CF Serial Card provides 5 V client supply.

Press Release Summary:

Providing RS232 connection, Model CF500 allows serial devices that require full 5 Vdc to be run from portable hosts, such as PDAs, which usually only supply 3.3 V through compact flash bus. Even when host input voltage is 3.3 V, card offers steady 5 V at 100 mA on pin 9, meaning peripherals can be powered without additional supply. Card automatically configures to become another COM port by using built-in OS drivers optimized for Windows, LINUX, and Mac.

Original Press Release:

Elan Digital Launches CF Serial Card with 5 Volt Client Supply

FAREHAM, UK: Elan Digital, experts in interface card innovation, have just launched their CF500 card offering an RS232 connection with constant 5V power output. This serial card allows serial devices which require the full 5V DC to be run from portable hosts, such as PDAs, which usually only supplies 3.3V through the CF bus. Even when the host input voltage is only 3.3V, the card offers a steady 5V @ 100mA on pin 9 meaning peripherals such as barcode scanners and fingerprint readers can be powered without any additional supply, yet the efficient DC to DC converter circuitry ensures that there is no unnecessary drain on the host battery.

The card automatically configures to become another COM port by using the built-in O.S. drivers that are tried and tested and are optimized to work in the Windows environment as well as LINUX and Mac O/S. A hardware switch allows either industry standard rates up to 115KBaud in x1 mode or up to 921Kbaud in x8 mode, including in Windows CE based operating systems (CE, Ce.NET, PPC, Windows Mobile).

The Type I format CF card can also be used in laptops and other PCMCIA interface systems with a simple adapter. A variety of cable options are offered, with custom cables available for OEM applications.

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About Elan
Elan Digital is a specialist design house centred on interface technology. A worldwide range of clients uses their products and custom design services. Elan Digital is a privately owned company which has gained unique experience over its 30 year history and uses the latest design & manufacturing technology which makes them one of the leading PC and PDA interface design companies globally. In recent years Elan Digital has expanded its design expertise to include USB, Express Card and SD technologies as well as focusing its design efforts on unique products for the fast-growing mobile datacomms market. Elan Digital has ISO9001 (2000) approval.

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