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  External PCMCIA Card Slot Drives with USB plug, for Flash memory cards

  Adaptors: Plug an ExpressCard into a PCMCIA slot, or PCMCIA into ExpressCard slot


Jump to other related pages:
 ExpressCard Slot  to  PCI Express Bus Adaptor

 PCMCIA Serial Cards (RS232, RS422/485)

 PCMCIA Cardbus cards with Firewire IEEE 1394 for Video Capture  

 PCMCIA Slots - PCI Bus PCI to PCMCIA Adapters

Cardbus information
32-bit PCMCIA - a 32-bit 33MHz fast standard for cards.
(PCMCIA bus is 16-bit).

CardBus Info

PCMCIA  Information:
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CardBus to USB converter: Notebooks without a USB port, but with CardBus, can have USB: click here
Cardbus to Firewire IEEE 1394 Firewire: click here   

Cardbus 32-bit: Note that for technical reasons (crosstalk, etc), 32 bit Cardbus slot PCMCIA drives
are not available with front drive bay access, as this would require a ribbon cable to the drive..

Installing the drivers for cards and devices under Windows

It is best to install the driver software before you install the actual hardware
1. Reboot the computer
2. Install the driver.
3. Insert the card into the PCI bus
4. Power on. Take note of the i/o and interrupt the PnP bios gives the card.
5. Boot into Windows
6. Let the cards be detected and let Windows search for the driver.

If you installed the card before installing the drivers:
1. Uninstall the driver, power off, remove the card.
2. Reboot, reinstall the driver.
3. Power off.
4. Reinsert the card into the PCI bus, but in a different slot
5. Power on. Take note of the i/o and interrupt the PnP bios gives the card.
6. Boot into Windows
7. Let the cards be detected and let Windows search for the driver.

Card Adaptors


This adaptor accepts Micro Drive MD, CF-1 and CF-II cards
PCMCIA connection      sdb
Complete Plug and Play
Reads and writes to Compact Flash I/II and Micro Drive
Size of a PCMCIA card
Power from PCMCIA slot - no AC adapter needed

Interface: Type II PC Card (PCMCIA)
Maximum Read / Write Speed: Depends on the speed of the media
Support: Windows 98/98SE, Me, 2000, XP,     Mac OS 8.6 or higher,   Linux kernel 2.4 or higher
Dimensions: 54 mm(W) x 85.6 mm in (L) x 5.0 mm(H)
Weight: 23g (approx.)
Power: +5V from PCMCIA slot
Storage Temperature: -20 °C to + 60 °C
Storage Humidity: 5 - 90%
Warranty: One Year

ADCFPCMCIA PCMCIA to Compact Flash adaptor: $56+GST (or $39+GST for qty 10+)



Do you need to use an old PCMCIA card in a newer laptop with only an ExpressCard slot?

Allows PCMCIA cards to be plugged into computers with ExpressCard slots    zmx
ExpressCard(Host) to CardBus(Device) Adapter, it allows CardBus to be connected into new notebooks with an ExpressCard Slot. It is compatible with most CardBus cards. It also supports 3G, and 3.5G wireless CardBus cards.
Works with all PCMCIA cards.

Does not support 16-bit PCMCIA cards (this includes ATA flash cards) – it only supports 32-bit CardBus cards.
This is because it only has a PCI-PCI bridge chip on it, but not a 16-bit PCMCIA controller.
Mfr site

AEC34-PCMCIA    PCMCIA Slot to ExpressCard,
Requires a laptop with an ExpressCard slot.

Hangs out the side of the laptop.    AEC34-PCMCIA:  $164+GST

External PCMCIA Card Slot Drives, with USB plug

Simulating a PCMCIA (PC Card or CardBus) slot using USB
It is not possible to make a generic PCMCIA drive (slot) with a USB interface to a host computer that would fully comply with the PCMCIA standard. This is because the PCMCIA standard gives much greater access between the CPU and the peripheral device than what USB can give.

So, there is no universal interface between a PCMCIA (PC Card or CardBus) slot  and  a USB port plug, which works with every type of card.
However specialized interface units can be made for particular kinds of card, eg for Flash cards, or for UMTS (3G) DataCards.
This is done by using suitable hardware and firmware in the interface unit to simulate a PCMCIA slot.

