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AMD Launches New Reward Program

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: February 19, 2014 03:36PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Most discrete graphics cards are made for gamers, who wants to get the best visual experience when gaming. That was the reason AMD started its "Never Settle" bundles. So people actually had some games to play, when they had spent so much money on the graphics cards. Now AMD is ready with another promotion for gamers. Called the AMD Rewards, it is a program that allows Radeon and AMD APU owners to earn points, which in turn can be spent on graphics cards, games, GameFly subscriptions and various gaming equipment, such as Gunnar Glasses and Astro gaming headsets.

In order to obtain the points, the user must download the Gaming Evolved application that keeps games optimized by adjust the graphical settings to suit the user's hardware. The user can also use the software to broadcast games to Twitch, take screenshots, and more. Once the app is installed, all that needs to be done is to play games, and the points should start to accumulate. 

Source: MaximumPC



Futuremark Announces Server Benchmark Servermark

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: February 13, 2014 09:05AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Futuremark, the company behind the 3DMark and PCMark benchmarking tools, has recently announced it is developing Servermark, as benchmarking tool for servers. The software is being designed for measuring and comparing the performance of x86-based, Linux-running servers, and is to be well suited for testing virtual machines. It will include benchmark tests for web servers, file servers, database servers, media servers, and more.

Servermark, like every Futuremark benchmark, will be developed in partnership with leading hardware companies.

Source: Futuremark



OCZ Provides Warranty Information Following Acquisition by Toshiba

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: February 2, 2014 01:14AM
Author: bp9801

Toshiba's acquisition of OCZ Technology went through recently, which leaves the latter operating pretty much as it is, just with the new OCZ Storage Solutions name. The acquisition is good news as it helps keep one of the more popular SSD companies around, but you may be wondering what exactly that means for all its existing products, especially the warranties. Luckily information has come out on that matter, and the news is mostly good. All of OCZ's latest SSDs will continue with normal warranty support, so that means all the Vertex products (including the new 460 series), RevoDrives (but not the Hybrid), and Vector series are covered. However, the Agility series will only be covered until January 22, 2015. That means some warranties for the Agility 3 and 4 (like what I'm using) are going to be shortened a little.

Now to the bad news: all SSD series not listed above are not covered by a warranty. Also any non-SSD product made by OCZ won't be covered anymore, so that means power supplies, RAM, flash drives, and any peripherals. Speaking of power supplies, OCZ has found a buyer and will be announcing details in the next couple of weeks.

So there you have it. If you have an OCZ product still covered by warranty, it's business as usual. If you have one that will no longer carry a warranty and something happens to the product within reason, OCZ will try to replace it with the same model or a similar one (or even reimburse you the current market value).

Source: AnandTech and OCZ



Dell to Offer 3D Printers and Scanners

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: February 1, 2014 10:32PM
Author: tpsreport

Dell acknowledges that 3D printing is increasingly being used regularly in businesses and that engineers, architects, and designers would benefit from an "end-to-end solution, from concept through to print." So Dell has partnered with MakerBot, a leading manufacturer and supplier of 3D printers and scanners. This partnership allows 3D design solutions to be faster and more affordable for individuals, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.

Andy Rhodes, executive director of Dell Precision workstations, said, "At Dell we strive to arm start-ups, designers and engineers with the powerful, reliable and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed." Therefore, starting February 20, six MakerBot 3D printers and scanners ranging from $949 up to $6,449 will be available for purchase from Dell's website (US only). In the line-up are the MakerBot's Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, Replicator Z18 3D Printer, and lastly, a Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.

For those unfamiliar with 3D printing, it's the ability to print solid objects from a device that was designed on a computer. Anything from jet parts, prosthetic limbs, food, to even synthetic living tissue. With Dell's announcement, 3D printing will be more publicly available to consumers. It'll be very interesting to see the variety of things being printed in the near future. What would you make?

Source: Press Release



Patriot Introduces FUEL Active Batteries

Category: Manufacturers, General News
Posted: January 21, 2014 11:50AM
Author: Brentt Moore

A global leader in memory and mobile accessories, Patriot, has today unveiled its new line of mobile batteries known as the FUEL Active battery brand. The new brand of batteries is marketed towards consumers who enjoy outdoor exploration, need reliable power sources while doing so, and do not want to worry about running out of power on their mobile devices. Patriot is introducing the FUEL Active 2000 and the FUEL Active 6000, which both offer mobile charging of devices such as smartphones, GPS units, and other USB powered gadgets and accessories. Both batteries by Patriot feature built-in protection in the form of safeguarding devices from over charge, over current, over temperature, short circuit, and under discharge.

