ExpressCards are a connection standard for laptops and can be found in most laptops supplied since 2006/07. ExpressCard slots come in 34mm and 54mm widths, all of Brainboxes ExpressCards will fit in either slot. Use our ExpressCard spacer in 54mm slots when you require added physical security.
The cards are hot swappable and can be added or removed without having to turn your PC on or off. Many modern laptops and PCs do not have an ExpressCard Slot in this scenario we recommend our USB to Serial Range.
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The ExpressCard standard define two form factors, the 34mmm wide ExpressCard/34 and the 54mm wide ExpressCard/54.
Whilst the 34mm slot accepts only 34mm cards the 54mm slot accepts both 34mm and 54mm cards. Brainboxes ExpressCard range being 34mm wide will fit into any ExpressCard slot on your laptop computer. For a more secure connection into a 54mm slot a Brainboxes VX-056 ExpressCard spacer can be purchased in conjunction with the card.
As well as being the de-facto expansion standard on the latest laptop ExpressCards slots have been fitted to some desktop PC such as the Lenovo
Brainboxes ExpressCard technology has several advantages over the older PCMCIA card technology, the four main ones being:
- ExpressCards that are about half the size & weight
- ExpressCards give longer battery life by using a lower supply voltage and having improved power management
- ExpressCards offer a better user experience being based upon USB’s leading edge plug and play mechanism.
- ExpressCards are lower cost due to their smaller size and higher integration parts.
ExpressCard to PCMCIA Adapter
There are physical differences between PCMCIA and ExpressCard slots. PCMCIA cannot fit into an ExpressCard slot, and ExpressCards require an adaptor to fit into a PCMCIA slot - Brainboxes PM-200.