2.88 floppies

From: Alexander Schreiber <als_at_thangorodrim.de>
Date: Sun Sep 19 08:18:40 2004

On Sat, Sep 18, 2004 at 12:25:05AM -0700, Mike Ford wrote:
> Apparently Intel has the trusty old floppy scheduled for the chopping
> block, so naturally I am more interested in them than ever.
> Also I know the list talked about it a little, but does anybody know how
> these USB floppy drives actually work? I saw a snippet in a dogpile search
> from a page I couldn't download anymore (halfbaked.com) that suggested a
> fairly raw signal is passed via the USB with the processing done by the
> host PC cpu. That would suggest a lot of modification possibilities
> wouldn't it?

I guess they simply work as a standard "USB mass storage" device,
representing the 1440 KB of a standard 3.5" HD floppy as a big chunk of
adressable storage. That would be a lot simpler and easier than
transfering the raw analog signal from the heads (digitized at high
resolution so things work at all) into the host and processing it there.
They most likely take a bog standard 3.5" HD floppy drive and slap
on some USB interface circuitry - way cheaper than the approach you
describe, I guess.

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 looks like work."                                      -- Thomas A. Edison
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