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FMS 2012: Micron P320h PCIe SSD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 25, 2012 4:50 am

Flash Memory Summit 2012 - Micron was demonstrating their newest Micron-designed PCIe SSD controller at the Flash Memory Summit. This controller has allowed Micron to develop the P320h standard PCIe SSD, but also take a new approach to PCIe SSDs.




There are two approaches, the standard SSD that plugs into the PCIe slot, and then a device that looks strikingly similar to a typical 2.5" SSD.




This standard looking SSD is actually connected via a PCIe connection. Even though the connector resembles a standard connection, it is actually an extension of PCIe which allows for superb latency and much higher throughput speed.

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Today is a dark day for the technology world, Apple wins in their patent case against Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 25, 2012 4:01 am

I woke up this morning to my wife sitting across from me asking "did you hear about the Apple vs. Samsung case? Apple won". I immediately grabbed my Galaxy Note (wink) and read up on it. Today is a dark day for technology, my dear readers.




The jury on the case found that Samsung were guilty on infringing six out of the seven Apple patents, with the results of this pushing Samsung to pay just over $1 billion in damages to Apple. On Samsung's side, the jury ruled that Apple did not infringe on Samsung's patents with their iPhone 3G and 3GS phones, and have awarded Samsung absolutely nothing in damages.


The jury ruled that Samsung infringed on Apple's '381 bounceback patent, with all of their products in question, all 21 of them. In regards to the '915 patent on pinch-to-zoom, the jury ruled that all but three of Samsung's device infringed on the patent, and even worse, found that Samsung's executives either knew, or should have known their products were indeed infringing on the said patents.

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FMS 2012: IDT Displays Worlds First NVMe Capable PCIe SSD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 25, 2012 3:42 am

Flash Memory Summit 2012 - NVMe is an emerging specification that looks to take over both SCSI and SATA as the go-to specification for SSDs. This new method of accessing SSDs allows for performance above and beyond the current methods of accessing storage. Many of the performance limitations of flash solutions are actually being held back by archaic storage interfaces, and the advent of the NVMe specification looks to remedy that situation.




Of course the first step to achieving this is working silicon, in the form of controllers that are already integrated into usable solutions. IDT has rose to the challenge, beating many others to actually producing the first operating devices capable of supporting this solution that has been in development for years. This demo unit had a rather large fan over the processor to keep it cool during operation.




This board is the higher capacity version that supports more NAND packages onboard a PCIe gen 3.0 compliant interface. The sheer aggregation of flash dies allows for a more linear scaling in performance from the device, leveraging 32 channels via the 89HF32P08AG3 controller.

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Poor PC sales has caused a surplus of DRAM at suppliers, could drop DRAM prices 10-15%

By: Trace Hagan | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 11:02 pm

Computer sales have been slow, especially considering we are in the third quarter, a time when sales are usually peaking due to back to school shopping and other factors. This slow down in sales has caused a drop in demand for DRAM and quite the stock pile of RAM back at the factories. Most have pulled in production, but they still have a 3 month surplus.




Hopefully, Windows 8 PCs and the release of Windows 8 will drive PC sales back up to where they should be. This should help clear out the back up as sales pick up. Some sources have reported OEM PC factories have a surplus of 6 months. This huge pile up is bad for the industry but good for consumers looking to upgrade their RAM.


Some sources are saying that RAM prices could be 10-15 percent lower in October than they are today--good news if you need to expand your RAM offerings or are looking to give RAM as a gift. Elpida and Rexchip Electronics have cut production by 25-30 percent in order to stop prices from dipping even further.


Bottom line: if you can hold off buying RAM for another couple of months, it should be 10-15% cheaper.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean OTA update leaks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:31 pm

If you're an owner of a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III, then you can now pick up a leaked version of the Jelly Bean update. XDA user LuffarJoh posted up the leaked ROM for users to install on their phones, but judging by some of the bugs and other issues with the ROM, it would appear to be an earlier version of the ROM.




To upgrade, users are required to be running the stock T999UVALH2 build. Furthermore, you may lose root when applying the update. These are just a couple of the caveats. The ROM appears to have bugs with Wi-Fi calling, stock browser and video player. Google Now may or may not work and there could be some general performance or lag issues.


That said, it's always nice to get upgraded to the latest OS, especially if it's ahead of the official launch. If you can deal with these bugs and want to try out the operating system for yourself, you can pick it up at the XDA forum post. Just make sure you're willing accept the bugs and potential risks before upgrading.

