Hey... Took apart my iMac G3 again, because the fan wasn't working... and I need info on it... I took up the motherboard out of curiosity, and found a strange slot called the Mezzaine... I started looking into its use, and found that it was originaly made for checking the Motherboard's problems... and was used by many companys to add more ram, increase hard drive space etc etc etc... but I found a strange site, it has a item that plugs into the mezzaine slot, and does not include pictures, all it says about it is: "E1 VOICE COMPRESSION IPOD W/DSP MEZZANINE." Now, I would say "Whatever" and move on, but then I saw the price, 3,304 bucks! That was odd... no picture, vague discription... what is this... Still looking into it... it is at: http://www.codemicro.com/store/technote....&markcall=0 Hope someone knows...
Mezzanine is just another name for an expansion card. There's a specific IEEE standard out there for Mezzanine cards, but its not one Apple followed in the iMacs. The IEEE version is aimed at industrial purposes, and I bet the item you linked to is intended for industry.
I think you'll find the G4 Cube and the Mac Mini also have Mezzanine boards (or can for certain configurations anyway).
The Maths dept. at the University of Liverpool has a Mezzanine floor that you can't get to. The 'M' button in the lift (elevator) is disabled, but the light lights up when you go past it. Its like something from Being John Malkovich.....
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When the first iMac's were released, VoIP was still a pipe dream. I believe the mezzanine slot was intended for the developers and phased out in later machines because it was not necessary.
I remember back in 2000 at a trade show and I was speaking to a couple Cisco guys about VoIP. They were displaying the first ever VoIP phones produced by Cisco and it was a really big deal. We both had the same thought, and it was VoIP may not be mainstream for many years. Well, the proliferation of VoIP came a lot faster than we thought. Oh well, they still might be going state to state trying to hock VoIP phones to secretaries and vice presidents, who knows?
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The main reasion for apple removing the mezzaine slot was because it was ment only for testing the motherboard... apple asked devlopers not to create stuff for it, but often times they did anyway... this is the main reasion for it's removal... oh and i still haven't called the company... I will do it tommarow if they are there...
Unfortunatly, Ascend is no longer a company, they were absorbed by Lucent Technologies. I am curious about the device you speek of though. If you find anything on it, be sure to post. Its surprising how much pro computer equipment can be. For example, a 10 Bit video capture card=big bucks. -maestro
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