Delkin Blog

What Is a PCMCIA Memory Card?

Delkin Devices PCMCIA

 

PCMCIA memory cards have been on the market for over 25 years, but there is still a demand for this legacy product. These memory cards are appropriate for both consumer and industrial grade applications, with industrial designs featuring all of the standards you would expect from a rugged memory solution. In fact, PCMCIA memory cards are so reliable that they are frequently found in military applications, where data loss cannot be tolerated. With capacities of up to 4GB and a long history of successful operation, it’s not surprising that these memory cards are still in use.

 

Where PCMCIA Cards Are Used Today

PCMCIA cards—also simply called PC cards—were introduced in 1990 and were the standard form of memory used in both commercial and industrial applications for a significant period of time. Although new advances have been made in flash memory storage since this form factor was introduced, there are many products still being used that have PC cards. As such, the demand for new PC cards remains high. Today, PC cards can be found in laptops, cell phones, computer joysticks, security tokens, docking stations, and many other consumer applications.

 

Frequently, PC cards are utilized in industrial grade applications. One of the reasons you can find PC cards in so many industrial applications is that industrial grade products are built with controlled bills of material and long life cycles, so PCMCIA cards are there on a legacy basis. They are also valued by industrial application engineers because they are so rugged, reliable, and trusted throughout the industry.

 

The Features of Industrial PCMCIA Cards

Industrial grade PCMCIA cards can operate in temperatures of -40 degrees C up to 85 degrees C, and they can be stored in even more extreme temperatures, ranging from -50 degrees C to 100 degrees C. They have capacities of 128MB up to 4GB. Read speeds are up to 10MB/s and write speeds are up to 6MB/s. Both fixed disk and removable configurations are available.

 

Industrial PCMCIA cards feature SLC NAND flash memory. SLC, or single-level cell, memory provides the highest level of data protection available as well as fast speeds, thanks to the single bit of data that is written per cell.

 

Delkin recognizes the importance of long life cycles for industrial products and offers PCMCIA cards to keep industrial applications functioning. For additional information about industrial grade PC cards and other PATA storage options, contact our technical team.

 

Contact

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Related Posts

Delkin Applications
Top Reasons for Industrial Flash Storage Use in Transportation Applications

  Many modes of transportation including motor vehicles, trains, and aircraft use industrial flash storage...

Life Cycle Management
Technical Success Story: Program/Erase Cycles and SMART Commands

  A challenge faced by application engineers is the concept of balancing reliability and industrial...

Utility+ msata
Solid State Flash Drive SATA

  A solid state flash drive SATA is an SSD that uses the SATA interface....

A Look at Legacy Electronics Memory

  Although conventional wisdom dictates using the newest technology possible, it is not always feasible...

Write Protection

  Purpose of Write Protection Write protection is a feature on flash storage cards and other...

Flash Storage Interface- NAND vs. NVMe

  NAND vs. NVMe- The need for data storage capacity and speed in industrial applications...

Technical Success Stories: Industrial Flash Storage Customization

  “One-size-fits-all does not work for our embedded/industrial high capacity application. Flash storage customization is...

A Look at microSD Memory Suppliers

  Are you looking for reliable, rugged storage for a device used in industrial operating...

Industrial Flash Storage in Flight Data Recorders

Flight data recorders are a key component of aviation safety. Information gleaned from flight...

Technical Success Story: Locked BOM Maximizes Performance and Speed

  A locked BOM, or bill of materials, is one of the key advantages to...