My hopes for the Yellowstone may be a bit big but just take it as what my perfect Apple II disk interface hardware would be.
Here I go:
Expectations/Hopes for the first release:
- The Yellowstone will be able to read and write Apple II disk formats in 3.5“ and 5.25“ in double density (sigle sided & double sided).
- It behaves the same as the Liron card and disk II card.
- there is no software or the need to configure the card.
- 2x Disk II and 2x 3.5“ are supported at max.
- The card will need to sit in slot 6 for 5.25“ support and map 3.5“ floppies as smartport devices to slot 5.
- The Yellowstone replaces the Disk II and Liron Cards and combines them into one card.
Hopes for the future (some may not be possible):
- The Yellowstone will have a SD card and allow to mount smartport images in parallel to the physical drives.
- The files on the SD card will be fully compatible with the floppyEmu.
- The firmware allows for a Apple II program to manage settings and mounted images.
- FloppyEmu functionality is included in the FPGA and allows 5.25“ floppy emulation.
- Disk archiving function with support of timed images onto SD card (EDD/EDF and/or other).
- Write back to real floppy function for disk images from SD card.
- surface analysis of a disk to test for weak bits or problematic regions
- floppy drive test for checking of the quality of the drive.
- It will support standard 34pin floppy drives and allow access to these.
- A simple UART terminal for debugging/status information.
- USB interface for „stand-alone“ function with a PC for access to the floppies on modern hardware. (Needs additional 12V PSU, older Disk II not supported)