Actiontec Electronics has announced availability of the industry’s first combination modem/Network Interface Card based on the new Mini-PCI form factor.
Using the company’s own PCI-to-PCI bridge chip, the tiny new card can be plugged directly onto the system board of notebook computers. The new Mini-PCI Combo Card combines a high performance 32-bit 10/100BaseTX Ethernet LAN interface with a 56k-capable V.90 modem based on Actiontec’s DataLink V.90/K56flex Fax/Modem.
The Mini-PCI card eliminates the need of users to sacrifice a valuable PC card slot to stay connected to their corporate LAN or to the Internet. At only 1.8-by-2.75-by-0.22 inches the new card is smaller than an ordinary credit card.
The mini-PCI specification is the result of collaboration among leading computer companies and suppliers including Compaq, Dell, Gateway, Hitachi, IBM, Micron and Toshiba.
Actiontec can be reached via the Internet at http://www.actiontec.com.