Clonix NoV's (and the like) news and updates.



#5

Hi all,

My spare time has been increased substantialy during the last months... I'm *happily* retired since Dec. 28th ;-)

Several pending issues regarding my projects have finally got the required attention and here there are some news and updates I'm glad to share with the community.

On the Software side:

The three last remaining known bugs in the NoV's family has been fixed, these include:

- Excessive power drain while Power OFF.

- Auto OFF freezing of NoV's with HEPAX emulation in HP-41CX's

- Improper HEPAX code relocation at page #8 after running clock (SHIFT+ON) (Thanks to Geir for reporting)

A new release of ClonixLP.EXE and ClonixLP.ASM has also been build including four Bank Bankswitching scheme. (Thanks to Raymond for suggesting it)


These mods are currently being tested in field by some users and will be published in my web page as they report them operational.

On the hardware side:

I've found a reasonably priced USB PIC programmer, and I've been testing it both with the previous developments (Clonix41, NoVRAM, NoV-32), and with the new ones (Clonix41D, and NoV-64).

The new USB programmer will fulfill a long time awaited solution for those users with laptops or desktops without serial port. Further more it also runs in Windows Vista!.

Clonix41D is a double sized Clonix holding 12 pages in two blocks of 6 pages each. You swap from one block to the other by selecting the port you plug the module in. Odd ports use Block-1 while even ports use Block-2. This module is already working in my proto-board and will be released as soon as the testing with USB programer were finished and I can verify there is a good supply of such programmers.

NoV-64 is also 12 pages ROM and adds 4 RAM blocks of 4 pages each. It will still take a while to have it finished, but the long waiting time has not been completelly improductive, as it will take advantage of the latest fixed bugs as it will inherit its "clean code" from the previous NoV's modules, so its code will be far more debugged.

If everything goes as expected, Clonix41D will be available by end April or early May, while NoV-64 will be released by summer.

As a "side" issue promoted by the interest of a user (thanks Bernt), I've also extracted the code from the ET-11968 (printer test module). It will soon be available at TOS in .MOD format. If you want the .ROM file for your collection or the .HEX file to play with it in your Clonix (remember it uses page #4 and runs continuously once connected to your HP-41), just drop me a line... (oh! yes, of course!... It's free!! :-))

Many thanks for your interest and my best wishes for you and yours from the Canary Islands.

Diego


#6

Exciting news and congratulations on retirement - which means you will be more busy than you have ever been before :-)

Which, in turn, means more goodies from the ingenious HP-41 science lab on the Canary Islands!

Please, most definitely have me in mind for both the ClonixD as well as the NoVram64!

Cheers

Peter


#7

Ha ha ha, Good point Peter... ;-)

Certainly I'm more busy now than I've ever been while I was "active"... but quite more happy also!!

On the tech side, I thought you would be interested by the new USB programmer, which will finally solve the need of a desktop PC with serial interface. Just any PC with an USB port (which means almost "every" PC in the world) can be used to reconfigure the whole Clonix/NoV's modules family.

Another long awaited solution I'm currenly working on is the possibility of dumping User Code (FOCAL) or M-code, from HEPAX RAM memory into PIC's Flash pages, by means of the two extra ROM pages available in NoV's modules. Thus allowing them to be retrieved via PIC programmer and directly tranlated into .ROM files in the PC hard drive.

I'll keep on posting upon cmpletion of the relevant milestones in these new projects.

Cheers!!

Diego.


#8

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Another long awaited solution I'm currenly working on is the possibility of dumping User Code (FOCAL) or M-code, from HEPAX RAM memory into PIC's Flash pages, by means of the two extra ROM pages available in NoV's modules. Thus allowing them to be retrieved via PIC programmer and directly tranlated into .ROM files in the PC hard drive.

Ho-ho-ho! That would be X-Mas, birthday and Valentine's day all in one.

Any chance for a Linux version?


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