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SCSI (pronounced "scuzzy") stands for Small Computer System Interface and is standard for communication between a subsystem of peripheral devices and the system bus.
The SCSI bus is a system that can contain, and be used by, up to seven or fifteen, devices, depending on the SCSI standard.
If a motherboard does not have an embedded controller, the gateway from the SCSI
bus to the system bus is the host adapter. This is a card inserted into an expansion
slot on the motherboard.
The adapter card is responsible for managing all the devices on the SCSI bus. A host
adapter can support both internal and external SCSI devices, using one connector
on the card for a ribbon cable to connect to internal devices and an external port
that supports external devices.
All the devices and the host adapter form a single daisy chain.
The example below has two internal devices and two external devices, with the SCSI host adapter in the middle of the chain.
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