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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 7/6/2011 1:29:54 AM , Rating: 2
For the blazing last generation video
Macs are not the best gaming machines, so what?
blazing 3rd and 4th tier CPUs?
So Xeon E5620 is "3rd and 4th tier" CPU? I smell some envy here! Looks like you can't afford those, hence you call them "3rd and 4th tier", hahaha :)) I can see through ya! No need to try to BS me.
It must be for the blazing speed of the whites from the LCD
Don't envy the Thunderbolt bandwidth. You work some more hours and you could then afford at least one Thunderbolt cable. Maybe. Such is life, not everyone can get the fastest stuff. Deal with it.

RE: new standards?
By Bad-Karma on 7/6/2011 2:04:17 AM , Rating: 2
Xeon E5620 is "3rd and 4th tier"

Itanium -Tukwila (soon to be eclipsed by Poulson)

E3-12xx-series "Sandy Bridge"

E7-x8xx-series "Westmere-EX"

6500/7500-series "Beckton"

3600/5600-series "Gulftown & Westmere"

C3500/C5500-series "Jasper Forest"

So your E5620 is actually at the lower third of the 5th tier (not counting Poulson). Sells on Newegg right now for $389, just $75 more than a I7-2600K. Which is 4 times cheaper than my last Raid card......

RE: new standards?
By Pirks on 7/6/2011 3:05:50 AM , Rating: 2
Decomposing corpse of Itanic has no place here, and if seamonkey meant "3rd of 4th place in the global speed hierarchy of all CPUs out there" then yeah, I kinda agree with that. I know Macs don't have the fastest CPUs on Earth right now. Just wasn't sure about what seamonkey meant exactly.

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