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In computing, PC Card is a configuration for computer parallel communication peripheral interface, designed for laptop computers. Originally introduced as PCMCIA, the PC Card standard as well as its successors like CardBus were defined and developed by the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA).

It was originally designed as a standard for memory-expansion cards for computer storage. The existence of a usable general standard for notebook peripherals led to many kinds of devices being made available based on its configurability, including network cards, modems, and hard disks.

  • 1 History
  • 2 Summary
  • 3 Name
  • 4 Card types
    • 4.1 Type I
    • 4.2 Type II
    • 4.3 Type III
    • 4.4 Type IV
    • 4.5 CompactFlash
  • 5 Card information structure
  • 6 CardBus
  • 7 CardBay
  • 8 Descendants and variants
  • 9 Technological obsolescence
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

The PCMCIA 1.0 card standard was published by the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association in November 1990 and was soon adopted by more than eighty vendors.[1] [2] It corresponds with the Japanese JEIDA memory card 4.0 standard.[2]

SanDisk (operating at the time as "SunDisk") launched its PCMCIA card in October 1992. The company was the first to introduce a writeable Flash RAM card for the HP 95LX (the first MS-DOS pocket computer). These cards conformed to a supplemental PCMCIA-ATA standard that allowed them to appear as more conventional IDE hard drives to the 95LX or a PC. This had the advantage of raising the upper limit on capacity to the full 32M available under DOS 3.22 on the 95LX.[3]

Newegg credit card applicationType II PC Card: IBM V.34 data/fax modem, manufactured by TDK

It soon became clear that the PCMCIA card standard needed expansion to support "smart" I/O cards to address the emerging need for fax, modem, LAN, harddisk and floppy disk cards.[1] It also needed interrupt facilities and hot plugging, which required the definition of new BIOS and operating system interfaces.[1] This led to the introduction of release 2.0 of the PCMCIA standard and JEIDA 4.1 in September 1991,[1][2] which saw corrections and expansion with Card Services (CS) in the PCMCIA 2.1 standard in November 1992.[1][2]

Many notebooks in the 1990s had two adjacent type-II slots, which allowed installation of two type-II cards or one, double-thickness, type-III card. The cards were also used in early digital SLR cameras, such as the Kodak DCS 300 series. However, their original use as storage expansion is no longer common.

The PC Card port has been superseded by the ExpressCard interface since 2003, though some manufacturers such as Dell continued to offer them into 2012 on their ruggedized XFR notebooks.[4]

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Xircom RealPort (top) type III and

3Com (bottom) type II.

As of 2013[update], some vehicles from Honda equipped with a navigation system, such as the Honda Civic, the Honda CR-Z the Honda Fit, and the Honda Insight, still include a PC card reader that is integrated into the audio system.

Some Japanese brand consumer entertainment devices such as TV sets include a PC Card slot for playback of media.[5]

Newegg credit card applicationA Sharp TU-32GAX media receiver with a PC Card slot.

  • PC Card = PCMCIA Card (older name): 16-bit or 32-bit
  • PC Card 32-bit version = Cardbus (alternative name)
  • 16-bit vs. 32-bit: 32 bit includes DMA or bus mastering, 16-bit does not
  • Types I–III:
  • PC Card was superseded by ExpressCard in 2003.

PCMCIA stands for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, the group of companies that defined the standard. This acronym was difficult to say and remember, and was sometimes jokingly referred to as "People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms".[6] To recognize increased scope beyond memory, and to aid in marketing, the association acquired the rights to the simpler term "PC Card" from IBM. This was the name of the standard from version 2 of the specification onwards. These cards were used for wireless networks, modems, and other functions in notebook PCs.

All PC Card devices use a similar sized package which is 85.6 millimetres (3.37 in) long and 54.0 millimetres (2.13 in) wide, the same size as a credit card.[7] The shape is also used by the Common Interface form of conditional-access modules for DVB broadcasts, and by Panasonic for their professional "P2" video acquisition memory cards.

The original standard was defined for both 5 V and 3.3 volt cards, with 3.3 V cards having a key on the side to prevent them from being inserted fully into a 5 V-only slot. Some cards and some slots operate at both voltages as needed. The original standard was built around an 'enhanced' 16-bit ISA bus platform. A newer version of the PCMCIA standard is CardBus (see below), a 32-bit version of the original standard. In addition to supporting a wider bus of 32 bits (instead of the original 16), CardBus also supports bus mastering and operation speeds up to 33 MHz.

Cards designed to the original specification (PCMCIA 1.0) are type I and feature a 16-bit interface. They are 3.3 millimetres (0.13 in) thick and feature a dual row of 34 holes (68 in total) along a short edge as a connecting interface. Type-I PC Card devices are typically used for memory devices such as RAM, flash memory, OTP (One-Time Programmable), and SRAM cards.

