Using MU Beta with recent laptops


This application note describes how to connect the MU Beta emulator to recent laptop (notebook) computers.


Existing laptops (notebooks) lack the legacy parallel port or these contain a modified printer port which is dedicated for printers only and cannot be used with a proprietary communication protocols - like the one used by IDEA software to control the MU Beta emulator. Even the common USB to parallel converters do not help because they do not support non-printer protocols.


Use a PCMCIA to parallel port card which is fully compatible with the legacy parallel port.

An example of such card is the EPP Parallel PCMCIA Card SPP-100 made by Quatech which is available in various computer shops.

Use EMUSB - USB Interface for MU Beta.

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