PCMCIA ATA Controller Emulation
richard at omniaccess.com
Mon Nov 6 17:37:19 EST 2006
I'm posting this here in the vague hope that someone can give me a
hint/help with a little project I'm researching.
Ok, some background first. I work for a company that supplies network
solutions and stuff for the marine environment. I've been asked if it is
possible to interface our black box of tricks which is an embedded PC,
to a piece of hardware via it's compact flash interface.
The premise is that the hardware we're connecting to thinks that our
embedded PC is actually a compact flash card and uses us as it's storage
for it's logs and other stuff that we need.
The advantage for us is that we can remotely support the device in
question and also finally deploy our superdupermegawotchamacallit
proprietary thing, which up until now we've not been able to do since
someone can come along swipe the flash card, and bob's your uncle,
fanny's your aunt our hundreds of hours of toil and labour go down the
So, my question is thus:
is it possible to emulate the functions of a PCMCIA ATA Controller like
those found when interfacing to compact flash? Obviously there needs to
be some sort of card reader/writer functionality in the middle, but what
else would be required?
Is this even possible?
If it is, but would require some development, would someone be
interested in implementing this if the go-ahead is given? We would of
course supply all components necessary for testing of this environment
and additionally pay for development time.
Barking, or just mad?
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