Creative Micro Designs

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Creative Micro Designs
CMD Firmenlogo
Founded 1987
Closed
Headquarters East Longmeadow, MA, USA
Manager Charles A. Christianson
Employees
Key People (choice) Mark Fellows
Turnover
Sector Hardware, Software
Website http://www.cmdweb.com/
Information 2001: Closed the selling and support of Commodore products.

Creative Micro Designs (short CMD) was founded by Doug Cotton and Mark Fellows in the year 1987. Today the company name is CMD Technology Group and isn't confuse with www.creativemicrodesigns.com (www.cmdfab.com).

The company starts with the developing and selling of hardware peripherie for Commodore computers. One of the first products was the hardware floppy fast loader and floppy OS JiffyDOS. At the end of life time of the C64 by Commodore CMD bought the distribution rights of the OS GEOS from Berkeley Softworks.

In 2001 CMD closed the selling and support of Commodore products. From the years 2001 until 2009 the distribution of this products was overtaken by Maurice Randalls company Click Here Software, who is the programmer of the GEOS uprade "Wheels". In online discussion forums of the C64 scene was written about problems with the distribution by Click Here Software since 2006.

Since 2010 the products of the JiffyDOS series are sold by Jim Brain's company RETRO Innovations.


Company History[edit]

  • 1985: Mark Fellows developed JiffyDOS.
  • 1986: Since autumn JiffyDOS was offered with small ads in computer magazines firstly unter the company own name 'Fellos, Inc.
  • 1987: In autumn he founded with his kinsman Charles A. Christianson the company Creative Micro Designs .
  • 1988: Now CMD was for all founder a full time job.
  • 1989: JiffyDOS version 6 was published in the summer. CMD started a new project: Developing a hard disk drive for Commodore home computers based on SCSI-HDDs.
  • 1990: The delivery of the first HDDs HD-Series (20 MByte until 4 GByte) was started.
  • 1991: Acquisition of SwiftLink (a high speed RS-232 interface), which was developed by Dr. Evil Labs, and SID Symphony (an extra SID chip cartridge for the expansions port and stereo sound for the C64/128).
  • 1992: Developing and selling of the disk drive CMD FD-2000 (1,6 GByte), that is compatible to the 1581.
  • 1993: Publishing of ultility disks for CMD and Commodore devices. Selling of the new mouse "SmartMouse" with 3 buttons, which is comatible to the Commodore mouse 1351.
  • 1994: Starting the production of the 2+1 Expansions Port Expander from the company Skyles Electric Works. In April the publishing of the CMD computer magazine Commodore World was started. Since August the track ball "SmartTrack" was sold, which is compatible to the "SmartMouse". A own computer and device repair services was opened.
  • 1995: Production start of the expansion port switch EX3, because the costs of the "2+1 Expansions Port Expander" was too high.
  • 1996: The CMD SuperCPU 64 for a C64 with 20 MHz, a 65816 CPU and upgradable to max. 16 MByte RAM, was sold.
  • 1997: The SuperRAM-Card enhanced a C64/128 to max. 16 MByte RAM in combination with a SuperCPU 64. The SuperCPU 128 was sold.
  • 1999: The computer magazine Commodore World was overtaken by the German publisher CSW-Verlag.
  • 2001: Closing of the sales and distribution of Commodore products.


Products[edit]

  • SuperCPU - 20 MHz turbo cartridge with CPU 65816 for C64/C128
  • FD Series:
    • FD-2000 - 1581 compatible 3,5"-floppy disk drive, HD floppy disks are useable (1,6 MByte memory with native mode)
    • FD-4000 - also 1581 compatible, supports also ED floppy disks (max. 3,2 MByte)
  • CMD-HD - SCSI controller and hard disk drive (max. 4 GByte)
  • JiffyDOS - Hardware floppy speeder on chips.
  • RAMLink - RAM disk drive, that is used like a normal commodore floppy disk drive (max. 16 MByte)
  • SmartMouse/SmartTrack - Mouse 1351 with three buttons and RTC, it exists also models as track ball.
  • SwiftLink/Turbo232 - seriall RS232
  • 1750 XL - 2 MByte REU - compatible RAM disk drive


Links[edit]

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