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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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Why Macs?
By curryj02 on 11/30/2009 12:17:40 PM , Rating: 5
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.

Why does Apple get specific mention but other major PC manufacturers (not actively working on SDXC) such as Toshiba, Acer, Asus and Gateway (just to name some of the big ones) don't even get a mention? Are we supposed to care more when we can get SDXC on mac than from other brands? Why not just write: 'other manufacturers (including Apple) are yet to release information concerning their integration of SDXC'?

RE: Why Macs?
By SpaceJumper on 11/30/2009 7:41:20 PM , Rating: 2
Apple will have its own memory card similar to SDXC, but it will not be compatible in Windows machines. Apple can get more money that way from the Apple enthusiasts.

RE: Why Macs?
By Jeffk464 on 11/30/2009 8:35:41 PM , Rating: 2
Apple is either brilliant or evil, or possibly brilliantly evil in sucking people's bank accounts dry. :) They have an OS that has less software written for it, they are control freeks, and yet they can charge about 50% more. That is some impressive marketing.

RE: Why Macs?
By sprockkets on 12/1/2009 12:38:55 AM , Rating: 2
There are upsides to being control freaks, at least in their Macs, where OSX works perfectly with the hardware because both come from the same company.

Whether or not that is worth an extra $600 to people, is another story of course.

RE: Why Macs?
By HaZaRd2K6 on 11/30/2009 11:15:40 PM , Rating: 2
Or just "other manufacturers". I hate it when people think Apple is special. No manufacturer is special. They all make machines that do the same things, they just do them in different manners.

RE: Why Macs?
By fatedtodie on 12/1/2009 7:21:24 AM , Rating: 2
Let's see, who are the top 2 PC companies for sales (or atleast always in the top 3) HP and Dell right?
Now who is the only producer of the next type of computer? Apple?
Now who produces a "linux" computer? (technically nobody).

So why single out Apple, Hp, and Dell? Because for once the writer knows a bit about computers in today's market.

When you learn a bit yourself you can comment again.

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