The FUEL Active 2000 features a 2000mAh battery that is able to fully charge most smartphones once, while the FUEL Active 6000 features a 6000mAh battery that is able to fully charge most smartphones three or four times, while making use of either the 1A or 2.5A available ports or the integrated USB cable. An LED flashlight is incorporated into both FUEL Active batteries, with the larger of the two offering three stage technology to control light output.

The Patriot FUEL Active 2000 and Fuel Active 6000 are available for immediate purchase and currently sell for an MSRP of $19.99 and $69.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release



CyberPowerPC Debuts SteamOS Computers at CES

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 6, 2014 12:24PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


As many have expected of this year's CES, hardware partners of Valve have been revealing their machines designed for SteamOS. Among these is CyberPowerPC, a custom gaming PC manufacturer. CyberPower has announced two pre-configured Steam Machines thus far, both expected in the second half of this year, and naturally you can customize them as you wish.

SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system Valve developed specifically for gaming. It has the ability to run Linux-supported games in your Steam game library. To drive those games, the CyberPowerPC Steam Machines sport an AMD Radeon R9 270 and AMD A6-6400K 3.90 GHz or an Intel Core i3-4330 3.50 GHz with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, for the CyberPowerPC Steam Machine A and I, respectively. Both machines have the same 500 GB SATA III HDD, 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM, and mITX form-factor motherboards. Both models also come with the Steam Controller, which was developed by Valve.

For games lacking Linux support, SteamOS can stream content from a Windows-based machine, potentially allowing you access to PC gaming in the living room. The Steam Machine A currently has a base price of $499 and the Steam Machine I has a base price of $699.

Source: Press Release



TRENDnet Introduces New Wireless Router

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 3, 2014 09:40AM
Author: Brentt Moore

As the IEEE 802.11ac standard gains popularity due to its sheer speed and network capability, more manufacturers are building wireless routers that take advantage of the 5GHz standard. TRENDnet is no exception, as it is announcing its AC1900 wireless router. The TRENDnet AC1900 will provide one AC network operating at 1.3Gbps along with an N network that will perform at 600Mbps. By broadcasting two separate networks simultaneously, the TRENDnet AC1900 allows newer wireless devices that support the AC standard to connect, along with older devices that make use of IEEE 802.11n to connect. The TRENDnet TEW-818DRU will also feature a 1GHz processor, high power radio amplifiers, all Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port, and a 5Gbps USB 3.0 port. Available from retailers starting in February, 2014, the TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 Wireless Router will sell for $259.99 and include a 3 year limited warranty.

Source: techPowerUp



ZTE to Introduce Multiple Smartphone at CES

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 2, 2014 06:09PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Chinese telecommunications equipment and systems company, ZTE Corporation, plans to introduce five new smartphones at CES which starts on January 7, 2014. ZTE will display their Grand S II, Iconic Phablet, Nubia 5S and Nubia 5S Mini, and Sonata 4G. The Grand S II will feature new technology that will allow users to take pictures and unlock their phone by using their voice. The Iconic Phablet is a 5.7-inch Gorilla Glass device that features Dolby Digital Sound, a dual-core processor, and wireless charging. Both the Nubia 5S and Nubia 5S Mini will incorporate quad-core Snapdragon processors, though the screen sizes differ with the former having a 5-inch 1080p display and the latter featuring a 4.7-inch display. The Sonata 4G, which will be featured on Aio Wireless, will boast a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, a 4-inch display, a 5 megapixel camera, and a 1,780mAh battery.

Souce: CNET



HP Increases Layoff Projections

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: December 31, 2013 03:26PM
Author: Brentt Moore

More layoffs are being announced from technology giant Hewlett-Packard. HP has now publically revealed that it plans to layoff a total of 34,000 employees by October 2014, which is 5,000 more employees than previous projections made in May 2012. Currently, HP has a total of 331,800 employees and is claiming that it is downsizing due to the combined pressures of the market and business overall. Meg Whitman, CEO of HP, stated that the company is taking a new direction and is now focusing more on multiple Operating Systems, multiple architectures, and multiple form factors. Despite the employee cuts, Whitman noted that HP is moving quickly to produce devices that customers want to purchase.

