Most of you already know that SyX and I are working on a mass-storage expansion for CPC.
X-MASS embeds a 128MB flash drive that allows to store thousands files.
Here the picture of the final board!
Users can access it from BASIC using the ACMEDOS ROM. RSX commands allow to browse folders for storing your files.
Developers will be able to work on ambitious projects requiring megabytes of resources and code, breaking the floppy limitation!
Last but not least, X-MASS is natively compatible with SymbOS and BDOS.1- Preorder X-MASS here: CentPourCent [dot net]
2- Download AcmeDOS here: AcmeDOS ROM
3- FW3.1x users must update it here: FW3.1x ROM
I will try to add informations to this post if you ask questions.
I would like to thanks gerald for his precious help and support.
---Questions and AnswersQ:
What is the X-MASS storage form factor?A:
A 44 pins auto-powered disk on module.Q:
What is the X-MASS storage capacity?A:
128MB. You can store several[nb]It's the capacity of around 350 double-sided DATA floppy discs.[/nb] thousands of files on it.Q:
What is the X-MASS speed?A:
[nb]+6.532 bauds exactly. That is more than Tape speed. XD[/nb] bauds for 464 users)
and no drive delay.Q:
Is the X-MASS work on all CPC?A:
Yes. But, it require a ROM board to use it from BASIC.Q:
How to use the X-MASS from BASIC?A:
The ACMEDOS ROM mount it at boot and add new RSX commands.Q:
Is X-MASS use a custom file system, like BDOS does?A:
You can. But ACMEDOS allow you to use a PC FAT to be accessed independally from BASIC or SymbOS.