   PCMCIA Slot for Flash Memory Cards: see next item

External PCMCIA Card Slot Drives with USB port / SATA port
   for Flash Memory cards

AEPUDDU Addonics Pocket Ultra DigiDrive – Reader/ Writer for PCMCIA,
    with USB 2.0 or SATA interface

The Addonics Pocket UDD (Ultra DigiDrive) is the ultimate reader/writer for PCMCIA hard drive and ATA Flash memory, with USB 2.0/1.1 or the latest 150 Mbytes/sec Serial ATA connection to any Desktop or Notebook computer.  sdbga
[NOT COMPATIBLE with wireless broadband card, Panasonic P2, SRAM, Linear Memory cards]

By using an optional CF DigiAdapter or the Addonics 4-in-1 DigiAdapter, the Pocket UDD can also be used like a regular floppy drive to read/write to other popular Flash media - CF-I, CF-II, Smart Media, Memory stick, Secure Digital Card, Multimedia Card or Micro Drive.
Even the latest XD Card from Fuji and Olympus can now be easily used on your Desktop PC via the XD PCMCIA adapter.

Such versatility together with the flexible interface design, the Addonics Pocket UDD will fast becoming the only Flash reader/writer that any computer will ever need.

· USB 2.0, USB 1.1, or eSATA (with optional eSATA cable)
· Power from USB or optional AC/DC power adapter
· Read and write to PCMCIA hard drive, ATA Flash.*
· Read and write to
    CF-I, CF-II, Smart Memory, Memory Stick, Micro Drive, Multimedia Card, Secure Digital Card and XD Card using optional Flash adapter.

· Complete Plug and Play, but see (1) below.
· USB Bootable from PCMCIA hard drive (depending on system BIOS support)
· Serial ATA Bootable from PCMCIA hard drive
· Up to 480 Mbits/sec (60 MB/sec) data transfer* for USB 2.0, 10 times the speed of USB 1.1

· Up to 1,500 Mbits/sec (150 MB/sec) data transfer for Serial ATA
· USB version works under Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Linux kernel 2.4 and higher
· eSATA version (with optional eSATA cable) works under DOS, Windows 95, NT4.0, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP and Linux Kernel 2.4 and higher.
· RoHS Compliant (except for SATA)

Notes: The Panasonic P2 card is a 32-bit Cardbus device and therefore is not supported with the Pocket UDD.
The Desktop Card Drive, PCI Cardbus/PCMCIA Controller, and ExpressCard Cardbus Adapter all support the Panasonic P2 Card.

(1) Serial ATA hot swap feature works only with controllers basing on Silicon Image chip set from our inhouse testing. Other controllers that are not Silicon Image based may not support hot swap. You may consider adding one of the Addonics Serial ATA host controllers to your systems to ensure the hot swap capability. New controllers from Intel and other suppliers may finally support this feature. Please verify with your controller manufacturer if you need to have hot swap in your application. Hot swap is supported in Windows 2000 and XP only. On other OS, drive can be removed without crashing system. But replacing with a different drive can result in crashing the OS.




USB 2.0,
or eSATA (with optional eSATA cable)

Type of slot:

I/II PCMCIA Card socket

Number of slots


Maximum data transfer rate:
(varies depending on computer hardware and type of media)

480 Mbits/sec (60 MB/sec) with USB 2.0
12 Mbits/sec with USB 1.1

1500 Mbits/sec (150 MB/sec) with SATA

Supported OS

USB 2.0 /1.1

Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, DOS, Linux Kernel 2.4 and higher

Serial ATA
optional extra

DOS, Windows 95, NT4, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Linux kernel 2.4 and higher


4.63 in (W) x 5.4 in (D) x .95in (H)


Direct from USB
Optional AC/DC power adapter


8 oz (approx.) without cable

Storage Temperature:

-20 C to + 60 C

Storage Humidity:

5 - 90%


one year

* maximum data transfer rate depends on type of media. Due to large number of flash memory types and suppliers, actual data transfer rate may also vary from brand to brand.

At the present moment, there is an incompatibility problem with following media: ATA flash with Ricoh or Hitachi controller chip, Viking ATA Flash, Olympus 32 MB XD, Fujitsu HDD Model 8340PA. and Viper 8340PA

System Requirements
· Pentium 200 Mhz or faster
· Minimum RAM 32 MB
· Minimum free hard disk space 10 MB
· One free USB 2.0, USB 1.1 or Serial ATA port
· BIOS supports for USB hard disk boot for the boot function
· One of the following Operating Systems: Windows 98/SE, Me, 2000, XP, Linux kernel 2.4 or higher, Solaris 8.

