Using wires for the sdcard will probably make the device unreliable (signal integrity problems). And no mention about the potential EMC problem.
I think that "5c4r7" made a very good point. As you have already realised yourself : being able to detach the LCD screen is extremely handy
. This concept of modularity should be taken further to include all interface components :- LCD
- SD Card slot
Let's take the Atari ST
, for example :Revision F
doesn't work in there because of the way how the ST case is constructed around the original FDD.Revision C
leaves this ugly open gap and makes it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to properly operate the buttons and see the LED's. And I'm not even talking about the LCD here.
If you could create a newer version of the HxC SD Card Floppy Emulator that will allow users to place ALL the interface components where they want, you'll have a truely customisable product that will allow itself to be installed in a lot more devices than what you have right now. I'm quite sure that there are a lot of potential users out there that wish they could have this ability with the emulator (I am one of them, for instance).
And what about the EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) when using a loose SD card slot attached to the main PCB through a cable ? Can you provide definitive proof that the emulator will in fact be unreliable, or is this just an unconfirmed thought ?
I'm quite sure that there are a lot of properly shielded cables that will allow the emulator to function properly without any interference at all.
I vote in favour of a FULLY customisable product that can to be used in a maximum of applications, and that means allowing the LCD, LED's, buttons and the SD Card slot to be detached from the main PCB so that users can place them where they want (or where there is room to place them).
I think that the LED's and buttons have solder points at the bottom of the PCB, so that already allows some modularisation/customisation there (although a pin header would be very nice to have there). But that still leaves the SD Card slot. If you can manage to include a pin header connector to attach the SD Card slot via a cable then you'd have one hell of a fantastic product on your hands, believe me !!!