Product Releases

Universal Adapter

Tue, 12/18/2001 - 3:47am


Elan's latest PCMCIA to PCI adapter, the P423, is opening up card choice possibilities for end users' desktops. With the market filling up with dedicated card adapters, Elan is leading the way with universal PC Card adapters capable of working not only with Flash memory cards, but also Bluetooth, Wireless LAN cards, and Compact Flash cards amongst others. The increasingly popular new fingerprint recognition cards can also be used with this adapter. In fact, any PCMCIA standard cards will work in the two slots offered on the P423.

The double slot means that the possibility of using at the same time a Wireless LAN card from one manufacturer and a Bluetooth Card from another, becomes a reality. This avoids the customer being tied to one particular card make when the market is constantly coming out with new and better products. Or indeed, being forced to change adapters when a switch to another manufacturer is decided upon.

The P423 is a new design from Elan. The design uses the Texas Instruments TI 1420 controller, deliberately selected because it has been proven to offer the best compatibility across a range of desktop platforms, providing yet more choice for the end user.

This latest adapter design has concentrated on optimised performance, easy 'plug-n-play' installation, and above all on keeping costs at a highly competitive level. There is now little advantage and no benefits to choosing a dedicated card manufacturer adapter as compared to keeping card type and manufacturer options open with the Elan P423.

The P423 is an addition to the popular P Series range of PCMCIA to PCI universal desktop adapters from Elan. The range comprises a number of different models for both PC front bay and rear expansion slots, as well as external units that link to desktops. The range all operate with current MS Windows versions as well as Linux and support all Standard PCMCIA card types.


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