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PC Card | Tech Info Home Page | PCMCIA | CardBus |


General Description

"PC Card" is the name for a small card the size of a credit card. It is also known as a PCMCIA card. The older version is a 16-bit bus technology and is called the "PC card" while the newer version is a 32-bit device and is called the "CardBus".

For more information on PCMCIA see the PCMCIA Information page.

The standard is controlled by the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) organization.

PC Card hardware can be found in the "PC Card Hardware" page.

The "PC Card" standard can be found at the PC-Card.com web site

 

Physical Characteristics

PCMCIA, PC-Card, CardBus,

PC Card Physical Characteristics

There are 3 types of PCMCIA cards and "extended" cards. They are identical in size


Type I
( 3.3 mm thick )
Type II
( 5.0mm thick )
Type III
( 10.5mm thick )

for Memory (SRAM,Flash,etc)

Modem, LAN, etc

This card comes in two versions, the 32-bit, 3.3V PC CardBus card and the16-bit, 5.0V PC card.


hard drives

They all have the same size, and only differ in thickness, a thinner card can be used in a thicker slot, but a thicker card can not be used in a thinner slot
Extended Cards are just longer then standard cards.

The connector pin-out is found at the PC-Card.com site.

 

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