The origin of the phrases ATA and IDE [WAS:RE: formatting MFM drives on a IBM PC]

Pete Turnbull pete at
Mon Oct 2 10:28:52 CDT 2017

On 01/10/2017 20:46, Tom Gardner via cctalk wrote:

> As best I can tell WD began publically using the term IDE for its drives sometime around 1990 

Nope.  I recall conversations with a small-scale developer in the UK who 
was creating addons and accessories for the company I worked for (Acorn 
Computers) in 1987-1988, and he was touting IDE as best improvement 
(because simpler and cheaper to interface) on ST506/ST412 interface 
drives for the hard drive upgrades he was about to market.  I recall 
having to ask what IDE stood for, at the time.  So it must have been in 
common use, at least amongst developers, by then.  By 1989 there were 
more people using "IDE" - by that name - than anything else in the 
markets I was involved in.

Pete Turnbull

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