The PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) has announced a new standard : the ExpressCard. The new ExpressCard is smaller than today’s standards and provides additional compatibility with strategic architectures.
Today’s PCMCIA cards are roughly 85mm long x 54 mm wide. The smaller ExpressCard will come in two physical configurations, the smaller of the two at 75mm long x 34 mm wide. According to the official ExpressCard website, the advantages of the new form factor and technology include:
A Smaller & Faster PC Card Solution.
Suitable for Mobile and Desktop Systems.
Lower System and Card Complexity.
New ExpressCard products are expected over the next several months; like any technology transformation, I expect that we’ll see manufacturers provide slots for both the old and the new card. With the right products, I expect the old cards will be phased out within the next one to two years.