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    There's been quite a lot of hoopla made (mostly by Palm)about the "Universal Connector", and how it (combined with the SD slot) provides dual expansion. Can someone explain exactly what makes the "Universal Connector" different from the Serial (HotSync) connection that has appeared on EVERY PalmOS based device since day one?
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    The Universal Connector provides both Serial and USB connectivity (like the Visor connector). Supposedly they're going to standardize on this connector for future PalmOS devices. Hopefully they've built in enough flexibility so that peripherals won't have to be replaced anymore when switching from one Universal Connector device to another.

    The Serial port was never really designed to be used as an expansion area. However, given the lack of other expansion options, it became one. Now Palm is selling the Universal Connector as a way to sync, but also as a way to connect expansion too large to fit in the SD slot (mp3 player, camera, wireless modem, etc.)

    Maybe it can provide power as well as connectivity (just a guess).
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    Originally posted by Ash
    The Universal Connector provides both Serial and USB connectivity (like the Visor connector). Supposedly they're going to standardize on this connector for future PalmOS devices. Hopefully they've built in enough flexibility so that peripherals won't have to be replaced anymore when switching from one Universal Connector device to another.

    The Serial port was never really designed to be used as an expansion area. However, given the lack of other expansion options, it became one. Now Palm is selling the Universal Connector as a way to sync, but also as a way to connect expansion too large to fit in the SD slot (mp3 player, camera, wireless modem, etc.)

    Maybe it can provide power as well as connectivity (just a guess).
    So, basically, they're turning it into an outboard Springboard slot? =)
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    I checked out the Kodak announcement of its new camera for the m500 series and it looks like it's getting its power from the Palm, so expansion devices can get power through the Universal Connector.

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