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CompactFlash on IDE Bus

solid-state memory for the PC

CompactFlash on IDE Bus
CompactFlash cards are memory media that retain their contents without a supply voltage. They are used in digital cameras, among other things. Thanks to the ‘intelligence’ present in such a card, it can also be easily connected to a PC, for example for use as a ‘solid-state drive’. The supersimple adapter described here makes it easy to connect all types of CompactFlash cards to a PC.A CompactFlash card is a small memory card, originally developed by Sandisk, with dimensions of approximately 4×4 cm. Since it uses non-volatile memory cells, the contents of the memory are retained for years, even without a separate source of power. Such cards are used particularly often in Digicams. Presently, the memory capacity can be as much as 1 GBytes. IBM, by the way, even supplies mini hard disks in CompactFlash format with capacities of up to 1 GBytes.
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Gerber file

CAM/CAD data for the PCB referred to in this article is available as a Gerber file. Elektor GREEN and GOLD members can exclusively download these files for free as part of their membership. Gerber files allow a PCB to be produced on an appropriate device available locally, or through an online PCB manufacturing service.

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Component list
R1 = 1kOhm
R2 = 10kOhm
C1,C2 = 100nF
D1 = LED, yellow, low current
K1 = 40-way boxheader
K2 = 50-way pinheader, angled pins, 0.05"-grid (Farnell # 3078127)
JP1 = 2-way pinheader with jumper
Extension cable for PC supply
PCB, order code 024032-1
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