Possible to speed up I/O subsystem of 5150?

From: Jim Leonard <trixter_at_oldskool.org>
Date: Thu Jan 6 17:44:57 2005

Patrick Finnegan wrote:
>> There was one 8-bit ISA hard disk controller card for the IBM PC
>>or XT that would do a 1:1 interleave, from Patterson Labs. Don't
>>know how they did it, but they worked. They were always unusual,
>>probably impossible to find today, but Google it.
>> RLL was way too fast for the PC/XT bus at 1:1 interleave, but
>>there was at least one 8-bit controller from Seagate that worked with
>>only one 30 MB IDE drive. I don't remember the numbers. They would
>>work with a higher interleave, 3 or 4 sounds about right.
> Why not just get a SCSI controller? Surely you can get an AHA-1542 or
> something to work on an 8-bit bus, and it'll probably have better
> performance (and easier to find disks) than any IDE or MFM/RLL (ST-506)
> controller for the era.

I believe the AHA-1542 (and B, C, and CF) were all 16-bit boards, whereas I'm
trying to increase the I/O of an 8-bit IBM 5150...
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