[Coladam] PC Interface to Adam DDP Drive

Joe Blenkle jblenkle at sacnews.net
Thu Oct 22 21:31:14 CEST 2009


One obvious problem in interfacing a data drive to a PC would be...how do 
you power it? In the ADAM, the power and data run through the same connector 
which plugs into the ADAM internally. But it would be neat if you could 
figure out how to do it.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "geoffrey oltmans" <oltmansg at bellsouth.net>
To: "Joseph Oprysko" <joprysko1 at gmail.com>; <coladam at adamcon.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: [Coladam] PC Interface to Adam DDP Drive


> To my knowledge nobody has done this. The advantage to doing a direct 
> interface to the DDP would be that you wouldn't have to worry about the 
> ADAM Net protocol. I don't know if this is much trouble though, as I think 
> the ADAM Net interface is essentially an I2C bus operating at 62.5 kbps.
>
> I had thought it would be a good idea to have some sort of ADAMNet -> USB 
> interface on a PC so that you could interface any ADAM Net device (tape 
> drive, disk drive, hard drive, keyboard, smartwriter...) to the PC and use 
> with an emulator as you suggested.
>
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Joseph Oprysko <joprysko1 at gmail.com>
> To: coladam at adamcon.org
> Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 10:32:42 AM
> Subject: [Coladam] PC Interface to Adam DDP Drive
>
> Does anyone know if there ever was an interface to connect the Adam DDP
> drives to a PC?
>
> I am considering working with a friend of mine who has developed several
> interfaces for other machines and drives mostly utilizing CPLD's.
>
> If one had been made before, I would like to try to get one, if not, I 
> think
> it would be a good thing to have.  Imagine using AdamEm with a real Adam
> Tape, or utilities to be able backup/restore the tape images.  Also would
> probably be able to perform a low-level format of the a tape (I guess
> Low-Level is the best way to define it due to the way it has been done)
>
> If anyone has the programming experience and would like to help with this
> project, let me know.  Also, if someone actually had done this at some 
> point
> in the past and had a working design, I would like to get that and build
> one.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Joe
>
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