A new line of ExpressCard enclosures and connectors comes in two sizes. The ExpressCard 34 is about half the size of a standard PCMCIA card and the ExpressCard 54 is slightly smaller than a standard card. The ExpressCard specification was developed as a next-generation PC card by the PCMCIA Standards Organization and is a smaller and faster alternative to current PCMCIA cards. Both of the new cards are 5 mm thick and can be fitted with extended backs for use with antennas or for applications where additional space is needed. Both ExpressCard sizes will fit into a universal slot with one common connector size. A guidance feature built into both slot types ensures proper insertion of the card. Designed with a sturdy, easy-to-assemble, sonically welded housing, these new cards have an integral 26-position beam-on-blade connector. Both the frame kit and connector conform to UL specifications. The cards are hot pluggable with host receptacle slots and support both USB 2.0 and PCI Express interfaces. Applications include wireless and wired communications cards, rotating and solid-state storage devices, and a variety of I/O, security, and flash memory. DUEL SYSTEMS, San Jose, CA. (408) 436-4931.
Company: DUEL SYSTEMS
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