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We plan to make ATASPI an open industry standard by bringing it before the appropriate ANSI (American National Standards Institute) committee for consideration as an official ANSI standard very shortly,'' noted Allweiss.
ATASPI, as an I/O manager, deals with such issues as: device addressing; handling packetized and non-packetized requests on the bus; overlapped I/O; 32-bit Access under Windows; and controlling multiple ATA busses.
Thus, if it is required to handle two hard disk drives and two CD-ROM drives, the hard disk drives could be assigned to one controller and the CD-ROM drives to the other, with ATASPI managing I/O requests for all four drives.