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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 -
PC Card Physical Characteristics
There are 3 types of PCMCIA cards and "extended" cards. They are identical in size
( 3.3 mm thick )
( 5.0mm thick )
( 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.
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.
- Length - 85.6mm
- Width - 54.0mm
- Connector - They all use the same 68-pin connector.
- Operating Temp - 0 to 55 C
- Storage Temp. - -20 to 65 C
- Minimum Insertions - Office Env. 10,000 / Harsh Env. 5,000
The connector pin-out is found at the PC-Card.com site.
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