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    On 2 Nov 1999 laird@sigkill.org wrote:
    > >Why muck about with PCMCIA/IDE chipsets and CompactFlash when you can just
    > >dump a chunk of NOR flash straight on your mainboard (or in a DIMM slot) and
    > >use that?
    >
    > Because you can remove it from the system without using a screwdriver
    > :-). This counts as a major plus for some of us. Plus, it's
    > *trivial* to connect an ATA flash card reader to a mass-market
    > motherboard and then throw PCMCIA or CF flash cards into it. It ends
    > up costing ~$150 for 8MB of bootable, removable flash this way, and
    > you can scale up to 400+ MB of flash, if you need it.

    Well, for example, we build embedded devices with a $5 flash rom chip.
    Being able to use that $5 chip instead of adding an ATA interface, a
    PCMCIA interface and a $150 flash card, counts as a major plus for some
    of us :)

    -Bjorn


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