Source: DailyTech



SAMSUNG Introduces Massive 4K TV

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: December 30, 2013 07:21PM
Author: Brentt Moore

With CES right around the corner and starting just next week, SAMSUNG has introduced its new 110-inch 4K television. Besides the screen size, the television will most likely be a Smart television and feature some of the newest and intuitive technologies available from SAMSUNG. Just recently SAMSUNG announced a few new implementations that will be added to new Smart televisions that the company will be showing off at CES and hopefully releasing shortly after. Although a price has not been announced, analysts are expecting the television to cost more than $50,000, since the 85-inch SAMSUNG television released earlier this year was $40,000.

Source: DailyTech



Apple Charged with Price Setting iPhones in Taiwan

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: December 26, 2013 08:41PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Charged with a fine totaling 20 million New Taiwan dollars, or $670,000, Apple has been charged with fixing prices in Taiwan for their iPhones. The Fair Trade Commission noted that Apple violated article 18 of Taiwan's Fair Trade Act when it told three different carriers within Taiwan what customers should pay for their iPhones. Since the carriers, Chunghwa Telecom Co., Far Eastone Telecommunication Co. and Taiwan Mobile Co., had already paid their distribution rights to Apple the entities could legally charge customers any price for available iPhones. Instead, the carriers had to email Apple for approval on price points for the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5 and were unable to sell the devices until Apple approved the selling price. Apple can chose to appeal the charge, but if it does not comply it may additionally face a fine ranging from 100,000 New Taiwan dollars to 50 million New Taiwan dollars.

Source: DailyTech


SAMSUNG Smart TVs Upgrade Features

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: December 23, 2013 04:55PM
Author: Brentt Moore

During the upcoming CES, which will occur in January of next year, SAMSUNG will unveil its next-generation lineup of Smart televisions. The new televisions will include expanded voice integration service, a new gesture mode that makes use a single finger, and enhanced usability features. Currently the voice interaction service provided by SAMSUNG is available in 11 countries, but the service will expand into 12 more markets during next year. Television functions such as opening applications, searching, and surfing channels will become much easier. Concerning the finger gesture interface, SAMSUNG’s new Smart televisions will allow users to use their finger to change the channel, adjust volume, or find and select a program. There is no mention of what gesture will allow the aforementioned features to occur, but it has been noted that a counterclockwise finger gesture will stop video playback and return the user to the previous screen. SAMSUNG hopes that the new features found within their next-generation Smart televisions will enable customers to enjoy their televisions more intuitively, according to Kyungshik Lee, Senior Vice President of the Service Strategy Team of Visual Display Business at the company.

Source: PC Magazine, Press Release



BlackBerry and Foxconn Partner for Manufacturing Deal

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: December 20, 2013 05:34PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In the past, BlackBerry devices were both developed and manufactured by the wireless phone company. Today however, BlackBerry has announced that it will continue to focus on software for its mobile handsets and entrust Foxconn with manufacturing the cellular devices. John Chen, Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer at BlackBerry, stated that the move is geared towards lowering the financial risk of the company and producing better BlackBerry 10 devices. The deal allows BlackBerry to pay Foxconn directly for manufacturing costs while BlackBerry receives the revenue from device sales. However, if revenue surpasses an unspecified amount, Foxconn is able to receive some of the extra income as well.

BlackBerry’s first device to be produced by Foxconn will be a 3G capable BlackBerry 10 cellular phone that will initially be released in Indonesia during March of next year, though the handset will make its way into six or seven other markets later. Foxconn will produce BlackBerry devices at its facilities in both Indonesia and Mexico.

Source: DailyTech



Apple Manufacturing Factory Under Fire

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: December 16, 2013 03:49PM
Author: Brentt Moore

As iPhone’s spike in popularity after the release of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, demand continues to increase as well. Many of the iPhones that are sold are manufactured within China, where labor laws generally are loosely enforced within manufacturing facilities. A factory located in Shanghai and ran by a contract manufacturer known as Pegatron, which has been the location of multiple worker deaths in the last few months, is being accused of overworking its employees. Even though Apple has recently been attempting to limit overtime hours to 60 the factory is supposedly working employees as much as 72 hours per week, according to an investigator with China Labor Watch. Just last week Pegatron announced multiple workers died of various illnesses. The family of one of the workers who perished recently claimed that their underage child died in part due to overwork. However, Pegatron noted that the teenage child died of severe pneumonia and that all recent deaths were unrelated and were not a result of working or living conditions at the factory. When questioned for comment, Apple did not respond to the request and Pegatron declined to comment.

