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Don't want to be obsolete before launch

Most laptops and netbooks today come with a SDHC flash memory card reader. One of the major benefits of standardization is the ubiquity it allows. Consumers can take a SD or SDHC card from a digital camera or camcorder and transfer the data quickly to a laptop, enabling them to edit and/or email their media files easily.

The new SDXC standard announced earlier this year will begin to replace SDHC in 2010. The new memory cards will be able to support speeds as high as 300MB/s and capacities as large as 2TB. Best of all, the new standard is backwards compatible, meaning that SDXC readers will be able to read SDHC, SD, and MMC memory cards.

In order to prepare for this, laptop manufacturers are looking to replace SDHC readers in their laptops with SDXC readers. DailyTech has received information that Lenovo, HP, and Dell are actively working on laptops with SDXC support, but no information is available yet from Apple or how soon SDXC will make its way into MacBooks.

Intel will soon introduce new Westmere-based 32nm Arrandale mobile CPUs, which will feature integrated graphics on the same package. Laptops using the new chips are expected to be cheaper and use less power, greatly extended battery life. Laptop manufacturers are expecting brisk sales from the new designs, which must last until the Sandy Bridge generation of mobile CPUs is ready in 2011.

The issue is complicated by the fact that many SDHC readers are connected internally through a USB 2.0 bus, which does not have enough bandwidth to support SDXC. Connections for SDXC must be made instead through the PCIe bus.

The first products using SDXC are expected to be shown at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in January.

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What is the ETA for 32nm?
By Lord 666 on 11/30/2009 11:50:29 AM , Rating: 2
Holding out several server and desktop purchases until it is released. Really interested in the AES-NI instruction set.

RE: What is the ETA for 32nm?
By amanojaku on 11/30/2009 12:07:08 PM , Rating: 3
AMD - Desktop - ??? (possibly 2011)
AMD - Server - 2011 (possibly Q4 2010)
AMD - Mobile - ??? (possibly 2010)

Intel - Desktop - Q1 2010
Intel - Server - Q1 2010
Intel - Mobile - Q1 2010

RE: What is the ETA for 32nm?
By amanojaku on 11/30/2009 12:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
Eh, mobile is supposed to be 2011.

RE: What is the ETA for 32nm?
By Visual on 12/1/2009 4:55:32 AM , Rating: 2
Why 2011? The article said that they will be shown at CES in January 2010, and in 2011 we will already have their sandy bridge replacements? Are you saying they will be shown but not actually enter the market before they get replaced?

RE: What is the ETA for 32nm?
By Visual on 12/1/2009 4:57:02 AM , Rating: 2
Ah you mean for AMD, sorry I am slow today.

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