Expresscard: memory, communication and other modules for your computer
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 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.
We do not know when this will be available and at what price.
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
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.
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.
The bare unit costs $100, and bundled with the ATI Radeon HD 5670 it costs $229.
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.
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).
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.
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