refresh of the MacBook Air seemingly impending the rumor mill
surrounding Apple Inc. (AAPL)
is once again heating up.
According to Macotakara.jp, a Japanese Apple
fan site, the latest version of the ultraportable will use cutting edge flash memory
technology. The site cites sources at unnamed Asian chipmakers as
claiming that the latest Airs will contain 19nm flash memory chips soldered
directly onto the motherboard for blazing speeds of up to 400 megabits per
Current generation MacBook Airs only have RAM chips soldered on. The SSD
for the laptops are connected using mSATA connectors.
Apple reportedly calls the new technology Toggle DDR2.0. Aside from the
rather curious title (ostensibly it involves NAND flash, not DDR memory), the
technology is expected to be Apple's proprietary implementation of the Open
NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) Working Group's ONFI 3.0 standard.
ONFI 3.0 promises faster speeds and reduces the number of pins on flash memory
chips. These factors add up to nearly "instant" boot times and
fast file copies.
If the rumor about the new flash is true, it likely comes from Micron
Technology, Inc. (MU),
Intel Corp. (INTC), or Spansion Inc. (CODE) -- all members of the ONFI 3.0 coalition. Apple's current NAND supplier, South Korea's Samsung Electronics (SEO:005930), and the world's second biggest
producer, Toshiba Corp. (TYO:6502)
are not currently members.
A split with Samsung would make sense, given Apple's ongoing legal war with the gadget and
At times Apple has been on the bleeding edge of introducing new standards.
It was the first major manufacturer to push Intel's proprietary LightPeak
interface, which it renamed Thunderbolt. The refresh of the MacBook Air
is expected to come packing Thunderbolt as well, which requires fancy chip-laden $50 USD cables to work.
OS X Lion and the refreshed MacBook Air are
expected to launch on July 14.
quote: Did you really stop and think before you used SCIS as your example?
quote: why I even bother with you
quote: If a product doesn't become widespread it fails
quote: SCSI is alive and well, thankyouverymuch.
quote: it will be a niche product
quote: why apple is pushing it, who benefits?
quote: it'll be sad that the macbook air will require the extra space / chip/ energy to power a chip for the thunderbolt functionality in the minidisplayport
quote: seems like a real miscalculation on their part
quote: For the blazing last generation video
quote: blazing 3rd and 4th tier CPUs?
quote: It must be for the blazing speed of the whites from the LCD
quote: Xeon E5620 is "3rd and 4th tier"
quote: it was a stupid decision considering the type of people (idiots) that buy them
quote: You can RAID two SSDs externally, but what's the point of RAIDing two SSDs for performance, just to use as a mass storage device? So both of your scenarios make absolutely no sense at all.
quote: OCZ Vertex 3 can hit 370MB/s
quote: SCSI was easy to troubleshoot because was daisy-chained - you could start with just ONE device, and kept of adding until you found the issue. Its bus arbitration just works, you can talk to slow devices and fast devices on the same chain with no issues. USB may be more difficult to troubleshoot if you have multiple devices going to a hub, specially when some devices are streaming, as its arbitration model is much weaker
quote: Copper is reaching its limits, time to go to fiber optic :)
quote: BTW, SCSI was easy to troubleshoot because was daisy-chained - you could start with just ONE device, and kept of adding until you found the issue. Its bus arbitration just works, you can talk to slow devices and fast devices on the same chain with no issues.
quote: If the rumor about the new flash is true, it likely comes from Micron Technology, Inc. (MU), Intel Corp. (INTC), Spansion Inc. (CODE), or SandForce -- all members of the ONFI 3.0 coalition.
quote: Regardless of whether it's soldered onto the board or routed through an external connector, both interfaces will likely still have to go through the SATA or PCIe bus, unless Apple has convinced Intel to make them a chipset that directly talks to the NAND. Performance will still be dictated by whatever controller they use in the design.
quote: being one more wildly anti-consumer "innovation" by Apple
quote: which requires fancy chip-laden $50 USD cables to work.
quote: "USB connectors are not general purpose connectors and are not designed to be used in support of other technology applications or standards or as combo connectors."
quote: Apple's currently NAND supplier South Korea's Samsung Electronics (SEO:005930) and the world's second biggest producer, Toshiba Corp. (TYO:6502) are not currently members. A split with Samsung would make sense, given Apple's ongoing legal war with the gadget and component maker.