Socket Chipsets Matrix PCMCIA

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By Jonas Buys

PCMCIA Socket Chipsets Matrix

Most OS/2 users own a notebook nowadays, and though USB is a very powerful and flexible technology, it still can't compete with the popularity of the classic PCMCIA interface, which still is the standard for laptops.

PCMCIA is short for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, which is an industry group organized in 1989 to promote standards for a credit card-size memory or Input/Output device that would fit into a personal computer, usually a notebook or laptop computer. The PCMCIA 2.1 Standard was published in 1993. As a result, PC users can be assured of standard attachments for any peripheral device that follows the standard. The initial standard and its subsequent releases describe a standard product, the PC Card.

CardBus is the trade name for an advanced PC Card specification. The technology is used primarily in notebook and portable computers. The CardBus card fits in a slot like a conventional PC card.

CardBus allows for all the functions that are possible with PC cards, but with some improvements:

  • Direct Memory Access (DMA) is supported.
  • A 32-bit path is used for data transfer.
  • The operating speed is several times greater.
  • CardBus works at lower battery voltage.

A CardBus slot, and the associated software, interrogates a card when the card is first inserted in the slot. If a PC card has been inserted, the computer uses it as if the slot were a conventional PCMCIA slot. If a CardBus card has been inserted, the computer reconfigures the slot to take advantage of the enhanced operating features. For CardBus to work, the operating system must support 32-bit data paths, precisely what OS/2 does support.

Att.gif Note that other PCMCIA Socket drivers do exist. We have only picked out the most important ones that support the widest range of different chipsets.

The table below lists a selection of the chipsets that are known to be working with OS/2, and which drivers support them.

Column heading descriptions:

This column lists the chipsets used in PCMCIA/PC Card solutions.
Some manufacturers tend to release new versions of the same product. For example: a version A, a version B... Sometimes, a driver must explicitly support these versions, since they sometimes each need a special identification system.
Cardbus (CB*)
The difference between PC Card and CardBus have been mentioned above. CardBus, of course, is better than just regular PC Card. :This column indicates whether the chipset is a CardBus device (✔) or just a regular classic PCMCIA socket ( ).
The identification number of the manufacturer of the chipset.
The identification number of the device itself. You need the former and this one to figure out which chipset you have using pci.exe.
base OS (0)
Whether or not IBM OS/2 Warp 4 GA (Merlin) natively supports these chipsets.
IBM PC Card Director/ibm2ss14.sys v3.0 (1)
One of IBM's official driver that offers support for multiple chipsets (cardbus.exe). Part of SoftWare Choice.
Dani patch (Daniela's Texas Instruments Cardbus Driver) (2)
Whilst the socket services driver for TI cardbus bridges IBM2SS14.SYS provided by IBM (the driver above) does it's job, it supports only some of the many TI chips. Daniela's Texas Instruments Cardbus Driver is supposed to support all TI cardbus bridges. The driver is based on the IBM2SS14 v3.0/1.01.00 driver.
APSoft (3)
If you want more power, or if you can't get the free drivers to work then the German company APSoft has developed a commercial PCMCIA driver which is described here. This driver costs around € 60,-. It will be delivered without technical support. However, the company will receive bug reports and makes new releases as and when applicable, and corporate support for the driver is available via Corporate Support Services. The driver provides support for many Cardbus sockets and seems to be very promising. You can contact the company under Make sure that you give the impression that you know what you are doing when you want to install the driver, otherwise they may refuse selling it to you (due to the technical support restriction). For Corporate Support Customers an installer for the APSoft device driver is provided which automatically detects the applicable chipset of the host computer and then installs PC Card Director and the SSPCIC.SYS driver with the correct required config.sys switches.
ibm2cl11 (4)
Older IBM driver that offers explicit support for Cirrus Logic 6729 chipsets.
ss2pcic2.exe (5)
IBM driver that combines the chipset support offered by the former driver and
ss2pcic3.exe (6)
Driver that supports the SL-revision of Intel's 82365 chip.
playwill.exe (7)
A derived device driver of IBM's PC Card Director to support a selected number of chipsets used in IBM and DELL notebooks. Driver should - of course - also work with other notebooks.
dell.exe (8)
A derived device driver of IBM's PC Card Director to support some TI chipsets used in DELL CPxx notebooks. (9)
A driver that supports the VLSI chipset used in PCMCIA socket slots. We would like to express our thanks to [Norloff's OS/2 BBS] for allowing us to test and host this driver. (10)
Private binary device driver that offers support for Intel 82365 chipset and compatibles (like some Texas Instruments solutions) too.
pctpgos2.exe (11)
IBM device driver that offers support for some chipsets used in a selected number of (older) IBM ThinkPad notebooks.

