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Card Reader-Writer Memory Product Memory Card Adapter


PCI-Express (PCI-E / PCIe) to PCMCIA CardBus Card Reader/Writer

for
Standard and Low-Profile Desktop Computer (PC and Mac)

 

PCIE-CB110

 

 

This PCI Express (PCIe) to PCMCIA CardBus PC Card Adapter (32-bit PC Card Drive) adds an easy-front-access PCMCIA CardBus PC card slot to desktop computer so users can enjoy the PCMCIA functionality that a laptop computer provides.  This PCIe-to-CardBus card drives fits in any standard and low-profile desktop computers.

Special Note: This PCMCIA CardBus Card Reader does not support hot plug (hot swap)

This PCIe-to-PCMCIA CardBus card reader-writer accepts all kinds of 32-bit PCMCIA CardBus PC cards. Users can install this front-access PCMCIA CardBus card drives in a 3.5" drive bay or a 5.25" drive bay on desktop computer to operate 3G/3.5G Aircard (wireless broadband modem PC Card, all brands & models) for internet connection. Users can also connect other laptop PCMCIA CardBus cards such as Gibabit LAN, TV tuner, CardBus adapter (USB, IEEE1394 a/b Firewire, RS-232 Serial, serial ATA/eSATA, ..), etc. on desktop computers running Windows or Mac OS.  This PCMCIA CardBus card drive has been proved by numerous users as a very economical Panasonic P2 card reader-writer (Note: only on Windows PC; see P2 driver installation instruction).

This card reader-writer works with Microsoft Windows (2000/ Server 2003/ XP & XP 64-bit/ Vista & Vista 64-bit / 7 & 7 64-bit), Mac OS, and other operating systems supporting PCI-E (PCIe).  No driver is required for this CardBus card reader. [However, the CardBus card may need its own driver, please follow CardBus card driver installation steps.]

Part Number (discontinued)
PCIE-CB110

 


Do you need to use your laptop PCMCIA CardBus card on your desktop? This PCI Express (PCIe) to PCMCIA CardBus Adapter is the best solution for adding a front-access PCMCIA CardBus card slot to drives bay of desktop computer, either a 3.5" drive bay or a 5.25" drive bay with an optional 5.25" mounting rack. By installing this PCIe-to-CardBus-Adapter to a desktop computer, it will allow users to connect a 32-bit PCMCIA CardBus PC card to the front panel of a desktop computer so the user can read/write Panasonic P2 card (on Windows only), operate 3G/3.5G Aircard (wireless broadband modem PC Card; all brands & models) and other laptop PCMCIA CardBus cards such as Gibabit LAN, serial ATA/eSATA, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 a/b FireWire, RS-232 Serial, TV tuner, etc. PCMCIA CardBus adapters on desktop computer.

Installation is easy. This product itself requires no drivers on Windows and Mac.  [However, the CardBus card may need its own driver, please follow driver installation steps.]

This PCIe to PCMCIA CardBus PC Card reader-writer works with Microsoft Windows 2000/ Server 2003/ XP & XP 64-bit/ Vista & Vista 64-bit / 7 & 7 64-bit, Mac OS, and other operating systems supporting PCI Express (PCIe).

Package Content

  • PCMCIA CardBus Bay (Card Reader/Writer)
  • Low profile PCI Express (PCIe) Interface Card
  • Standard size and low profile end brackets  [The full-size end bracket (metal back-plate) attached to the low-profile PCIe Interface Card is replaceable (secured with two screws). The full-size metal bracket is for standard desktop computer and the half-size metal bracket is for low profile/ slimline/ small form factor desktop computer]
  • 3 pcs SATA cables  [Each cable is 50 cm (~19 inch) long]
  • Power supply cable
  • Installation guide
  • Screw set

System Requirements

  • One PCI Express (PCIe) expansion slot (X1, X4, X8, or X16) on motherboard.  [Please make sure that the motherboard of your desktop computer is equipped with a PCI Express (PCIe) expansion slot, not the regular PCI expansion slotIf only a PCI expansion slot is available on motherboard, please order PCD-TP-110CS.]
  • One available 3.5" drive bay or 5.25" drive bay on desktop computer. To mount the card reader in the wider 5.25" drive bay, an optional 5.25" drive bay mounting kit is required
  • Windows 2000/ Server 2003/ XP & XP 64-bit/ Vista & Vista 64-bit / 7 & 7 64-bit or Mac OS.
  • Unsupported, but known to work with other operating systems supporting PCIe.
  • For larger size computer, such as mini-tower, the 39-inch cables set is an option if the supplied 50 cm (~19 inch) cables are not long enough.

PCMCIA CardBus Card Accepted 
[32-bit CardBus cards can be distinguished by a gold grounding strip on the end that is inserted into the PCMCIA CardBus slot.]

