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Apple is rumored to be packing 19 nm, 400 MBps, ONFI 3.0 compliant flash memory onto the motherboard of the new MacBook Air.  (Source: 9 to 5 Mac)
Integrating chips into the motherboard could allow the MacBook Air to offer high performance affordably

With a refresh of the MacBook Air seemingly impending the rumor mill surrounding Apple Inc. (AAPL) is once again heating up.  

According to, 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 second.

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 component maker.

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.

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RE: new standards?
By Pirks on 7/5/2011 9:09:13 PM , Rating: 0
You contradict yourself, first you say "Thunderbolt is doomed to fail" then you say "There's no chance for this to become widespread". Looks like you are just as uncertain about the Thunderbolt's future as Reclaimer is.

RE: new standards?
By quiksilvr on 7/6/2011 12:47:46 AM , Rating: 2
If a product doesn't become widespread it fails. Fail doesn't mean wiped from existence it just means that it becomes a very small, niche product. Stop splitting hairs over sentences that are essentially saying this will not be successful.

RE: new standards?
By Pirks on 7/6/2011 1:15:59 AM , Rating: 2
If a product doesn't become widespread it fails
Ferrari, Bugatti and Aston Martin are not widespread, so they fail. Say, uh, did you hit your head with any heavy objects lately?

RE: new standards?
By dark matter on 7/6/2011 2:43:07 AM , Rating: 2

You have to be an employee of DT, no-one could keep up this bullshit of yours for this length of time without getting paid for it.

Troll's get bored easily. You have TOO much consistency to be just a Troll. You're a shill from DT.

Fuckoff, it really bores me.

RE: new standards?
By Pirks on 7/6/11, Rating: -1
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