Re: [NTLK] PCMCIA adaptor for SD Memory

From: James Nichols <>
Date: Thu Jun 08 2006 - 03:56:05 EDT

A "bus" is simply a collection of wires - in this case they were
referring specifically to the wiring that makes up a PCMCIA (aka PC
Card) slot, not Cardbus. Every PCMCIA card that I know of draws it's
power from the host device (newton, laptop etc.) through the card
slot, which can provide 3.3v, 7v and .. 12v(?) power I believe.

Paul's ATA Support software is needed to read ATA flash cards on a
newton. The most common of these being CF cards. The setup tools
included as part of the ATA Support will have you format and
partition the memory card once you place it in your newton ( assuming
they work with this particular adapter), so you don't need to do
anything to the card to prepare it.

  J. Tyler

On Jun 7, 2006, at 10:20 PM, Andrei Chichak wrote:

>> 1. Will the following adaptor work with my 21k: http://
>> Adapter.html ?
> I wonder... The last line of the device description says "PC Card bus
> powered; no external power cords required." Newts won't do Card bus.
> But if you go to the Transcend website it looks
> like the card is just PCMCIA/PC card, not CardBus.
>> 2. How do I erase the old SD Memory card so it will write Newton
>> info onto it?
> SD cards use a hardware communications method called SPI. The device
> you have found takes the SPI and makes it look like an ATA flash
> card, so you would use the Newton ATA flash drivers to erase the card.
> For 20 bucks it's worth a try.
> Andrei

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