Type-II and above PC Card devices use two rows of 34 sockets, and feature a 16- or 32-bit interface. They are 5.0 millimetres (0.20 in) thick. Type-II cards introduced I/O support, allowing devices to attach an array of peripherals or to provide connectors/slots to interfaces for which the host computer had no built-in support.

For example, many modem, network, and TV cards accept this configuration. Due to their thinness, most Type II interface cards feature miniature interface connectors on the card connecting to a dongle, a short cable that adapts from the card's miniature connector to an external full-size connector. Some cards instead have a lump on the end with the connectors. This is more robust and convenient than a separate adapter but can block the other slot where slots are present in a pair. Some Type II cards, most notably network interface and modem cards, have a retractable jack, which can be pushed into the card and will pop out when needed, allowing insertion of a cable from above. When use of the card is no longer needed, the jack can be pushed back into the card and locked in place, protecting it from damage. Most network cards have their jack on one side, while most modems have their jack on the other side, allowing the use of both at the same time as they do not interfere with each other. Wireless Type II cards often had a plastic shroud that jutted out from the end of the card to house the antenna.

In the mid-90s, PC Card Type II hard disk drive cards have become available; previously, PC Card hard disk drives were only available in Type III.[8]

Type-III PC Card devices are 16-bit or 32-bit. These cards are 10.5 millimetres (0.41 in) thick, allowing them to accommodate devices with components that would not fit type I or type II height. Examples are hard disk drive cards,[7] and interface cards with full-size connectors that do not require dongles (as is commonly required with type II interface cards).

Type-IV cards, introduced by Toshiba, have not been officially standardized or sanctioned by the PCMCIA. These cards are 16 millimetres (0.63 in) thick.

CompactFlash is a smaller dimensioned 50 pin subset of the 68 pin PC Card interface. It requires a setting for the interface mode of either "memory" or "ATA storage".

The card information structure (CIS) is information stored on a PC card that contains information about the formatting and organization of the data on the card.[9] The CIS also contains information such as:

  • Type of card
  • Supported power supply options
  • Supported power saving features
  • Manufacturer
  • Model number

When a card is unrecognized it is frequently because the CIS information is either lost or damaged.

CardBus are PCMCIA 5.0 or later (JEIDA 4.2 or later) 32-bit PCMCIA devices, introduced in 1995 and present in laptops from late 1997 onward. CardBus is effectively a 32-bit, 33 MHz PCI bus in the PC Card design. CardBus supports bus mastering, which allows a controller on the bus to talk to other devices or memory without going through the CPU. Many chipsets, such as those that support Wi-Fi, are available for both PCI and CardBus.

The notch on the left hand front of the device is slightly shallower on a CardBus device so, by design, a 32-bit device cannot be plugged into earlier equipment supporting only 16-bit devices. Most new slots accept both CardBus and the original 16-bit PC Card devices. CardBus cards can be distinguished from older cards by the presence of a gold band with eight small studs on the top of the card next to the pin sockets.

The speed of CardBus interfaces in 32-bit burst mode depends on the transfer type: in byte mode, transfer is 33 MB/s; in word mode it is 66 MB/s; and in dword (double-word) mode 132 MB/s.

CardBay is a variant added to the PCMCIA specification introduced in 2001. It was intended to add some forward compatibility with USB and IEEE 1394, but was not universally adopted and only some notebooks have PC Card controllers with CardBay features. This is an implementation of Microsoft and Intel's joint Drive Bay initiative.

The interface has spawned a generation of flash memory cards that set out to improve on the size and features of Type I cards: CompactFlash, MiniCard, P2 Card and SmartMedia. For example, the PC Card electrical specification is also used for CompactFlash, so a PC Card CompactFlash adapter need only be a socket adapter.

ExpressCard is a later specification from the PCMCIA, intended as a replacement for PC Card, built around the PCI Express and USB 2.0 standards. The PC Card standard is closed to further development and PCMCIA strongly encourages future product designs to utilize the ExpressCard interface. From about 2006 ExpressCard slots replaced PCMCIA slots in laptop computers, with a few laptops having both in the transition period. Much expansion that formerly required a PCMCIA card is catered for by USB, reducing the requirement for internal expansion slots; by 2011 many laptops had none.

ExpressCard and CardBus sockets are physically and electrically incompatible.[10] ExpressCard-to-CardBus and Cardbus-to-ExpressCard adapters are available that connect a Cardbus card to an Expresscard slot, or vice versa, and carry out the required electrical interfacing.[11] These adapters do not handle older non-Cardbus PCMCIA cards.

