Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE)

IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) abbreviation has been used by "Conner Peripherals", "Compaq" and "Western Digital" since 1986-1987. Ever since it is widely used as a synonym for ATA abbreviation. This abbreviation results from the marketing policy of producers and sellers directed to increase the variety of ATA/ATAPI compatible devices or slang of the sellers who don't know what they sell or what they say.