Update, you're PRE-ORDERING the new 2022 model as described in the VZ Facebook group. Including a 3d printed enclosure. Shipment expected approx. First week of March 2023.
Video of it in use - Note: Old video - A lot has been added since.
User Manual kindly provided by David Maunder HERE
Give your VZ200/300 or equivalent a new lease on life with this SD card loader. Load .VZ snapshots instantly onto your system, supports both Binary and Basic files.
Includes 128kbytes of onboard sram to Max out your VZ system.
System, Monitor, cables, desk, etc not included. Just the SD loader card.
Tested on VZ200, VZ300. Should also be compatible with all it's clones (LASER200, Salora Fellow, Seltron200, Smart-Alex Jr, TexetTX8000A LASER310 etc...) You could probably get it running on similar systems with some changes to the FPGA code and Firmware. PLEASE VISIT THE FACEBOOK GROUP TO CONFIRM COMPATIBILITY WITH YOUR SYSTEM BEFORE ORDERING.
The hardware has been finalised. Here is the breakdown:
Port 55decimal: RAMmap. Set this to 0 for VZ200 compatibility (Expanded RAM is mapped from $9000-$FFFF or set to 1 for VZ300 compatibility (Mapped from $B800-$FFFF.
Port 56decimal: SPI port CFG for SD interface.
Port 57decimal: SPI port Data for SD interface.
Bit0 = EPROM(0) or SRAM(1) mapped to DOS ROM AREA (Note, SRAM write is enabled even when EPROM is selected. This means you can code a loop to read and write from the DOS ROM area to copy itself into ram before switching to SRAM)
Bit1 = SRAM BankLow - DOS ROM SRAM bank 0 or 1 ($4000-$67FF)
Bit2 = SRAM BankHiigh - SRAM Bank 0 or 1 (Expanded RAM up to $FFFF)
Bit3 = on board LED if fitted. (If you mod your VZ's ROM /CS line, you can use this signal to disable the original ROM and map in SRAM allowing you to load BASIC rom's from SD card. This hasn't been implemented yet... Email me if you think it could be handy
Upon power up the SD card will be initialised, FAT32 will be initialised. If VZDOS.VZ is found on the root directory, it will be copied to $4000 and executed. This allows the latest firmwares to be launched without reflashing the EPROM. BASIC is loaded by default.
If holding Space on power up, you will enter my Command Line Interface. Type HELP for a list of commands.
The firmware was designed around a SDHC class card being present. This means 2gb or greater. I didn't have any smaller cards here to test when developing so I didn't support smaller than 2gb. Tested up to 64GB SDXC.