I got hold of an Iomega Clik! Drive Plus kit, why not do a wee thread about it

So for the uninitiated, the Iomega Clik! was iomega’s attempt at a smaller, hardier magnetic disc-based storage format. Originally available in 40MB, they got close to releasing a 80MB variant, but unfortunately the product died before that was released.

Clik! also suffered from an unfortunate name. Iomega’s more common storage medium, Zip, suffered from what was colloquially known as the “click of death”. They tried to rebrand it to PocketZip shortly after.

Iomega was really hopeful that this would take off as a, well, pocketable media format. So much so, that they released the Iomega HipZip MP3 player (which ran a small real-time operating system developed partly by RedHat!)

Unfortunately, this didn’t happen, but god we can dream.
As you may have seen on an LGR video (youtu.be/r4hQeWtkTC8), Iomega also produced a camera kit (the Clik! Drive Plus). A Clik! drive with a media card interface, PCMCIA card adapter and parallel port interface.

So what’s inside? Let’s start with the parallel port interface, because it uses philips head screws and it took me a little while to find any other screwdriver heads.

So this is a fairly unassuming little thing, not very heavy, it has a parallel port interface for plugging something else into it (like a printer), and it has a cable to plug into your computer’s port.

Inside, it’s not much more exciting. A rats nest of wiring, a bunch of passive components, a 3MHz crystal, and what’s obviously the parallel port interface, a datastor EP-2000. But what is it?
A quick google revealed it as an IDE to Parallel interface.

This drive uses IDE?

Interesting. There’s nothing on the underside of the PCB, so let’s move on. How about the memory card to Clik! media transfer gizmo?

So let’s have a look. On the top, we have the display PCB. It looks to have been manufactured somewhere else, bears the Sharp logo, and my guess is they manufactured it for Iomega (going by how there’s no information on the markings online)
The IC on the back is an LCD driver.

In the middle is this board, marked “D3 FCR - MID”
It has no active components, but bears the socket that connects to the drive itself, as well as one of the media card ports.

At the bottom, we’ve got another media card port, and on the underside, it has an Actel A42MX09 FPGA, a Philips P80C32SBBB 8-bit 8051-based microcontroller, a CY2071 clock generator, a 27LV520 EPROM, a CC384 negative voltage regulator, and an IS62LV1024LL-70T static RAM IC

I was hoping for something that said “IDE interface”, but no dice. Iomega seems to have implemented the interface in an FPGA, with a separate microcontroller for the screen and button, I suppose to ensure the user interface and the storage interface didn’t impact each other.

Let’s move on! The drive itself is ripe for the disassembling. First, we have the actual interface board for the Clik! drive, labelled “D3 I/O”. This has the Clik! Drive port, as well as a bunch of power regulation, and..something. What’s under that sticker?

On this board, we have a Xilinx XC95108 CPLD and an IC I couldn’t identify, labelled “846 1302”
Note: I checked under the other end of the sticker, it’s just more power regulation.
Bonus: the underside has these spring contacts for the battery that I unfortunately don’t have.

So what’s the more interesting unit, the Clik! drive itself?
Iomega named this board the “D3 ORION5”. Wacky.

So what’s under that sticker? We have two ICs, both Texas Instruments. One, a 34P3410-DCA, and the other, a 34H3306 B.
The 34P3410-DCA seems to be what handles part of the read interface; the datasheet states that it’s an 11.25-60Mbit/s read channel.

The 34H3306 doesn’t come up on google at all, but if I had to guess, it’s the companion “write channel” or something similar. Not super interesting.
So what else is on this board?

We’ve got the actual drive controller, an Iomega Boreas IC. Unfortunately, since this is an Iomega IC in an Iomega product, I predictably found no information about it.

What else? There’s another 27LV520 EPROM, and what looks like a Texas Instruments L393, which may be a dual comparator IC.
Finally, we have the motor for the actual drive, made by Nidec.

Unfortunately, that’s all I have. The drive, as far as I can tell, still works fine, and the PCMCIA card would be very difficult to disassemble nondestructively, so I’ll update this thread when I’ve stuck it in my machine with information about what the computer sees it as.

You may not be surprised to learn that the PCMCIA card (actually CardBus) is an IDE adapter.

