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Gotek HxC Firmware v3.1.8.1a & HxCFloppyEmulator v2.1.8.0

Jean-François DEL NERO (who’s behind the HxC SD Floppy Emulator) recently has released a version of the HxC emulator firmware that is compatible with the STM32 chip used in the Gotek floppy emulators.

This means that the great functionality of the HxC SD emulator is now available on cheaper and more widely available hardware.

The bootloader to convert the Gotek floppy drive in HxC compatible must be purchased on the website HXC 2001 by sending an email to Jean-François DEL NERO. The price of the bootloader is one-off 10 Euro per Gotek that you want to update. Future updates of the software are free and can be made from a USB stick

The HXC Usb (Gotek) firmware supports: + many more….

Firmware STM32 USB HxCFloppyEmulator v3.1.2.0a -> v3.1.8.1a Cumulative Changelog:

  • Raw files : Write sector performance increased. / Near Real time sectors write !
  • Low level Floppy IO optimizations.
  • Raw *.IMG PC Files : Use the DOS 6.22 disk layouts.
  • And as always some code optimizations.
  • Cache flush fix : Do you not reorder the cache when not needed ( e.g when the track fit the cache size )
  • CFG File V1 fix (Autoboot mode) : slots support now file images with 2 characters filename extension…
  • More code Speed optimizations. (again ! :) )
  • More Code Speed optimizations.
  • RAW MFM & FM Images (IMG/ST/…) : More Write speed improvement. / Sector Data cache prefetch.
  • RAW MFM & FM Images (IMG/ST/…) : Write speed improvement. / Track cache workflow improvement. / Code optimization (CRC16, MFM 2 BIN…).
  • *.ST 720KB Files : Switch to the TOS 1.62 Disk Layout.
  • RAW files loader : Internal enhancement.

This is only a little part of the changelog. The original one is very long and you can read it here.

Software HxCFloppyEmulator v2.1.8.0:

  • New Loader : Atari ATR file image loader.
  • New Write & Loader : HFE V3 : variable bitrate and other proctections support. / (Experimental ! The file format definition is not yet finished !)
  • Kryoflux raw files Writer : Fix dead lock with tracks without pulse.
  • Amiga DOS image browser : 85 tracks AmigaDos image support.
  • Disk Image browser (FAT & AmigaDOS) : Fix null-sized file import issue.
  • Disk Image browser (FAT & AmigaDOS) : Can now delete folders.
  • All image loaders : Fix possible track skew calculation error.
  • Emax image loader : GAP fixed to 30.
  • Thomson *.FD loader : Sector interleave set to 7
  • Command line tool : -uselayout option can be now used to specify external xml disk layout file.


source: hxc2001.com

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