Buddha "phoenix edition"
IDE Controller for Amigas with Zorro-II/III Slots
The successor of the Buddha Flash controller, originally designed to be used with
the Phoenix board (hence the name), has a number of different features compared
to the previous version:
The primary IDE connector has 44 pins (to be used with 2.5" IDE hard disks),
the card now also features a power connector to feed 2.5" devices.
The look has also changed, the "phoenix edition" is green instead of black.
Please note that the Buddha "phoenix edition" can't be used
with the Phoenix board without modifications! The version sold is intended to
be used with Amiga models that feature a Zorro-II/III slot!
The old features present in the Buddha Flash version are certainly still
The controller has got a 64KByte Flash ROM, so you can install new firmware (that means
a new ROM) without having to unscrew your computer. With previous versions, replacement
of the ROM chip was necessary.
Another feature is the clock-port on the card: You can install hardware on this port
that has been designed to be used on the Amiga 1200. The hardware designed for the
A1200 clock-port is very cheap, and now you can use the low-cost hardware in zorro systems.
Other features include:
- autoboot from Kickstart V1.3
- two IDE-Ports for up to four IDE-devices
- compatible with nearly every IDE/Atapi devices: harddisks, Atapi CD-Roms (any speed),
Atapi CD-changer, Syquest removable media, LS120 (120 MB floppy, so-called "A-drive"),
IDE ZIP drives, Atapi CD-Writer (with MakeCD)
- autoboot from IDE-ZIP or LS120
The IDE timing of the Buddha controller is software-configurable: This way, you can even
operate very old IDE devices on the Buddha (mode 0 devices). This feature is unique on the
High speed: Even with slow harddisks like the Quantum Bigfoot, transfer rates of more than 2.2 MBytes
per second can be reached. The raw data transfer rate is only limited by the zorro bus: 3.58 MBytes
There's also a local expansion port for the "HyperCom 3 plus", which gives you two
high-speed serial interfaces, and one parallel port.
The drivers were written by Elaborate Bytes. You get the whole IDE-package from Elaborate Bytes:
Cache CD Filesystem, Harddisk autopark, CD-Changer drivers and the CD-32 emulator (AGA chipset only).
Harddisks are formatted using the HDToolbox of your workbench.
Harddisks larger than 4 GBytes have been a problem for the Amiga for a very long time. The Buddha
also solves this problem: It supports the "TD64" commands, so large harddisks are no problem
For your convenience when changing over to the Buddha controller without loss of data, the Buddha
can use Amiga-formatted drives right after connection without having to re-format the harddisk.
Other controllers can only mount harddisks that have been formatted by an A1200 or an A4000, but
the Buddha even mounts GVP or AT-Apollo formatted harddisks after running a conversion program.
You don't have to backup the harddisk for that - the drive is being converted without loss of data!
The Buddha Flash controller comes with an IDE cable, the driver disk and a setup guide.