PCMCIA (Was: The origin of the phrases ATA and IDE [WAS:RE: formatting

Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Tue Oct 3 18:25:30 CDT 2017


>> Q: was the card slot in the Poqet "PCMCIA"? ("People Can't Memorize
>> Computer Industry Acronyms"  ("Personal Computer Memory Card Industry
>> Association", for those who want more formality))
>> Maybe later ones were, but the first ones were just "card slot" "that
>> happened to match PCMCIA when that came out
>>
>
On Tue, 3 Oct 2017, Warner Losh wrote:
> PC Cards, defined by the PCMICA standards body, appeared to always be
> called that.

The slots in the Poqet predate the PCMCIA specification.
In the original release, Poqet NEVER mentioned "PCMCIA".
It seems likely/obvious? that the Poqet engineers worked from a 
pre-release version of the spec, but they scrupulously avoided mentioning 
that until after PCMCIA became "official"

They do seem the same as PCMCIA Type1, Rev1/0, other than that the Poqet 
calls for cards that can handle lower voltage, and only work with SRAM 
and ROM cards.  The Poqet can NOT use a PCMCIA modem, SCSI interface, etc.
The one that the CIS department at the college bought came with a ROM card 
of Lotus!  When the Poqet was sent back to Fry's for repairs soon after, 
the Lotus card "disappeared" at Fry's.


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