What is Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA)?


Definition – What does PCMCIA mean?

Personal Computer Memory Card International Association card is an I/O device that connects to a personal computer, usually a laptop and notebook computers. The best and common example of a PCMCIA card is the 28.8 KB modem for notebook computers.

Glossary Web explains PCMCIA

The Personal Computer Memory Card International Association is a trade association founded in 1989 to promote standards for both memory and I/O integrated circuit cards. The PCMCIA 2.1 Standard was introduced in 1993. As a result, computer users can be assured of standard attachments for any peripheral device that follows the standard.

PCMCIA organization consists of more than 500 companies that have developed a standard for a small device known as PC Cards. Originally it is designed for adding memory to portable computers, the standard of the PCMCIA has expanded multiple times and is now suitable for any types of devices. There are in fact three types of PCMCIA cards and all the cards similar rectangular size with different widths.

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