. . . can the controller ICs be useful on PaleoMacs?
HEH! Had you goin’fer a bit, didn’t I?
No, I’m not talkin’bout trying to adapt the drives to the poor lil’ole things, but the interfacing ICs . . . :?
Does anybody know offhand how many signal & control lines are implemented where the serial connection meets the road, so to speak, or if the controller ICs care what kinds of data a/o control protocols they send across that smokin’serial connections?
I was wondering if just maybe the controller ICs for SATA might finally allow for the PBX ‘030 Bridge IC of the NuBus PowerMacs to be lifted from the mobo and relocated to a prototyping card?
This would enable fiddling around with the Fast I/O bus of such dinosaurs as the PowerBook Duos (which naturally come to mind for some inexplicable reason :?) and various other non-upgradable PowerBooks . . . maybe even the MicroQuadras.
I’ve always wondered how much good might come from expanding on the memory limit of such systems by adapting larger, faster, more modern memory types. Utilizing a Virtual Memory scheme as was commonly done back in the heyday of SE acceleration could very well get around the Apple imposed limitations on several obsolescent Macs.
. . . And then again, there’s always the G3 accelerator tomfoolery much maligned by the eminent Dr. Bob.
Where has he disappeared to, and does he ever make an appearance here, BTW? :?
jt: still tilting at digital windmills after all these years! =8-O