CES 2011, Las Vegas - Viking Modular attended Storage Visions and today Cameron and I payed a visit. At the booth Viking displayed their SandForce based DIMM SSD that uses power from the memory slot to power the drive. We are still waiting for a pair of these drives to show up for our SR2 build but they are coming.
New to the line up is the new DIMM memory module that is not an SSD but an actual memory module but the punch line is this module comes with its own battery back up add on. The battery appears to be a pair of capacitors that will allow for full time protection even in the event of a major power outage or hiccup in the system.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - ASUS have finally unveiled their Tegra 2-powered 10.1-inch tablets that are unique because they include physical keyboards.
The Eee Pad Slider (in the above picture, on the left) is poised to run Google's Honeycomb, includes an IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution, mini-HDMI and mini-USB ports as well as a microSD card slot. It weighs 2.2-pounds and comes in at .5-inch thick. The Eee Pad Slider also includes dual cameras (1.2 megapixel front-facing and 5 megapixel with an LED flash on the back).
CES 2011, Las Vegas - imation takes has replaced the traditional tape back up device with a new, disk based backup system. The new RDX consists of the A8, an 8 cartridge iSCSI, 2U storage station and the eight removable cartridges. The system is capable of delivering up to 60MB/s or 150GB per hour performance.
imation also released single dock versions, one for internal and one or external use. The external uses a USB 3.0 interface and the internal uses eSATA.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Hitachi is at CES with all of its wide and varied product categories on display. Among the new offerings at the show are the new CinemaStar 5K2000 and C5K750 lines of AV HDDs. These drives are optimized for all sorts of video storage duties from DVRs to video surveillance. The drives are also optimized for silent operation and low power consumption.
The 3.5-inch CinemaStar 5K2000 has 2TB and 1.5TB capacity HDDs in it. The drives boast 667GB per platter and use 4096-bit sectors. The drives need about 4.2W of power or less when idling and only produce 2.4 bels of noise in operation above ambient sound. The line of HDDs are shipping right now all around the world.
The smaller 2.5-inch C5K750 family of drives has 375GB per platter and is offered in three capacities. The capacity range includes 750GB, 640GB, and 500GB offerings. The drives sip power with about 0.5W needed when idling and about 1.5W in operation. The drives also use 4096-byte sectors and are shipping right now.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Vizio, mostly known for their affordable HDTVs, is looking to make a big splash at CES in the mobile industry. An 8 inch tablet and 4 inch smartphone could be on display from Vizio according to Engadget. With Vizio's well known reputation for budget friendly devices, these could be hot items when they release.
Buzz surrounding Vizio's tablet includes the fact that it may be running Android 3.0, also known as "Honeycomb." Vizio's smartphone includes stats like a 5mp camera, WiFi capability, a front facing camera for videoconferencing, and the Android OS as well. These devices could hit shelves in Summer 2011; We'll be there to take a look if these devices indeed hit the CES floor!
Here's an announcement that hardware fans have been looking forward to for some time. Samsung, one of the leaders in memory manufacturing, has announced today the development of a DDR4 DRAM stick that performs reads and writes with up to 40 percent more power efficiency than DDR3.
Samsung's DDR4 currently has a bandwidth max of 2.13Gbps at 1.2V, but these modules are expected to eventually be able to hit speeds of 4Gbps. This memory will be a godsend to mobile devices like laptops which will be able to use Samsung's Pseudo Open Drain technology to minimize battery drain by the modules. Samsung is also working with server manufacturers to acquire the JEDEC certification necessary for server implementation.
AIO computers are a great way to save space on a desk or a counter in many homes or offices. The machines put all the hardware into the screen so no towers or other components have to be on or around the area where you put the screen. The catch for some users is that they don't have room on a counter for anything including an AIO computer. This is where a machine like the Smart-Leaf Y comes in.
This AIO computer is a wall mountable unit that has an integrated flip down keyboard. The machine has touch capability for the screen and can be used as a TV as well. The screen of the AIO is a 19-inch unit and it has an integrated HDTV tuner and mic. It has WiFi inside and runs Windows 7 for the OS. The keyboard flips down for computer use and hides when not needed.
The machine is powered by a 1.6GHz Atom processor and it has 2GB of RAM and 320GB of storage. The computer has a slot-loading DVD drive, has integrated WiFi, and more. The only things that can be added to the computer as accessories are longer return and repair warranties. The base price is $1,495 and the price with a 3-year warranty is an extra $195.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Anyone that types a lot knows that too much typing can lead to repetitive stress injuries for some folks like carpal tunnel if you are prone to that sort of condition or have it already an ergonomic keyboard can help you to get rid of that pain. Smartfish is showing off a new keyboard at CES 2011 that is a first for ergonomic offerings called the Smartfish Engage Keyboard.
The Engage has a cool automated adjustment function that adjusts the keyboard subtly over time to keep the users hands from being in the same position for too long. This helps to reduce pain associated with carpal tunnel and other injuries and helps to prevent the injuries from happening. The keyboard has a standard split QWERTY ergonomic design.
Each hand gets its own keyboard section and the halves of the keyboard feature distance adjustment for comfort and the keyboard can be tilted up and down for angle. The keyboard is on display at CES and will sell for $149.99. You can get one right now directly from Smartfish.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - MiLi has been creating some really cool power devices for all sorts of gadgets like external battery packs that will keep your favorite gadgets all charged up and ready to use. The company is on hand at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and is unveiling a new docking station that will work with any dockable Apple device from the iPad to the iPhone and can shoot content out to your TV.
The device is called the MiLi HD and it is a charging dock with HDMI output for your big screen that supports up to 1080i resolution. The device also has an integrated speaker and a mini USB connection. The dock will charge your device while it streams the content to your TV. Using the dock you can stream anything your iPad plays to your TV like Hulu Plus and Netflix. The device will sell for $99.99.
"No longer does your mobile entertainment have to be just mobile," says MiLi Power's Executive VP, Robert Grossman. "MiLi HD provides the most reliable option to connect your mobile device to your home entertainment systems. 2011 marks a rebirth of MiLi Power, with a new management team and a slew of new innovative products to hit the market, it's sure to be an exciting year!"
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Zotac has unveiled some new barebones HTPC machines that look more like a normal Blu-ray player than a HTPC. That is a good thing too since these machines will be in an entertainment center along with your other gear. The machines are the Zbox Blu-ray AD03 and AD03 Plus. They are exactly the same save one key feature.
The Plus version comes packed with 2GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD whereas the standard version has no memory or storage and the user has to add their own. Neither of the machines come with an OS installed. They both use the AMD E-350 APU running at 1.6GHz with dual-cores. Graphics for the machine are handled by AMD Radeon HD 6310 GPU with 80 shaders and an engine clock of 500MHz.
Other features include a USB 3.0 port, a single mini-PCI Express expansion port, a slot-loading Blu-ray drive, Gigabit Ethernet, and WiFi. The machines support Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD sound and ship with Cyberlink PowerDVD software for playback of Blu-ray movies. The Plus version will sell for $499 and the normal version is $399.