parvus' IDE Drive Boot Protects Embedded PC/104 Computers from Shock

5/14/2003 - parvus Corporation announced the availability of its IDE Drive Boot, an innovative solution that enhances the reliability and durability of data storage for 2.5-inch ATA spinning media hard drives used in PC/104 embedded computer systems. The product is designed to fit on parvus' PC/104 CompactFlash & IDE Adapter module and is priced at $89/each in orders of 100+ units.

Made of Silastic® silicone rubber, parvus' IDE Drive Boot effectively isolates harmful shock and vibration energies that normally limit the use of many conventional magnetic disk drives in mobile and/or rugged embedded computing applications. The product enables a 2.5-inch hard drive (which are commonly used in laptop computers) to be securely and safely mounted on parvus' PC/104 CompactFlash & IDE Adapter, which provides a primary or secondary IDE controller to run the disk drive.

The IDE Drive Boot includes mounting holes and a nylon retention bracket for properly securing the hard disk for high shock/vibration stress. The product also comes with a 16-bit PC/104 header that fits within an opening in the boot to pass though all PC/104 bus signals from parvus' CompactFlash & IDE Adapter board to other system components in a PC/104 card stack.

The advent of this protective boot enables the CompactFlash & IDE Adapter to provide an embedded system with the benefits of removable, non-volatile CompactFlash memory together with the large storage capacity of a traditional spinning media hard drive, despite rigorous shock/vibration requirements. In fact, parvus has successfully implemented the IDE Drive Boot in custom integrated systems for the military, which have undergone environmental testing for compliance to the MIL-STD-810 standard.

parvus Corporation is a leading manufacturer and systems integrator of modular embedded computer boards, enclosures, displays and systems based on the PC/104 circuit board standard. Its rugged, embedded PC products offer commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions ideal for avionics, military, medical, industrial, and transportation OEMs. For more information, visit or call 801-483-1533.

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