Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) sound cards control audio programs and peripherals used in laptops. They come in an external card form, about the size of a credit card, which fits into the appropriate slot at the side of the laptop. They contain two or more ports for connecting audio devices such as speakers and amplifiers.
Types of PCMCIA Sound Cards
Kinds of PCMCIA Sound Cards include the following:
2.1 PCMCIA sound card
These sound cards support a maximum of two satellite speakers and a two-way center satellite. They are used for general audio and music applications.
5.1 PCMCIA sound card
These sound cards have ports for a 5.1 system, which includes four two-way satellite speakers, one two-way center satellite speaker, and one subwoofer. They are commonly used in mid-range entertainment systems.
7.1 PCMCIA sound card
These sound cards accommodate six two-way satellite speakers, one two-way center satellite speaker, and one subwoofer. They are designed for high-end systems in gaming and home cinemas.
Choosing PCMCIA Sound Cards (Buying tips)
Flexibility: Choose a PCMCIA sound card flexible enough to support both AES/EBU and SPDIF digital formats. Make sure it can detect input format automatically.