PCMCIA System Architecture: 16-Bit PC Cards, 2nd edition

  • Don Anderson

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"The realization of full compatibility and interoperability with PC card technology is built on a thorough understanding of PC card architecture. PCMCIA System Architecture explains this architecture with a systematic approach that is clear and concise"

Michael J. Homic
Engineering Manager, Peripheral Systems Development, Dell Computer Corporation

PCMCIA System Architecture: 16-Bit PC Cards, Second Edition describes PC card hardware and software interfaces and their relationships to overall system design. Developed by the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) and the Japan Electronics Industry Development Association (JEIDA), the PC Card Standard defines a standard hardware and software interface for small removable 16-bit cards. The PC Card Standard also defines a new 32-bit PC Card called CardBus. For more information on this standard, see CardBus System Architecture (Addison-Wesley, 1996). PCMCIA expert Don Anderson provides a comprehensive treatment of the interface including:

  • socket interface

  • card information structure

  • host adapter requirements

  • card electrical interface

  • bus cycle control

  • address translation

  • low voltage support

  • translation of card interrupts

  • card event notification

  • DMA socket interface

  • enabling and configuring PC cards

  • card and socket services

This book also examines an adapter implementation using Cirrus Logic CL-PD6722.

If you design or test software or hardware that involves 16-bit PC cards, PCMCIA System Architecture is an essential, time-saving tool.


Published by Addison-Wesley Professional (September 25th 1995) - Copyright © 1995