Western Digital has been a consistent participant and leader in the industry in the development of hard drive interface architectures since 1984, when it created the standard Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) interface for personal computers.
The company's switching solutions are available as modules with integrated drive electronics or subsystems that incorporate board-level electronics and related opto-electronic components that can be used in all-optical cross connect or add-drop multiplexing configurations.
Long known for its involvement in hard drive interface architecture, Western Digital created the Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) interface that became the personal computer hard drive interface standard in 1986.
The `715 patent at issue in both the current and previous ITC actions describes an invention allowing CD-ROM drives to communicate via the integrated drive electronics (IDE) bus, which is standard equipment in most personal computers, thereby eliminating the need for special host adapter cards and associated interface electronics to allow a computer to locate and transfer data from a CD-ROM.
Inal continued, "Western Digital was a creator of the Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) interface that became the personal computer hard drive interface standard in 1986, and the company has a deep-rooted history in the PC industry.