The IDEa (KMK/JŻ) IDE Interface allows
you to attach an ATA (IDE) hard drive, a CF (Compact Flash) card or an
ATAPI device (e.g. a CD-ROM drive) to your Atari 130XE
computer. There are no special
requirements on the device’s manufacturer
and model, the interface should work properly with most hard drives,
CD-ROMs and CF cards. It should be taken into account, though, that the
internal software - commonly known as IDE BIOS - that is burned into
the EPROM and resides inside the Interface, knows only ATA devices and
does not know ATAPI. This means that the system can only boot from a
hard drive or a CF card (which are ATA devices),
and to access CD-ROM or
ZIP drive (which are ATAPI devices) you
have to load additional software.
The general requirements to use the IDEa (KMK/JŻ) IDE Interface are as
Interface’s internal software (IDE BIOS) provides two modes of
operation: native mode and emulation mode. The native mode uses a
512-byte physical blocks a logical data sector, the emulation mode uses
the physical block to store two 256-byte logical data sectors. ALL
existing DOSes require the emulation mode to work properly and limit
the partition size to 16 MB.
standard Atari 130XE or an Atari 800XE computer; a 65XE will also work,
if the computer is
equipped with the Enhanced
Cartridge Interface (ECI) connector. Also more than
64k RAM is recommended
- a floppy disk drive - this is only required for
- an IDE hard drive (compliant to ATA-1 or later
standard; at least ATA-2 is recommended).
capacity: 8388607 physical blocks on each device.
number of partitions: 15
capacity of a partition: 8388607 logical sectors
sector length: 256 or 512 bytes (larger blocks will be
implemented in the future); and 128 bytes as of IDE BIOS version 1.8.
(depends on the drive and DOS used):
- 50-80 kilobytes per second (native mode, R/W), or
- 30-45 kilobytes per second (emulation mode, reading), or
- 7-12 kilobytes per second (emulation mode, writing).
The device is
automatically found and initialized by the OS.
operation is fully OS compliant, no patches are needed.
set the bus ID for the operating system.
What is included in IDEa kit:
- ECI adapter
- Wire to connect IDEa interface with ECI adapter
- DVD rom with software and documentation
IDE interface is original invention of Polish electronics
engineers and programmers Jacek Zuk, Michal Pasiecznik and Korad M. Kokoszkiewicz. Basically it will be
working with any Atari XL/XE 8 bits computer with Enhanced
Cartridge Interface. If you have other model you can mount it inside
your computer. Please let me know if you would do that I will provide
you connection diagram. Usually interface don't need additional power
Interface works with all brand major hard drives and with some CF
is a list of hard drives and CF cards with it certainly
If you are interested to buy this device please use contact form to make an order. I prefer PayPal as preffered payment option and it is less complicated if you are from outside USA. All devices presented in this store are made-to-order so please allow up to 3 weeks for build, test and deliver it to you (shipping time depend on shipping address). H&S to all 50 USA states by UPS for 1 device cost $10-$15.
I'm not offering any enclosure for this device. This is not serial production so order to build custom design enclosure will drastically increase final price. You can buy and adjust plastic enclosure yourself at your favor electronic store or manufactures like this one http://www.pactecenclosures.com