10/11/09: Versatile Serial Pak for the CoCo and Dragon by Roger, | Category: Hot CoCo Stuff, OS-9, Peripherals, Pictures, Projects | Comments are closed

Versatile Serial Pak for the CoCo and Dragon

Versatile Serial Pak for the CoCo and Dragon
COCO3.COM 6551-BASED CARTRIDGES

All compatible with the 16K CoCoNet EPROM (enhanced Disk BASIC)

Many variations of a base “serial pak” model can be customized on demand, or ordered by a formal name. You can have the serial port header facing inside the case or outside the case, a Tandy Communications ROM or the CoCoNet ROM, a bluetooth module or a MicroSD memory module, and other customizations on request.

By mixing and matching these components, you can turn a lot of neat or serious ideas into reality.

Formal ProductPak StyleRetrofit ModuleAddressesAvailable
Deluxe Wireless RS-232 PakInternal header, pak case,
Tandy Telecomm ROM & CoCoNet ROM included
A7′s EB301 bluetooth module$FF68 – $FF6B
(65384-65387)
Not available until ‘A7′ resumes sales of their EB301 bluetooth module.
TTL Serial PakInternal or external header, pak case, Tandy Telecomm ROM or CoCoNet ROMNone$FF68 – $FF6B
(65384-65387)
Yes
2GB MicroSD Drive Pak (aka Plug and Play Pak) Thousands of floppy disks and hard drive images possible in a little game-pak sized cartridge.128mb-2gig MicroSD module$FF6C – $FF6F
(65388-65391)
Yes
USB Serial PakuSB-CE5 USB to Serial Adaptor$FF68 or $FF6CSoon

One device that can plug directly into the 2×6 header is A7′s EB301 bluetooth module.  In fact, in a Deluxe Wireless Pak, the header and module are mounted inside the case. The other device to arrive soon is the 2 GIG memory module which will be used as a simultaneous Disk BASIC and OS-9 drive system.

All pak models use the 6551 ACIA to communicate with either a bluetooth radio module or 2 GIG MicroSD drive module. The image below shows an external style serial pak with an EB301 module plugged in.  A regular Wireless Pak would have this module inside the case.

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The photos suggest that this is a SparkFun EB301 when it’s actually a product of the A7 corporation.

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