IPI (Intelligent Peripheral Interface) definition

Contributor(s): Joaquin Jimenez

IPI (Intelligent Peripheral Interface) is a high-bandwidth interface between a computer and a hard disk or a tape device. Devices using IPI can transfer data between the hard drive and RAM in the range between 3 and 25 megabytes per second.

The latest version of IPI is IPI-3, which supports redundant array of independent disks. The official IPI standards are:

  • ANSI/ISO 9318-3 Intelligent Peripheral Interface - Device Generic Command Set for Magnetic and Optical Disk Drives
  • ANSI/ISO 9318-4 Intelligent Peripheral Interface - Device Generic Command Set for Magnetic Tape Drives
This was first published in August 2005

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