Something New to Replace PC Card
Details surface regarding the next version of the external peripheral connect interface code-named NEWCARDthe replacement for the PC Card slot.Thursday at WinHEC, Brad Saunders, Chairman of the PCMCIA technology association, announced details regarding the next version of the external peripheral connect interface code-named NEWCARDnot a glitzy name, but certainly descriptive. NEWCARD will eventually replace PC Card and CardBus as the card connection on notebooks and other devices. PC Cards (also called PCMCIA cards) and CardBus cards are credit-cardsize modules containing devices like modems, Ethernet adapters, and Wi-Fi adapters that you can plug into a notebook or PC. PC Card is a 16-bit technology and CardBus is 32 bit. The card will be a complete change from the PC Cards currently in use. NEWCARD will interface to the notebook using both PCI Express and USB 2.0 bus technologies and, say proponents, will offer advantages like smaller size, faster throughput, and lower power consumption.
Instead of the typical stacked arrangement of one card on top of the other that PC Cards employ, NEWCARD will use a side-by-side configuration in one bay. Although a two-card bay will be wider than the equivalent PC Card bay, it will also be thinner. With many notebooks slimming down both in size and weight, moving from vertical stacking to this new geometry seems like a good idea.