Topic: Working Cardbus or Expresscard Chipsets for HDSP
My post applies to RME owners who wish to use their HDSP gear on an 'affordable' laptop. I am not meaning to disregard the specialty laptop builders and high end Mac users, but I think many (likely most) people do not want to spend upwards of $1500 US just to get a compatible system when a modern $600 US laptop would provide an equivalent amount of 'horsepower'. Many of us already have fully equipped DAWs and would like the additional option of using our HDSP gear in a portable fashion...at a reasonable cost.
After numerous searches on this board and others (SOS, KVR, Gearslutz), the only consensus approved chipset for the PCMCIA or Expresscard slots is the Texas Instruments version(s).
From what I've been able to determine, the TI cardbus chipset has not been used in a retail laptop since the Socket M boards of years past (Lenovo T60, T60p, Toshiba A9, M9, HP dv9000, Acer 5220 amongst others).
Even most Penryn laptops (4 years old or more) are too 'recent' by this standard.
Surely there must be 1 person on the planet that has a working HDSP(e) system on a retail laptop that dates from beyond 2007. Is there not a single Cardbus/Expresscard chipset that is being used successfully?