BBC, Master Flash memory interface inventedBy Chris Williams. Published: 17th Aug 2004, 23:25:27 | Permalink | Printable
Kiss those 40 track drive monsters goodbyeWhilst taking a break from engineering hardware for the 32bit realm of Acorn hardware, John Kortink has now designed GoMMC: a Flash memory interface for BBC and Master Acorn computers.
John said in his announcement, sent out over the weekend: "[GoMMC] allows storage of any number of floppies (harddisks to follow) on an MMC (MultiMedia Card). Individual floppies can subsequently be selected (by name) and accessed just as before, via the usual (albeit slightly patched) filing systems. Up to 1 GB of storage is currently possible, and transfer speeds are in the region of 80 to 130 KB/sec."
The fact that an old school 40 track ADFS floppy can hold 160K puts the above speed into context. GoMMC works by plugging a custom designed interface into an available sideways ROM socket, and you can also order a GoMMC unit from John (whilst stocks last).
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