Mini PCI Express


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Mini PCI Express

A small version of the Mini PCI peripheral interface for laptops and mobile devices. Using PCI Express signaling, Mini PCI Express (mPCIe) was originally designed for graphics cards and other peripherals but was later used for storage. The cards plug directly into the motherboard. Introduced in 2002, Mini PCI Express was superseded by M.2 (see below). See PCI Express, PCI and Mini PCI.


Mini PCIe (mPCIe) - Card and Motherboard
The Mini PCI Express card from Telit (top) is a cellular modem, while the compact ITX motherboard (bottom) has one side-facing slot. (Images courtesy of Telit, www.telit.com and Jetway Information Co. Ltd., www.jetwayipc.com)


Mini PCIe (mPCIe) - Card and Motherboard
The Mini PCI Express card from Telit (top) is a cellular modem, while the compact ITX motherboard (bottom) has one side-facing slot. (Images courtesy of Telit, www.telit.com and Jetway Information Co. Ltd., www.jetwayipc.com)







Mobile Form Factors
The 480GB SSD (top) is an mSATA card. Although mSATA cards are physically the same as the 31x50mm 52-pin mPCIe cards, they are electrically different. The 960GB SSD (bottom) uses the next-generation 67-pin M.2 interface, which supports both SATA and PCI Express. See mSATA and M.2.
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1 -- Telit Wireless Solutions (AIM: TCM), a leading global provider of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and value-added services, today introduced a Mini PCI Express card with an embedded M2M module designed for industrial applications.
Onboard mini PCI Express 802.11n WiFi provides lightning-fast network connectivity free of wires while onboard Gigabit Ethernet provides network transfers with speeds up to 1000Mbps for those that prefer to have wires.
The new standard takes up the same space in a system and the same physical connector as Mini PCI Express, though with different technology behind the hardware, said Knut Grimsrud, chairman of SATA-IO and Intel's director of storage architecture.
They both support a Mini PCI Express expansion slot.
Moreover, one full-size PCI Express mini card with mSATA supported and one half-size mini PCI Express mini card.