|SSDs which are compatible with
the ExpressCard specification are
just one of several ways of getting solid state disks inside notebooks.
The size and user value propositions for the
market opportunity were described in the
adoption model (published in 2005).
Depending on the size of the
notebook, other SSD options include:-
really distinguishes the ExpressCard SSD market, however, is that it's the easiest
way for users to perform an SSD upgrade on their notebooks. The other
mentioned methods (which are significantly higher volume markets) tend to be
done by the oem who made the notebook.
SSDs - which also includes motherboard soldered SSD chips and modules.
Several manufacturers have
introduced dual interface SATA
+ USB SSDs - to simplify
user upgrades. This involves transferring the data image from the internal hard
drive onto the target SSD using USB - and then replacing the HDD with its SSD
clone. But I expect that in the long term - ExpressCard will be the most
popular choice for end-user SSD notebook upgrades. The reasons?
- there's less to go wrong, and
The main disadvantage of ExpressCard
SSDs is that they are nearly always much slower than the available
- the whole process is quicker
The ExpressCard interface and form factor is a logical
descendant / inheritor of PCMCIA
which provided internal expansion slots in earlier generations of portable PCs,
phones and other mobile systems.
The 1st mention of "ExpressCard
SSDs" - here on StorageSearch.com
was June 2007 by
a company called Cenatek
- which was later acquired by
This page also includes a vendor list and extracts from SSD news
related to ExpressCard SSDs.
|The Express Card SSD turned out later to
be a market dead-end - so we stopped regular news coverage of the subjecton this
Effectively the role of ExpressCard SSDs has been replaced by
PCIe SSDs in the M.2
|RunCore's new Express Card
Editor:- March 1, 2010 - Among the many SSDs which RunCore will show
at CeBIT 2010 this week is an
flash SSD designed for
well as providing upto 64GB capacity (R/W speeds 120MB/s and 90MB/s) - the
Express 34 module also provides 2x
USB 3.0 ports with
connectors for linking the notebook to external devices.
|Clarifying SSD Pricing -
where does all the money go?|
Editor:- January 27, 2010 - StorageSearch.com today published
a new article -
Clarifying SSD Pricing.
SSDs are among the most
expensive items of computer hardware many of you will ever buy - with high end
models costing more than high end servers.
Understanding the factors
which determine SSD costs is often a confusing and irritating process - not
made any easier when market prices for identical capacity SSDs can vary more
than 100x to 1! This new guide suggests simple tactics to help
you. ...read the
the fastest ExpressCard
- the G-Monster Express card 54. Initially for the Japanese market. R/W speeds
are 180MB/s and 100MB/s respectively.
Version 2.0 of
ExpressCard - will be 10x faster than the previous version. This is
being done to help grow the market for
Pretec Electronics is
sampling a 128GB ExpressCard SSD for the notebook market with 38/30MB/s R/W
speeds and hardware encryption. Volume shipments are expected next month.
PQI launched a 32GB
ExpressCard SSD with 88MB/s read speed, and 48MB/s write.
Verbatim said it will
ship a 64GB ExpressCard SSD in February (price $299.99 ) with read speed upto
125MB/s, and write speed upto 30MB/s.
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