This section will go into more detail about some of our self-developed products, like the lower case daughterboard or the DragonPlus kit as well as the forthcoming Dragon MSX2+ add-on board.
There are additional items for sale in the Shop section, but this is just for our ‘homegrown’ stuff.
Display true lower case letters on a Dragon 32, 64 or 200.
The inspiration for this website and quite simply the king of Dragon add-ons back in the 1985. A second display output with monochrome, crisp 80-column text along with an additional 64K of dynamic RAM on board which can be used as a virtual floppy drive in OS9.
Inside one of my Dragon 64s acquired a few years ago was a small, seemingly quite insignificant board. Internally connected was a bare DragonDOS interface board with a 34-way floppy drive cable exiting the rear of the Dragon through a neatly carved gap. This little board was a cartridge port expander, designed to provide an additional expansion port inside the Dragon, whilst retaining the external through-port.
I confess I didn’t attach much significance to this little board to start with, but as I began to experiment with other projects – like the WordPak 2+ board, it’s usefulness came to light as a way to have both a DOS solution and an additional add-on board connected.
The next big project at DragonPlus Electronics is the Dragon MSX 2+ board. Based upon the WordPak 2+ board by CocoDemus, and with support from Pere Serrat and Bas Gialopsos, this board is currently under development. After a heavy period of breadboarding not only the original V9958 circuit, as well as implementing a YM2149 sound chip and YM2413 FM generator chip into the same – not to mention the production of my first ever implementation of a CPLD, the first prototype PCBs were ordered in June. These worked, by-and-large, and the prototype boards are now with Pere and Bas.
There’s lots of work to do on these boards yet – but they are ‘a thing’ – they are exciting – and I hope to be able to offer a finish product for sale.
Please click the image to read a lot more about this boards ongoing development.