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Commodore Snipetts

Regarding the 50 Pin Expansion connector
Origin: The origin of the connector would be the same place that the whole design came from as Jim surmised.  The design of the case was the origin of the system design, with the chip designed/inserted next and hardware last. (function, look and feel followed by implementation?)  The expansion connector, along with the DINs, would have come from Ira Velinski and his department in Tokyo, Yoichi Nishimura being one of the engineers that took part and under the guidance of Yoichi Okubo the head of engineering. As this office was run directly by Sam Tramiel this would have been a system design that came from, and was condoned, from the top of the organization.   It arrived in West Chester around the time the PCB board did; the PCB board with bad ground, no ferrite beads and 9 chips that I saw a picture of just recently.
Why we liked it: When we saw it,  it made sense, higher density which hinted at more controls for extending the bus and more grounds to lower the impedance of the overall cartridge and connector. It also made sense from reuse of the metal part and I will assume that the cartridge housings could be reused with a minimum of retooling.
The clincher would be for me of why it made sense would be one of the axioms of design which is to try to not let a user plug something in where it doesn’t belong.  Since a C64 cart had no business being plugged into a TED, and any damage to the system or cart that may result, making it so you couldn’t plug in a C64 cart made sense.
After working on the TED housing the C64/128 looked kind of clunky in comparison the first couple of days.
One of those little tidbits I almost inserted but didn’t know if they digress the story too much, y’all may think I ramble too much as it is.  So in reference to both engineers having the same first name:
 “Lol… you don’t often say an adults first name but I learned to use the Osakan accent on Okubo-san’s name  as a way to differentiate as him and Yash Terakura were from Osaka. The Tokyo employees were visibly frightened of Osakan drivers and having ridden with both Yash and Okubo in Las Vegas I would say it was well earned reputation.  Several times I heard the expression that you are not safe on the sidewalks of Osaka (as they will occasionally drive on them) ”

Edited by: bilherd on 2012-04-26 09:28