A USB keyboard controller for an Atari ST keyboardDesigned by Tynemouth Software, Ships from United Kingdom
What is it? This is a USB keyboard controller board which can be used to turn the keyboard from a dead Atari ST computer into a USB keyboard for use with a modern desktop computer or a single board...Read More…
This is a USB keyboard controller board which can be used to turn the keyboard from a dead Atari ST computer into a USB keyboard for use with a modern desktop computer or a single board computer such as a Raspberry Pi. Almost all of the keys map directly to a modern PC keyboard layout, the exceptions are the Help key, which is mapped as the left GUI key (Windows key), and the Undo key which has been mapped as Control+Z.
I have made USB keyboard controllers for many other devices, and I had requests to built one for the Atari ST.
They keyboard is fully mapped, so it will work out of the box with all the keys mapped to the most appropriate key on a modern keyboard. It will optionally support the two joystick ports on the back of the keyboard as USB game controllers (when they are present).
This is the second generate of the controller, this first was built using one of my generic boards. After building many of those, this is now a custom PCB just for the Atari ST, so the keyboard cable plugs directly onto one side of the board, and the other is a full size USB socket to connect the supplied USB cable.
The original Atari ST came without an internal floppy drive or power supply, and had joystick ports on the side of the machine. Later STs had internal floppy and power supply, and joystick ports mounted on the back of the keyboard (accessible underneath the machine).
If you have one of the larger machines with joystick ports underneath, select 'Keyboard has joystick ports'. The device will be recognised as a keyboard with two USB game controllers, one for each port. These ports will support Atari or Commodore style joysticks, as per the original machine. Mice are not supported (do you really want to use a ball mouse?).
If you have one of the earlier shorter machines, or do not wish to use the joystick ports on your keyboard, then select 'Keyboard without joystick ports', and it will be recognised as only a keyboard.
The board can be mounted in the case near one of the existing cutouts to allow the USB cable to be plugged in externally, or it can be mounted elsewhere in the case, or on the back of the keyboard, if you are planning to fit a Raspberry Pi or some other device inside.
The kit includes the controller board, fully built and tested. 4 self adhesive mounting pillars and a USB cable.
No Atari ST computer, case or keyboard is included, neither are the joystick, my desk or anything else shown in the photos.
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James | April 2, 2019
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