ATI PCI IDE Bus Master Controller


Device driver details
Category: Other
Manufacturer: ATI
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 1.96MB
Operating System: Windows 95/98/NT
Latest Version / Release Date:  3.0.12 / 03 Jun 2003
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Windows device driver information for ATI PCI IDE Bus Master Controller

This device is seen with so much potential although not all know its exact capabilitie. IDE Bus Master controller guarantees connection to any type of device through the data bus once the central processing unit comprehends with the current device. The limitation is that the bus master controls the address bus and signals. This process also offers direct memory access through which the I/O is managed by the CPU and read from. Aisde from that, it can also write to one or more contiguous blocks of memory and then signal it to the CPU after it finishes the process. There is also a process known as “full bus mastering”. This, in turn, provides several functions for executing complicated sequences of operations without CPU intervention. Reports also say that users should be wary of the device driver they are installing or updating because this can affect the controller as it works with the motherboard. Basically, this device enables a single CPU to be bus master but all slave drives or I/O must involve the CPU. Other than its process, ATI PCI IDE Bus Master Controllers are connected to a bus like the PCI card. This enables a user to connect components to the computer's processor. Users can see these connections in their other computer hardware such as in their hard disks, memory, sound systems, video systems and the like. The very usage of this device ofer the ability to construct parts that are more interchangeable. These devices can just be plugged or unplugged if the user may wants to upgrade or downgrade their computer hardware.

It was in the ninety’s when Intel first introduced the very first PCI bus or the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus. This stands as the hybrid of sorts between the ISA and VL Bus. As such, once connected, it can gives admittance to the system memory for connected devices. In order for it to fully operate, it needs a bridge to connect to the front side bus and then to the CPU or the central processing unit. This is the physical connection that actually connects the processor to most of the components in the user’s computer. The connections included are the main memory or RAM, the hard drives and the PCI slots. The front side bus runs in a 400-MHz or 800 MHz ATTO ExpressPCI-FC 2600 Fibre Channel Adapter - a new technology that can be hooked up from several computer devices. Users now have the ease in capturing as well as in recording several audio formats through this device. In PCI cards there is also a variation known as the PCMCIA, this stands for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association. PCMCIA is a collection of all big businesses who lead the way in defining and in developing standards. With its continuing branding and marketing, it extended its market not only memory cards. The association also acquired the rights to the simpler term 'PC Card' from the IBM company. Since then, a lot of people started using PCI rather than 'PCMCIA', from version 2 of the specification onwards. This device also expanded its use to a lot of flash memory cards that set out to improve the size and features of Type I cards. These Type I cards are known as the compact flash, mini card and smart media. There is also the “ExpressCard” that was invented as a replacement for the PC Card, where in, the company has developed around the PCI Express and USB 2.0 standards. Since 2007, all major laptops are now equipped and sold with only ExpressCard slots or other slot types. Thus, leaving expansion to USB and Firewire only. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and ATI PCI IDE Bus Master Controller errors before installing any driver updates.


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