Note: we are hosting some drivers since some of them are not available via the official copyright holder. We are not responsible for possible loss of data nor damage to your system that may result from (improper) use of these device drivers. Refer to the documentation included with the drivers for copyright information.

✔ Supported.
✓ Should be supported, no confirmations though.
? Can possible be supported, but no confirmations yet.
Chipset Rev. CB* VendorID DeviceID (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11)
Acer Labs 82C786 0x1025
Acer Labs M5235 0x1025 0x5235
Cirrus Logic PD6710 0x1013
Cirrus Logic PD6720 0x1013 0x0e01
Cirrus Logic PD6722 0 0x1013
Cirrus Logic PD6722 1 0x1013
Cirrus Logic PD6729 A 0x1013 0x6729
Cirrus Logic PD6729 B 0x1013 0x6729
Cirrus Logic PD6729 C 0x1013 0x6729
Cirrus Logic PD6729 E 0x1013 0x6729
Cirrus Logic PD6730 A 0x1013
Cirrus Logic PD6730 B 0x1013
Cirrus Logic PD6832 0x1013 0x1110
DataBook DB 87144 0x10b3 0x3106 0xb106
DataBook DB86072 TCIC 0x10b3
DataBook DB86081 TCIC 0x10b3
DataBook DB86082 TCIC 0x10b3
DataBook DB86082A TCIC 0x10b3
DataBook DB86082B TCIC 0x10b3
DataBook DB86084 TCIC 0x10b3
DataBook DB86084A TCIC 0x10b3
DataBook DB86183 TCIC 0x10b3
DataBook DB86184 TCIC 0x10b3
DataBook DB86272 TCIC 0x10b3
DataBook DB86501 TCIC 0x10b3
ENE Technology CB-1211 0x1524 0x1211
ENE Technology CB-1225 0x1524 0x1225
ENE Technology CB-1410 0x1524 0x1410
ENE Technology CB-1420 0x1524 0x1420
ENE Technology CB-710 0x1524 0x0710
ENE Technology CB-720 0x1524 0x0720
IBM King 0x1014
IBM Stinger 0x1014
IBM ThinkPad 750 0x1014
IBM Tomcat 0x1014
Intel 82365 0x8086 0x0e00
Intel 82365SL A 0x8086 ?
Intel 82365SL C 0x8086 ?
Intel 82365SL B 0x8086 ?
Intel PHIC 0x8086
Intel PPEC 0x8086
LSI Logic HT27 0x1000
Mitsubishi MB86301 TCIC
O2 Micro 6912 0x1217 0x6972
O2 Micro OZ OZ711EC1M1 0x1217 0x7112
O2 Micro OZ OZ711M1 0x1217 0x7114
O2 Micro OZ OZ711M2 0x1217 0x7212
O2 Micro OZ6722 0x1217
O2 Micro OZ6729 PCI 0x1217 0x6729
O2 Micro OZ6730 PCI 0x1217 0x673a
O2 Micro OZ6812 0x1217 0x6872
O2 Micro OZ6832 0x1217 0x6832 ?
O2 Micro OZ6833 0x1217 0x6832
O2 Micro OZ6836 0x1217 0x6836
O2 Micro OZ6860 0x1217 0x6836
O2 Micro OZ6912 / 711E0 0x1217 0x6972
O2 Micro OZ6933 0x1217 0x6933
O2 Micro OZ711E0 0x1217
O2 Micro OZ711E1 0x1217
O2 Micro OZ711E2 0x1217 0x71e2
