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PCMCIA announces new spec on card technology

Posted: 24 Feb 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:pcmcia? newcard? pc card? serial i/o technologies? usb 2.0?

PCMCIA, a technology trade association, has developed a new specification codenamed NEWCARD. The new specification builds on the characteristics of the PC Card: reliability, ease of use, and wide industry support while delivering external expansion with reduced size, increased speed, lower costs, and support of advanced serial I/O technologies, USB 2.0, and PCI Express.

The NEWCARD specification is said to mark the first time expansion card specifications will be shared among mobile and desktop PCs. Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Dell, HP, Lexar Media, SCM Microsystems, and Texas Instruments are among those supporting the development of the new standard.

Additionally, two industry groups - the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and the PCI-SIG (Peripheral Component Interconnect-Special Interest Group), are collaborating with the PCMCIA to support the underlying bus technology used in defining the NEWCARD form factor. PCMCIA will lead the NEWCARD specification development effort.

NEWCARD is targeted for both mobile and desktop system developers and OEMs seeking small form factors and sealed systems for smaller and thinner mobile system designs. The specification is slated for release later this year. Currently, products supporting the specification are scheduled to debut in 2H of 2004.

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