A peripheral from Sinclair Research for its ZX Spectrum home computer, the ZX Interface 1 was launched in 1983.
Originally intended as a local area network interface for use in school classrooms, it was revised before launch
to also act as the controller for up to eight ZX Microdrive high-speed tape-loop cartridge drives.
It also included a DE-9 RS-232 interface capable of operating at up to 19.2 kbit/s a rare instance of Sinclair
using an industry-standard connector. At hardware level it was mainly a voltage adapter, the serial protocol being
implemented in software by bit-banging. This led to problems when receiving data, but not when transmitting.
A wedge-shaped device fitting underneath the ZX Spectrum, ZX Interface 1 contained 8 kB of ROM comprising the control software for the Microdrives, RS-232 port and network interface. This extended the error handler in the Sinclair BASIC to allow extra keywords to be used. As this became an official standard, other developers quickly used this mechanism to create language extensions to Sinclair BASIC.
|The ZX Microdrive was a magnetic tape data storage system launched in July 1983 by Sinclair Research for its ZX Spectrum home computer. The Microdrive technology was later also used in the Sinclair QL and ICL One Per Desk personal computers.|
Simple AY Interface
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