Source: PCWorld



TSMC Overtakes Intel in Total Semiconductor Sales

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: September 24, 2013 01:23PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Intel has been the biggest chip maker for many years now, but that seems to have changed. TSMC, the chip manufacturer for NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and AMD amongst others, has now surpassed Intel as the world's largest chip maker. In the second quarter of 2013, TSMC has sold $11.98 billion worth of semiconductors, while Intel has "only" sold for $11.79 billion. To further this lead, TSMC is preparing its four 8 inch wafer plants to meet the demands of the emerging wearable device market, such as Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smart watch. The data comes from market research firm IC Insights, who also states that the global semiconductor market is estimated to be worth $271 billion this year, and wafer foundries will account for more than 16 percent of that.

Intel has not gone in the defensive position though, as the chip maker is making its way into handheld devices with its new Bay Trail T chips. And TSMC might be ahead in chip sales, but Intel is still the big brother with a full year revenue of $53.3 billion against TSMC's full year revenue of $17.1 billion.

Source: MaximumPC



Apple's 'Pinch-to-Zoom' Patent Rejected by USPTO

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 29, 2013 10:28AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Depending on how you feel about Apple's role in the technology industry, a potentially major decision has been made to help or hurt the industry. My own belief is that this helps the industry. As reported by PCWorld, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rejected Apple's claim to a patent on 'pinch-to-zoom.'

This patent was one of those Apple brought Samsung to trial for, which ultimately saw Apple winning, but is now the second of those patents the USPTO has decided to invalidate. The first being the 'overscroll-bounce' patent. The reason for this decision is that its 21 claims could be anticipated from previous patents or are simply unpatentable.

The fallout of this decision is hard to predict at the moment, especially as Apple has multiple avenues to appeal the decision, which could lead to the decision being reversed and the patent being verified. For the time being though, you can be certain that Samsung lawyers are drafting arguments for why the damages they are supposed to pay to Apple should be lessened after the trial last August.

Source: PCWorld



Next Generation ARM SoCs Expected to Hit 3 GHz

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 9, 2013 01:16PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Currently ARM processors are limited to 2.3 GHz due to the size of the manufacturing node, which is currently at 28 nm. This can be seen in both the Snapdragon 800 and the Tegra 4i, both of which are scheduled to arrive in late 2013 or early 2014.

The good news for ARM, and the consumers, is that TSMC and GlobalFoundries plan to move to a manufacturing node of only 20 nm, which, according to TSMC, will allow for a 30 percent higher speed, while requiring 25 percent less power. This improvement will bring the ARM SoCs to about 3 GHz, while the amount of transistors will be greatly increased as well. The increased amount of transistors is supposed to be primarily used for graphics. 25 percent reduction in power consumption will also be a welcome improvement, since it will help reduce one of the biggest problems amongst mobile units, namely the battery life.

These improvements will help ARM defend the company's market share in the smartphone and tablet market, both of which Intel and AMD are trying to penetrate. Intel hopes to move to 14 nm by the end of 2014 and AMD might do the same, if GlobalFoundries manages to keep its promise about moving to 14 nm by the end of 2014.

Source: Fudzilla



Club3D Ends Partnership with NVIDIA

Category: Video Cards, Manufacturers
Posted: June 13, 2013 02:02PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Club3D might not be the best known hardware company, but it has 16 years of experience none the less, when it comes to manufacturing graphic cards. The company has manufactured cards with both NVIDIA and AMD chips on them for many years, but the company has now decided that it will focus on AMD's chips only. The reason for parting with NVIDIA is unknown, although rumors say that NVIDIA is currently trying to decrease the number of add-in boards. 

AMD is, according to Judith Ma Tseng, CEO at Club3D, able to deliver a complete solution to the customers. Tseng believes that "[Club3D] can offer a better solution going forward wth AMD alone." 

