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LSI AIS 2012 - PNY Debuts HP SSD Upgrades and New USA Manufacturing Facility

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Nov 17, 2012 9:19 pm

LSI AIS 2012 - We've known about PNY's growing relationship with USA based system builders for some time but the HP connection just became a little more public. Before we dive into the new products though let's have a brief look at PNY's new Made in the USA manufacturing facility located in New Jersey.



Image Courtesy of PNY


PNY has a new manufacturing facility in New Jersey. The new green factory gets up to 40% of its power from solar cells, quite an achievement considering the amount of power needed to run SMT lines. While looking for information about the factory we found several positions available so if you're looking for a job in the high technology manufacturing sector PNY is a good place to send your resume.

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LSI AIS 2012 - Avant Shows Engineering Muscle with New SSD Designs

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Nov 17, 2012 8:50 pm

LSI AIS 2012 - Avant Technology made a rare public appearance at AIS 2012. Before you ask we'll fill you in. Avant Technology is responsible for the design and manufacture of several SSDs sold around the world. As a private company we don't have access to specific numbers but we know it's a significant market share. CTO Paul Goodwin joined Avant in 2007 and personally designs most, if not all of the innovative Avant SSDs.




The first product is a massive 2TB 2.5" SSD in an enterprise standard 15mm z-height. Combining four SF-2281 controllers, a LSI RAID controller and SAS 6GB/s, this unannounced product surpasses HDD density in the 2.5" form factor. I'm sure the performance is a bit better as well.


Avant's focus isn't just on the enterprise market. Here we have a new mSATA SSD with 480GB capacity. In order to achieve form factor leading density Avant added a daughter board to hold additional flash. At the same time this product increases the performance over standard mSATA SSDs because it utilizes all 8 channels of the SF-2281 controller. Most mSATA SSDs only use 4 channels so the performance of this mSATA product should line up with 2.5" SF-2281 SSDs.

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Judge rules Jelly Bean and iPhone 5 can be included in ongoing lawsuit

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 17, 2012 2:02 am

US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has allowed both Samsung and Apple to add new devices to their ongoing patent dispute. Grewal has allowed the Korean tech giant to include the iPhone 5 in the lawsuit over LTE patents. Meanwhile, Grewal has accepted Apple's amended complaint, which now includes the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy S III.




Apple has also added Android Jelly Bean in to the suit, even though it has basically nothing to do with Samsung. It will be interesting to see who pays what if a ruling is made against Jelly Bean. This is just the continuation of lawsuits that the two mobile giants have hit each other with over the past years.


Everyone likely remembers that Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $1 billion in damages, so maybe in this lawsuit, it will be time for Apple to pay some of that money back. This current case, which just received the additional devices, is set to be heard in 2014. We're many new devices away from 2014, so it will likely be updated several more times before being heard.

Apple gets patent for the visual page turn, everybody groans

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 17, 2012 1:16 am

Apple has received a patent today for a visual page turn. Yes, that's right, Apple has patented the animation of a virtual page being turned on an electronic device. The patent is called "Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface" and has the picture below included in the application:




As you can no doubt see, it is the page-turning effect that is already present in iBooks. Now, one would think this is an obvious thing, and therefore not patentable, but it is just one of many things that are "seemingly obvious" that Apple has gone out and gotten a patent for. It's nice to have a big war chest of patents, especially if you like suing everybody.


However, it's pretty hard to see this patent standing up in court. If Apple sues another company, and the way Apple is going, that's a pretty likely scenario, this patent may be at the center of that lawsuit. Let's just hope it doesn't end up in another $1 billion settlement for the iPhone-making giant.


What are your thoughts on this patent? Obvious, ridiculous, something else? Let us know in the comments!

LSI AIS 2012: LSI Accelerating Innovation Summit 2012

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 17, 2012 12:52 am

LSI AIS 2012 - LSI beat the rest of the market to release the SAS 6Gb/s controllers that now dominate the datacenter, with over 75% of the channel and 4 out of 5 major OEMs utilizing their current generation products. LSI aims to extend this lead and has shown us some of the initial results for their new 12Gb/s SAS products.




The Invader, referred to as the 9271-8i MegaRAID, sports LSIs latest ROC, the 3108. This chip provides excellent scalability and the potential for speeds that saturate the current PCIe 3.0 bus.


We can also observe the battery backup unit, and also the innovative cache module that provides a fail-safe cache protection for mission critical applications.


Part of the attraction of this new series of controllers is the DataBolt expander technology that LSI has developed in conjunction with the Invader. With widespread adoption of 12Gb/s storage devices likely to take some time to enter the channel, the DataBolt technology provides the ability to aggregate the performance of two 6Gb/s devices across one lane.

