[sebhc] Re: Great Idea for IDE MORE!! STATUS -- chips used

Lee Hart leeahart at earthlink.net
Wed Sep 20 20:43:22 CDT 2006

Bob Groh wrote:
 > I thought of adding a USB interface to the H89 but rapidly came to
 > the conclusion that writing and debugging the software driver would
 > be a major undertaking... Sounds like the IDE interface might fit
 > in the same boat.

Barry Watzman wrote:
> Check out some of the articles and ads in "Nut and Volts"...
> There are companies that have products (hardware and software)
> for the "Stamp" and robotics enthusiasts that they claim make
> USB extremely simple.

Yes; this is probably the only practical way to approach it. Modern PC 
interfaces have become astoundingly complex. Special chips are needed to 
interface to them, and the amount of software required is enormous. The 
only way a "mere hobbyist" is likely to be able to interface anything to 
them is to buy a pre-built module that has the necesary hardware and 
software already in it.

The trick is to FIND such modules!
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget the perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in    --    Leonard Cohen
Lee A. Hart, 814 8th Ave N, Sartell MN 56377, leeahart_at_earthlink.net

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