Adapters for PC Cards to Personal Computer ISA slots were available when these technologies were current. Cardbus adapters for PCI slots have been made. These adapters were sometimes used to fit Wireless (802.11) PCMCIA cards into desktop computers with PCI slots.[12]

Some IBM Thinkpad laptops took their onboard ram (in sizes ranging from 4-16M in the factor of a DRAM Card. While very similar in form-factor, these cards did not go into a standard PC Card Slot, often being installed under the keyboard, for example. They also were not pin-compatible, as they had 88 pins but in two staggered rows, as opposed to even rows like PC Cards.[13]

PCMCIA is mostly no longer used for laptops (or elsewhere), nor is its successor. Now mostly used are external devices instead of these internal cards, such as connected by USB, that use serial communication, or in rare cases PC Card's successor ExpressCard (also serial, while the parallel form of communication is much less used than previously for most standards, with the PC Card about the last holdout).

USB devices are available for almost all functions the PC Card originally provided. The ExpressCard, which replaced the PC Card, contains a PCIe 1x and a USB interface. Cardbus devices can be plugged into an ExpressCard adaptor having a PCI-to-PCIe Bridge.

  • Conditional-access module (CAM)
  • ExpressCard
  • List of device bandwidths
  • USB for mobile modems
  • Zoomed video port
  • CableCARD
  1. ^ a b c d e Strass, Hermann (1994). PCMCIA optimal nutzen [Using PCMCIA optimally] (in German). Franzis-Verlag GmbH, Poing. ISBN 3-7723-6652-X. &-783772-366529. 
  2. ^ a b c d Mielke, Bernd (1997). PC-Card Anwender-Lösungen [Solutions for PC Card users] (in German). Franzis-Verlag GmbH, Feldkirchen. ISBN 3-7723-4313-9. &-783772-343131. 
  3. ^ "HP Palmtop Paper" (PDF). 
  4. ^ "Latitude E6400 XFR", Enterprise, US: Dell .
  5. ^ [1] Pioneer PRO-1130HD information page, Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  6. ^ Clark, Scott H; Norton, Peter (2002). Peter Norton's new Inside the PC. Indianapolis: SAMS. p. 33. ISBN 0-672-3228&-7. 
  7. ^ a b Mueller, Scott (1999). Upgrading and repairing PCs (11th ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Que. pp. 1236–41. ISBN 0-78&7-1903-7. 
  8. ^ Infoworld, October 10, 1994, Page 44, “Maxtor drive adds to portable options, MobileMax Lite will ship in ‘95”
  9. ^ Linux PCMCIA Programmer's Guide
  10. ^ "PCMCIA Frequently Asked Questions". 
  11. ^ " product search results for CardBus ExpressCard". 
  12. ^
  13. ^

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  • Understanding PC Card, PCMCIA, Cardbus, 16-bit, 32-bit.
  • PCMCIA official website at the Wayback Machine (archived August 22, 2008)
  • Linux PCMCIA Information Page (kernel 2.4 and earlier)
  • Linux Kernel 2.6 PCMCIA
  • PCMCIA/CardBus Linux Status Survey
  • PCMCIA pinout
  • PCMCIA (PC Card) pinout and signals
  • Simple FAQ on PCMCIA & PC Card
  • PC Card on FreeBSD
  • pccard(4) - FreeBSD manpage
  • pccard(4) - FreeBSD implementation
  • Memory card reader
  • Comparison of memory cards
  • SD Card and MultiMediaCard family comparison

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  • CompactFlash (CF, CFast)
  • Express Card
  • MultiMediaCard (MMC)
  • Memory Stick (MS, MS-PRO, MS-PRO HG, MS-XC)
  • miCard
  • Microdrive (MD)
  • MiniCard
  • P2 (MicroP2)
  • PC Card (PCMCIA, CardBus, CardBay)
  • Secure Digital (SDSC, SDHC, SDXC)
  • SmartMedia (SM)
  • SxS
  • Universal Flash Storage (UFS)
  • USB
  • xD-Picture
  • XQD
  • v
  • t
  • e
  • System bus
  • Front-side bus
  • Back-side bus
  • Daisy chain
  • Control bus
  • Address bus
  • Bus contention
  • Network on a chip
  • Plug and play
  • List of bus bandwidths
  • SS-50 bus
  • S-100 bus
  • Unibus
  • MBus
  • STD Bus
  • SMBus
  • Q-Bus
  • Europe Card Bus
  • ISA
  • STEbus
  • Zorro II
  • Zorro III
  • LPC
  • HP Precision Bus
  • EISA
  • VME
  • VXI
  • VXS
  • NuBus
  • TURBOchannel
  • MCA
  • SBus
  • VLB
  • PCI
  • PXI
  • HP GSC bus
  • InfiniBand
  • UPA
  • PCI Extended (PCI-X)
  • AGP
  • PCI Express (PCIe)
  • Direct Media Interface (DMI)
  • RapidIO
  • Intel QuickPath Interconnect
  • HyperTransport
  • ST-506
  • ESDI
  • IPI
  • SMD
  • Parallel ATA (PATA)
  • SSA
  • DSSI
  • Serial ATA (SATA) / eSATA(p) / mSATA
  • SCSI
  • Parallel SCSI
  • SAS
  • Fibre Channel
  • SATA Express
  • NVMe (M.2 / U.2 / PCIe)
  • Apple Desktop Bus
  • HP-IL
  • HIL
  • MIDI
  • Multibus
  • RS-232
  • RS-422
  • RS-423
  • RS-485
  • DMX512-A
  • IEEE-488 (GPIB)
  • IEEE-1284 (parallel port)
  • UNI/O
  • ACCESS.bus
  • 1-Wire
  • D²B
  • I²C
  • SPI
  • Parallel SCSI
  • Profibus
  • USB
  • IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
  • Camera Link
  • External PCIe
  • Thunderbolt
  • ADAT Lightpipe
  • AES3
  • Intel HD Audio
  • I²S
  • MADI
  • McASP
  • S/PDIF
  • Multidrop bus
  • CoreConnect
  • AMBA
  • Wishbone
  • SLIMbus