Upcoming Intel server parts revealed, details chipset and processor plans

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:02 pm

Intel's server parts are expensive, but they are worth it if you're running a mission critical application. Currently, the server chips are based off of the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture and it looks as though it will be staying that way for a while longer. Ivy Bridge-based server parts aren't due out until 2013, according to the latest roadmap.




The upcoming server platforms are called Brickland and Grantley and which one you use will be dependent on what sort of applications and processing power you are looking to utilize. Brickland will be used for mission critical applications and is set to support three generations of CPUs all the way through to Broadwell in 2015.


Grantley will be for efficient performance and won't debut until after the Ivy Bridge generation. The first chip that Grantley will support is the 22nm Haswell server variant. They will also be introducing a new storage controller which will bring performance and feature improvements. We should learn more as of Intel's upcoming meeting in San Francisco.

Facebook forcing employees to use Android app so they will be interested in fixing it

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 9:31 pm

We may just have a piece of good news here for users of the Android Facebook app. As most of you know, the thing sucks. I'm not going to use pretty language like "subpar" or other sanitized language when describing it. Facebook updated the iOS version of the app with a completely rewritten version that is faster, more stable, and generally better than the previous iteration--and the previous iteration was still better than the current Android app.




Facebook management has come to realize just how bad the Android app is and is working on getting their employees to fix it. But, if they don't use it, they won't really know just how bad it is or where the problems are. This is where Facebook's new "policy" comes into play. I say "policy" as it's not an official policy, rather a suggestion (with some coercion).


Facebook is suggesting employees, and has even ordered a few, to give up their iPhone and use an Android phone and the Facebook app all day, every day. Hopefully if they are stuck with the terrible app, they will become more interested in fixing it up to where it is at least competitive with the iOS version.


Android users, rejoice! Facebook appears to finally be taking their Android app seriously. Now we will just have to wait for an update.

New camouflage face paint that 'resists intense heat from bombs'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 8:30 pm

If you've ever been camping and sat around a campfire, you know how hot your face can get. While in war, many soldiers wear camouflage face paint. The issue with the current face paint is that it is a concoction of oil and wax which, when exposed to high temperatures such as a bomb blast, melts and burns the skin.




Furthermore, any face paint is required to have Deet, an insect repellent, included in the formula so that soldiers don't get bitten to death in jungles and other settings. The problem with Deet is that it is highly flammable, not exactly something you want exposed to high heat. This is where the scientists come in.


Scientists have invented a new face paint which "resists intense heat from bombs" and can resist temperatures of up to 600*C for up to 15 seconds. Considering bomb blasts last just two or three seconds, this face paint can protect soldiers' skin from the heat produced by the blast.


The new paint is produced using silicone, something that reflects heat rather than absorbing it. The Deet problem was solved by mixing it with a water-rich hydrogel substance to keep it from catching fire. Scientists are now working on producing a clear version for firefighters so they don't have to wear warpaint when running into a burning building.

Kickstarter Friday: Planetary Annihilation, a new, next generation RTS

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:33 pm

"Planetary Annihilation brings RTS gameplay to a new generation of players in a way that's never been seen before." Sick of all those games that are produced by massive publishing companies? Thankfully, Kickstarter has come along and provided a way for games to get funding without having to get the OK from these giant companies.




This allows games such as Planetary Annihilation, a game which the developers have said likely wouldn't get funding from a big studio, to be created, the way the developers and players want them to be. At their Kickstarter page, the developers, Uber Entertainment Inc, have provided a video and full description of the game:

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XtremeSystems and TweakTown set PCMark Vantage World Record at FMS 2012

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:04 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2012 - Since we just happened to be in town at the world's only dedicated NAND flash event, we decided a little extracurricular overclocking was in order. Corsair provided us with some of the hottest new technology on the market today, AX1200i, the world's first all digital power supply, eight Neutron GTX SSDs, the world's first Link_A_Media Devices SSDs and two Dominator Platinum 2400C9 kits. Areca tied it all together with a brand new, unreleased ARC-1882ix-12 with 4GB of DDR3 cache, a true PCIe 3.0 RAID controller.


We managed to smash the record with a result of 55,340 PCMarks. PCMark Vantage is the premier storage benchmarking suite used worldwide, so to break the overall record isn't easy.




As per usual when we set out for taking a record there is a large amount of Liquid Nitrogen used, bringing us down to -130C on the processor to allow for much higher CPU clocks.

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