IDF Fall 2003: miniature PCMCIA standard – ExpressCard
On the 1st IDF day PCMCIA group announced the final ExpressCard Version 1.0 specs for mobile and desktop PCs. Before our readers might have heard of it codenamed NEWCARD.
ExpressCard has been developed by the group of OEM hardware makers, including Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Lexar Media, Microsoft, SCM Microsystems and Texas Instruments. The development has been conducted under the close partnership between PCMCIA, USB Implementers Forum (USB IF) and Peripheral Component Interconnect-Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG). Therefore ExpressCard also supports USB 2.0 and PCI-Express specs.
First products tested to comply ExpressCard Version 1.0 specs will be announced early in 2004 to arrive for sale in H2 2004.
Modules meeting ExpressCard specs will be made in two form-factors – 34mm and 54mm wide. At that both will have 75mm length and 5mm thickness. Host systems will be supporting both. Wider solutions will be provided because there are similar devices for CardBus sockets like Compact Flash and 1.8" media.
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