Vector Drives
for Desktop PCs

PCMCIA, CardBus, ExpressCard Drives for the PCI/PCIe bus

With the Vector Drives the following PC card formats respectively standards can be operated in a desktop PC or server:

  • CardBus
  • ExpressCard

The drives need a free PCI or PCIe slot. The PCMCIA Drive and the ExpressCard Drive require additionally a free 3.5’’ drive slot in the PC housing.


The Vector PCMCIA and CardBus Drive include the PCI CardBus controller chip 1420. This enables either the simultaneous operation of two 8 or 16 bit compatible PCMCIA cards of type I or type II or the operation of one PCMCIA card of type III. 32 bit CardBus cards are only supported by the Vector CardBus Drive. 
The Vector ExpressCard drive supports data transfer rates of up to 5 Gbit/s. With this drive it is possible to operate cards according to ExpressCard standard with 34 mm and 54 mm size. Dependent on the desktop PC the drive supports the Hot Swap functionality. The drive needs no additional driver.
Combining Vector software tools, PC cards (e.g. CANcardXL), the Vector Drives, and a desktop PC, the user gets a professional system for measurement, analysis, and emulation.


Vector PCMCIA respectively CardBus Drive

The drives include two independent PCMCIA slots. 
Supported PC cards:

  • Slot 1: type I, II, III
  • Slot 2: type I, II

As the slots have voltage identification, the PCMCIA cards can be used with a supply voltage of 3.3 V as well as 5 V. The PCI plug-in card is compatible with PCI 2.2.

Vector ExpressCard Drive

The drive includes one ExpressCard slot. 
Supported PC cards:

  • ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54
  • PCIe ExpressCard or USB2.0 ExpressCard

Please see also the Application Note "ExpressCard Hot-Plug".

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