Mini PCI

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Mini PCI

Mini PCI is a subset of the PCI interface that uses a significantly smaller card form factor. Supporting only 3.3 volts and 32 bits of the PCI specification, Mini PCI was designed for peripherals such as network adapters in laptops, but also wound up in DVD players, HDTVs and other devices.

Type I, II and III
Type I and II cards have 100 pins, while Type III has 124. Type II cards include RJ-45 connectors on the board, and the card must be housed at the edge of the laptop so the sockets reach the outside. Type I and III cards connect to external RJ-45 sockets by cables. See PCI and Mini PCI Express.


Mini PCI Card
The Type III 124-pin Mini PCI card (60x51mm) from MikroTik (top) is a laptop Wi-Fi card. For size comparison, a PCI Ethernet adapter (middle) and SCSI host adapter are shown. (Top image courtesy of MikroTik, www.routerboard.com)
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By incorporating four PCI Express Mini Card slots, each with a dual SIM card, the box PC supports a full range of wireless interfaces, including GSM (2G), UMTS (3G), LTE (4G) and WLAN.
The module comes in a standard PCI Express Mini Card format.
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The MC5728V is a full-sized card compatible with the PCI Express Mini Card F2 standard, allowing OEM customers more versatility to integrate the module into products that accept either the full-sized or half-sized card.
The Ultra-Mobile Solid State Drive ("UM-SSD") is in the PCIe mini card form factor -- an ideal total storage solution for ultra-mobile, low-cost PC ("UMPC") applications.
The solution can be managed remotely via Digi Connectware Manager or locally through a built-in web interface and can be used with the integrated Sierra Wireless MC5720 PCI Express Mini Card embedded module.
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR)(NASDAQ:- TSX:)(NASDAQ:SW) has debuted a line of voice-enabled PCI Express Mini Card modules that provide integrated network connectivity for a variety of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) devices.
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR ; TSX: SW) and HY-LINE Communication Products today announced that HY-LINE will distribute the MC8755 PCI Express Mini Card embedded module for HSDPA/UMTS networks to original equipment manufacturers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for machine to machine (M2M) and mobile computing applications.
Some 250 Nectar members from 18 partner companies and Loyalty Management UK, which runs the scheme, have been using the mini card since July Among those testing the tag have been Sainsbury's executives, including Justin King.
With the mini card, we have introduced a tool that gives people the ability to make card purchases faster and easier than ever before," says Henry Fulton, consumer card executive, Bank of America.
The mini card can be removed for security or transferred to another PCS 1900, or GSM, phone.
It offers a full-size PCI Express Mini Card slot with mSATA supported on the rear side.