The HxC Floppy Emulators are present in very different environments and use cases.
The HxC Floppy Emulator replace the floppy disk drive of lots of industrial machines, keyboards/samplers and old computers.
The HxC Floppy Emulator is used by many professionals and industrial companies.
Here is some examples:
The following videos and pictures come from the first years of the project and are kept here for historical purpose :).
Since 2010 the products are manufactured and sold by Lotharek (FHU Krawczyk Przemyslaw).
The prototype hardware & software was reviewed and corrected to make the actual SD HxC Floppy Emulator.
Since this time differents form factor and design variants was studied and released.
These versions are now used in various domains and situations : Harsh industrial environments, Music gears, Old computers...
Late 2007 a new direction was taken to make a low cost standalone floppy emulator. The SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator is mostly based on a low cost PIC18F MCU, an SDCard connector, 3 push buttons, a low cost alphanumerical HD44780 compatible LCD (it will be optional in the future) and some floppy buffer drivers.
After the first prototype, it is becoming interesting to reduce it
and change the parralel port link by a modern USB link.
The main idea is kept (use of a PC as a floppy images server) but all TTL logic was put into an CPLD and the parralel port interface was replaced by a USB interface.
After the first success with this prototype, a single layer PCB (called "homebrew PCB") and later a two side PCB (called "production PCB") was made.
Since the availibilty of the schematic and PCB layout more than one hundred units was made by some people (especially Giants, CrazyIceCap and Petersieg).
Early 2006: The very first prototype of the HxC Floppy Emulator was made.
it was based on TTL logic only (no MCU or CPLD) and used the parallel port to get floppy data from the PC.
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