ECA16 PCMCIA PC Card Type II to USB 2.0 Mode ExpressCard 34 Adapter

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multi-card media adapter The ECA16 PCMCIA PC Card Type II to USB 2.0 Mode ExpressCard 34 Adapter allow use of USB based ExpressCards with PC Card equipped computers. USB-mode ExpressCards include: Novatel Wireless Merlin ExpressCards (XU870, EX720, V740), storage media ExpressCards like Datafab's expSSD, simple minded RS-232 host adapters like Synchrotech's EXP34-RS232-01, most ExpressCard to memory card media adapters like Synchrotech's EXP34-ADP-CF2-01, and several others. The ECA16 WILL NOT WORK WITH any ExpressCard using the PCI Express (PCIe) portion of the ExpressCard standard. This is the majority of ExpressCards that do any other than the devices discussed above. Any real host adapter for SATA, FireWire, Ethernet, USB 2.0, etc. WILL NOT WORK WITH the ECA16.

ExpressCards often have high power requirements. PC Card slots are capable of supplying required power, but the ECA16 supplies enough power to guarantee the performance of ExpressCards. Drawing the full 5V, available only to 16-bit PC Cards, ensures ExpressCards aren't effected by performance problems associated with lower power 32-bit adapters. The ECA16 utilizes Elan's VMB5000 chipset and draws only minimal power for itself. Using USB 2.0 technology, the ECA16 supports high speed applications including HSDPA and HSUPA ExpressCards. The ECA16 is designed to fit snugly into PC card slots, with only a minimal protrusion outside of laptops.

Part Number and Description Price Add to Cart
ADP-PCM-EXPUSB ECA16 PCMCIA PC Card Type II to USB 2.0 Mode ExpressCard 34 Adapter
Only works with USB 2.0 mode ExpressCards!
A far superior alternative for 32-bit CardBus Slots
ADP-PCM-EXPUSB2 ExpressAdapt PCMCIA PC CardBus to USB Mode ExpressCard Adapter
Only works with USB 2.0 mode ExpressCards! Requires 32 Bit PCMCIA PC CardBus Slot: [click for info]
$45.00 More Information - View Product Pages

Features and Specifications

CE Mark

Vista Ready

  • PCMCIA Version 2.1/JEIDA 4.1 Compliant
  • 16-Bit PCMCIA PC Card format works in all PC Card PCMCIA slots including CardBus hosts
  • Compatible with all USB-mode ExpressCards including many WLAN, WiMax, 3G (HSDPA and CDMA) and memory
  • Prevents obsolescence purchases of 3G cards, buy an ExpressCard based device for current PC Card equipped notebook, use without ECA16 once notebook is replaced by modern ExpressCard model
  • Comes with drivers for Windows 2000, XP and Vista with support also available for Linux and Mac OSX
  • Uses Elan's proven VMB5000 interface chip for maximum reliability and stability
  • Supplies 20% more power to the ExpressCard than equivalent CardBus products
  • Allows use of USB based ExpressCards between different computers
  • Low profile ExpressCard is inside the PC card slot
Warranty Information
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
Host Card
  • PC Card Type II
Media Accepted
  • USB 2.0 based ExpressCard | 34 form factor (listing)
  • NOT COMPATIBLE with any PCIe based ExpressCards - examples include SATA, FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, etc.
  • NOT COMPATIBLE with ExpressCard | 54 devices
System Requirements
  • Any computer or Card Reader with a PC Card Type II Slot
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista (WHQL approval pending)
  • Known to work, but unsupported under Linux and Mac OS X
Transfer Rate
  • Supports USB 2.0 throughput of 480Mbps
Physical Characteristics
  • Dimensions: 85.6 x 54 x 5mm (not including extended portion of card)
  • Weight: 20g (approximate)
Electrical Characteristics
  • Usage: +5V directly from PC Card socket
  • Power provided to ExpressCard: typical 1.25A @ 3.3V.
  • Power available on both ExpressCard rails (3.3V and 1.5V) if required
Operating Environment
  • Temperature operating : 0° to 70° C
  • Relative Humidity operating: 50% (max.) non-condensing
  • Relative Humidity non-operating: 95% (max.) non-condensing


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W3 Document ADP-PCM-EXPUSB (ECA16) Compatibility Table
Helpful list of cards known to work with the ECA16/ADP-PCM-EXPUSB

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