A FAX MESSAGE CARD ARCHITECTURE FOR PAGING
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Mar-11
The PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International) card has become a popular periph- eral for laptops, notebooks, palmtops, and PDAs. The use of PCMCIA cards is varied, ranging from non-volatile memory to RF modems (Motorola NewsCard). The description below specifies a means for supporting Fax Paging/Messaging on multiple platforms (Host machinesPDAs, palmtops, etc.) with a single FaxMessage Card. This eliminates the need to distribute or license software for the host platform. Furthermore, there is no need for third- party vendors to develop software to support the FaxMessage Card. All necessary software is already available for most, ifnot all, host machines. Specifi- cally, commercially available software supporting standard fax modems can be utilized in support of our architecture. The primary benefit is that all unique capabilities and competence offered by the Motorola FaxMessage Card (i.e. hardware and soil- ware) reside in the Motorola product. This assures that the Motorola device (FaxMessage Card) main- tains a high-level ofhost independence and flexibility, application and driver software on each target plat- form (host machine).