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PC Card

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In

computing,

PC

Card

is

a

configuration

for

computer

parallel

communication

peripheral

interface,

designed

for

laptop

computers.

Originally introduced as PCMCIA, the PC Card standard as well as its

successors like CardBus were defined and developed by the Personal

Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA).

It was originally designed as a standard for memory-expansion cards for

computer storage. The existence of a usable general standard for notebook

peripherals led to many kinds of devices being made available based on its

configurability, including network cards, modems, and hard disks.

Contents

History

Summary

Name

Card types

Type I

Type II

Type III

Type IV

CompactFlash

Card information structure

CardBus

CardBay

Descendants and variants

Technological obsolescence

See also

References

External links

History

PC Card

Personal Computer Memory Card International Association

Card Personal Computer Memory Card International Association A PC Card network adapter Year created 1990 Superseded

A PC Card network adapter

Year created

1990

Superseded by

ExpressCard

(2003)

Width in bits

16 or 32

No. of devices

1 per slot

Speed

133 MB/s

Style

Parallel

Hotplugging

interface

Yes

External

interface

Yes

The PCMCIA 1.0 card standard was published by the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association in

November 1990 and was soon adopted by more than eighty vendors. [1] [2] It corresponds with the Japanese JEIDA

memory card 4.0 standard. [2]

SanDisk (operating at the time as "SunDisk") launched its PCMCIA card in October 1992. The company was the first to

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introduce a writeable Flash RAM card for the HP 95LX (the first MS-DOS pocket computer). These cards conformed to

a supplemental PCMCIA-ATA standard that allowed them to appear as more conventional IDE hard drives to the 95LX

or a PC. This had the advantage of raising the upper limit on capacity to the full 32M available under DOS 3.22 on the

95LX. [3]

It soon became clear that the PCMCIA card standard needed expansion to

support "smart" I/O cards to address the emerging need for fax, modem,

LAN, harddisk and floppy disk cards. [1] It also needed interrupt facilities

and hot plugging, which required the definition of new BIOS and operating

system interfaces. [1] This led to the introduction of release 2.0 of the

PCMCIA standard and JEIDA 4.1 in September 1991, [1][2] which saw

corrections and expansion with Card Services (CS) in the PCMCIA 2.1

standard in November 1992. [1][2]

Many notebooks in the 1990s had two adjacent type-II slots, which allowed

installation of two type-II cards or one, double-thickness, type-III card. The

cards were also used in early digital SLR cameras, such as the Kodak DCS

300 series. However, their original use as storage expansion is no longer

common.

their original use as storage expansion is no longer common. Type II PC Card: IBM V.34

Type II PC Card: IBM V.34 data/fax modem, manufactured by TDK

The PC Card port has been superseded by the ExpressCard interface since 2003, though some manufacturers such as

Dell continued to offer them into 2012 on their ruggedized XFR notebooks. [4]

As of 2013, some vehicles from Honda equipped with a navigation system

still included a PC Card reader integrated into the audio system.

Some Japanese brand consumer entertainment devices such as TV sets

include a PC Card slot for playback of media. [5]

Summary

PC Card = PCMCIA Card (older name): 16-bit or 32-bit 16-bit or 32-bit

PC Card 32-bit version = Cardbus (alternative name)PC Card = PCMCIA Card (older name): 16-bit or 32-bit 16-bit vs. 32-bit: 32 bit includes

16-bit vs. 32-bit: 32 bit includes DMA or bus mastering, 16-bit does not32-bit PC Card 32-bit version = Cardbus (alternative name) Types I–III: Type I: 16-bit. Configuration thickness

Types I–III:32 bit includes DMA or bus mastering, 16-bit does not Type I: 16-bit. Configuration thickness 3.3

Type I: 16-bit. Configuration thickness 3.3 mm Type II: 16-bit or 32-bit. Configuration thickness 5.0 mm Type III: 16-bit or 32-bit. Configuration thickness 10.5 mm

PC Card was superseded by ExpressCard in 2003. ExpressCard in 2003.

Name

mm PC Card was superseded by ExpressCard in 2003. Name Two PC Card devices: Xircom RealPort

Two PC Card devices:

Xircom RealPort (top) type III and 3Com (bottom) type II.

Xircom RealPort (top) type III and 3Com (bottom) type II. A Sharp TU-32GAX media receiver with

A Sharp TU-32GAX media receiver with a PC Card slot.