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Apple's Australian branch gets hit with $28.5 million in back taxes

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 11:31 pm

Apple's Australian branch has taken a bit of a hit today after the country and continent of Australia billed Apple $28.5 million in back taxes. The back taxes relate to Apple and its use of tax havens such as Nevada, Ireland, and Luxembourg to avoid paying taxes on earned income, which saves them a fair amount of money.




Apple Australia pulled in $4.9 billion in revenue over the last year from sales of Macs, iPads, and iPhones. This new tax bill amounts for more than 25 percent of the tax bill now paid by Apple. With the new taxes, Apple's tax bill for the year ending September 24, 2011, amounts to $94.7 million.


Apple isn't the only one getting in trouble for using tax havens. Amazon has recently been hit with $252 million USD in back taxes by France. Amazon uses Luxembourg to avoid paying taxes in the European region. It will be interesting to see if any other countries come after Apple for back taxes...and how Apple's stock responds if any do.

ReportTT: Amazon losing $500 million to $1 billion each year offering its streaming service

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 10:28 pm

According to Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, Amazon's streaming service that comes with an Amazon Prime membership isn't anywhere near profitable. In fact, he pegs the yearly loss at an amount somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion. That's an incredible price to pay to try and enter a market, but Amazon has the ability to do so.




The way Hastings has determined this estimate is by using the value of content deals that Amazon picked up when Netflix and Amazon were directly competing for them. Netflix is planning on spending over $2 billion on content over the next year, so the fact that Amazon is only losing $1 billion isn't such a big deal.


Both Amazon and Netflix charge the same amount per month for their services, $8, but Amazon also offers free two-day shipping and other benefits for that $8. Amazon spokesman Andrew Herdener, via email to All Things D: "We don't comment on our individual investments but it's correct that Prime Instant Video is an amazing value for customers. Not only do Prime members get unlimited streaming video, but they also get free 2-day shipping and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library as well."


However, Hastings notes that Amazon is a strong competitor: "Amazon is the best competitor we've ever faced."

Google Nexus 4 camera suffers the same iPhone 5 purple haze

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 9:33 pm

The purple haze appears to be a phenomenon with most high-end smartphone cameras, not just something limited to the iPhone 5 and a few others. The latest device to join the purple haze party is Google's recently released Nexus 4 smartphone, which is selling quite well, if you hadn't heard the news.




As you can see in the picture above, the purple haze affects this brand new device just as much as the others. It only shows up in a few different lighting scenarios, so people should try to avoid these few conditions that will lead to the purple haze. Mainly, avoid shooting towards bright lights that are just out of frame.


The current thought regarding the issue is that the hard crystals that are used as lenses impart the purple hue because they are not perfectly clear. When the light comes roughly straight through, it doesn't present a problem, but as it reaches the outer parts of the lens, the purple color becomes apparent. Of course, this is only a theory.


Let's just hope that the manufacturers can work out the purple haze issue so that I can take whatever type of pictures I want--even though I know not to shoot with a bright light in the background.

Recommended WiiU GamePad range is on the conservative side

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 8:28 pm

People buying the WiiU might be upset that they must basically be in the same room as the WiiU to use the WiiU GamePad. While the recommended usage distance is in fact 26 feet, the designers of the wireless chipset used in the tablet say that it is capable of much, much more, but Nintendo wanted to be sure they wouldn't be sued by someone trying to use it too far away.




Ultimately, the range comes down to the amount of wireless interference present in the installation location. If you're in an apartment building in New York City, you'll likely have much less range than someone out in the middle of nowhere, a location where not even cell phones get reception.


In the latter situation, Dino Bekis, senior director of Wireless Connectivity at Boradcom has said that people could likely get up to 100 feet of range. It also depends on what your house is composed of and different factors. The bottom line is that Nintendo went pretty conservative on the number to ensure that all users would receive a decent experience.


Bekis explains:


They have to make sure that it will operate in all of these different environments. If you're in an environment that has a lot of different (WI-FI routers) running simultaneously or other interference, you won't get the same range. We've done many multiples of (Nintendo's suggested range), but Nintendo's perspective is that they want to guarantee a flawless user experience.

RumorTT: Samsung to unveil Galaxy S IV at CES 2013, we'll be there to cover it

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 7:31 pm

A new rumor is placing the Galaxy S IV as being announced at CES 2013 in Las Vegas in a couple of months. The latest rumor comes from Asi Economics and says that the new Samsung flagship device will be introduced in January at everyone's favorite technology show, CES. Not only do we get an announce date, but Asia Economics has also reported some specifications.




The new Galaxy S IV is said to be coming with a 1920 x 1080 (1080p) screen that measures 5 inches. It's said to be an HD AMOLED display, and if the resolution and size are accurate, it would come with a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch, which is higher than any of the Retina displays utilized by Apple.


Other rumored specifications are that it will come with a quad-core Exynos processor and 4G LTE capabilities. If it didn't have either of those two specifications, the device really would be dead on arrival. If the rumors prove true, rest assured that TweakTown will have the scoop for you come CES 2013.

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