i know this is silly, and people i will assume have thought of this. can we serial over to a c64/c64c and use the c64 to access the floppy drive. like a networked floppy, or as a drive 9?
how possible is it to build a 1581 or fd4000 or so from a 1.44mb floppy drive? you need a pcb that runs the rom and everything, like the 1541. have you considered building external (addon) floppy drives? im not just suggesting that, im also suggesting maybe the option to link c64 to c65 for 3 1/2 access and maybe you will consider an fpga based 3 1/2 floppy drive for the c64 in a line of products of yours, maybe you can get someone involved/ ask someone?
it would be a neat cost effective solution for high capacity disk on the c64, and a nice bonus to add another floppy to the c65. i know.... SD... im just all about those floppies.
i know the c65 is also going to support ethernet. i always thought it would be neat to see a network "drive for the c64 that supports ethernet and modem, as well as serial networking from c64 to c64 etc to c65. all in one of those stylish c64 floppy drive cases (1541-II/1581)
i would be good to have a priority system like that either way, maybe even route? (i know thats askin a bit too much, nice led/lcd face. status indicators. perhaps a contoller that initializes on the system at power-on/boot from a linked serial cable to the 1541/1541-II disk drive or so; c65 (this is just an idea, i know there are other solutions, the point is something this size; will do much more than those other ethernet solutions for the c64) on/off power switch (had to save the best for last)
if you know someone who would be interested in something like this either way, please let them know.