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|ExpressCard is a hardware standard replacing PC cards (also known as PCMCIA cards), both developed by the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA). The host device supports both PCI Express and USB 2.0 connectivity through the ExpressCard slot, and each card uses whichever the designer feels most appropriate to the task. The cards are hot-pluggable. This is an open standard by ITU-T definition which can be obtained from the ExpressCard website.|
ExpressCard technology is designed to deliver high-performance, modular expansion to both desktop and notebook computers at a lower cost and in a smaller form factor. Users are able to add memory, wired and wireless communications, multimedia and security features by inserting ExpressCard modules into compliant systems.
There are two standard formats of ExpressCard modules:
* the ExpressCard/34 module. (34mm x 75mm)
* the ExpressCard/54 module. (54mm x 75mm)
Both formats are 5mm thick, the same as the Type II PC Card. The standard module length is 75mm, which is 10.6mm shorter than a standard PC Card. Both module formats use the same connector interface.
* A Smaller and Faster PC Card Solution.
* Suitable for Mobile and Desktop Systems.
* Supports USB 2.0 and PCI Express Applications.
* Lower System and Card Complexity.
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