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The right Floppy-Emulator for your machine

We have the right Floppy-Emulator for your machine or system.

There are still many systems, machines and devices in use with a floppy disk as storage and i/o medium.

The range of machines and systems with a floppy drive is enormous; these includes robot controls, sewing machines, embroidery machines, CNC controls, EDM machines, but also oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers and screenloggers. Even many music keyboards and computer systems such as the Amiga 500 were shipped with a floppy disk drive as primary storage device, in this days.

Floppy-Emulator - Machine reference list

Often floppy disk drives are as different as the machines and controls in which they are mounted.

With our floppy disk drive emulators we provide maximum compatibility. Simple replace your old floppy drive with a modern ipcas Floppy-Emulator that uses USB storage media instead of floppy disks.

Not every floppy emulator is suitable as a replacement for any floppy drive. The Machine reference list helps you to choose the right Floppy-Emulator.
If your machine or system is not listed in the compatibility list, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Your ipcas product team at Data Respons

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15% off for all USB-Floppy-Emulators

You receive 15% discount on all USB floppy emulators with your first order via fax or email

Do you ask yourself the question how you can get for your old or used machines an additional benefit and how you can upgrade this efficiently? Many machines and devices are still using floppy disk drives as the only means of data input. CNC, milling, injection mold, or embroidery machines, laser cutting devices and integrated control systems, just to mention a few, are still being fed data with floppy disks several times a day. But what do to, if the production of conventional floppy disks is discontinued?

15% discount on all USB floppy emulators with your first order via fax or email - only for new customers

Swap your legacy diskette drive with the new USB Floppy Emulator „brand ipcas“. The old floppy disk drive is replaced 1:1. The connection is identical, it produces virtually no downtime and there are no further changes have to be made.

The USB floppy drive breathes new life into your system!:

  • You’ll be storing up to 100 floppies on one single USB memory stick!
  • You’ll be using your data on a truly reliable data carrier with a high-capacity and long-term-secure data carrier!

And, you save your customer an additional benefit of there used machines. Well-known companies such ENGEL, KUKA, Bosch and Siemens are already using our solution. Always be one step ahead of your competitors and receive 15% discounting on our list price of EUR 249.00 net on all USB floppy emulators by first order. This promotion is valid until October 13, 2013 and only for new customers on first order via fax or email.

Have we sparked your interest? You can find further information on our USB floppy emulators on our homepage under: Please send us a fax to +49 (0)9131/ 767778 or an Email to “” if you are interested. Our Team from our branch office in Erlangen is looking forward to hearing from you!
Please do not forget to refer to this offer in order to obtain the discount.

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Floppy Emulator – USB Floppy Disk Drive Replacement

Floppy-Emulator SlimlineThe new SlimLine Floppy Emulator has arrived!

We have developed a flat version of the USB Floppy Emulator, based on the Floppy Emulator V2.
The drive is connected via a 26-pin flat ribbon cable to the floppy disk controller of the machine, system or instrument.
The flat design allows a direct replacement of a conventional 3.5" slimline floppy disk drive with the Floppy Emulator SlimLine from ipcas.
Flat floppy disk drives were installed not just in laptops; they were used especially in compact industrial controllers, sophisticated measuring instruments and in musical instruments.

A Floppy Disk Drive Emulator from ipcas is always the right choice!

Whether you want to replace, an HD or DD, a 3½" – or 5¼" drive or a slimline drive, we have the right emulator for you.

USB Floppy Emulator V2 – The all-rounder

USB Floppy Emulator V2

Up to 100 floppy disks can be stored on a single USB pen drive. They can be accessed via the selection button of the emulator.
The 3.5" sized emulator supports all popular FAT12 file system formats with a sector size of 512 bytes / sector, and is compatible with

  • 3.5" – 1,44MB: 80 tracks / 18 sectors
  • 5.25" – 1,2MB: 80 tracks / 15 sectors
  • 3.5" – 720kB: 80 tracks / 9 sectors

Floppy-Emulator SlimLine – The flat version

Floppy Emulator SlimLine

The flat SlimLine Floppy Emulator is connected via a 26-pin ribbon cable, a usual with slimline disk drives.
The technical compatibility corresponds to the USB Foppy Emulator V2.

USB Floppy Emulator V3 – The individualist

USB Floppy Emulator V3

This emulator supports almost all disk formats.
Unlike the V2 or the SlimLine version the file system interpretation is not performed by the emulator. The (virtual) disks are stored on a USB pen drive as images and are loaded to the emulator when in use.
This disk format independence allows the use of the USB Floppy Emulator V3 particularly well everywhere where special formats or non-standard formats are used.
In addition, the main hardware features of the emulator can be set totally jumper-free.
These include the transfer rate, the rotation speed, selection of the drive-select pin and many more.

