The mini PCI specification was
originally created to serve the laptop market and is designed to be highly compact sub-set of
the standard PCI specification. These tiny modules are designed for 32 bit bus operation only
and to support limited I/O functionality. This suits the requirements for video capture and
compression cards where there are very few separate connections to the module. The mini PCI
specification is still focused on small embedded x86 compatible PC boards but several
manufacturers have now expanded the range of host CPU cards to include ARM and PowerPC
products. Due to the small size and low mass of mini PCI card, they are also well suited to
applications exposed to high shock and vibration.
AMP produces the microMPEG4 mini PCI card which serves as a four channel frame grabber / MPEG-4 compression module. The card is supported by for x86, ARM and PowerPC platforms.