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Tuesday, December 11, 2001
DatOptic SpeedBurn24 CD-RW

2. Installation

DatOptic SpeedBurn24 - Page 2

DatOptic's 1394-IDE Bridge Board FireWire to ATA/ATAPI card

With the integrated Serial Bus Protocol (SBP-2 Target Revision 4), the 13940-IDE uses generic FireWire/IEEE-1394 device drivers available in the Win9x, Win2k and MacOS 8.6 or higher operating systems.

The 13940-IDE is appropriate interface for applications in removable media drives such as: CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-RAM, Tape back-up and Hard disk drives. These peripherals can be quickly converted to plug-and-play FireWire versions. Both of ATA and ATAPI devices are supported.

DAT Optic Inc. 1394-IDE Bridge board provides an up to 400mbps data connection between ATA/ATAPI peripheral devices and 1394/FireWire computer ports. This offers vendors the opportunity to continue to take advantage of the ATA/ATAPI low cost while presenting high performance, hot swappable devices into PC and MAC rapidly expanding 1394/FireWire markets.

DatOptic states that "...When using the converted IDE device to FireWire device with our Internal FireWire Bridge Adapter, your computer will gain back up 85% of CPU's power. Computer now can run faster, smoother, and better. In addition, with our Internal FireWire Bridge Adapter computer system is no longer subject to four IDE devices and IRQ limitation. Now you can have up to 63 Internal or External IDE devices with only ONE IRQ..."

- Specifications

Operating Temperature

Operating Humidity


IDE peripherals

Operating System

IDE Interface

IEEE 1394 Interface




Power Requirement

0 C to 50 C

5% to 95% non-condensing

7.3(L)cm x 4.4 (W)cm

CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, Hard Disk, MO Drive, Jaz, Zip, Tape Back up.

Win98SE, ME, Win 2000, MAC 8.6 or higher

ATAPI/ATA-66. P/N: 1394-IDE
ATAPI/ATA-100. P/N: 1394-IDE5

IEEE 1394-1995, IEEE 1394a compliant. Support data transfer rate up to 100, 200, 400 MBps. SBP-2 Target Revision 4 compliant.

40-pin IDE connector x 1
6-pin IEEE 1394 connector x 2
4-pin power connector x 1

5V/ DC ; 130mA ~ 200mA

- Installation

We installed the drive through the FireWire interface and Windows Millennium recognized the drive as "Lite-On 24102B". The drive was originally flashed with v5S.01, and we attempted to upgrade it to the new v5S.54. Unfortunately, the firmware installer failed to recognize the SpeedBurn24 drive. For that propose we flashed it after connecting the drive through the IDE interface.

As Nero reports, the new firmware version installed is the 5S54. In the picture there are also showed the other known features supported by the drive.

Apart from the external drive installation, in order to test the DatOptic IDE to Firewire card, we had to install the card on the back of an IDE drive. Beginning from the card, we could say that it is has a delicate structure and users should be careful when they will try to place the card.

The front of the adapter has two Firewire connectors, to be connected to your PC Firewire card. On the back of the adapter you will find the IDE connector in which you should plug the IDE device in. The adapter is powered by the PC through a regular power cable similar to those you normally power all the internal devices on your computer.

With careful handles, we attached the adapter card on the back of an IDE drive. AS shown in the picture, we connected the Firewire and power cables to the PC. Have in mind, that the jumper setting on the drive for this connection is not "master" or "slave" but the "cable select".

The drive was not identified immediately after the connection, but some seconds later. The drive is now ready for use.

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