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Multi-Function Personal Computer Memory Card Industry Association Adapter Card

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111061D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Beatty, DL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is an adapter card having two or more of the functions of Random Access Memory (RAM), of Input/Output (I/O) adapter circuits, and of an application program stored in memory. The card is configured to fit into a standard socket, as defined by the Personal Computer Memory Card Industry Association (PCMCIA).

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Multi-Function Personal Computer Memory Card Industry Association
Adapter Card

      Disclosed is an adapter card having two or more of the
functions of Random Access Memory (RAM), of Input/Output (I/O)
adapter circuits, and of an application program stored in memory.
The card is configured to fit into a standard socket, as defined by
the Personal Computer Memory Card Industry Association (PCMCIA).

      Such a card provides a complete solution for an application
program to be installed in a small computer system having a PCMCIA
standard socket.  Such a system may be otherwise constrained by a
lack of resources, such as RAM memory or disk space.  A need to use
system memory and system disk space is eliminated by making the
application program and supporting software, such as device drivers,
resident on the adapter card, along with the I/O adapter circuits
required by the application.  These programs execute in place on the
card, providing the execute-in-place (XIP) function is supported by
the system.  Applications stored in card memory may be capable of
updating, so that new versions may be installed.

      For example, a card of this type configured for a data
fax/modem application includes I/O adapter circuits specific to this
application, a stored program to be executed for providing this
function, and RAM memory for storing documents waiting to be
processed, such as documents to be transmitted at a later time, when
lower telephone rates prevail.  The...