CFFA for Apple II
I recently reached out my friends, family, and to my entire CFFA customer list for help with a fund raiser for a friend. She is trying to complete an associates degree in programming and needed some help because of a series of events in her life that were not her fault. Knowing that I never would have finished colleage without the efforts of others, I encouraged her to start this fund raiser because it might make a difference. Well, the response from everyone, including the Apple II community, was very impressive. Thank you for the donations!! It will definately make a tangable difference in her life.
For those that would still like to donate you can go here
Current inventory levels: 203 CFFA3000s, 331 Remote Switches, 2 CFFA1s.
Current inventory levels: 270 CFFA3000s, 384 Remote Switches, 23 CFFA1s.
If you have already ordered up to 2 units from this current batch/run, you may now order up to 2 more units. Note: there is still about a 4 week lead time for new orders.
Current inventory levels: 300 CFFA3000s, 400 Remote Switches, 26 CFFA1s.
This last Monday we didn't get any boards shipped as expected because of a personal issue. We will be trying ship some extra boards this week to make up for that delay.
I have had an additional 70 CFFA3000 boards assembled from spare parts from previous runs. So now there are 325 CFFA3000 boards, 420 switches, and 28 CFFA1 left in stock. If you have already ordered from Run #5, you can now order up to an other 2 boards per person/address. It will be another 6 weeks before I am caught up with current orders. Please factor this into your plans if you order more.
Here are a couple videos about the CFFA3000:
1) A high level introduction what the CFFA3000 does.
2) An initial setup tutorial for getting started.
This page describes a project to create a CompactFlash / USB-Flash Interface card for Apple II computers (][+, //e, //e enh or //gs)
that started back in 2002. Over the years I have build about 5000 CFFA cards in 11 batches. The card is in its third generation which dropped the IDE support and added USB flash storage support. It also supports FAT16 and FAT32 formatted devices for easier transfer to/from your PC.
I did the original wire-wrap prototype over the span of several months. This project is very much a case of old technology
(the Apple II computer) meets new (CompactFlash cards and Altera CPLDs).
My reasoning for this project is described in detail in the Background section, but suffice it to say, I wanted
to be able to pull out my old Apple II and use it from time to time to reminisce about the early days of personal computers.
I wanted a reliable way to store my Apple II programs and data files for many years to come. Due to the long term reliability prospects of floppy drives, and my general laziness, I decided a mass storage device is what I needed.
CFFA3000 project Introduction:
At the end of 2008 I sold out of my 6th run of CFFA cards. Instead of making another
batch to meet demand, I decided it was time to design something new. The main shortcoming of the CFFA card was its lack
of support for operating systems other than ProDOS. It was not possible to store and run DOS 3.3 games from the CFFA.
So I decided to try desiging a new CFFA that would have these new features: 1) Floppy disk emulation at the nibble level and 2) USB flash drive support for storage of .dsk image files. The effort to design a new CFFA now called the CFFA3000 took about 2 years.
The long development time was mainly because this is a hobby for me and not my normal job, also the CFFA3000 is about twice as complex as the orginal CFFA.
Looking for the CFFA1 for Apple1 Project? Click Here!
Great tool for CFFA users:
All CFFA owners who use Windows... Andy McFadden has come out with an excellent tool called: CiderPress. This tool will
allow you to read and write your CFFA formatted CF cards right on your PC. It will make an excellent backup tool. Check it out
at Andy's Site
Information about the "3 jumper" fix for older CFFA V1.2 cards: (Runs 1, 2, and 3)
A problem as been found that explains why many CompactFlash cards have never worked with the older CFFA cards. I was motivated to
find this problem when I realized that SanDisk 256MB cards were not working properly. To summarize, the address lines were changing
near the end of the ATA bus cycle seen by the CF card. This seemed to be tolerated by the smaller SanDisk cards, but not the
256MB card or many other brands, like Lexar. So after much debugging I found the problem and was able to fix the problem with
a new release of the CPLD logic (V1.4), and the addition of 3 "rework" jumper wires to the board.
Click here to see the front of the board, and here to the back.