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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop Deployment Guide
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PCMCIA is often used to refer the hardware itself, although the term originates from the organization that standardized all possible types of PC cards, the PC Memory Card International Association. In the beginning, PCMCIA only included PC cards (using a 16-bit bus like ISA cards), but later on CardBus cards (using a 32-bit bus) were included. A wide range of PCMCIA hardware is supported in Linux. Linux additionally includes tools for managing PCMCIA.

PCMCIA cards are mainly used in mobile computing for different purposes. Examples include:

  • Ethernet and wireless LAN adapters

  • Bluetooth cards

  • Memory cards (Flash, SRAM, and others)

  • Memory card adapters (SD, MMC, SmartMedia, CompactFlash, MemoryStick)

  • Modems

Most of the card management is silently handled by udev and hotplug. When user interaction is required, you use the pccardctl command. For PCMCIA background information, refer to Section 25.2, PCMCIA in Detail. For details on pccardctl, refer to Section 25.1, Controlling PCMCIA Cards Using pccardctl.

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