Friday, January 14, 2005

ExpressCard: new standard for notebooks

The PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) has announced a new standard : the ExpressCard.  The new ExpressCard is smaller than today's standards and provides additional compatibility with strategic architectures.
Today's PCMCIA cards are roughly 85mm long x 54 mm wide.  The smaller ExpressCard will come in two physical configurations, the smaller of the two at 75mm long x 34 mm wide.  According to the official ExpressCard website, the advantages of the new form factor and technology include:
  • A Smaller & Faster PC Card Solution
  • Suitable for Mobile and Desktop Systems
  • Supports USB 2.0 and PCI Express Applications
  • Lower System and Card Complexity
    New ExpressCard products are expected over the next several months; like any technology transformation, I expect that we'll see manufacturers provide slots for both the old and the new card.  With the right products, I expect the old cards will be phased out within the next one to two years.

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