Flash Carts

PokeCard 512 Rev2.1 (current version)

Again it took some time until we can offer you new flashcarts. The Rev2.1 carts are almost the same as Rev2 with a few small changes:

  • Wiring / PCB layout of flashcart changed, hopefully it now consumes a little less power
  • New Flash chip SST39VF040, it is a little bit smaller and programming time is faster now
  • Changes for optimized production/testing of carts (e.g. Testpoints on the back of the carts so that a custom test adapter can be used (see gallery)).

The prices reflect the time that is needed to assemble the carts and flashers. The flasher takes most of the time to build so it’s more expensive than the flashcarts.

  • The flasher is 55 Euros
  • The flashcarts are 35 Euros
  • Shipping is free

So a set of flashcart + flasher is 90 Euros. That’s quite a lot, but these carts are home-/hand-made and tested before they get to you.

Attention: If you’re a developer please ask for discount! A developer is someone who already coded something for Pokemon-Mini (games/apps/tools/etc) or someone who needs the flashcart to code something for Pokemon-Mini (some kind of proof is needed, e.g. a previous project that shows your enthusiasm/skills :-)).

 

PokeCard 512 Rev2

After five years of development and lazyness *cough* we are now selling a new version of these flashcarts. This time it features a dedicated programming connector which uses a serial interface to transfer data to the flashcart. It is not needed to remove the cartridge for programming.

The first revisions of PokeCard512 did protrude from the PM and did not fit into a cart case. PokeCard512 Rev2 utilizes a cheap trick to make it fit into normal cart cases by placing the flash memory at the bottom of the PCB and cutting a big hole into the original cart case – see the pictures for details.

Now some techy info on the cartridge:

  • 512kb of NAND Flash memory (AT49BV040A or AM29LV040B)
  • 72 Macrocell CPLD (XC9572XL)
  • Support for multiple ROMs with MrBinkys menu
  • Small 6 pin programming connector

…and the flasher:

  • Full speed USB2.0 device (high speed and full speed compatible)
  • FT2232H is used as an USB to SPI converter
  • Rewrite time 512kb (using Shizzle): <25 seconds
  • Small 6 pin connector – the flasher can also be used as an I²C/SPI/JTAG master (the design is similiar to that of the Floss-JTAG adapter)

The carts and flashers are currently on sale, they are produced by Lupin in small quantities.

Ordering details: Ordering can be done by sending an email to Lupin. You will then receive more details about prices, shipping, payment etc.

Downloads:
PokeFlash utility (to upload new ROMs to cart)

Links:
MrBlinkys PokeCard512 Rev2 related page

PokeCard512 Rev1

Following JB’s original cart design Team Pokeme built a bigger lot of Flashcarts in 2005/06 featuring a new USB programmer built by Lupin. These were the first carts that really were publically available and the first that were labeled “PokeCard512”. The biggest disadvantage of these carts was that they needed a programmer with a genuine PM cart edge connector.

In these dark times many perfectly functional PMs lost their lives just for their precious cart edge connector.

JustBurn’s Flashcart

JustBurn and pop built some more Flashcarts using a 512kb NAND Flash memory and a XC9536 CPLD. The programmer was a slow parallel port device. During the development of PokeCard512 Rev1 we noticed that the parallel port programmer outputs 5V and the CPLDs on the flashcart weren’t 5V tolerant – it’s surprising that this actually worked for the first few cartridges.

DarkFader’s Flashcart

The first Flashcart for Pokemon Mini was made by Darkfader using a PSD memory from ST (it’s a Flash+PLD combination).

Mr. Blinky’s Poke USB Rev 1.2

A revision of Lupin’s original Poke USB Linker. Parts have been relocated for a more inline design, a voltage regulators with different packages are supported, a resistor has been put in series to N_PROG line and N_PROG is now also connected to cart A20 signal.

 

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25 Comments

zoranc says:

Canto wait to get some of those. Would pay even much higher price. With a custom self made ROM it makes for a very neat, small gift IMO.

mark hill says:

Hi I would llke to buy a flash cart, how much are they please?

Ian says:

I would like to buy a pokecard 512 rev2. How much are they?

RayXambeR says:

Hi!
I would like to buy on pokecard flash rev.2 in order to be able to review some of the homebrew in a future issue of ReVival magazine (100% homebrew on retro systems).
I am located in France, so what about shipping cost for that?

Thanks! And happy new year!

zoranc says:

Wohooo! Carts available to general public! How cool is that!!!

matthew says:

how much dose it cost

... says:

Where can I get a flashcart?

yoshi says:

need a cart. how can i get this?

DrGAKMAN says:

I finally got a PokeMini and now I need a PokeCard512, but Lupin is the only way to get it and it seems he’s been gone for months and that he’s been out of the flashcarts for YEARS!?!

tenshi-sama says:

awww that sucks, I’m a few years late in getting one.(such a long time ago I saw this) lol

Momo says:

It seems you won’t sell the Flash Carts anymore? I’m very interested in one or two of them. Please continue your work on them.

Greetings from Hamburg

Isa says:

I want to sell my Pokecard512. I´m from germany, too. Please PM me in the forum 🙂

Kirei says:

I’d really like to buy a flash cart. If anyone is willing to sell one or knows where I can get one, please PM me!

AndreAlmeida says:

Hi Kirei

See forum posts… I have one card to sell

thanks 😉

richi says:

hello
you know when new units will have stop?
I would like the set of flashcart + flasher
thanks

David says:

Umm the website doesn’t work. Chrome can’t find it. How much do they cost, and where do we get them and are there any left?!

hi! I need a pokecard rev 2.1, im interested in programing games or homebrew for it, im from spain, how I can get one? thanks for all.

(sorry for my bad english)

DaniPhii says:

Wow, awesome work! I wish I have got a Pokémon Mini…

Jecksn says:

hey there i would like to get one of those recent flashcards, i cant find a link to contact yoou, so im trying this way.
would you please contact me for the details.
looking forward to hearing from youo
best jecksn

paco says:

Hi, are this kits still produced and sold? if so, could you be so kind as to send me further info via email?
Thanks in advance.

Vlad says:

Hello is this still available to order? If yes, please let me know? thanks

zzz says:

Please tell me, where I can buy this flashcard, thank you

Max says:

I was wondering if these are still available at all or if there is anyone on here who owns a flashcard that they would be willing to sell?

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