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Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD, The by Andrei Khurshudov

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PC Card Interface (Former PCMCIA)

PC Card interface is an important element of the modern computing systems such as notebooks and subnotebooks, handheld PCs, digital cameras, mobile audio recorders and MP3 players, portable GPS systems, and so on. In the early 1990s, a need for smaller, lighter, and more portable tools for information processing resulted in the birth of the PC card technology.

At first, this interface was called PCMCIA for PC Memory Card International Association. The first standard release (1.0/JEIDA 4.0-1990) defined the 68-pin interface and the Type I and Type II PC Card form factors. The size of the PCMCIA card was defined to be 85 × 54 mm with three different thicknesses of 3.3, 5.0, and 10.5 millimeters for Type I, Type ...

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