O2 Micro OZ711EC1 0x1217 0x7113
O2 Micro OZ711M3 0x1217 0x7223
Omega Micro 82C722GX 0x119b
PicoPower 82C786 (PCMCIA+) 0x1066
Ricoh R5C475 0x1180 0x0475
Ricoh R5C475 II 0x1180 0x0475
Ricoh R5C476 0x1180 0x0476
Ricoh R5C476 II 0x1180 0x0476
Ricoh R5C478 0x1180 0x0478
Ricoh R5C478 II 0x1180 0x0478
Ricoh R5C522 0x1180
Ricoh RF5C266 0x1180
Ricoh RF5C269 0x1180
Ricoh RF5C366 0x1180
Ricoh RF5C366L 0x1180
Ricoh RF5C369 0x1180
Ricoh RL5C476 0x1180
TI 1030 0x104c 0xac11
TI 1031 0x104c 0xac13
TI 1050 0x104c 0xac10
TI 1130 0x104c 0xac12
TI 1131 0x104c 0xac15
TI 1210 0x104c 0xac1a
TI 1211 0x104c 0xac1e
TI 1220 0x104c 0xac17
TI 1221 0x104c 0xac19
TI 1225 0x104c 0xac1c ?
TI 1250 0x104c 0xac16 ?
TI 1250 A 0x104c 0xac55 ?
TI 1251 A 0x104c 0xac1d ?
TI 1251 B 0x104c 0xac1f ?
TI 1260 0x104c 0xac18
TI 1260 0x104c 0xac30
TI 1410 0x104c 0xac50
TI 1420 0x104c 0xac51
TI 1421 0x104c 0xac53
TI 1450 0x104c 0xac1b
TI 1451 0x104c 0xac52
TI 1510 0x104c 0xac56
TI 1515 0x104c 0xac58
TI 1520 0x104c 0xac55
TI 1530 0x104c 0xac57
TI 1610 0x104c 0xac5a
TI 1620 0x104c 0xac54
TI 1621 0x104c 0xac59
TI 4410 0x104c 0xac41
TI 4450 0x104c 0xac40
TI 4451 0x104c 0xac42
TI 4510 0x104c 0xac41
TI 4520 0x104c 0xac46
TI 4550 0x104c 0xac43
TI 6420 0x104c
TI 7410 0x104c
TI 7510 0x104c
TI 7620 0x104c 0xac8d
Toshiba ToPIC 0x1179
Toshiba ToPIC100 0x1179 0x0617
Toshiba ToPIC100 Donau 0x1179 0x0617
Toshiba ToPIC100 Nova 100 0x1179 0x0617
Toshiba ToPIC100 Nova 100SE 0x1179 0x0617
Toshiba ToPIC100 Nova 200 0x1179 0x0617
Toshiba ToPIC100 Suez 0x1179 0x0617
Toshiba ToPIC100 Sydney 99 0x1179 0x0617
Toshiba ToPIC95 a 0x1179 0x0603
Toshiba ToPIC95 b 0x1179 ?
Toshiba ToPIC95M 0x1179 0x060a
Toshiba ToPIC97 0x1179 0x060f
Vadem VG-365 0x10e7
Vadem VG-465 0x10e7
Vadem VG-468 0x10e7
Vadem VG-469 0x10e7
Vadem VG-469 8D 0x10e7
VLSI VL82C146 0x1004 0x0e02

IBM OS/2 Integrated PCMCIA Drivers

2.2. PC Card Director


The PC Card Director is an IBM-supplied utility that lets you use a PC Card with "Plug and Play" capability. The PC Card Director is to be used with most of the device drivers from the PCMCIA Socket Chipsets Matrix. It is available via driver (1) of the PCMCIA Socket Chipsets Matrix.

For your convenience, we host IBM's user's manual. In this document you will find everything you need to know concerning the PC Card Director.