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INTERWORLD Electronics has released Quatech's new line of CompactFlash serial cards. These small-size serial cards provide robust functionality including industry-leading speeds, advanced power conservation features, and an extensive driver set.

They are suitable for mobile computing applications including retail POS, field data collection, industrial monitoring and control, and office automation.

Most handheld and tablet PCs do not ship with serial ports, and these ports are becoming increasingly scarce on laptop computers as well. CompactFlash (CF) is often the best expansion option for these small devices.

Quatech's new line includes a one port RS232 serial CF card (SSCF-100), a two port RS232 serial CF card (DSCF-100), and a one port RS422/485 serial CF card (SSCF-200/300).

These additional ports can be used to connect to a wide variety of serial peripheral equipment including GPS receivers, barcode scanners, card readers, touch screens, printers, digital cameras, fax/modems, test stands, CNC machines and PLCs.

Quatech's new serial CF cards provide high speed serial connectivity, up to 921.6 kbps - an eight-fold improvement over the 115.2 kbps provided by a typical, non-optimised serial port.

These cards can be used in any handheld, PDA, tablet, laptop or notebook computer with a CompactFlash slot. They can also be used in standard PCMCIA slots using a CF adapter card (not included). The cards are compatible with both 3.3V and 5V systems.

Quatech CF cards are small, light and have low power requirements, including a special feature that automatically reduces power consumption when terminal equipment is not connected.

Single port cards provide ESD protected serial ports. Two port cards provide ±50V dc isolation for each port. All are housed in a sturdy metal case and have a convenient removable connector cable.

To ensure reliable connectivity in extreme environments, the single port RS232 model is also available with a ruggedised attached cable (SSPR-100).

The cards are supported under Windows CE and Pocket PC, making them suitable choices for the most popular handheld devices. Support is also provided for Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP and DOS, enabling the cards to be used with most tablet, laptop, and desktop PCs as well.

All Quatech CompactFlash cards are covered by a 5-year limited warranty.

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