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LSI AIS 2012 - LSI CEO Keynote

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 17, 2012 10:25 pm

LSI AIS 2012 - The keynote from LSI CEO Abhi Talwalkar today focused on the data deluge that is currently overwhelming system administrators in some of the world's largest datacenters. This onslaught of data is being driven primarily by the explosion of mobile devices and social media. With users increasingly turning to the 'cloud' to store and share their data, the flood of information being stored in the datacenter is becoming overwhelming.

 

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This data deluge is leading to new and exciting technologies on the storage front to handle the load. As noted on the banner behind the CEO, more data equals more opportunity for those in the data storage business.

 

This chart puts things in perspective. In 3 minutes alone there were over 183,423 (or 18 years) hours of video downloaded, 3.9 million YouTube views and 18 million Facebook views. YouTube views on mobile devices was up a staggering 300% last year alone, and the year over year growth for mobile usage is intended to multiply further this year. The increase in mobile bandwidth, with 4G and faster connections becoming prevalent, is placing the focus increasingly upon service providers to deliver better latency to serve customers faster.

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Corsair Takes Fan Testing Seriously

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 17, 2012 9:51 pm

While in San Jose we visited Corsair to see the new lab toy. The Longwin LW-9266 is an advanced fan testing machine but don't let the application fool you. This 45K USD tool is a serious piece of hardware that takes fan testing to levels far beyond the reach of computer component reviewers.

 

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It looks like something from the movies, a cart the bad guys wheel from a truck to blow up a city.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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:

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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