Source: MSX Mailinglist
It has been talked about quite a lot in the past. Wouldn't it be great to have an ethernet card for MSX so you can integrate your beloved computer in your home network and be able to surf the internet in a very easy way? So far we've seen an exotic ethernet card on a photo from a Japanese fair, we all know Sunrise is busy developing an ethernet card built around an eZ80 CPU, but as of yet, ethernet cartridges for MSX have not been on sale.
This might change in the very near future though. Two well known MSX developers have announced the development of ObsoNET, an ethernet card for MSX. Daniel Berdugo (hardware design and manufacturing) and Nestor Soriano (software) are responsible for this new project. At this moment, a hardware prototype is already available and software is currently being written.
ObsoNET will be a 10Base-T card, Konami cartridge sized and with a RJ45 connector. It will have a BIOS with routines to send and receive packets and it will also hold routines for basic configuration tasks. The BIOS will be stored on a flash memory, so it will be easily updateable. There will be enough free space on the flash memory so an adapted DOS2 or any other useful software application can be installed on it in the future.
An adapted version of Internestor Lite is being made at the moment, which will be compatible with the existing version at the IP and higher levels. The ObsoNET team are hoping for an initial release of 20 cards on the next Barcelona meeting on the 31st of October. The price is not yet set, but the device will probably cost around 40 euros.