We regret to inform you that the driver CD in the box has suffered an unrecoverable error

no I am not interested in using modern equipment or software

By the way, if you wanted to know what the Clik! drive inside the HipZip looked like, it’s nearly identical. Only difference seems to be one of the sticker ICs, external interface (ribbon cable vs ZIF) and a rearranged set of test points.

The markings on that different IC seem to have been worn away by the sticker.. somehow, but it’s definitely different. 34??413DGG

Still a TI part though.

While I have the HipZip open (it wasn’t turning on, seemingly because the battery’s just super flat), let’s dig through that!

This’ll be a bit less in-depth because I just want to get it charged and back together, but it’s still an interesting thing!
So here’s the board that connects the battery, the drive and the rest: “MP3 CONN BRD”. A board to connect MP3s!

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Here’s the back of that board. It looks sticky because it is; the RF shielding plate is adhesive-backed. We’ve got a TI PT70158, an unknown part marked “032 6257C”, and an unknown adhesive-smothered IC marked “D4207 2031”

Back on the front, there’s a bunch of power regulation stuff, a USB port (unfortunately proprietary), DC in jack (this hails from a time when USB ports did not output enough power to charge from), headphone jack, and a whole bunch of ICs.

We have a TI LV244A and LV32A, a pair of LV245As, an IC marked “43L43EP TBD0024”, and an In-System ISD200 USB 1.1 Mass Storage Device controller, whose datasheet boasts that it may be capable of “near theoretical USB data rates (12Mb/sec)”

Through the magic of ZIF sockets, the connector board connects (you don’t say?) to the “MP3-LCD W/CODE” board, which houses the actual MP3 player stuff.

Up top, we have a pair of Intel TE28F800 “Advanced+ Boot Block Flash Memory” ICs.

Beneath the sticker, we have a big chunky Cirrus Logic EP7212-CV-D. This is an ARM7-based processor with an integrated LCD controller and “digital audio interface”. The datasheet boasts that it is Windows CE enabled and has “performance matching 100-MHz Intel Pentium-based PC”

This SoC also has integrated SIR IrDA functionality (god, to live in a world with an IrDA-syncing HipZip), two UARTs, support for up to two PCMCIA controllers(!), integrated MP3 decoding, and a Y2K-compliant real time clock. Iomega, you spoil us.

On the front, we have the screen, a pair of Samsung K4E641612D-TL50 4Mx16 dynamic RAM ICs, an unpopulated socket, and the silkscreen text “designed by Iobjects”. Hmm.

Completing the unit is the daughter card for the front-facing buttons, featuring four resistors and the most overkill socket choice ever.

I’m assuming the “sensor” marking would have been for a water damage indicator that wasn’t installed.

And that’s all she wrote.

I know @PodsDank@twitter.com has one or two HipZips in his collection of nuggets, so maybe at some point he’ll show that off (but please don’t 1-grit it)

Guess what, fuckers? It's time for more Clik! content

So last night I went digging to see if any information was available online about the operating system that the HipZip used - Dadio, based on RedHat's eCos kernel - because I was morbidly curious if any firmware updates were ever released for it.

Sadly, my search predictably turned up bupkis. Except for the original press release from RedHat: redhat.com/en/about/press-rele

Pretty standard, except.. it mentions a second product that would use Dadio; the I-Jam WinJam. The heck is that?

Okay, so I've never heard of this one, better look it up. A quick search pointed me to a Microsoft press release (press releases as primary sources of information will become a theme from this point onward) about it: news.microsoft.com/2000/05/02/

Look at this goofy thing. Absolutely ridiculous. There's no possible way it could look any more "year 2000".

So we're getting off on what seems like a tangent, but I promise it comes full circle. This goofy thing is from "I-Jam Multimedia LLC", who is exclusively described in press releases as a "pioneer" in the media player space.

The press release states that it offers a "complete management system for digital audio" including, uh, the current track number and elapsed time, dual MMC slots, back-worn earphones (an I-Jam staple), and functions such as electronic volume control and a low battery warning(!)

I've literally never seen this device in my life, which seems weird, because you'd think -someone- would've talked about an oddball-design device like this that only supported WMA and had a RedHat kernel. Let's dig through the website to see if it ever launched

As always, bless the internet archive. Their website seems to mostly want you to buy music, but they do have links out to WMP7 and the WinJam, as well as I-Jam's other products

This uh, website, mostly consists of the most incredible website designs of the late 90s and early 00s, and the largest collection of press releases I've seen in a while.

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