Partis brandishes mass storage driversBy Chris Williams. Published: 3rd Jun 2003, 18:37:46 | Permalink | Printable
USB storage hopes for Castle USBEarlier this year, Partis Computing let slip a few details about PowerUSB, their mass storage USB driver for Castle Technology Iyonix computers and the Castle USB podule. At the moment, no drivers for mass storage USB devices exist for the Castle USB standard. USB mass storage devices are really quite handy and usually small gadgets, you can transfer files to and from them like a removable hard disc.
Partis Computing's online store now lists further information on the driver software and a well rounded feature list.
"This is purely a Partis Computing product with no external involvement (except that Castle makes the podules!)" Gary Partis quickly stressed in his email to drobe.co.uk today. "We are support all Bulk Transport Mass Storage devices, which follow the SCSI/ATAPI command set."
So will PowerUSB sway the driver balance between the Simtec USB standard and the Castle USB standard? At present, many third party developers appear to be siding with the Simtec USB podule, giving Simtec's USB solution a somewhat edge over Castle's USB offering; Simtec USB users can already enjoy using various mass storage devices with their RISC OS computers.
Although Partis Computing say that this is their own independent work, we can imagine Partis (treading the path that Surftec abandoned) are definitely on Castle's christmas card list.
And yes, if you hadn't already guessed, the catch is this: PowerUSB isn't available at the moment, although it is, according to Partis, scheduled to be released "shortly after" the first couple of weeks into June when Partis Computing hopes to issue the 32 bit versions of their SCSI, PowerIDE and PowerATAPI software.
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