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  1. SCSI2SD V5 firmware is very mature at this point, having been iterated and improved upon since ~2014. Around ten thousand V5.x boards are in use in the wild, and V5.2 uses that same firmware, so to somehow twist that in to "it's not ready yet, I should wait" is a bit laughable. V5.2 can do everything the previous V5 boards can, so judging it purely on the basis of future functionality seems...odd, at best. You shouldn't ever buy a product for features that don't exist when you make the purchase. That said, the pins on the Cypress PSoC 5LP microcontroller that is used in SCSI2SD V5
  2. It's soldered to the bottom of the board. That makes it one piece in my book, and to most rational people, I'd imagine.
  3. It definitely reduces versatility, but that versatility had unintended consequences when it came to noise immunity. V5.5 is way, way more portable, and most people are happy to use that.
  4. The number one requested feature, when V5.1 was designed by Michael McMaster, was a full sized SD card. LOTS of people hate hate hate microSD with a passion. We don't have anything against the form factor, personally, and find it a lot more environmentally friendly, given that more than half of a modern SD card is pure ABS plastic. While it's trivial to adapt from full sized SD to micro, it's not to go the other way around. I've considered making a variant of V5.5 in the V5.0b form factor. Would that be of interest?
  5. We are actually working on securing a Canadian distributor. While we can't do anything about the cost of shipping from the US, this is how we can improve the experience for Canadian customers. More to follow.
  6. Last week we took delivery of the first mass-production batch of SCSI2SD V5.2's, all of which are now assembled in Canada (with foreign components), with a new Markham, Ontario-based contract manufacturer. They produce a far-superior quality product, and the quality of their Printed Circuit Boards is a cut above what we've come to expect. We are very pleased with the results. From a user's perspective, on day one, the V5.2 isn't much different, functionally speaking, to that of SCSI2SD V5.1. It's a derivative design, and anything that works with V5.1 will work fine with V5.2. The m
  7. Please don't purchase SCSI2SD clones from Artmix; They are non GPL compliant, unlicensed clones of SCSI2SD, and Artmix is and has been distributing modified firmware without providing their changes. They've been approached multiple times, and all they are willing to provide is the compiled, binary blob for the board, which in no way makes them compliant with the GPL. In response, they claim _we_ are violating the GPL, which is 100% wrong. Buyer beware. Don't believe me? Ask Michael McMaster, the creator. Regardless of your opinions of Artmix, below is the prototype interposer we de
  8. Apologies, It's been a long month for us, with fallout from local wildfire, and an overall lack of time to do anything but fulfill orders. New employee starts Monday, which will shed an immense burden. We're have developed a SCSI2SD V5.5-based/derived solution, to replace the legacy V5.0 Powerbook Edition. Stay tuned.
  9. Super duper awesome project, and amazing progress in a short amount of time! I'd love to build one. I've been aware of the ENC28J60 since it was introduced about ten years ago, and I'm curious why you chose a non-5V native MCU, given the 5V native SCSI interface, and the fairly widespread availability of 5V native (not tolerant) ARM Cortex M0/3/4 MCUs, since it adds expense and complicates the BOM a bit. One of the coolest things about the Cypress PSoC that the SCSI2SD V5 is based around is that it has the ability to assign different voltage domains to individual pins (pin groupings, really),
  10. Agreed, with all of the above...however, I'd like to add that this is, in theory, also a problem that can be solved with SCSI2SD. It's a matter of firmware development (aka time and knowledge). SCSI2SD V6 (also open source firmware) has hardware support for USB devices, but has never had the implementation on the firmware side developed to enable use of it. The biggest shortcoming of RaSCSI is that it's not capable of instant-on functionality, which is a big downside, when it comes to storage, but not at all a real issue if you're using it for connectivity.
  11. In addition, you can easily use one SCSI2SD across multiple macs, and this is especially easy if you buy it with the DB25 connector installed, and use it externally.
  12. Or you could just go with a SCSI2SD V5.1, which is instant-on, and mature firmware that's 5+ years old. And the firmware is open source.
  13. Very cool! Who did you use? Oshpark? What's the license on the adapter?
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