Hexbus

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Daisy chained Hex-bus peripherals

The Texas Instruments Hex-bus Interface was designed in 1982 and intended for commercial release in late 1983. It connected the console to peripherals via a high-speed serial link. Though it was prototypical to today's USB (plug and play, hot-swappable, etc.), it was never released, with only a small number of prototypes appearing in the hands of collectors after TI pulled out of the market.

Several Hex-bus peripherals were planned or produced. A WaferTape drive never made it past the prototype stage due to reliability issues with the tapes. The 5.25-inch Floppy drive also never made it past the prototype stage, even though it worked.[1] Prototype DSDD disk controllers and Video controllers were also made.[2] A 4-color Printer-Plotter, a 300-Baud Modem, RS-232 Interface, an 80 column thermal/ink printer, and a 2.8" "Quick Disk" drive were the only peripherals released in quantity, mostly for use with the TI CC-40. All Hex-bus peripherals could be used with a TI-99/4A when connected through the Hex-bus Interface, through direct connection to the TI-99/8, or through direct connection to the Texas Instruments Compact Computer 40.

Devices[edit]

  • HX-1000 Printer/Plotter
  • HX-1010 Printer 80
  • HX-2000 Wafertape drive
  • HX-3000 RS232 interface
  • HX-3100 Modem
  • HX-3200 Centronics Printer Interface
  • Quick Disk QD-02

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