PCMCIA vs Express Card

By bytefixer ·
Just curious--

I just bought a laptop; HP DV4 1120US which has an 'express card slot'; is this the same, or compatible with pcmcia cards?

Thanks in advance!

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by ElectraGlideInBlue In reply to PCMCIA vs Express Card

The express card technology is not the same. My Sony has the smaller version (39 mm?) and there is a bigger version (54 mm?). Sony provides and adapter to memory sticks, but I have found little else that utilizes the Express architecture. I hear of video, eSata, USB 3.0 and all types of other connectivity, but the market seems a little bare with offerings. The future maybe?

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Possible conversion?

by bytefixer In reply to Different

I found this after reading your reply...if I'm reading this right, this is actually a host per se that fits physically into the express slot, that can house a pcmcia. Did I read this completely wrong too?


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Thanks again-

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Currently I have not heard of any Adapter

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Possible conversion?

From Express to PCMCIA as these are dramatically different Technologies.

The PCMCIA is a Interface type to the M'Board and the Express allows full access to the FSB at the same speed as the FSB which is considerably faster than PCMCIA.

The down side seems just like USB when Apple first developed this plenty of Slots but piratically nothing to plug into them at the moment.


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Standards Group

by TheChas In reply to Possible conversion?

The web site you found is for the Express Card standards group. This is an industry group that grew out of the old PCMCIA standard.

I did find several Express Card to PCMCIA adapters.

Here is a link to the 2 that Newegg carries.


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