but I seem to have been
> an early adopter and have one of the few (only one?) of the BusCard Rev.
> A. This version is of particular interest because it uses common
> components rather than proprietary chips like the BusCard II.
>
> The purpose of my project is to ultimately provide Gerber files with
> EAGLE so people can make their own BusCard.
>
> I have very limited time and so I've uploaded my hand-drawn schematic as
> it is now for people to look at and comment on. Eventually I'll get back
> to EAGLE and do it all right. In the mean time, please feel free to send
> any comments along by email - I don't check here often.
>
> Anyway, maybe it's of interest to someone:
>
> http://www.pdbuchan.com/commodore/buscard/buscard.html
>
> Dave
Re: BusCard (Revision A) Reverse-Engineering Project [message #304147 is a reply to message #280948] Wed, 04 November 2015 13:26 Go to previous message
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Originally posted by: Steve Douglas

Hi:

Just saw this post today.

I'm the guy that wrote the code for the Buscard and the Buscard II. What
you're referring to as "revision A" would be a Buscard or Buscard I
(so-called after we released the Buscard II).

What do you need to know? I only have foggy memory to rely upon so you'll
have to give me some details. Which chips are in the card? The only "custom"
chip I remember from the Buscard II was a PLA. That wasn't used in the first
model.

Steve Douglas

"David Buchan" <pdbuchan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:54bf0923$0$1104$b1db1813$7968482@news.astraweb.com...
> Hi guys,
>
> I can't remember whether I posted any info on this before, but I have set-
> up a web page with all the details I've cobbled together on my BusCard
> (Rev. A).
>
> The BusCard was manufactured by a little company in Toronto called
> Batteries Included Ltd - later subsumed by Electronic Arts, I believe. I
> bet no one currently at EA even knows they bought it. It plugs into the
> expansion port of a C64 and provides an IEEE-488 bus and a parallel
> printer bus.
>
> You may see quite a few BusCard II cards around, but I seem to have been
> an early adopter and have one of the few (only one?) of the BusCard Rev.
> A. This version is of particular interest because it uses common
> components rather than proprietary chips like the BusCard II.
>
> The purpose of my project is to ultimately provide Gerber files with
> EAGLE so people can make their own BusCard.
>
> I have very limited time and so I've uploaded my hand-drawn schematic as
> it is now for people to look at and comment on. Eventually I'll get back
> to EAGLE and do it all right. In the mean time, please feel free to send
> any comments along by email - I don't check here often.
>
> Anyway, maybe it's of interest to someone:
>
> http://www.pdbuchan.com/commodore/buscard/buscard.html
>
> Dave
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