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Accessories for PCMCIA and Compact Flash Cards

To supplement our range of Desktop PCMCIA slots, Cards and Compact Flash products, we offer various accessories that are suitable for home, office, development or production use.

Card Adapters

CA401 4-in-1 card to PCMCIA adapter

CA401

This PCMCIA adapter allows you to use Secure Digital, Multi Media, Memory Stick or Smart Media storage cards in a regular PCMCIA slot.  It has an integrated Flash controller that makes the adapter work like a normal ATA card, with a drive letter, when plugged into your laptop or desktop slot.  No drivers are needed, the card works as a generic storage device.  Using the unique 4-in-1 connector, this single card can support all four different media types.

CA101 Compact Flash to PCMCIA adapter

CA101

To connect your Compact Flash TypeI card into a TypeII PCMCIA slot, use the CA101.  It has complete card guides and the CF card is partly hidden when inserted into the adapter.  The adapter is passive and needs no drivers to make your Flash card appear as a drive letter.  Can also be used for TypeI CF+ I/O cards like the CF232 and CF428.

CA201 - Compact Flash to PCMCIA adapter

CA201

To connect your Compact Flash TypeII or TypeI card into a TypeII PCMCIA slot, use the CA201.  It has card guides and integrated locking connector shield to protect the CF pins.  The adapter is passive and needs no drivers to make your Flash card appear as a drive letter.  Can also be used for TypeII and TypeI CF+ I/O cards like the CF241, CF232 and CF428.  Suitable for use with IBM Microdrives.

Card Extenders

CF2PCE

CF2PCE extender board

The CF2PCE extender board allows PCMCIA cards to be used in Compact Flash TypeI or II slots.  Typically this extender is for use in a development or production environment.  The extender routes all 50 CF signals via pin-headers for DSO or Logic Analyzer connection.  

There is a micro-switch to allow CD1# to be momentarily broken, simulating a card ejection / insertion, and a unique activity LED to show when bus cycles are reaching the card.  All PCMCIA signals that are not part of the CF interface are connected to GND at the PCMCIA connector.

The extender also features a power LED to show when the card is live, and uses a full size TypeI, II or III compatible 3.3v / 5v keyed PCMCIA connector with an ejector lever to make card extraction simple.  The area under the PCMCIA connector is cut away to allow access to the back of an un-framed card.

A four layer PCB with GND flood on all planes ensures excellent signal propagation.  For current consumption measurements, a 2-pin header is provided to allow Vcc to be broken and an ammeter inserted.  Ceramic bypass capacitors at the PCMCIA connector ensure clean Vcc.  Ample GND test points are also provided.

This product can be used with the CA201 to make a CF to CF extender.

PC2PCE

PC2PCE PCMCIA extender board

The PC2PCE extender board allows PCMCIA or Cardbus cards to be tested and debugged in PCMCIA a slot. Typically this extender is for use in a development or production environment. The extender routes all 68 signals via pin-headers for DSO or Logic Analyzer connection.

There is a micro-switch to allow CD1# to be momentarily broken, simulating a card ejection / insertion, and a unique activity LED to show when 16-bit bus cycles are reaching the card.

The extender also features a power LED to show when the card is live, and uses a full size TypeI, II or III compatible 3.3v / 5v keyed PCMCIA / Cardbus connector with an ejector lever to make card extraction simple.  The area under the PCMCIA connector is cut away to allow access to the back of an un-framed card.

A four layer PCB with GND flood on all planes ensures excellent signal propagation.  For current consumption measurements, a 2-pin header is provided to allow Vcc to be broken and an ammeter inserted.  Ceramic bypass capacitors at the PCMCIA connector ensure clean Vcc and Vpp.  Ample GND test points are also provided.

This product can be used with the CA201 to make PCMCIA to CF extender.

Support Software

CardWizard Logo

To support PCMCIA cards in the Microsoft Windows NT4 operating system can be troublesome, and there is no native support for hot-swapping.

SystemSoft's CardWizard package offers a complete Card and Socket Services solution that allow cards to be used in NT4 using full Plug-n-Play configuration, resource allocation and hot swapping.  CardWizard is highly recommended if you want to use an Elan P-Series in a desktop running Windows NT4.

Simple configuration and intuitive status panels make CardWizard a breeze to use.  It has been industry tested over many years and works with just about any card including ATA, Modem, LAN, WLAN, Data Acquistion, Serial, Parallel etc etc.  It can also work with non-generic cards if they ship with an NT4 device driver from the card vendor that supports dynamic startup.