PCI Express to ExpressCard 34|54 Drive Read-Writer with Low Profile Option

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PCI Express to ExpressCard 34|54 Drive Read-Writer with Low Profile Option More Like This This PCI Express to ExpressCard 34|54 Drive Read-Writer with Low Profile Option enables PCIe based desktop computers to utilize ExpressCard applications. The reader accepts both ExpressCard 34 and 54 cards, and is completely transparent to any card inserted. Plug the included USB cable into an available port (preferably internal), plug the reader into an open PCIe slot, and installation is complete! The device itself requires no drivers. The PCIe 1X configuration allows for the full 250MB/s (megabytes) throughput for PCIe based ExpressCards, while the USB 2.0 configuration allows USB 2.0 ExpressCards to operate at their 480Mb/s (megabits) speed. A great way to share devices between modern laptops and desktops, the PCIe to ExpressCard 54 reader is an smart addition for desktop machines. The device comes with both full height and low profile backplane brackets to accomodate both form factors.

Part Number and Description Price Add to Cart
EXP54-CR-PCEIR1-3 PCI Express to ExpressCard 34|54 Drive Read-Writer w/Low Profile Option
Many motherboard/operating system combinations don't accomodate PCIe hot swap for this device
Optional Accessories
EXP34-54SLOTGUARD Synchrotech SlotGuardExpress ExpressCard/34 Stabilizer Insert for ExpressCard/54 Slots More Information - View Product Pages

Features and Specifications


CE Mark

Vista Ready

  • Install in PCI-Express BUS
  • Maximum 2.5 Gbits/sec per port
  • Four onboard voltage indicators
  • Supports ExpressCard 34 and ExpressCard 54 form factors
  • Install into both standard height or low profile systems
  • USB 2.0/1.1 connector and USB 5 pin header for USB host connection
  • Hot swap support on select systems [1], cards can be plugged and unplugged without system power-off or reboot
  • Spring eject mechanism for easy installation of ExpressCard
  • Compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Vista
Warranty Information
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • PCIe ExpressCards 2.5Gbps (per direction) / 500MBps in bidirectional mode
  • USB 2.0 ExpressCards 480Mbps / 60MBps
System Requirement
  • One PCI Express (PCIe 1X) slot
  • One free USB 2.0 port (preferably internal header type)
  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Vista
Package Includes
  • PCIe Host Adapter Card
  • Low Profile Backplane
  • USB type B connector and USB 5Pin pin header for USB host connection
Onboard Voltage Indicators
  • 3.3Vout
  • 1.5Vout
  • Vaux
  • OverCurrent
Physical Dimensions
  • 95 x 12 x 69mm (WDH)
Operating Environment
  • Operating temperature: 0 to 70° C
  • Storage temperature: -25 to 90° C
  • Relative Humidity Operating: 20 to 80% non-condensing
  • Relative Humidity Storage: 15 to 90% non-condensing


[1] NOTE: hot swap or activating the controller requires one of the following conditions
  1. ExpressCard device must be ed into the PCI-E to ExpressCard controller prior to system boot up to activate the controller. Afterwards, ExpressCard can be removed or re with the same or different ExpressCard
  2. Motherboard must have special hardware and the appropriate ACPI firmware incorporated into the BIOS. This firmware, in addition to handle the hardware, must also account for different OS capability. Windows 2000, Windows 2003, and Windows XP are all non PCI-E aware OS and will not support hot swap.
W3 Document Hot swapping PCIe based ExpressCards with PCIe to ExpressCard Drives
Information about Sony/Sandisk's SxS Pro and other PCIe based ExpressCards
W3 Document Can I 'rescan' the PCI expansion slots?
More information about hot swapping capabilities ExpressCards under various operating systems
W3 Document ExpressCard FAQ for ExpressCard 34 and ExpressCard 54
Answers a broad range of ExpressCard questions including form factor, compatibility, etc.
W3 Document Firmware Support for PCI Express Hot-Plug and Windows
Microsoft document on PCIe hot-plug
W3 Document SxS PRO Device Drivers
Information about Sony/Sandisk's SxS Pro ExpressCards

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