The Director of Desktop Product management at AMD Graphics, Zvika Greenstein, is confident that Club3D made the right decision, because "with products like the Radeon HD 7990 Dual GPU, Club3D has a long-standing reputation for delighting enthusiasts with spectacular products based on AMD Radeon™ graphics chips". He also takes the decision as "a powerful acknowledgement of [AMD's] leadership in graphics space". 

Source: Club3D



Antec Launches Variety of New Products; Updates Kühler CPU Coolers

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: June 12, 2013 08:26PM
Author: bp9801

Antec, one of the leading manufacturers of many computer products, announced several new items during the recently ended Computex trade show. The company is releasing several new cases, power supplies, and Bluetooth speakers, as well as updating its Kühler line of liquid CPU coolers. For the gamers, Antec has the new Nineteen Hundred, which is described as a "super gaming tower." There's also the P100 performance case that should continue the legacy of the other Performance One series cases (like the P183). On the power supply side, Antec is introducing its new High Curent Pro Platinum PSUs that feature OC Link technology and Grid, which is a piece of software providing real-time display, control, and alarm functions. The Bluetooth speakers include the SP3, SP1 Zero, and SP1 Plus for users needing more sound while out and about.

Its Kühler liquid CPU cooler line is being updated with three new models: the Kühler H2O 650, 950, and 1250. The 650 features an extra large pump to help with coolant circulation so your CPU gets cooled down faster. There's also a powerful fan to make sure air gets through the radiator easier. Plus there's the RGB LED that's controlled by firmware to let you know the temperature, as well as the universal mounting bracket to attach to both AMD and Intel CPUs. The 950 doubles the height of the 650 and adds two PWM fans controlled by Antec GRID software. Then there's the Kühler 1250, which features a 240mm design and two cooling pumps to ensure even the hottest CPUs are kept in line. Its fans are also controlled the Antec GRID.

Expect all of these Antec products to be available soon, with the Kühler H2O 650, 950, and 1250 arriving in the third quarter of this year.

Source: Press Release



New MSI Gaming Laptops with Haswell and GeForce GTX 700M Series Graphics

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: June 3, 2013 09:09PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With the recent releases of NVIDIA's GeForce 700 series of GPUs and Intel's Haswell platform, gamers have some new, powerful hardware to start playing with. MSI has recently updated its GT and GE models of gaming laptops with the newer hardware, to give gamers the best experience currently available.

Intel's 4th Generation Core processors were designed for graphics and are able to push 4K video, while still doubling battery life. Of course sometimes you will need more graphics power than Intel can offer, so the G Series of laptops will also include a GTX 765M, 770M, or 780M GPU. These GPUs currently represent some of the most powerful mobile graphics solutions available.

Rounding it out, the some of the laptops feature MSI's Killer DoubleShot technology for lag-less wired and wireless gaming and up to 32 GB of DDR3 RAM. Also the RAID storage system for some models has grown to include three SSDs, to deliver over 1500 MB/s of speed.

Source: Press Release




NVIDIA Expands Mobile GPU Lineup

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: May 31, 2013 02:36PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

NVIDIA is getting ready for Intel's Haswell launch by expanding its lineup of mobile GPUs with four new higher end GPUs: the GTX 780M, 770M, 765M, and 760M. They are all based on the 28 nm Kepler architecture; however, it is only the GTX 780M that will be based on the GK104 GPU with 1536 CUDA cores. The other three cards are based on the GK106 GPU with 960 and 768 CUDA cores. 

The GTX 780M offers some very impressive specifications with a GPU clock of 823 MHz and 4 GB of GDDR5 clocked at 5 GHz, which combined with a 256-bit memory interface gives 160 GB/s of memory bandwidth. According to NVIDIA, all this should make the GTX 780M able to play all the latest titles, such as Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, and Battlefield 3, at 1920x1080 resolutions with ultra settings.

The fastest of the three GK106 GPUs, the GTX 770M, sports 960 CUDA cores clocked at 811 MHz and 3 GB of GDDR5 memory with a clock set to 4 GHz paired up with a 192-bit memory interface for 96GB/s of memory bandwidth. The GTX 765M and 760M both have 768 CUDA cores, plus 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4 GHz on a 128-bit memory interface, giving it 64 GB/s of memory bandwidth. What sets them apart is the core clock. The GTX 765 has a core clock of 850 MHz, whereas the GTX 760 has a core clock of 657 MHz.

All the GPUs will feature NVIDIA's GPU Boost 2.0 technology and support NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching technology, which helps prolong the battery life when the dedicated GPU isn't needed.

