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Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment Micro Channel Architecture Bus Interface Adapter

17 in stock (can be backordered)


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The McIDE-CF is the easiest way to add parallel advanced technology attachment (PATA) and CompactFlash devices to Micro Channel Architecture (MCA) bus systems.  The McIDE-CF uses the open-source extended technology integrated drive electronics universal basic input output system (XTIDE Universal BIOS or XUB) to allow you to easily connect a variety of CompactFlash, integrated drive electronics (IDE), enhanced integrated drive electronics (EIDE), and advanced technology attachment packet interface (ATAPI) compatible devices to your system.


  • 16-bit data transfer speeds and is fully compatible with the IBM® MCA bus interface.
  • Two IDE channels support up to two IDE and two CompactFlash devices in a variety of configurations.
  • Can coexist with other storage devices and adapter interface cards such as small computer serial interface (SCSI) and enhanced small disk interface (ESDI).
  • Removable and programmable 32 kilobyte erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM) containing the XUB.
  • Onboard light emitting diode (LED) that illuminates during data transfer. The system hard disk indicator lamp (if equipped) will also illuminate during data transfer.
  • Standard AMP power connector providing +12 volts, +5 volts, and ground.
  • Configurable channel interrupt request (none, IRQ 10, IRQ 11, IRQ 14, or IRQ 15)).
  • A modified version of the XUB to support PS/2 systems. Do not flash a version of the XUB to the EPROM that has not been modified to support the McIDE adapter.
  • Virtual serial disk drive support.
  • Support for two McIDE/McIDE-CF adapters supporting 8 devices.

Additional information

Weight 7 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 2 in

1 review for McIDE-CF

  1. Paul (verified owner)

    This device is incredible and had been needed for far too long to make good use of MCA machines. I have a PS/2 P70 I restored but whose HD is completely dead. It’s a very odd connector even as far as PS/2s go – different than other ESDI hard drives in the PS/2 line – so it is virtually impossible to replace and even if I could, wouldn’t be able to hold enough software that I wanted to put on it.

    The MCIDE-CF is perfect for this. There are only two expansion bays so I can’t afford to blow one on the card and one on an IDE-CF adapter so having the CF built in helps so much. Very easy install process with the included floppy. Only issue I ran into was at first the ROM wasn’t loading, but I figured out with the reference disk that the default config was not loading the rom. Once I fixed that it worked first time. Even the HD activity LED – wasn’t expecting that to work without running extra wires. Got a lot of plans for this machine – plenty of gaming, dual boot windows and os/2 etc. Would be near impossible without this card.

    I’ll probably be ordering another one for some other MCA machines I have that need work.

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