As USB 3.0 gains momentum, the number of ways you can add the high-speed connectivity to an existing system is also increasing. Latest is Active Media, who have outed a pair of reasonably low-cost cards - one ExpressCard, one PCIe - to add a couple of USB 3.0 ports to your laptop or desktop.
Manli's new netbook, the M3, has fallen into the hands of NetbookNews over in Taipei, and they've done the only noble thing and unboxed it on video. While the M3 may look like every other netbook around, it does deliver one or two interesting features: a fingerprint reader, for security, together with an ExpressCard 34 slot, and inside there's also a free mini PCI Express slot ideal for dropping in a 3G modem card or GPS receiver.
Apple may have dumped ExpressCard from their new MacBook Pro models, but PCMCIA - the organization behind the expansion card standard - are striding ahead with the official release of ExpressCard Standard 2.0. Transfer speeds are reportedly boosted by up to 10-times compared to ExpressCard 1.2, the existing standard, and there's also support for SuperSpeed USB 3.0.
Kohjinsha have announced a new netbook, the Kohjinsha MT Series, based on the Intel Atom N270 processor and offering both an ExpressCard 34 slot and and integrated TV tuner. The MT Series has a 10.1-inch display, up to 2GB of memory and a 160GB 5,400rpm hard-drive.
Sprint have launched their first two-in-one mobile broadband card, in the shape of the Sierra Wireless AirCard 402. The AirCard 402 can either be used in a narrow ExpressCard slot or, with the broader adapter casing fitted, in an older PC Card slot.
Sanwa Supply, a Japanese computer supply company, not to be confused with the infamous arcades’ parts supplier, Sanwa Denshi, has outed a dual-interface Express card 34/54 compact card adapter which supports ultra fast UDMA Mode 6 interface for both Windows and Mac users.
When ASUS brought their Eee PC 1004DN along to CES 2009 back in January, they were careful to point out that the optical drive-toting netbook was only going to launch in Europe and China. Unfortunately they obviously weren't as clear with their own staff as they were with the press, as the 1004DN has been spotted clearing the FCC.
Bad news for anyone looking forward to an HP Mini with an ExpressCard slot. Contrary to what the company's website suggests, there is in fact no distinct HP Mini 1100 range, only different SKU versions of the existing Mini 1000 line-up. An HP representative has informed Crunchgear that the mention of ExpressCard on their support site was "an error" that is being changed.
More information has emerged on the new HP Mini netbooks that recently appeared on the company's support pages. Four models - the 1133CL, 1135NR, 1140NR and 1141NR - have now got basic spec pages, suggesting that they're all based around the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, 60GB hard-drive and 10.1-inch 1024 x 576 display. As tipped, they also have ExpressCard/54 slots, ideal for 3G modems.
OCZ rolls out a trio of ExpressCard Storage solution in the capacities of 8GB, 16Gb and 32GB configuration. The Slate series flash drives are compatible with Expresscard 34 standard, fit snugly inside your laptop and also works with the ubiquitous USB thanks to a secondary connection via an integrated mini-USB port.
32GB flash based storage is ok but slightly small in comparing to nowadays’ USB thumb drives. Additionally, the specification of maximum read and write sequential speed at 18MB/s and 12.5MB/s respectively are not that impressive either. If you hate the idea of an external drive, USB thumb drive or burning data into optical disks; the Slate series ExpressCard drive is always an option. Price and availability have not yet been announced.