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    Dear BIOMCH-L'ers:

    Several days ago I posted a call for help regarding the "pin"
    specifications for the PCMCIA slots on notebook computers. An
    electrical engineer who has built very nice custom A/D systems
    for our labs had expressed an interest in finding more information
    about the technical standards so as to determine the feasibility
    of developing a more portable system. What follows is the list
    of responses I received to my inquiry....there appears to be some
    interest, parallel developments, etc. in such a system.

    I hope the summary is interesting.....thanks to those taking the
    time to respond.

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    From: Paul Crawford

    I have a Fall COMDEX 1992 PCMCIA Resource Reference Book which lists the
    following for information concerning the PCMCIA standard. I have no idea
    how helpful they will be. Good luck.

    1030G East Duane Avenue
    Sunnyvale, CA 94086
    Tel (408) 720-0107
    FAX (408) 720-9416
    BBS (408) 720-9388

    R. Paul Crawford
    Dynamic Stability Laboratory
    1113 Etcheverry Hall #1742
    Berkeley, CA 94720-1742
    (510) 642-6371

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    From: (Jeff Ives)

    I do not personally have the PCMCIA info that you are looking
    for, but I suggest that you get a catalog from ComputerBoards,
    Inc. Their address is 125 High St., Mansfield, MA 02048.
    Phone: 508-261-1123, Fax: 508-261-1094.
    I have been pleased with this company, and their catalogs
    provide good information: perhaps what you are looking for.

    Jeff Ives, PhD
    Dept. of Exercise Science
    Campbell University
    Buies Creek, NC 27506

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    From: Nat Ordway - Orthopedics SUNY Syracuse

    You asked a very interesting question. Although I haven't an
    answer for you, I would really be interested in the replies you get
    because I am interested in doing the same thing. Thanks in advance for
    any information, I'd really appreciate it.

    Nat Ordway
    Dept of Orthopedics
    SUNY Health Science Center
    Syracuse, New York USA

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    The folks to try for this are Computer Boards, Inc.
    They are at 44 Wood Avenue, MAnsfield, MA 02048.
    (508) 261-1123 FAX 261-1094.

    They have a line of PCMCIA A/D and I/O cards, and
    have a PCMCIA kit which you can build your own circuits into.

    Hope this helps.

    Jonathan Teets
    Director of Software
    Noraxon USA

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    From: Zerpa - Carlos

    The pcmcia port is a very new technology and it seems dificult to
    get a hold of this pin configuration. We are also in the process of
    linking our laptop to an A/D converter made by DATA TRANSLATION
    DT2801-A. If we do come across this information, we will be happy to
    pass it on to you or viceversa. DATA TRANSLATION is in the process of
    building an interface card that will work with their A/D converter
    and PCMCIA laptop ports.

    You can try to contact them, you may be lucky to get some information
    out of them.

    Their address and phone number is:

    Data Translation inc
    1001 locke drive
    marlboro, ma 01752-1192

    fax (508) 481-8620

    Carlos Zerpa
    Engineering Technologist
    Kinesiology Department
    Lakehead University

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    I wish that I could help you. I am interested in attempting to build
    something like this.

    I hope you will put any relevant respones on the mail list.

    Good Luck

    Tom Fiock
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    From: Doric Swain

    I was most interested to read your request the other day, because I
    too am interested in A-d'ing using PCMCIA cards. I know very little about
    it, except that National Instruments markets a card, sold in conjunctin
    with Labview software. What I am interested in is portable data acquisition,
    where the sub-notebook/card system can be worn by the subject. Currently,
    I am using a TEAC FM data recorder (using FM analogue tape), but feel that
    noise and error associated with tape speed, etc. could be greatly diminished
    with direct A-d'ing.

    I would like to ask you, are you using small, portable notebooks, and if so
    what type? What PCMCIA card are you using, and what was its cost? What
    acquisition software are you using/intending to use, and did it require much
    configuration? What applications are you using the card for , and what
    general comments do you have about using it as a system?

    Any help or advice you can offer would be appreciated,

    Yours in skiing,

    Doric Swain.