1. Acronym for Integrated Device Electronics. A type of disk-drive interface in which the controller electronics reside on the drive itself, eliminating the need for a separate adapter card. The IDE interface is compatible with the controller used by IBM in the PC/AT computer but offers advantages such as look-ahead caching.
2. See integrated development environment.
Intelligent Drive Electronics. An interface for disk drives characterized as being one of the first to move some of the control functions (intelligence) to the disk drive and off of a separate controller.