Iyonix USB storage Castle's wayBy Chris Williams. Published: 6th Jun 2003, 22:42:03 | Permalink | Printable
This town ain't big enough for the both of usAs announced today in a cheeky Friday evening press release, Castle Technology have finally provided USB mass storage drivers for their Iyonix PC, bringing them more or less in line with Simtec's USB driver stockpile. The new USB device drivers are part of a free upgrade for existing Iyonix users, distributed via the IyonixWatch automatic update system.
USB mass storage devices are typically small, portable, file storing gadgets that plug into a USB port on your computer so you can transfer information to and from them.
Previously this week, Partis Computing told drobe.co.uk about their plans to release their own USB mass storage device drivers for Castle's Iyonix and USB cards, however this hasn't dissuaded Castle from developing their own set of drivers. Gary Partis told us his drivers were independent of Castle so we can't assume this is a joint effort.
USB based hard discs, Flash memory devices, digital cameras, removable media and MP3 players are all now supported for Iyonix users. As they now support a modest range of USB hardware, Castle have published a full list of exactly which gadgets are known to work with the Iyonix and also their USB podule card. Specifically, we note the Belkin 8-in-1 CompactFlash and Smartmedia card reader, a 64MB Flash memory keyring and others.
Users can also add details of other devices that they've found to work with their computers, to Castle's online database. As for USB mass storage devices, we're told users should look out for products that conform to these generic mass storage classes -
(08 06 00, 08 06 01, 08 06 80). Castle admit that "some USB devices may need specific drivers" and you'll need to contact them if in doubt.
Due to the fact that device drivers for the Simtec and Castle USB standards are incompatible with each other (that is, a driver for the Simtec USB card won't work with Castle's USB card and vice versa), a worrying functionality split arose with Simtec initially leading the race with various third parties producing key drivers for their hardware (STD made the mass storage breakthrough earlier this year). However, Castle USB users must be relieved now that Castle have shifted up a gear with these new driver releases.
Whatever the cost, the RISC OS userbase has wanted USB technology in their computers and now we firmly have it; an interface standard we all perhaps assumed RISC OS would never (as per usual) enjoy.
Iyonix USB information
Castle have also sent word of a new printer driver of theirs for the USB only Canon BJ i450 printer.
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