So because of also wanting to be able to incorporate at least the networking aspect of FujiNet into the project, a couple of extra headers were added, and a FujiNet Plug-In Module has been designed.
The PCB mock-up of this new FujiNet Module can be seen to the right. With the real thing nearly ready to have the gerbers sent off to the board manufacturer to get some sample boards made.
This is meant to plug in on the right of the A8Pico Cart module of the NUCplus4 daughter board. Taking advantage of the 576NUC+ internal SIO header, and a couple of small 2 pin headers on each of the bottom corners to stabilize the piggyback aspect of this module.
Everything from a WiFi aspect has been retained, so accessing TNFS servers, assigning remote files to virtual drives, and doing wireless printing to the PC is fully supported. However unlike the regular FujiNet implementations, SD Card access is separate being handled by the SDrive-ng.
Being USB-C mimics the connector on the A8Pico Cart board, so only one cable need be stocked in order to load files to the A8Pico Cart, or to update firmware on either that or the FujiNet.
Speaking of having a PIC12629 on the NUCplus4 daughter board, yes that required a new board layout bringing it up to revision level 1.5.
I think that'll do it for this blog post. More to come...
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