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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008340D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jun-07

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PC card ports are integrated into more and more portable computing devices as more types of memory and I/O PC cards are being developed and offered for sale. There are two basic types of PC card ports, the Type I/II (which holds either a Type I or Type II card and is 5.5 mm thick), and the Type III port which is u.sually configured to hold one Type 111 card or two Type I or II cards (this port is 11 mm thick). PC card Type III ports require the use of significant volume within their host device-basically twice the volume versus a single Type I/II port. This volume can amount to as much as twenty-five percent of the volume for a handheld host device. Moreover, a significant percentage of consumers may never have the need for a Type III port, and they may not want to carry a host device that is "oversized" due to a feature for which they have no use.