PCMCIA stands for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, the group of companies that defined

the standard. This acronym was difficult to say and remember, and was sometimes jokingly referred to as "People Can't

Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms". [6] To recognize increased scope beyond memory, and to aid in marketing,

the association acquired the rights to the simpler term "PC Card" from IBM. This was the name of the standard from

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version 2 of the specification onwards. These cards were used for wireless networks, modems, and other functions in notebook PCs.

Card types

All PC Card devices use a similar sized package which is 85.6 millimetres (3.37 in) long and 54.0 millimetres (2.13 in) wide, the same size as a credit card. [7] The shape is also used by the Common Interface form of conditional-access modules for DVB broadcasts, and by Panasonic for their professional "P2" video acquisition memory cards.

The original standard was defined for both 5 V and 3.3 volt cards, with 3.3 V cards having a key on the side to prevent them from being inserted fully into a 5 V-only slot. Some cards and some slots operate at both voltages as needed. The original standard was built around an 'enhanced' 16-bit ISA bus platform. A newer version of the PCMCIA standard is CardBus (see below), a 32-bit version of the original standard. In addition to supporting a wider bus of 32 bits (instead of the original 16), CardBus also supports bus mastering and operation speeds up to 33 MHz.

Type I

Cards designed to the original specification (PCMCIA 1.0) are type I and feature a 16-bit interface. They are 3.3 millimetres (0.13 in) thick and feature a dual row of 34 holes (68 in total) along a short edge as a connecting interface. Type-I PC Card devices are typically used for memory devices such as RAM, flash memory, OTP (One-Time Programmable), and SRAM cards.

Type II

Type-II and above PC Card devices use two rows of 34 sockets, and feature a 16- or 32-bit interface. They are 5.0 millimetres (0.20 in) thick. Type-II cards introduced I/O support, allowing devices to attach an array of peripherals or to provide connectors/slots to interfaces for which the host computer had no built-in support.

For example, many modem, network, and TV cards accept this configuration. Due to their thinness, most Type II interface cards feature miniature interface connectors on the card connecting to a dongle, a short cable that adapts from the card's miniature connector to an external full-size connector. Some cards instead have a lump on the end with the connectors. This is more robust and convenient than a separate adapter but can block the other slot where slots are present in a pair. Some Type II cards, most notably network interface and modem cards, have a retractable jack, which can be pushed into the card and will pop out when needed, allowing insertion of a cable from above. When use of the card is no longer needed, the jack can be pushed back into the card and locked in place, protecting it from damage. Most network cards have their jack on one side, while most modems have their jack on the other side, allowing the use of both at the same time as they do not interfere with each other. Wireless Type II cards often had a plastic shroud that jutted out from the end of the card to house the antenna.

In the mid-90s, PC Card Type II hard disk drive cards have become available; previously, PC Card hard disk drives were only available in Type III. [8]

Type III

Type-III PC Card devices are 16-bit or 32-bit. These cards are 10.5 millimetres (0.41 in) thick, allowing them to accommodate devices with components that would not fit type I or type II height. Examples are hard disk drive cards, [7]

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and interface cards with full-size connectors that do not require dongles (as is commonly required with type II interface

cards).

Type IV

Type-IV cards, introduced by Toshiba, have not been officially standardized or sanctioned by the PCMCIA. These cards

are 16 millimetres (0.63 in) thick.

CompactFlash

CompactFlash is a smaller dimensioned 50 pin subset of the 68 pin PC Card interface. It requires a setting for the

interface mode of either "memory" or "ATA storage".

Card information structure

The card information structure (CIS) is information stored on a PC card that contains information about the

formatting and organization of the data on the card. [9] The CIS also contains information such as:

Type of cardcard. [ 9 ] The CIS also contains information such as: Supported power supply options Supported

Supported power supply options] The CIS also contains information such as: Type of card Supported power saving features Manufacturer

Supported power saving featuressuch as: Type of card Supported power supply options Manufacturer Model number When a card is

Manufacturerpower supply options Supported power saving features Model number When a card is unrecognized it is

Model numbersupply options Supported power saving features Manufacturer When a card is unrecognized it is frequently because

When a card is unrecognized it is frequently because the CIS information is either lost or damaged.