There are very varied areas of application for a floppy disk drive emulator.

Still, many systems and machines use old floppy disk drives, here is a small selection:

  • embroidery machines
  • power looms
  • programmable sewing machines
  • portable level recorder
  • CNC machines
  • embedded controller
  • VMEbus cards
  • PMC modules
  • robot controllers
  • oscilloscopes
  • industrial controllers
  • games consoles
  • electronic musical instruments

All of these plants, machinery and instruments can be operated with a future-proof USB Floppy Emulator from ipcas.

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Floppy Emulator V3: New USB-Pen software pack available

Floppy-Emulator V3: FEI-Tool and Config-Tool
A new version of the USB pen drive software pack is now available in the download area and on the Floppy Emulator V3 website.

The package contains the FEI-Tool (disk image tool for Windows, Linux, AND Mac OS X), sample disk images, documentation and user manual.


KETRON SD 5 Keyboard: Floppy Disk Drive retrofitting – USB Floppy Emulator

Guest Post from a satisfied customer of Southern Germany:
(Translated, original post in german language >>)

Floppy Disk Drive retrofitting:
USB Floppy Emulator for KETRON SD 5

In older keyboards – e.g. in my KETRON SD 5, the input device is a floppy drive und the internal RAM memory is supplied with information by a floppy disk.
I would never replace my KETRON SD 5 with a modern keyboard however; the reason is the good quality.

KETRON SD 5 with USB-Floppy-Emulator

With the IPCAS USB floppy emulator for USB pen drives, the known disadvantages …

  • Sensitive to mechanical wear and tear
  • Problems with dust, oil and other adverse environmental conditions
  • Malfunction due to permanent mechanical load
  • Low memory capacity

… of conventional floppy disks, which anyway are hardly to buy, can be totally attributed to the past.

Most salient features:

  • The old floppy disk drive is replaced 1:1. The connections are identical, so no further changes have to be made.
  • The USB Stick at the USB Floppy Emulator replaces the old diskette entirely. USB memory components have long life spans and high capacities.
  • The new USB floppy drives and USB memory components are practically immune to impacts from magnetic fields, dust or shock.
  • The contents on 100 floppies can easily be placed on one single USB Stick. That saves a lot of time and costs!

To replace the equipment I’m proceeds as follows:

USB Floppyemulator - Ketron SD-5 Floppy Disk Drive Data Cable Connection to the Floppy-Disk-Controller
  1. Opening the keyboard (screws located on the bottom)
  2. Slide back the panel of the keyboard
  3. Removal of the floppy disk drive (FDD)
  4. Detach of the data cable from the floppy drive controller
  5. Inserting a floppy controller computer cable to the floppy connector
  6. Connect this cable and the power supply cable (4-pin.) to the emulator.

Now the keyboard will switch on and the floppy drive (with inserted USB flash drive) are energize and the keyboard reports: not formatted.
After that, the format command must be executed according to the display information.
Then the emulator should set to 01 (with the Up button). The UP switching and formatting and will resist until 99.

Floppy-Emulator: Keyboard KETRON SD 5 during operation Keyboard - Floppy Emulator - USB

If the formatting performs, you play the songs on the respective place (00-99), then – start playing – as usual.
When the formatting is completed, copy the songs on the respective place (00-99). Afterwards, as usual, start the playback.

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ipcas FloppyEmulator V3: completely jumper-less configuration / parameter settings without jumpers – Video

The ipcas FloppyEmulator V3 supports nearly all disk formats. Also special Formats like CP/M, DEC Rainbow, extended DOS or Stäubli JC3/4/5 are supported.
The parameterization and configuration is complete without jumper.

More information about the FloppyEmulator V3 >>

Visit us at embedded world 2011

We will be more than glad to support you with first-hand information on our highly innovative Hardware and Software products and concepts. We would be happy to see you and give you a live display of our produce from today until 3 March 2011 at Stand 129 in Hall 9 in the Nuremberg Trade Fair Center (Messezentrum Nürnberg).

Also this year we proudly present a very special highlight:

Floppy emulator V3

The extended version of our Floppy-Emulator is to be at the ready.
In addition to higher compatibility, even to exotic disk formats, the configuration and setup is all done via graphical user interface on the PC.
Now jumpers are a thing of the past.

Take the chance to see the Floppy-Emulator 2 live at the embedded world 2011 until Thursday. Visit us at Hall 9, Stand 129.