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IDE CD-ROM Simulator

Welcome to the documentation for the IDE simulator!

The IDE simulator can effectively replace CD and DVD-ROM drives in legacy computer hardware such as PCs and arcade PCBs by allowing you to use an SD card or a USB flash drive containing ISO or BIN/CUE files. With no moving parts, less power consumption than an optical drive and a small profile, it can be installed in place within the device enclosures without any impact to performance.


Basic features:

  • 32-bit Cortex-M3 CPU
  • Standard 5V IDE interface, 16-bit parallel with multiword DMA support
    • Implements ATAPI specification
  • Multiple storage formats
    • USB host
      • USB0: high speed
      • USB1: full speed
    • SD card support
    • All storage supports >4GB files
    • ISO and BIN/CUE formats supported
    • Supports SCSI over ATA to implement standard CD and DVD drives
  • Audio output
    • Dedicated audio DAC for audio playback, supporting full 16-bit 44kHz stereo output

Supported platforms

The board has been tested on a number of platforms:

  • Konami 573
  • Namco 246 & 256
  • FreeDOS, MS-DOS 6.22 on 486 and above
  • MacOS X, Windows 10 and Linux via USB IDE adapter


Other info

Amazon - USB OTG cable - for connecting USB flash drives to the USB ports

mantis/ide_simulator/start.txt · Last modified: 2023/10/02 03:29 (external edit)