Exciting news for ZX81/Timex 1000 owners!!!

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vectrexmad
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Whilst on eBay I stumbled across the following offering:

It is called the ZXpand Interface and it is a brand new interface for the Sinclair ZX81 Home Computer which provides the following facilities (copied from eBay advert):

• SD Memory Card reader - for instant loading from / saving to .p files (used by ZX81 emulators)
• 32K of configurable RAM memory, which can then be set up to use the various hi-resolution graphics schemes for the Sinclair ZX81
• New keywords are added to the system ROM to allow you to load and save programs, produce a catalogue of files on the memory
card, configure the ZXpand Interface, and delete files.
• You can still load programs from cassette as well as using the interface, to allow you to copy files onto the SD memory card
• Sub-directories are supported on the memory card.
• The new ROM can be switched off once a program is loaded, in order to allow access to LPRINT, LLIST and COPY commands.
• There is a built in reset button to reset the ZX81 without having to pull the power lead.
Additionally, the following features may be added with either an add-on PCB or some soldering:
• Zon-X81 Compatible AY sound interface
• Atari style joystick adaptor for specially written or patched games

Some more info from the producer here: http://www.rwapsoftware.co.uk/zx812.html
Production of the ZXpand interfaces is due to start in April 2011. The one currently on eBay is the last pre-production module with serial number #00001.

No price given yet (although the starting price for the preproduction is £50, so I would hazard a guess that this would be the price of the production run.)

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Bill Loguidice
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I've been tracking this but

I've been tracking this but didn't see the pre-order list. Thanks for the heads-up! I LOVE SD card solutions for original hardware, so this is right up my alley.

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ZXpand operation on YouTube
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