Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 2 / 2
old account Frank Eory
User Rank
Author
re: Apple Air not the end for mobile drives
old account Frank Eory   10/21/2010 10:01:39 PM
NO RATINGS
64GB is nothing these days. 256GB is barely more than nothing. As cheap as hard drives and optical discs keep getting, we keep finding ways to fill lots of them with data! This isn't a real notebook -- more like a mobile internet device. If that LCD screen supported touch, you could call this an iPad with a keyboard...

jwc
User Rank
Author
re: Apple Air not the end for mobile drives
jwc   10/21/2010 9:40:23 PM
NO RATINGS
Just as an IBM Selectric typewriter would cost a small fortune to manufacture today, hard drives and optical drives will become prohibitively expensive to manufacture before very long. As more and more mechanical devices are replaced by other means, the ability to create and manufacture economical mechanical devices and systems will atrophy as well. Eventually most of today's mechanical approaches will simply become economically unfeasible.

selinz
User Rank
Author
re: Apple Air not the end for mobile drives
selinz   10/20/2010 9:02:28 PM
NO RATINGS
While it's true that 64Gb is small by todays standards, it's also true that most people buying this want an iPad that can do flash and has a keyboard. In other words, it trendy, cool, and great for social networking, websurfing, and a bit of picture and moving watching. But I'm sure that Apple's vision is that everyone will start downloading movies from the iTunes website (at the cost of about 0.5gB/movie) so the need for drives sort of goes away. As I mentioned in another post, I just saw an HP with a bluray drive, 500gb hd, 4gb memory, and an AMD dual core running at 2.3GHz for $599! Of course, it has a 1600X1080 17.3 inch, LED backlit screen.

LarryM99
User Rank
Author
re: Apple Air not the end for mobile drives
LarryM99   10/20/2010 8:11:27 PM
NO RATINGS
The real question is whether the flash memory is directly accessed or if it is forced to pretend to be a spinning disk. The SATA interface and the traditional file system are anachronisms for flash memory. I don't particularly like Apple's walled garden approach, but as a vertical integrator they could take the lead in terms of architectural changes like that. I will be curious to see a teardown... Larry M.

<<   <   Page 2 / 2


Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Awesome 3D Electronic Sculptures
Max Maxfield
10 comments
I recently received an email from someone we'll call Martin (because that's his name). Martin's message was short and sweet. In its entirety it read: "You need to see this!"

Jack Ganssle, Embedded.com

Processor Pinups
Jack Ganssle, Embedded.com
4 comments
My wife and I joke about our “adult” magazines. For her, those are the publications about beading. For me, they’re tool catalogs and Fine Woodworking magazine. The latter ...

Rajaram Regupathy, Cypress Semiconductor

Add USB Battery Charging Protocols to an Android-Based Design
Rajaram Regupathy, Cypress Semiconductor
Post a comment
Editorial Note: Excerpted from Unboxing Android: A hands on approach with real world examples, by Rajaram Regupathy, the author takes you through the process incorporating effective power ...

Rich Quinnell

Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
16 comments
As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

Special Video Section
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...
Avago’s ACPL-K30T is the first solid-state driver qualified ...
NXP launches its line of multi-gate, multifunction, ...
Doug Bailey, VP of marketing at Power Integrations, gives a ...
See how to ease software bring-up with DesignWare IP ...
DesignWare IP Prototyping Kits enable fast software ...
This video explores the LT3086, a new member of our LDO+ ...
In today’s modern electronic systems, the need for power ...
Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST
EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe will interview EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt.
Flash Poll