Is Pcmcia Dead?

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by maiki, Jul 16, 2011.

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  1. T1mur

    T1mur Notebook Guru

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    With chipsets newer than ICH8 you can use USB 2.0 audio devices for most tasks. Unless you need MADI, but then you are likely using a more expensive laptop, too, which should still come with ExpressCard.

    Intel put its energy into Light Peak/Thunderbolt, which effectively is the same as ExpressCard, just in a more convenient, but also more expensive cable form.

    Personally I use ExpressCard for eSATA and made Apple exchange my Macbook Pros over the course of 2 years repeatedly until it was at least usable without data corruption. Still I must not touch the MBP with external grounding while transferring data to keep the EC port from dropping out.

    Once USB 3 and Thunderbolt are widely spread both FW and ExpressCard will only be offered as external adapters to keep "legacy" hardware going.
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