advanced technology attachment interface with extensions

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Advanced Technology Attachment Interface with Extensions definition

storage, standard
(ATA-2, Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics, EIDE) A proposed (May 1996 or earlier?) standard from X3T10 (document 948D rev 3) which extends the Advanced Technology Attachment interface while maintaining compatibility with current IBM PC BIOS designs.
ATA-2 provides for faster data rates, 32-bit transactions and (in some drives) DMA. Optional support for power saving modes and removable devices is also in the standard.
ATA-2 was developed by Western Digital as "Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics" (EIDE) around 1994. Marketroids call it "Fast ATA" or "Fast ATA-2".
ATA-2 was followed by ATA-3 and ATA-4 ("Ultra DMA").
(2000-10-07)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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