The Model 12 is an further integration if the Model II. The enclosure is white, a bit lower, but has a larger footprint. Where the Model II had four boards for basic operation, the Model 12 had three integrated into a mainboard. The enclosure had room for a 7-slot card cage, but it is not part of the standard machine.
The disk drives in the Model 12 are not running continuously like in the Model II, so this can create problems with using Model II operating systems with the Model 12. The TRSDOS 2.0b was especially modified for this (and using a higher track step rate).
Another feature are the double sided disk drives.
|Video/keyboard interface||The Model 12 video/keyboard interface board is very similar, but not the same as that of the Model II.|
|Main board||Three of the the four boards in the model II are part of the main board. Only the Video/keyboard board remains
separate. The slot for the Video/keyboard card is in the middle. New is the usage of an FD2793 floppy controller, where
the Model II used an FD1791. If a card cage is installed, it uses the card slot and the Video/keyboard card moves
to the card cage.
Eric Dittman send me the following information:
||The Model 12 uses a different capacitive keyboard technique, making is sleeker than the classic Model II keyboard.
Alas the mechanical parts used did make it less reliable over time. Also
the way of connection changed: the Model II had a cable fixed to the computer and a connector at the keyboard,
the Model 12 has the more customary way of a cable fixed to the keyboard and a connector at the computer. Also
the wiring changed, but the protocol is the same. So you need a special cable to connect a Model II keyboard to
a Model 12 (like when your Model 12 keyboards doesn't work).
Model II keyboard connector / Model 12 computer connector / Name 1 / 1 / data 2 / 3 / busy* 3 / 5 / GND 4 / 2 / clk 5 / 4 / +5VNote that the pin numbering of the DIN connectors is not regular, the pins 4 and 5 were later added between 1,2 and 2,3 respectively (originally for the second stereo channel for audio equipment).
Last update: 2018-08-12