R&D Automation announced in a blog posting last week that they will be producing a new run of the CFFA3000 cards for the Apple ][. The CFFA3000 is a card which allows the Apple ][ to use Compact Flash Cards and USB Thumb Drives for hard drive storage of disk images. According to the R&D Automation website, “We are now in the process of getting final quotes on parts for run #2 of the CFFA3000. We hope to be placing orders for the parts this week or next. We have not made a final decision on the run size yet, but we are looking at quantities of 400 and 500. The price of the next run will likely stay the same at US$149.95. It should be available in summer of 2012.
We are also adding support for image file directories to the firmware and making a lot of optimization to speed up all disk operations. Time permitting we will also be looking into DMA support, but there is still much work to do before we have something to test.“
The previous run of cards sold out in a matter of days after the much anticipated update was released. The specifications of the new card are as follows:
- A CompactFlash / USB flash drive interface for Apple II family of computers
- Support 1 to 13 partitions under ProDOS and GS/OS, and 2 virtual floppy drives
- Virtual Floppy image support allows the use of almost any non-copy-protected floppy disk image, including .dsk, .2mg, and .nib files. Note: .nib files of protected floppies will not work with the CFFA3000
- Allows storage of thousands of floppy and smartport disk images
- User configurable partition count
- Boot from either device and any partition
- Allow booting from Dos3.3, Pascal, CPM, Contiki, ProDOS or GS/OS directly from the Interface card (for a floppy-less system)
- Configurable as a CFFA smart port controller (i.e. a mass storage device) or as a floppy controller, or both. When configured as both, requires 2 slots in your Apple II, one for the physical card, and one for the virtual floppy controller.
- Hardware supports DMA, although v1.0 software does not currently support DMA. Future support is planned, but not guaranteed.
To order a CFFA3000 Card, you will need to email Rich Dreher, the proprietor of R&D Automation using the “email me” link on his sales webpage at: