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Exclusive: LSI outs new unannounced Nytro 7000 Series at AIS 2013

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 12:36 am

The LSI Nytro display case at AIS continues to hold unannounced treasure for those with a quick eye. In previous years, other 'secret' products have appeared in the case, so we made sure to head directly to the Nytro display case before the doors were open to the public.


We had prior briefings on the Nytro 6000 Series, so we knew to expect working Nytro 6000 Series silicon, but the unannounced 7000 Series also just happened to be on display. Through some investigative journalism, and common sense, we were able to find some details on the 7000 Series. A word of caution, however, there are no official LSI specifications or information on these products. Time for some wild conjecture!




This card features an original take on heat sink design unlike any we have observed on a PCIe flash accelerator. The row of capacitors at the top of the PCB provide power fail protection, and the long heat sink to the bottom right likely hods the ROC that ties the four banks of NAND, hiding under the large black heat sinks, into one large volume. We can also likely expect the use of the same ROC's utilized in the new 12Gb/s MegaRAID products.



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Exclusive: Testing LSI SandForce's SF3700 in SATA III

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 12:16 am

And you thought we left the show without getting some testing in on the SF3700. LSI SandForce had a public display at AIS 2013 with IOMeter running. We weren't allow to run other tests but we were allowed to dig through the results screen the existing test running on the demo.




Obviously SF3700 is in the early stages but seeing live demo's from more than one manufacture is a good thing.




When running in PCIe mode the SF3700 drives we saw at the show achieved nearly 150K IOPS. Here we see in our early look at SATA III SF3700 breaking the 91K red IOPS mark.




The average latency for all managers was just .3489ms.


Click the link for the full test with Iometer.

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id Software co-founder John Carmack leaves his post at id Software

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 12:05 am

John Carmack co-founder and programmer at id Software has resigned from id and is focusing on working full time as Chief Technology Officer at Oculus VR. Carmack co-founded id Software twenty-two years ago and co-created games such as Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein 3D. Carmack also founded Armadillo Aerospace in 2000. This is the second big departure from id Software this year, during the summer Todd Hollenshead former CEO and President left after seventeen years with the company.




Carmack became Chief Technology Officer of Oculus VR earlier this year in August. Carmack mentions on Twitter that he wanted to remain as Technical Advisor at id but that it did not work out. Bethesda Softworks' President of PR and marketing, Pete Hines, says that Carmack had been long interested in the work over at Oculus VR and that Carmack would like to be more engaged in that project.


id Software studio director Tim Willits says: "John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio, John's work at id Tech 5 and the technology for the current development work at id is complete, and his departure will not affect any current projects. We are fortunate to have a brilliant group of programmers at id who worked with John and will carry on id's tradition of making great games with cutting-edge technology. As colleagues of John for many years, we wish him well."

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Solidoodle unveils its 4th generation 3D Printer, cost $999

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Nov 23, 2013 12:00 am

Today Solidoodle launched its fourth generation 3D printer, the Solidoodle 4. This fourth installment into the Solidoodle lineup features an all new look and is much more sleek than the previous generations thanks to a new black enclosure. The printer appears to feature most of the same mechanics with some tweaks here and there.




The big difference however is the Solidoodle 4's new print capacity. The build area is now 8x8x8-inches cubed, and bed leveling now appears to be much easier thanks to some springs under its mounting points. Not much information was released about the new printer, but I have reached out to the company and hope to land a review of the device soon!

RoBox is a 3D Printer designed for the masses, and much more

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 10:30 pm

The folks from CEL decided that existing 3D Printers were useful, but not easy enough to use for the common person. They set out to change that with their new RoBox 3D Printer. Over the past 18 months, the CEL team has worked hard at designing a 3D Printer that is more than just a printer, they wanted an entire table-top micro-manufacturing station.




Having owned and built several 3D printers myself the first thing that I notice about the RoBox is its easily interchangeable extrusion head design. Dubbed HeadLock, the RoBox can quickly switch from a plastic deposition head to something such as a cutting stylus, or maybe even a milling head. The printing surface is unique as well and does not require any special tape to ensure a good bonding of the print material. It has been designed to be easily removable for quick print detachment.


With a price of less than $1000, anyone can plug in the RoBox and begin printing right away to the company's new AutoMaker software. AutoMaker empowers the RoBox to truly become one of the first plug-and-print 3D printers on the home market. Additionally, the RoBox has a printing resolution of just 20 microns, and prints in ABS.

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Team Group launches the new M131 UFD USB Drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 9:04 pm

Today Team Group launches a new member of its Mobile Storage Series dubbed the M131 UFD. The new USB drive features dual interfaces that allow it to be used with existing USB ports on PCs as well as microUSB ports on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.




The M131 UFD features a USB 2.0 interface and is designed to work with mobile devices as well a laptops and notebooks on the go. The drive comes in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB, and is no larger than a normal USB stick drive. Team Group says that it is covered in an "anti-fingerprint" coating and weighs just 6.6-grams, which makes it perfect for storage in a pocket, purse, or on a key ring.

Sapphire improves overclockability for its R9 290 GPU with new BIOS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 7:52 pm

Sapphire has had a long standing history of providing high-performing products as well as providing tools to make those products perform to the extreme. The company's latest R9 series of GPUs is not different and today Sapphire announced that it has released a new BIOS and Flashing Tool, that will help increase the performance of its R9 290 GPU.




Usually overclocking a Sapphire GPU is as simple as loading up the TriXX utility and adjusting clocks until things stabilize, but in the case of the R9 290 GPU. Its performance is capped by system as its temperature rises, and this is due to the way AMD engineered the Hawaii chip to operate. The newly released BIOS will allow the R9 290 to operate under a new fan profile, which will limit maximum fan speed to 47-percent while increasing performance and reducing noise. Head over to the source links below to download the new BIOS and Flashing Utility!

TweakTown interviews Justin from Serial Cables at AIS 2013

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 7:22 pm

Serial Cables is an LSI Channel Alliance Partner and SandForce Trusted Partner that specializes in cabling products for storage applications. The transition from 6Gb/s to 12Gb/s SAS has necessitated the use of higher quality cabling to deliver the full capabilities of the 12Gb/s specification.



Serial Cables is known for their high-quality products and service before and after the sale. Serial Cables is currently expanding into the validation market and also offering storage enclosures.




Look to our page for an upcoming evaluation of Serial Cables' new 12Gb/s SAS JBOD with 8 of the fastest HGST 12Gb/s SSDs.

Kingston shows us their new SSDs with the LSI SandForce SF3700

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 7:21 pm

Kingston took the time to demonstrate their latest LSI SandForce SF37000 Griffin SSDs at LSI's AIS 2013.



Kingston will continue to offer SSDs in the traditional SATA 2.5" form factor, and with the Griffin controller we can expect to see capacities up to 1TB in the market.




Kingston will also provide a PCIe SSD with the SF3700 delivering blistering speeds up to 1,800 MB/s.

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Quanta shows their Cluster in a Box solution at AIS 2013

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 7:21 pm

Quanta delivers High Availability Cluster-in-a-Box solutions with LSI's Syncro products.



LSI worked closely with Microsoft during the development of the platform, enabling customers like Quanta to offer easy-to-use solutions that provide enterprise-class high availability features at a lower price point.



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