Notebooks have limited upgradability at best and if you're lucky to own one with an ExpressCard slot, then you will know how frustrating it is to have to swap between two different cards. Especially if one of them happens to be a storage upgrade. Chinese SSD maker RunCore has come to the rescue with a product that should appeal to notebook PC users, at least as long as the price is right; the ExpressCard 34 SSD with a built-in USB 3.0 host controller.
The card is called the RunCore Pro IV ExpressCard SSD and it contains a 64GB SSD that connects to your notebook via the ExpressCard interface. It also hass a USB 3.0 host controller which allows you to connect USB 3.0 devices to your notebook which means that you'll be able to take advantage of fast, external storage devices. Add to the fact that RunCore has implemented a USB 3.0 host feature that lets you connect the Pro IV to a desktop PC with USB 3.0 connectivity (or USB 2.0 for that matter) to copy data at high speed.
The SSD part may not be all that impressive compared to the latest generation of SSDs and it actually compares more to recent USB 3.0 flash drives with a read speed of 110MB/s and a write speed of 80MB/s. But it is still not too bad considering how unique this product is on the market. Sadly, RunCore didn't announce a launch date or any kind of pricing, but we'd expect the Pro IV to sell in excess of US$200 considering it is a 64GB SSD and a USB 3.0 host controller in one.