A potential project for RetroChallenge:
To provide a means for a Sun SPARCstation running Solaris to use USB bulk-storage flash-memory drives.
Difficulty Rating: varies depending on method that can be used: from pretty easy, to extremely difficult, to utterly impossible.
The methods that could, in principle, be used, include:
- Obtain a NAS unit that can host USB flash drives, and can export them via NFS.
- Obtain a 50-pin-SCSI-attached device that can host USB flash drive as a SCSI target/LUN. I have never seen one of these, but there just might be one out there *somewhere*.
- Obtain a 16-bit PCMCIA-USB adaptor; would require writing a nexus driver for Solaris 2.6, and porting libusb, and writing a custom pcata-like disk target-driver. Very unlikely that such hardware exists: 32-bit CardBus USB adaptors are commonplace and cheap, but 16-bit PCMCIA USB adaptors I have never seen.
- Build a full-custom SBus card with on-board USB host controller and USB port; don’t even ask what parts whis would require, I have no real idea!