Dave wrote:I plan to discontinue the ROM port after Issue 8 as the image can be saved in flash and relocated. I found the connectors to be very difficult to source, and quite expensive at £5/00 a piece. Therefore, I will be offering it as a built time option - if you don't want it, your Issue 8 board will be £5 cheaper.
This what I meant, can you clarify.
If this incorrect, can you implement an Aurora style Rom Port so the Second Processor boards can be interfaced.
Issue 8 PCB is split in two. This line is at a point between the ROM port and Joystick 2. The ROM port is on an add-on card that has a through connector for expansions. If you do not use the ROM port, you can put the extender in a drawer, and plug your expansions quite a bit further inside the QL case.
There's two versions of the space card - one is just a ROM port and J1 thru con. The other is 16MB DRAM and the ROM port.
People can choose to not fit the ROM port socket but get the spacer card and save £5. Or they can just skip the spacer card and have a shorter QL board and save £10.
The Aurora style ROM port, I 100% defer to Nasta.
After Issue 8, nothing I make will have a ROM port. I have considered a pre-decoded Q68-compatible mini-extension-bus for smaller/simpler expansions (like Acorn "podules") but there's too many choices and too little feedback/demand to pick any one approach over another.