CardBus

CardBus are PCMCIA 5.0 or later (JEIDA 4.2 or later) 32-bit PCMCIA

devices, introduced in 1995 and present in laptops from late 1997 onward.

CardBus is effectively a 32-bit, 33 MHz PCI bus in the PC Card design.

CardBus supports bus mastering, which allows a controller on the bus to

talk to other devices or memory without going through the CPU. Many

chipsets, such as those that support Wi-Fi, are available for both PCI and

CardBus.

The notch on the left hand front of the device is slightly shallower on a

CardBus device so, by design, a 32-bit device cannot be plugged into earlier

equipment supporting only 16-bit devices. Most new slots accept both

CardBus and the original 16-bit PC Card devices. CardBus cards can be

distinguished from older cards by the presence of a gold band with eight

small studs on the top of the card next to the pin sockets.

small studs on the top of the card next to the pin sockets. Two Xircom RealPort

Two Xircom RealPort Ethernet/56k modem cards. Top one is CardBus, and the bottom is the 5 volt PCMCIA version. Note the slightly different notch.

The speed of CardBus interfaces in 32-bit burst mode depends on the transfer type: in byte mode, transfer is 33 MB/s;

in word mode it is 66 MB/s; and in dword (double-word) mode 132 MB/s.

CardBay

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CardBay is a variant added to the PCMCIA specification introduced in 2001. It was intended to add some forward compatibility with USB and IEEE 1394, but was not universally adopted and only some notebooks have PC Card controllers with CardBay features. This is an implementation of Microsoft and Intel's joint Drive Bay initiative.

Descendants and variants

The interface has spawned a generation of flash memory cards that set out to improve on the size and features of Type I cards: CompactFlash, MiniCard, P2 Card and SmartMedia. For example, the PC Card electrical specification is also used for CompactFlash, so a PC Card CompactFlash adapter need only be a socket adapter.

ExpressCard is a later specification from the PCMCIA, intended as a replacement for PC Card, built around the PCI Express and USB 2.0 standards. The PC Card standard is closed to further development and PCMCIA strongly encourages future product designs to utilize the ExpressCard interface. From about 2006 ExpressCard slots replaced PCMCIA slots in laptop computers, with a few laptops having both in the transition period. Much expansion that formerly required a PCMCIA card is catered for by USB, reducing the requirement for internal expansion slots; by 2011 many laptops had none.

ExpressCard and CardBus sockets are physically and electrically incompatible. [10] ExpressCard-to-CardBus and Cardbus-to-ExpressCard adapters are available that connect a Cardbus card to an Expresscard slot, or vice versa, and carry out the required electrical interfacing. [11] These adapters do not handle older non-Cardbus PCMCIA cards.

Adapters for PC Cards to Personal Computer ISA slots were available when these technologies were current. Cardbus adapters for PCI slots have been made. These adapters were sometimes used to fit Wireless (802.11) PCMCIA cards into desktop computers with PCI slots. [12]

Some IBM Thinkpad laptops took their onboard RAM (in sizes ranging from 4 to 16 MB) in the factor of a DRAM Card. While very similar in form-factor, these cards did not go into a standard PC Card Slot, often being installed under the keyboard, for example. They also were not pin-compatible, as they had 88 pins but in two staggered rows, as opposed to even rows like PC Cards. [13]

Technological obsolescence

After the release of PCIe-based ExpressCard in 2003, laptop manufacturers started to fit ExpressCard slots to new laptops instead of PC Card slots. PC Card devices can be plugged into an ExpressCard adaptor, which provides a PCI-to- PCIe Bridge. [14] ExpressCard was not as popular as PC Card, due in part to the ubiquity of USB ports on modern computers. Most functionality provided by PC Card or ExpressCard devices is now available as an external USB device. These USB devices have the advantage of being compatible with desktop computers as well as portable devices. (Desktop computers were rarely fitted with a PC Card or ExpressCard slot.)

See also

Conditional-access module (CAM) (CAM)

ExpressCardExpressCard slot.) See also Conditional-access module (CAM) List of device bandwidths USB for mobile modems XJACK

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Mielke, Bernd (1997). PC-Card Anwender-Lösungen [Solutions for PC Card users] (in German). Franzis-Verlag GmbH, Feldkirchen. ISBN 3-7723-4313-9. 9-783772-343131.

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