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Beginning in the mid 1990’s as a Sandisk reseller and working with industrial firms to solve their memory storage needs, a relationship quickly developed as solution providers,  engineers and repair technicians were looking to solve the growing need of limited SSD storage.

As Sandisk introduced the PCMCIA card more industries began to integrate this form factor into their designs.  As the PCMCIA card began to find itself in aircraft, tanks and helicopters, mechanics struggled to keep up with the replacement of these storage cards.  When Sandisk discontinued production of PCMCIA cards users looked to other manufacturers to fulfill their requirements.  Companies such as SiliconSystems with their unique licensing agreement with Sandisk offered industrial PCMCIA cards in a variety of configurations.

SiliconSystems offered features such as SiDestroy and SiEarse.  These features would physically destroy the onboard controller and erase all data with no recovery, respectively.

After a few years SiliconSystems was acquired by Western Digital and the PCMCIA cards were discontinued after the acquisition.

It was getting very difficult for maintenance personnel to support their aircraft without these PCMCIA cards.

It is important to mention that with the advent of new technology and new higher capacities small capacity cards such as:


these capacities were no longer produced and available for older equipment as replacement parts.  Older legacy equipment could not recognize newer larger capacity cards due to the limitation in the BIOS.

Recognizing this elimination in supply of smaller capacity PCMCIA Type II ATA PC cards, PCcardsDirect began to offer the a full line of PCMCIA cards from 16MB to 64GB capacities. See…   for a complete list of available PCMCIA cards on the market today and available for purchase.

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Quick Access Recorder 512MB PCcardsDirect Industrial Card

Quick Access Recorder has accepted the PCcardsDirect 512MB industrial flash card part number #PCDATA512MBI.

Please contact [email protected] for additional information.   Higher capacities also available.

Alice 4 polysomnograph PCMCIA Memory card

Alice 4 polysomnograph has accepted the 512MB industrial flash PCMCIA card part number #PCDATA512MBI.

For additional information contact [email protected]

SiliconSystems Cards are they still available?

Since the departure of Sandisk from the PCMCIA arena, SiliconSystems picked up the torch and has been running with it.  However, since the purchase of SiliconSystems by Western Digital, the PCMCIA PC Card form factor is no longer available as SiliconSystems.  So all of those “SSD-P” part numbers are no more.  Now this is not true for the compact flash cards.  Western Digital still offers CF cards.  However this too has changed from the traditional “-3012” suffix to the newer 4000 series.  Engineers still looking for compatible cards are urged to consider the “-S” configuration offer by PCcardsDirect.  This card offers the same controller as those used by the older now unavailable SiliconSystems Company.  Available in fixed and removable bit, engineers and technicians may order a sample to test and QC.  In certain instances software may have been developed to only write to the SiliconSystems card.  In this case changes to the code will have to take place.  For a listing of available card options visit:…


Sandisk and Sewing Machines more in common than you think

Sandisk the leading producer of flash memory also lends a hand to the textile industry.  Many large textile machines have used the Sandisk SDP3BI-16-201-80, 16MB PCMCIA PC Card as storage on industrial textile machines.  Large textile producers in Italy have long used these cards to store and transfer data to and from their equipment.  These industrial rated industrial temperature cards proved to be exceptional work horses.  However, these 16MB 16bit PCMCIA cards are no longer available.  Sandisk discontinued production of these cards some seven years ago, in shift to move in to the retail consumer market.  Sandisk changed their focus from industrial products to retail consumer products.  As can be seen in your local Costco with the pallets and pallets of USB drives offered in bulk.

As production shifted to consumer goods industrial users of these cards where left with a hole in their supply chain.  As today’s new laptops no longer offers a PCMCIA slot, so too has the PCMCIA cards fallen out of  favor with manufactures such as SiliconSystems, Western Digital, and Kingston.  If you are looking to support aircraft, industrial equipment too expensive to upgrade to more traditional SD or Compact Flash cards, consider evaluating the PCMCIA ATA PC Card by PCcardsDirect.  Offering capacities starting at 16MB, PCDATA16MBI, this cards is industrial shock, vibration rated and temperature tested to -40C to +85C.  View the complete offering of Industrial PCMCIA Cards at .