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CardBus is the 32-bit high-performance bus mastering architecture enhancement to the PC Card. PC Cards are credit-card-size peripherals that plug into mobile computers to provide additional memory, mass storage, and I/O capabilities. PC Card and CardBus are developments of the PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association), a nonprofit trade association and standards body. The PCMCIA also promotes Miniature Card and SmartMedia cards. In the past, cards were known as "PCMCIA Cards," but the industry now refers to products based on the technology as "PC Cards," "PC Card Hosts," and "PC Card Software." CardBus adds high-bandwidth capabilities to the PC Card technology and helps it match the system performance achieved by today's PCI bus-based mobile computers. It is the preferred high- speed mobile interconnect bus.

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