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Hardware News   Hardware News : New IDEFIX Express Adapters Shipping
   posted by amigakit on 7-Jul-2007 16:53:24 (4701 reads)
We are pleased to announce immediate availabilty of the new IDEFIX Express IDE adapters which we have now received from our hardware partner, Individual Computers.

Product Features:
- 4-way buffered Interface
- Upto 5x faster IDE access than standard buffered interfaces
- Full IDEFIX licensed software
- New revision Express adapter with header for optional clockport extender (coming soon to www.amigakit.com)
- compatible with A1200 with AmigaOS 3.0, 3.1, 3.5, and 3.9

With IDEFIX Express, your IDE controller switches to turbo!

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Kicko 
Re: New IDEFIX Express Adapters Shipping
Posted on 7-Jul-2007 17:28:11
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Nice for these classic users that still doesnt have any IDE then the slow internal ;)

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Ah.. That Jens.. He can put a clockport on anything :) lol

hmm.. may have to get one of these for my 1200 tower, since SCSI drives are proving to be a bit of a b*tch!


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Re: New IDEFIX Express Adapters Shipping
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Great products...and 5 time faster...any test??? any results about hd acess?? is faster tha FastATA? :) please more info...thx


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Nice

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Re: New IDEFIX Express Adapters Shipping
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hello

great to amigakit and great to Jens for this great product.

you should escribe hardware supported (ex; HD from 33 to 133, All IDE CD, IDE DVD reader or writer ?????)

The fact that DVD reader and/or writer could be used should be verry interesting (if possible).

Last edited by Mrodfr on 08-Jul-2007 at 05:41 AM.
Last edited by Mrodfr on 08-Jul-2007 at 05:40 AM.


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This does not work in an Amiga 4000? And if not, why not?


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Wow! I only have Idefix97. Must get a new one?
Keep them comming but hopefully stuff for the new Amigas too...

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great product for the classic i also wonder how much better this is than the fastata?....

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Not sure who did the measurement of "5x faster" - the general rule of thumb is "twice as fast with the accelerator you have".

Most 040 and 060 accelerators reduce the speed on the IDE to about 1MB per second. The top speed of 5.1MB per second is only reached with synconously-clocked 030 processors, for example the 42MHz models by M-Tec. Since 040/060 processors don't talk to the A1200 motherboard directly, but through a bus arbiter that also emulates the dynamic bus sizing of the 030 processor, they are losing an average of 1.5 clock cycles. I'd expect an average performance of 2.5MB per second on 040/060/PPC accelerators, which is "about twice as fast" as without express.

IDE-fix express is not as fast as the FastATA controller. However, it supports both 64-bit addressing modes (TD64 and NSD64) and no proprietary re-mapping of partitions and virtual harddrives. Further, it doesn't touch your RDB unless you tell it to (by clicking "save changes to drive" in HDToolbox). Also, if you have the FastATA, you won't be able to take advantage of the clockport-extender that will be out for this year's Xmas business (will allow you to connect up to four clockport devices in the A1200).

I have been asked if this product works in an A600 - it's only sold together with the express-adapter, which does NOT work in the A600. The IDE-adapter itself would, but it would be a waste to buy both, only to use one half of it. Also, the express-adapter must be installed in order to license the software, as it acts as a dongle. The software would come up as a demoversion on an A600.

Thanks everyone for the support - and sorry for my continuous silence on any Amiga-forum in the past few months. I'm still extremely busy with the Viprinet project, which turned out to be much larger than everyone expected.

Jens Schönfeld

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Posted on 8-Jul-2007 15:55:05
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Thanks for the answer Jens!
Good that I've a 030/42Mhz-MTec card... but (un)fortunately I still own an older version of the IDEfix express adapter. ;)

cheers,
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Jens thanx on this info!!Great to see that ppl still work on new HW for classci Amiga!


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You gotta love Jens. One that truly delivers.
Looking forward to your future projects.

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So what sort of speed would I expect then from my 060 equiped A1200 if I used this?

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Not compatible with nativ scsi.device 50.x MorphOS for PowerUP?


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I wish these adapters had standard sockets to plug the IDE cables into. I hate trying to align all the pins.

moan over.

Other than that it looks like a good looking product. Good work guys!

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