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

Alan Perry aperry at
Tue Oct 3 14:10:47 CDT 2017

On 10/3/17 11:40 AM, Phil Blundell via cctalk wrote:
> On Tue, 2017-10-03 at 18:56 +0100, Pete Turnbull via cctalk wrote:
>> So there's clear proof that at least three companies in the UK were
>> using the term IDE before (or at least by) 1990.  I never heard it
>> called anything else in that timeframe.
> That pretty much matches my recollection also.
> The earliest use I can find of the "AT Attachment" terminology is the
> X3T9 project proposal from late 1990 which eventually led to the
> formation of the X3T10 group:

As I previously posted, these minutes refer one of two CAM Committee 
meeting in May or Jun 1989 where it was announced that the "ATA 
document" was nearly complete:

I have found two independent sources that indicate a first draft of the 
document appeared in Mar 1989.


> p.

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