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Duel Systems launches line of ExpressCard enclosures

Posted: 23 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:duel systems? methode electronics? expresscard? enclosure? connector?

Duel Systems, a subsidiary of Methode Electronics Inc., has announced the arrival of their new line of ExpressCard enclosures and connectors.

The ExpressCard is available in two sizes - the ExpressCard 34, which is about half the size of a standard PCMCIA card, and the ExpressCard 54, which is slightly smaller than a standard card. Both cards are 5mm thick and can be fitted with extended backs for use with antennas or applications where additional space is needed. The two sizes will fit into a universal slot with one common connector size as a guidance feature built into both slot types ensures proper insertion.

The ExpressCard is hot pluggable with its host receptacle slots and supports both USB 2.0 and PCI Express interfaces. Target applications for the new ExpressCard include wireless and wired communication cards, rotating and solid-state storage devices, and a variety of I/O, security, and flash memory.

Designed with a sturdy, easy to assemble, sonically-welded housing and an integral 26-position beam on blade connector, both the product's frame kit and connector conform to UL specifications.

The ExpressCard specification was developed as the next generation PC card by the PCMCIA Standards Organization and is a smaller and faster alternative to current PCMCIA cards. It is expected to soon become the new standard for portable devices used in both laptop and desktop computers.

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