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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 yomamafor1 on 7/5/2011 9:10:28 PM , Rating: 2
You really have no clue do you?

First, let's talk about the technical side. Currently the Thunderbolt has the most bandwidth @ 10Gbit/s, or approximately 1250MB/s, while USB 3.0 maximum throughput is 5Gbit/s, or 625MB/s. So USB 3.0 has about half the bandwidth of Thunderbolt. We also know that Thunderbolt will be used to transmit large video/audio files to an external storage. However, the fastest 7200RPM HDD, what will most likely be used as the storage medium, is 100MB/s. Even the fastest 3TB drive at this time is 170MB/s, which only consumes less than 30% of the total bandwidth of USB 3.0, and less than 15% of the total bandwidth of Thunderbolt. So why should I go out and get a $50 cable, just have a bunch of unused bandwidth lying around, when I can get a $.50 USB cable that get the same performance?

Next, the practicality side. For desktop users, if they want to use SSD RAID, they put them in the case via SATA, not externally. For laptop users, they won't use an external SSD to RAID with the internal drive because the moment you break the RAID, you have to rebuild it. 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.

RE: new standards?
By ph0tek on 7/5/2011 9:24:06 PM , Rating: 2
Theres very little use for LighrPeak on Apples laptops, it was a stupid decision considering the type of people (idiots) that buy them. But it has many other uses for professional video editors for example, many do not use HDD's, they're not fast enough. And Sony's new Z laptops use LightPeak (and they call it LightPeak too, not Thunderbolt) to power an external GPU. USB3 has nowhere near the bandwidth for that. LightPeak is basically PCIE in cable form and that has many uses, just not so much for average consumers yet.

RE: new standards?
By Pirks on 7/5/2011 9:41:57 PM , Rating: 1
it was a stupid decision considering the type of people (idiots) that buy them
So the guys who do professional HD NLE on these laptops are idiots? More likely the idiot is you then. Much more likely.

RE: new standards?
By Pirks on 7/5/2011 9:38:06 PM , Rating: 2
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.
Learn what the HD NLE is son :))) You just have no idea about some very interesting things that exist outside your little box.

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