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Alcita Technologies Unveils IDEplex for CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Integration

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Alcita Technologies Unveils IDEplex for CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Integration

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Alcita Technologies has announced the availability of IDEplex, an IDE-to-SCSI converter that allows the integration of seven or eight IDE CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives into tower or rack configurations. The converter, a small electronic circuit board containing a high-powered RISC processor and other sophisticated components, enables inexpensive, higher-performance ATAPI drives to be substituted for their higher-priced SCSI counterparts. According to the company, several key features of IDEplex allow OEM and integration customers to deliver a solution using the best of both SCSI and IDE technologies, providing higher performance and greater reliability through fault tolerance.

According to the announcement, an embedded Intel i960 processor and an Ultra SCSI interface on the IDEplex allows attached drives to transfer data at their full speed-up to twice that of standard SCSI subsystems. "IDEplex delivers a higher level of functionality and performance than standard SCSI tower products at a competitive cost," said Geoff Legat, Alcita Technologies' president and CEO. "The current implementation of IDEplex is the basis for several new data storage integration products. Increased functionality, rewritable support, and hard-disk caching will be added in future releases later this year."

IDEplex, a full-featured SCSI LUN (Logical Unit Number) expander, transparently converts SCSI commands to their IDE equivalents. Connected to a host computer's SCSI bus, an IDEplex tower acts as a single SCSI device, and each of the seven or eight attached devices can be addressed as a LUN. Multiple CD-ROM or DVD-ROM configurations can be built using IDEplex. …

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