FASTChip //e for Apple IIe – Accelerator Card

November 20, 2017

Just installed my FASTChip //e In italics are the notes from the a2heaven.com website.

November 22, 2017

I’ve been running a tests of PublishIt v4 startup time on the Apple //e with the FastChip//e.

*With the FastChip//e set at 10 MHz and running PublishIt from the SCSI drive it took 8 seconds to load.

*With the FastChip//e running at 1.0 MHz running from the SCSI drive it took 25 seconds.

*With the FastChip//e running at 1.0 MHz and PublishIt v4 running from a UniDisk 3.5 disk connected the Liron Controller Card in the //e it took 53 seconds to load. [ Note: The Apple //e has a RamWorks8M card made from a2Heaven. This card uses current day technology so it must provide some additional advantage when loading the fonts, et al into memory upon startup. The only way to see the difference would be for me to uninstall the RamWorks8M and reinstall the 1986 RamWorks 1M card by Applied Engineering. At the end of this posts are links to YouTube videos of the above.

The FASTChip //e accelerates the Apple //e™ by replacing the on-board microprocessor with a much faster one. Because the memory on the Apple //e™ can only run at a 1 MHz speed maximum, faster memory (SRAM) must be provided to increase performance and allow the 65C02/65C816 CPU to run at full speed. To do this, the FASTChip //e contains 512KB/1024KB of fast SRAM memory. The clever design allows the acceleration of programs running in both main and auxiliary memory. The additional FASTChip //e memory can emulate both 192/448 KB fast RamWorks  compatible RAM and 256/512 KB fast RamFactor (slinky) compatible RAM.

FASTChip //e features

  • Easy to install card, installable in slot 1-7 of the Apple //e™, or Enhanced //e.
  • Does not mechanically interfere with the 80 column card in slot 3.
  • 65C02/65C816 microprocessor running at a clock rate of more than 16 MHz .
  • External Hardware Control Panel with controls and LED display.
  • CPU frequency can be changed real-time via rotary knob (0.2Mhz to 16.6Mhz).
  • Stop/Pause and Status buttons for easy control.
  • 4 digits x 7 segment LED display.
  • Built in 192/448 KB fast RamWorks compatible RAM.
  • Built in 256/512 KB fast RamFactor (Slinky) compatible RAM.
  • Low power design for cool operation.
  • Acceleration of programs running in both main and auxiliary memory.
  • Compatible with most interface and expansion cards for the Apple II/IIe.
  • Transparent operation with all Apple II software.
  • An easily accessed built-in software control panel lets you control processor speed, memory, joystick, speaker sound quality and many other options.

My actual //e Setup with FastChip//e, RamWorks8M card and SDFloppy II installed.

FastChip//e videos of PublishIT version 4 at 10 Mhz. A program essentially unusable on a IIe at 1 MHz.

[Note: I’m running PublishIt from a SCSI drive, not a floppy, unidisk 3.5, or SDFloppy, although programs ran fine from all three devices. But obviously SCSI is the fastest ] : unless you have a CFFA or MicroDrive Turbo.

https://youtu.be/njtTLMxZF-E

https://youtu.be/E0hqbxmvMJ4

http://www.a2heaven.com/webshop/index.php?rt=product/product&product_id=147

http://www.a2heaven.com/webshop/resources/pdf_document/18/82/c.pdf

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MicroDrive Turbo

September 10, 2016

I use the MicroDrive Turbo on my IIGS computers. I originally installed it in my Rom 01 IIGS. It greatly reduced bootup time. The 4 partitions that came with the drive give you everything to get started. With the floppy drives I was able to copy or install many programs on the partitions.

If you count the partitions in the next to last picture you’ll see 5. I added a partition with the utilities that came with the device, and I created one of my own with CiderPress. Plus, I downloaded hard drive images from: 

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za

and installed those over existing partition images. Once again, with CiderPress. 

This is Alex Lee’s great site.




TransWarp Card – Apple IIe

May 8, 2016


TransWarpGS on my IIGS Rom 01        TransWarp MicroDrive Turbo

April 25, 2016

I bought this IIGS on eBay. I noticed some interesting connections on the picture of the back of it. There was no description of what was inside. It had the TransWarpGS and a RamKeeper card.  Best find I ever had. The hardrives depicted on the screen are actually partitions on my MicroDrive Turbo from ReactiveMicro. It’s a CF Card on a circuit card which can be placed in almost any slot. Very fast even without the TransWarpGS.