Source: Fudzilla



ECS Announces Durathon Technology and L337 Motherboards

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: May 29, 2013 09:45PM
Author: bp9801

ECS, like so many other companies, is going to be at Computex showing off plenty of new gear that's sure to interest many computer users, especially gamers and overclockers. As such, ECS has announced its new Durathon technology and L337 gaming motherboard series, along with some other items. The Durathon technology is a new certificate that goes beyond industrial standards and guarantees a long life and exceptional performance. It's being factored into all upcoming ECS motherboards, and should ensure your motherboard is running strong long after all your other gear has been replaced. The L337 gaming motherboard series is designed to "turn gamers' wants, needs, and dreams into reality." Expect more on both of these as Computex gets started next week.

Those aren't the only things ECS is going to have on hand at Computex, as it's going to be showing some all-in-one systems that have interchangeable Mini-ITX motherboards, Ultrabooks packed with touchscreens, and even a 10.1" tablet running Android 4.04 and powered by an Intel Atom Z2640 (Medfield) processor.

Source: Press Release



Intel Announces New Generation of Atom Processors

Category: CPU's, Manufacturers
Posted: May 7, 2013 11:29AM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Intel has announced its new Silvermont architecture, which is going to improve the Atom line significantly. The new architecture will be based on Intel's 22 nm 3D Tri-Gate SoC, which is faster while using less power than the current generation. Intel claims that Silvermont will deliver up to three times more peak performance or about the same performance as the current generation using only 20% of the power. The new architecture allows for a new out-of-order execution engine, a multi-core and system fabric architecture that is scalable up to eight cores, new IA instructions, and improved power management capabilities, such as low power C states.

Intel foresees that these chips will be used in various applications, such as smartphones, microservers, tablets, entry level laptops, and network infrastructure. Release dates of some of the CPUs based on Silvermont have been announced:

  • Baytrail: Quad-core processor for tablets - holiday 2013
  • Merrifield: Smartphone processor - by the end of 2013
  • Avoton: Microserver chip - second half of 2013
  • Rangeley: Routers and other networking gear - second half of 2013

The success of these chips are crucial for how well Intel will do in the growing mobile market. ARM has been dominating the market for quite a while, and other competitors are trying to get their market share as well. Intel needs to get some results soon, if it wants to have a say in the future of mobile computing.

Source: MaximumPC



Xbox 720 Might Not Need Always-on Connection After All

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: May 7, 2013 10:06AM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Good news for those who seek to buy the new Xbox 720, since it will not require an always-on connection as was previously rumored. It is supposedly not necessary to have a connection when playing games, watching Blu-ray movies, and streaming live television. It is still a rumor, but the information is said to be originating from an email that was sent to all full time members of the Xbox 720 team.

What is interesting is that Microsoft will implement Blu-ray support, since it originally betted its money on HD-DVD with the Xbox 360. Instead of developing a new type of high-capacity disc standard like Nintendo did with Wii U, Microsoft has chosen to adopt the competitor's standard. That decision is probably slightly forced due to the widespread use of Blu-rays, and because it allows the Xbox 720 to be used as an HTPC, when combined with the new cable television packages offered through Microsoft's new partners Comcast and Verizon.

Official details about the Xbox 720 will be revealed May 21, when Microsoft will uncover all the mysteries about the console. 

Source: ExtremeTech



Getac Offers Laptops for Extreme Use

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: May 1, 2013 02:29PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Do you need a laptop for field research, is it necessary for your survival that you have a laptop with you on camping, or are you just generally clumsy and need a durable laptop? If you answered "yes" to any of the questions, then Getac has got you covered. Its new X500 Rugged Server is, according to Getac, certified to military specifications for operation in extreme conditions, so it should be able to handle pretty much anything you throw at it.

The X500 Rugged Server is approximately the same size as a briefcase, which might refrain some from calling it a laptop, but everything is relative. It sports a 15.6 inch display, a Core i7 820QM, 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GT 330M, 500GB of SATA storage, three USB 2.0 ports, one USB/eSATA combo port, dual GbE LAN ports, and 802.11n WiFi. The laptop also supports up to five shock-protected hard drives that are replaceable via two quick access doors. The drives are managed by a built-in RAID controller board.

So if you have some extreme demands for your laptop, then the X500 Rugged Server might just be your thing. All you need to do is request a quote from Getac, and you should be able to buy one now.