Note: NOT COMPATIBLE with wireless broadband card, Panasonic P2, SRAM, Linear Memory cards

1-slot versions:

AEPUDDU Basic model, , single slot, USB, without the adaptors is $138+GST     2/16

AEPUDDU9  Addonics Pocket Ultra DigiDrive, single slot version, USB
    – Reader/ Writer for PCMCIA, 9-in-1 – USB 2.0 interface

        with a CF adaptor and SD/MMC/etc adaptor in the package    $199+GST     2/15

4-slot versions:
AE4UDDU9  Addonics Pocket Ultra DigiDriv (including 9-in-1 adaptors), USB   $386+GST     2/15
AE4UDDU  Addonics Pocket Ultra DigiDrive (excluding 9-in-1 adaptors), USB   $285+GST

Optional extra:
To support eSATA, an extra interface cable must be purchased:  AASAC-605E    $67+GST

Also when buying the eSATA adaptor cable, if you want to connect it to an internal SATA port,
it is necessary to buy the ADSAF-ESAM adaptor from SATA to eSATA: $22+GST when ordered with the eSATA cable.

For the 4-slot version, if eSATA is required, four of the AASAC-605E eSATA adaptor cables will be required.
The price for qty 4 or more of AASAC-605E is $51+GST each.

09SH-12IN1 Shintaro 12-in-1 Card Reader

Finally there is a well priced digital camera memory card reader that is compatible with the major digital camera brands including Olympus, Sony and Canon.      lls
The brand new Shintaro 12-in-1 card reader supports 21 different camera types in total.
Featuring super fast USB 2.0 connectivity and a slim compact design, it's one of the most versatile and exciting new products we have seen in ages.

12-IN-1 USB 2.0. Read & Write:
Secure Digital/MiniSD,   MMC/MMCII,   Compact Flash Type 1 & 2,   Microdrive,   Smart Media,   xD Picture card,
Memory Stick/Pro/Duo, (not full size PCMCIA cards).
USB 2.0 Type A to B cable & driver disc included. Suits Win98/SE,ME,2000,XP & MacOS    -1 year warranty.

       09SH-12IN1 Shintaro 12-in-1 Card Reader:  approx. prices: 1: $60+GST    2+: $50+GST

SmartMedia (SSFDC): An ultra-compact flash memory format developed by Toshiba. About the size of CompactFlash, but as thin as a credit card.
The cards can be plugged into a SmartMedia socket,   or into a standard Type II PC Card slot with a PC Card adapter.

WGIPQ-FPC-PC   Compact Flash Card Adapter
Allows a compact flash card, as used in many digital cameras, to be read in a standard PCMCIA drive.    vdr
Just copy the files from the Compact Flash card to your hard drive with Windows Explorer.  WGIPQ-FPC-PC: $25+GST

  Information about Telstra Wireless Networks   (Telstra website)

UMTS (aka 3GSM): Universal Mobile Telecommunications System is one of the third-generation (3G) mobile phone technologies.
It uses W-CDMA as the underlying standard, is standardized by the 3GPP, and represents the European/Japanese answer to the ITU IMT-2000 requirements for 3G Cellular radio systems.
To differentiate UMTS from competing network technologies, UMTS is sometimes marketed as 3GSM, emphasizing the combination of the 3G nature of the technology and the GSM standard which it was designed to succeed. - Wikipedia
EDGE: A change to the radio part of GPRS called EDGE (sometimes called EGPRS or Enhanced GPRS) allows higher bit rates of between 160 and 236.8 kbit/s - Wikipedia.

HSDPA: High-Speed Downlink Packet Access  is a mobile telephony protocol, is a 3G technology, which provides a smooth evolutionary path for UMTS-based 3G networks allowing for higher data transfer speeds.
Current HSDPA deployments support 1.8 MBit/s or 3.6 MBit/s in downlink.
Further steps to 7.2 MBit/s and beyond are planned for the future.

An evolution of the W-CDMA standard, HSDPA achieves the increase in the data transfer speeds by defining a new W-CDMA channel: a high-speed downlink shared channel (HS-DSCH) that operates in a different way from existing W-CDMA channels and is used for downlink communications to the mobile.     More info    - Wikipedia

For PCI bus PCMCIA Slots, jump to separate page:
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PC/104 card drive for PCMCIA cards:

     See PCM-3110 & PCM-3112 on PC/104 page: click here (opens new tab or window)

PCMCIA Cards with Serial ports, Firewire ports IEEE 1394


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