1 Slot PCI Expansion

1 Slot PCI Expansion

1 slot Portable PCI expansion for your legacy cards

Protect your investment and keep your PCI cards in commission with our 1 slot PCI expansion chassis. Perfect for portable applications or where space is a concern.

Key Features

  • Cooling Dedicated Fan
  • Slots 1 PCI slot
  • Power 45 watt
  • Speed 132MB/sec
  • Extras RoHS compliant

Protect your legacy PCI investment with confidence while adding portability.

1 Slot PCI Expansion

Part # cb1f

Are you married to your desktop, but don’t want to be? Is your power-hungry, heat-generating “desktop-only” PCI card stopping you from going mobile? Can’t get the special functionality you need in a laptop? Need to upgrade your server or desktop computer? New computer doesn’t have any PCI slots? Don’t want to lose your investment in pricey PCI cards that don’t fit the new computer? Does your PCI card use too much power? Does it run too hot?

 If your answer is “YES,” the Magma 1 Slot PCI Expansion System is your solution. You can install practically any PCI card into the Magma PCI Expansion System and connect it to your new or old computer.

Prolong Your Investment

The Magma 1 Slot PCI Expansion System allows you to plug-in a full-sized power-demanding, heat-generating PCI card into either a half-length or full-length chassis. It’s the most portable method for taking the PCI bus outside the computer. How else can you add so much power to a small form-factor desktop, or your brand-new laptop?

Save Time, Money and Trouble

Use your high-end PCI card wherever you are – without the expense of a “buying duplicate card” or “packing it along in your briefcase” to install in another computer upon arrive. Simply add your PCI card to the Magma expansion chassis and then connect the chassis to any host computer (laptop or desktop) using one of a variety of Magma host cards. Yes, even your laptop!

The use of computer specific host cards makes using your unique PCI card as simple as “Plug & Play” because all you need to do is to connect the Magma PCI Expansion System to the host card for your computer and turn it on. Use the same PCI card on your laptop as you do on your desktop or server – just add a Magma host card and connect the cable.

Familiarity Breeds Success

Setting up your PCI card in a portable chassis provides you an opportunity to use a consistent hardware configuration – regardless of what type of computer is available. Being able to “hit the ground running” is vital to every successful venture. Being able to use “the same PCI card,” regardless of location also reduces project risks.

Host cards are available for the following systems: (1) Laptop: CardBusExpressCard/34, or ExpressCard/54 and (2) Desktop/Server: 32-Bit PCI, or x1 PCI Express.


  • The only solution for adding a single PCI card to a computer through a PCI Express slot
  • The only solution for adding a PCI card to a laptop computer
  • Offers a consistent PCI configuration allowing easy host computer upgrades
  • Patented technology provides low latency and high through-put
  • Proven Method to increase PCI capability without losing performance
  • Non-enclosed board sets are available for OEMs and System Integrators to utilize their own enclosure


  • Easy Plug and Play installation
  • PCI and PCI Express host card provides easy connection to desktop computers and servers
  • CardBus and ExpressCard Modules provide connection to your favorite laptop computer
  • Includes 1-meter expansion cable
  • Dedicated cooling and power for PCI cards
  • Optional power cord for DC power connection to battery pack or other XLR-4 socket
  • External 45W power brick keeps enclosure light for traveling

1 Slot PCI Expansion Specifications

CB1H 1 Slot PCI Expansion System with CardBus (PCMCIA) card, half-length
CB1F 1 Slot PCI Expansion System with CardBus (PCMCIA) card, full-length
  • 1 PCI slot (32-bit/33MHz)
  • PCI Local Bus Specification: Revision 2.2
  • PCI Bridge Architecture Specification: Revision 1.2
Cable 1-meter PCI expansion cable (optional 1.5-meter length)
Interconnect Bandwidth 132 MB/sec (Theoretical Max. of PCI 32/33)
Material Black (Steel/Aluminum)
CBIF 5.45"W x 1.70"H x 13.43"D, 2.15lbs or 0.98kg
CBIH 5.45"W x 1.70"H x 8.02"D, 1.75lbs or 0.8kg
Emissions Class A FCC
System Cooling
 l One 4 CFM fan
Host Connection & Power Consumption
Universal PCI 32/33 0.63W max; 5V @ 0.125A
Low Profile PCI (64/33) 0.86W max; 3.3V @ 0.25A
x1 PCI Express® 0.69W max; 3.3V @ 0.21A
CardBus (PCMCIA) 0.42W max; 3.3V @ 0.125A
ExpressCard 0.81W max;3.3V @ 0.21A;1.5V @ 0.08A
Power Supply
45W power brick
  • DC Input 9-16Vdc 165mA Max
  • DC Output 45-W Max
  • Max Amps: 4.54 A
  • Max Watts: 15 W
  • Max Amps: 3.0 A
  • Max Watts: 15 W
  • Max Amps: 0.625 A
  • Max Watts: 7.5 W
  • Max Amps: 0.625 A
  • Max Watts: 7.5 W
  Combined wattage of all voltage rails should not exceed 45 watts.
Ambient Temperature 0º to 50º C
Storage Temperature -20º to 60º C
Relative Humidity 5% to 85% non-condensing
  100,000 hours
Regulatory Compliance
FCC Class A Verified
CE Certified
RoHS Compliant
Supported Operating Systems
  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • Solaris
30 day money back guarantee
1 year return to factory
Package Contents
  • 1 Slot PCI Backplane
  • Cooling fan
  • Power supply connection
  • Expansion cable connection
  • PCI card slot opening
Hardware Included
  • Power Brick
  • Expansion cable
  • Host interface cards

1 Slot PCI Expansion Frequently Asked Questions

Can it be battery powered?

No it does not have a battery option.

Can double wide cards fit in it?

Double wide cards cannot fit in this unit.

 Do I need drivers?

No drivers are necessary for this unit.

1 Slot PCI Expansion Docs and Drivers

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