What is this project?
The aim of the project is to provide a Firewire interface for the V12 version PSTwo. The PSTwo is the last model of Sony console and is no more equipped with a firewire (i-Link interface). We don’t think that USBXTREME is a good solution as the speed is too slow. We have the idea to make a Firewire interface with a few friends so everyone can connect an external hard disk and appreciate games on their hard disk.
Ok guys, I know you need some photos, the only photo we have is only a prototype and it is no use. We don’t have anything to prove. Only time will tell if the project works.
We use an IDE-Pocket Analyser from DHS to valid all IDE data transfers to the drive. The external drive is a MAXTOR with FIREWIRE adaptor but any other drive will fit.
Why this chip?
We chose this not so cheap chip (;-:) for several reasons : Yu is the chief, Yu is the one who decide and Yu works in a well known electronic firm and have access to a lot of information, dev kits and chips…. Last reason is that this chip can be copy protected so like no one can steal our project as PS2….
Furthermore this project can be more ambitious as this chip is the low step to the PCI7621 device family, which is a high-performance, low-cost integrated solution that provides the latest in Flash Media, PC Card and Smart Card technology. Yes it sound like an ad…but it is real…(Yu said so)…
Some essential information
All of our technical reverse-engineering wouldn’t have been possible
if Sony have not included some essential information in his hardware. For
those who don’t know, the first PS2 included a firewire
connector. Even if this interface is no more available in the PSTwo, the console remembers the interface, in
terms of electronics and bios. Sony is part of a consortium of eight consumer
electronics companies (Grundig,
The elements left in the console are sufficient to allow our kind of device to function.
Why we choose Firewire and not USB 2.0. It is not a matter of speed, we could just make an
IDE interface but we believe in the power of Firewire (sounds good?) and it goes far beyond
the simple need of an hard disk on you console.
Here are the main technical characteristics of both interfaces :
As you can see, the main advantage is linked to the video cameras.
We are 3 persons from all
around the world A guy whose pseudo is Agathe comes
Don’t ask any details about delay, price as this is only a project and we don’t have much
time. Money makers please stay away! We are and will stay a free project…We would
provide all software as source, here on this site. But we need another electronic specialist,
if you think you have time and can handle this, just join us.
Proof of Concept?
We will release this on April for a demo, we will add a video link here.
This project is very enthusiastic as it can be widely extended to a lot of other projects. As
we provide a firewire interface it can be used to plug any device as a camera for video
acquisition. We can change the main board of our prototype to include some different
chip to allow reading of memory devices as smc cards or so on.
I would like to thank the guy there at Metagames who has
made this page because it was just an april’s fool, in French
it is called “un poisson d’avril”…or a FISH….