  • All Type I (3.3 mm thick) and Type II (5 mm thick) PCMCIA 32-bit 3.3V CardBus PC Cards such as Panasonic P2 card (on Windows PC only), wireless broadband modem 3G & 3.5G AirCard PC Card (all brands & models), LAN PC card, video capture PC card, PCMCIA CardBus adapter (USB, IEEE1394 Firewire, eSATA, ...), TV tuner card, and many other 32-bit PCMCIA CardBus PC Cards.  [32-bit CardBus cards can be distinguished by a gold grounding strip on the end that is inserted into the PCMCIA CardBus slot.]
  • Do not support 16-bit PCMCIA PC Card such as DEXIS sensor card, ATA flash card, SRAM card, etc.  [16-bit PCMCIA PC card does not have a gold strip on the end that is inserted into the PCMCIA card slot.]
  • Do not support Panasonic P2 card on Mac [only support Panasonic P2 card and P2 card driver on Windows PC; P2 driver installation instruction]

Features

  • RoHS compliant
  • Adds front-access PCMCIA CardBus card slot to various types of desktop computer
  • Low profile PCIe interface card
  • Both regular size and low profile brackets are provided
  • PCMCIA 32-bit CardBus compliant
  • Do not support CardBus hot-plug
  • Easy Installation, Plug and Play; Enable hot-plug and hot-swap (except for Panasonic P2 Card)
  • No drivers needed on Windows and Mac OS
  • Support Windows 2000/ Server 2003/ XP & XP 64-bit/ Vista & Vista 64-bit/ 7 & 7 64-bit; Mac OS
  • Do not support 16-bit PCMCIA PC card
  • No external power required
  • 1 year warranty and free technical support

Specifications

  • FCC & CE approved
  • Compliant with PCMCIA CardBus standard
  • Compliant with PCMCIA module outline dimension
  • Compliant with one-lane (1X) PCI Express specification
  • Card reader dimension: 3- 15/16" (100 mm) [L] x 4" (101 mm) [W] x 1" (25 mm) [H]
  • PCIe interface card dimension: 2.5" (64 mm) [L] x  1- 3/8" (35.0 mm) [W]
  • PCIe interface card end bracket height: (a) 3.15" (80 mm) for low-profile PC, and (b) 4.75" (121 mm) for standard PC

Optional Accessories

  • 5.25" Drive Bay Mounting Kit

      Part Number Price (US$)
    Color
    Black
    Beige
    NA
    KIT-525BAY 1.99

    Availability: discontinued

     

  • For large size computer, such as mini-tower PC, the 50 cm (~19 inch) SATA cables included in the package are probably not long enough. You may need to purchase 3 longer cables. The 100 cm (~39 inch) long SATA cables are an option.

  Part Number Description Price (US$) NA
CBL-SATA100 39-inch (100 cm) SATA Cable Set [3 cables per set] 3.99

Availability:  discontinued

Warranty & Support:
  • 1 year warranty.
  • Free technical support from Amtron Technology, Inc.

Panasonic P2 Card Driver Installation

  • Insert P2 Card in the card slot of this product PCIE-CB110
  • Start your desktop computer
  • Install the P2 Card Driver supplied by Panasonic.
  • If P2 card driver is not available, please download the correct driver for Panasonic P2 Card from the Panasonic website at https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/cs/csregistp2m/ep2main/pcdriver_e.htm or  https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/cs/csregistp2m/ep2main/. [If Panasonic changes the link, please visit their home page and find the latest download link. Please do not download the driver for camcorders or other devices. You need to download the P2 card driver for Windows PC, not for Mac]
  • Follow the installation procedure described in the P2 Driver Install Manual which can be obtained from the Panasonic website.
  • If the P2 Card driver is not successfully installed. Please install the P2 Card driver manually. Update the driver of the "Mass Storage Controller" (in "Device Manager") with "p2cache.inf", the P2 card can be recognized and its data can be accessed via Windows Explorer 

Note: Since hot-swap (hot-plug) of P2 Card is not supported, after P2 card is ejected, please insert the P2 card in the card slot and restart your computer system for the P2 card to be recognized again.

Hot-Swap (Hot-Plug) Issue

This product, PCIE-CB110, does not support PCMCIA CardBus Card "Hot Swap / Hot Plug".  After you eject the CardBus card from the card slot, you need to restart the computer for the CardBus card to be recognized again.

If you think the lack of "hot swapping" capability is not a concern because either you don't plan to eject the CardBus card often or you can tolerate the inconvenience of restarting computer, you are very welcome to purchase this product. Other than the Hot-Swap issue, this product has been tested and proved to support all kinds of PCMCIA CardBus Card including wireless AirCard, Panasonic P2 card (on Windows PC only), etc.

CardBus Card Driver Installation

  • Please insert PCMCIA CardBus Card (such as AirCard, Panasonic P2 card, etc,) in the card slot of of this product PCIE-CB110
  • Start your desktop computer
  • Install the driver for the inserted CardBus card according to the CardBus card user manual. [The driver is usually provided in the CardBus Card package or could be downloaded from the CardBus Card manufacturer website.]
  • After the CardBus card is recognized by your desktop computer, you can operate the CardBus card the way you operate it in a laptop computer.
  • If you eject the CardBus Card and re-insert it, you need to restart your computer system for the CardBus card to be recognized again.

   
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