Source: Maximum PC



Corsair Dismisses Rumor About Being For Sale

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: May 1, 2013 01:46PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

There has been a rumor about Corsair being bought by Francisco Partners, a private equity firm; however, that rumor has now been dismissed by Corsair. Corsair told Maximum PC that the rumor is inaccurate, but the company is instead looking for investments. Corsair sent a FAQ to Maximum PC, which explains that "we would like to make more acquisitions and this requires outside investment." Corsair tried to acquire the needed funding through public funding, but that idea was discarded. Corsair estimated that the company would not be able to obtain the required funding using that method, since it is selling to niche markets, which limits the amount of people interested in buying shares. Instead Francisco Partners offered the needed funding in exchange for a share of the company. Despite Francisco Partners obtaining part of Corsair, the hardware company will still operate the way it always has. The newly obtained funding will be used to purchase small, less well-run companies that produce technology Corsair can benefit from to ensure continuous growth and an ever expanding product catalogue.

The investment is going to be approximately $75 million and it is expected to happen during the next few weeks.

Source: Maximum PC



A New Competitor to Apple's MacBook Air Emerges

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: April 22, 2013 12:25PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Apple's Macbook Air has finally been dethroned as the lightest and thinnest laptop. A small Taiwanese computer maker called Inhon has recently announced its Blade 13 Carbon laptop that weighs only 870g, which is close to 200g lighter than Macbook Air. The thickness is only 10.7mm, making it a massive 2mm slimmer than its closest competitor. It features a 1080p display, either an i5 or an i7 cpu, up to 256GB SSD, and 4GB of RAM. A cheaper fiberglass version at 12.6mm and 1,195g will also be released. The resolution also goes down on the cheaper version with only 1600x900 pixels. The price for the cheaper version is estimated at around $1,000.

It'll be released in Taiwan in June though no release date for the US market is known. According to Engadget it will be priced at around $1,350, which means it will be able to compete with MacBook Air, so hopefully it'll ship to other continents later this year.

Source: Engadget



Texas Instruments to Provide HP with ARM SoCs for Servers

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: March 5, 2013 01:06PM
Author: EuroFight

Texas Instruments has agreed to provide ARM-based SoCs (System-on-Chips) to Hewlett-Packard as part of its plans to build low-power servers. The chips will be based around quad-core ARM Cortex A15 processors, and will include cores dedicated to particular tasks such as network processing and I/O. HP hopes that support from Texas will allow them to construct a new standard of low-power servers aimed at cloud and telecommunications networks.

HP is not the only server vendor that is experimenting with ARM-based servers, companies such as Dell are also working on bringing ARM technology into the server market. Chip manufacturer AMD has also expressed an interest in building ARM-based server chips, despite the current market being dominated by standard x86 processors. One of the reasons for this is that the x86 architecture is much better at handling database and similar tasks, while ARM chips are better at handling large volumes of search requests. 

Source: PCWorld.com



Mac Pro Sales to Stop in EU on March 1

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 31, 2013 02:02PM
Author: EuroFight

Due to amendments to EU electrical safety regulations, sales of the Mac Pro in Europe are to stop on March 1st, according to Mac fan site Macworld. The standard IEC 609501 was revised in December 2011, but only comes into effect at the beginning of March, which directly affects sale of the Mac Pro. This is due to the power provided to the system I/O ports as well as the placement of the product fan guards.

The current version of the product, however, has not had a revision since 2010, so it is likely that a new Mac Pro will emerge soon afterwards. Apple CEO Tim Cook also stated that Apple is working on the successor to the popular desktop in 2012, who also stated that the product would be released sometime in 2013.

Source: Macworld.com



Acer Looks to Refocus Business Model Going Forward

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 25, 2013 02:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Acer is planning to change things up and begin to increase focus on creating products that are "beyond the PC." The company will close down the eMachines division while refocusing the Gateway and Packard Bell divisions. Acer acquired all three companies in 2007 as part of its purchase of Gateway for $710 million. Some possible new products for Gateway and Packard Bell include tablets, smart TVs, and media streaming boxes. Acer spokeswoman Lisa Emard said, "As computing devices are used in new ways, both on the go and throughout the home, Gateway and Packard Bell will adapt their product portfolios to meet these needs."

Source: Computerworld



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