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Customers of Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo and other major Visa-issuing banks are frequent targets of this scam. Make sure you understand how it works so that you can avoid becoming a victim!

If you’re not familiar with Verified by Visa, it is a free feature that allows you to add an extra layer of security for online shopping with your credit card. Here’s how it works:

1. Activate the feature

This can be done either through your bank’s website or on a participating merchant’s website, below is a screenshot of the latter.

2. Use the extra password when shopping

This password adds an additional level of authentication when you use your Visa credit card online at participating merchants.You will be required to enter it in addition to the all the information you normally provide (account number, expiration and security code). The drawback, however, is that a significant number merchants don’t participate in the program. It’s mainly some of the big national retailers that are in the program. It’s really a great service but unfortunately, like anything on the internet, some bad actors have gotten involved and started to ruin things for everyone.

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The Verified by Visa scam has been sweeping the net for a few years now and just doesn’t seem to go away. It’s phishing scam that usually goes something like this:

You receive an official-looking bank email

An urgent and very legitimate looking email shows up in your inbox from the bank that issues your Visa credit card stating that you need to enter your login credentials to verify your account. Even if the email address is from a,, etc. that does not mean it’s legit. Scammers can forge the address field to have it say whatever they want. If you hover your cursor over the official looking return address you’ll see a different masked address popup. That will verify that it’s from a fraudulent source.

This is an example of an actual scam email:

“Your Bank of America card has been automatically enrolled in the Verified by Visa programme. To ensure your Visa card’s security, it is important that you protect your Visa card online with a personal password. Please take a moment, and activate for Verified by Visa now.”

You are sent off to the fake website

Upon clicking on the link in the email to activate/setup the service, you are re-directed to a dummy website which is designed to look like it’s authentic Visa or bank website.

Once there, the fake site will ask for your account information and possibly other private data like your Social Security, address, and more in order to setup Verified by Visa. Of course what they’re really doing is just tricking you into entering this information so they can exploit it.

It’s highly unlikely the scammer knows your bank! One of the reasons people fall for this scheme is because the bank or credit card company listed in the fake email might be identical to the one they’re using, which makes it seem even more authentic. However the truth is this is nothing but a numbers game for the scam artists – they send out tens of millions of emails using the names of big banks, because they know at least X% of those recipients will indeed be customers of the given bank. Many large banks like BofA have tens of millions of customers, so there’s a very high probability for these scammers to find their marks without much effort. This is why the Chase and Bank of America Verified by Visa scams seem to be the most common… they are the two largest banks in the U.S. so the crooks frequently target their names.

Neither Visa nor your bank will ever send you emails like this, so if you receive one with a link asking you to setup the service, it is a scam for sure.

In order to avoid falling victim, you should only access your bank by typing in their official address in the URL bar (i.e. type in Once on the site, make sure there is an “s” after the http – that means the site is using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology (and all banks are required to use that by law).

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Whether it’s setting up the Verified by Visa service or just general account management, always access the credit card issuer’s website directly through the address bar and NOT through a link in an email (this advice really applies to all of your online accounts, not just your card issuer). You should never respond to an email by clicking an embedded link in order to address some issue that is claimed within the message. Always close the email and verify that the issue exists by going directly to the website in question or by calling the bank or company involved. So, if you do receive a suspicious-looking email purporting to be from your bank go directly to the bank’s secure website – they will have an address you can forward it to (like [email protected]) to in order for their fraud investigators to review.

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