There are three electrically different variants of the SCSI parallel bus: SCSI is a peripheral, buffered, peer-to-peer interface, hiding the complexity of the physical format. LVD’s greater resistance to noise allowed a maximum bus cable length of 12 meters. SCSI-1 features an 8-bit parallel bus with parity , running asynchronously at 3. The above list does not imply a specific sequence of events. Forced perfect termination FPT is similar to active termination, but with added diode clamp circuits which absorb any residual voltage overshoot or undershoot. For purposes of discussing compatibility, remember that SCSI devices include both host adapters and peripherals such as disk drives.

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During a transaction, the target widf may be required to execute an operation e. Ultra SCSI [8] [9]. Every device attaches to the SCSI bus in a similar manner. Specific types of connectors for parallel SCSI devices were developed by vendors over time.

So the number of signals required to implement a SCSI bus is a function of the bus width and voltage:.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A status code is sent to the initiator to report the success or failure of the operation. Alternatively, each narrow device can be attached to the wide bus through an adapter.

As long as the bus is terminated with a wide — internal or external — terminator, there is no need for special termination. Following a command to a target to send data to the initiator and a receipt of a scai complete status, the initiator could send another udal or even send a message. Therefore, peripheral-to-peripheral communications are uncommon, but possible in most SCSI applications.


This standard was introduced c. See the main SCSI article for a complete list.

Parallel SCSI

A positive DC termination voltage is provided by one or more devices on the bus, typically the initiator s. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In such a case, the target may temporarily disconnect from the bus, causing the latter to go to the bus-free condition and adaoter other unrelated operations to take place.

Mixing earlier single-ended devices SE and Ultra-2 devices on the same bus is possible but connecting only a single SE device forces the whole bus to single-ended mode with all its limitations, chanbel transfer speed.

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The maximum cable length stayed at 3 meters but single-ended Ultra SCSI developed an undeserved reputation for extreme sensitivity to cable length and condition faulty cables, connectors or terminators were often integated blame for instability problems. Or, if an error occurred, the initiator could send a “request sense” command to the target for details, the latter which would be returned during the data phase. This change divorces Adapted various interfaces from the command setallowing devices that support SCSI commands to use any interface including ones not otherwise specified by T10and also allowing the interfaces that are defined by T10 to develop on their own terms.

A female connector on a cable is meant to connect to another cable for additional length or additional device connections. On a 16 bit bus, the eight bit rule applies, followed by 15 and working downward to 8, thus maintaining backward compatibility on a bus with a mix of eight and 16 bit devices.

The bit implementation was largely ignored because it was expensive and unnecessary, and was officially retired in SCSI Technical and de facto standards for wired computer buses. All SCSI standards have been modular, defining various capabilities which manufacturers can include or not. The initiator sends the command descriptor block CDB to a “target,” which is another device on the bus. Another requirement is that any parallel SCSI bus must be terminated at both ends with the correct type of terminator.


You can get a cable designed to connect the wide part of the bus to the narrow part which either provides a place to plug in a terminator for the high half or includes the terminator itself. Improper termination is a common problem with parallel SCSI installations. Not all phases will occur in all cases:. Views Read Edit View history. A rarely seen variation on the original standard included a high-voltage differential HVD implementation whose maximum cable length was 25 meters.

Both narrow and wide SCSI devices can be attached to the same parallel bus. When you ask whether you can cable a certain host adapter to a certain disk drive, you are asking whether you can attach those two SCSI devices to the same SCSI bus.

A SCSI device attaches to the bus but does not interrupt it. Interfaces are listed by their speed in the roughly ascending order, so the interface at the end of each section should be the fastest.