PCMCIA Announces Release 2.0 of ExpressCard

PCMCIA, the leading technology trade association for PC Card™ and ExpressCard® technology, today at CeBIT announced the newest release of the ExpressCard Standard 2.0, the latest version of the standard for high-performance expansion of notebook systems.

This version was updated to accommodate the faster speeds demanded by today's high-performance technologies.

The current ExpressCard Standard supports speeds up to 2.0 Gbit/s.

The new ExpressCard Standard will support transfer rates ranging up to 10 times faster than ExpressCard Standard 1.2, depending on the data protocol used. Some of the applications that benefit from the improved performance are:
  • E-Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (eSATA) adapters for external hard drives;
  • High-performance streaming media/video adapters; and
  • High-performance storage modules such as solid-state drives (SSDs).

The ExpressCard 2.0 Standard will support the latest versions of the PCI Express and SuperSpeed USB specifications with transfer rates of up to 5Gbps.

The ExpressCard 2.0 Standard supports backward compatibility with previously released products.

ExpressCard technology offers a high-performance optional expansion capability that enables users to upgrade their Apple or PC notebooks with applications that were not originally included by the manufacturer or were not available at the time of purchase.

The Standard continues to support the Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.
Current ExpressCard "plug 'n' play" applications include flash memory, WiFi, TV tuners, smart card readers, instrumentation, 3G, 1394A&B (Firewire) and SATA.

ExpressCard and PC Card slots are found in more than 95 percent of consumer notebook computers.