Expresscard: memory, communication and other modules for your computer

Transcend RDF1 - an SDXC expresscard reader

Transcend announced a new expresscard/34 memory card reader module, the RDF1. The new feature in this module is support for SDXC cards. It can also handle SD and SDHC cards, has hot-swap support and will soon launch for €19.95.

Transcend RDF1 photo

Some Tier-1 laptop makers thinking about dropping the ExperssCard slot to reduce size

There are reports that some Tier-1 laptop manufacturers are considering dropping ExpressCard ports on all laptops - to reduce size and costs. ExpressCards haven't been successful and almost all laptops now include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and enough USB ports to make these modules quite unnecessary.

According to industry reports, less than 0.5% of laptops that has ExpressCard slots are actually equipped with an ExpressCard device. An ExpressCard slot costs about $5, and takes up quite a bit of space.

RunCore announces an ExpressCard that offers 64GB SSD and two USB 3.0 ports

RunCore announced a new ExpressCard module that offers a 64GB SSD and two USB 3.0 slots. That's a useful combination! The SSD features 110MB/s read speed and 80MB/s write speed. The biggest disadvantage of this two in one design is that while the SSD is busy, the USB 3.0 bandwidth drops.

RunCore USB 3.0 ExpressCard SSD photoa

We do not know when this will be available and at what price.


Silicon Power launches a USB3.0 expresscard module

Silicon Power announced a new USB3.0 Express card today. Silicon Power’s hi speed USB3.0 express card uses the Express/34 interface that is compatible with majority of laptops on the market. It provides up to 5Gb/ sec maximum transfer rate

Silicon Power USB3.0 express card photo

Features:

  • Adds two USB 3.0 ports to laptop with an ExpressCard/34 slot
  • Connection bandwidth up to 5Gbits per second (USB 3.0 mode)
  • Installs easily in Express slot
  • Compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices
  • Supports plug and play and hot swapping
  • Compliant with Intel’s extensible Host Controller Interface (xHCI) specification revision 0.95

OWC offers a slim eSATA ExpressCard adapter

OWC (Other World Computing), a zero-emission technology firm has announced a new Slim eSATA ExpressCard adapter, for $39.99. It is used to add a high speed (3.0GB/s) data transfer rate to ExpressCard/34 notebooks.

Upgrade your laptop's graphics with MSI's Graphics Upgrade Solution

MSI's Graphics Upgrade Solution is a device accepts PCI Express GPUs and connects to a computer via ExpressCard/34. The GUS comes with its own power brick that can support cards with up to an 84W TDP. 

MSI Graphics Upgrade Solution photo

The bare unit costs $100, and bundled with the ATI Radeon HD 5670 it costs $229.

Via Engadget

AT&T to release the AirCard 890 3G modem ExpressCard/PC-Card module

AT&T says that they will start selling the Sierra Wireless AirCard 890 3G modem in May. It's an expresscard/34 module that also include a housing for older computers that only has a PCMCIA (PC-Card) slot.

AT&T AirCard 890 photo

The 890 can reach up to 7.2Mbps downstream and has both GPS and VPN support. It will start selling on May and will cost $50 (with a 2-year data plan and a $100 rebate).

Via Electronista

Expresscard-info upgraded

ExpressCard-Info was upgraded today (if anyone is interested, we upgraded to Drupal 6.x from 5.8) Most of the changes are infrastructure related so you won't notice much, but hopefully the site should be faster now, more stable and more secure.

If you do find any bugs, glitches or you have any comments, please let us know!


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