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Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Interview with Intel on S3700 SSD and more

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 6:56 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Intel's Alan Frost and James Meyers sat down with our own Paul Alcorn to discuss Intel's S3700 SSD. Alan points out that the S3700 along with the S3500 are the ideal solutions for the enterprise looking for consistent IOPS due to its Intel built controller.



They also talk about SSDs in the data center and say that Intel works hard at showing those clients the value in choosing SSDs over HDDS. Paul mentioned that with the increase in density that comes with SSDs, offers the data center a cooling, capacity, and power advantage.


Meyers also keyed us in on NVME and how it is a game changer in the enterprise storage market.

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Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Interview with HGST's Lenny Sharpe

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 6:39 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Yesterday HGST Director of Product Marketing for Mobile, Lenny Sharpe, stopped by the TweakTown booth to talk about storage within the mobile space. Sharpe talked about how the Ultrabook market reinvigorated the laptop storage conversation.



Paul also asked Lenny about the advantage of the dual drive approach in which an OEM uses an SSD for caching, while the HDD is used for mass storage.


Paul pointed out that there is more bang for your buck with the dual drive system because the capacities are not limited like in the SSDH solution.

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LG's G2 is set to arrive in Canada, six different carriers this fall

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 6:05 pm

Today, LG announced that its new G2 smartphone will be making its way to Canada later this fall. The company says that the 5.2-inch phone will be available at six different Canadian wireless carriers, including Bell, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, Videotron, and Wind Mobile.




No information on pricing or hardware changes was released, but we do know that the Canadian model will feature the same 3000mAh battery and 32GB of storage that the US model has.


"In developing the LG G2, we listened to and learned from what consumers were telling us they wanted in a premium smartphone," said Geoffrey McMurdo, Vice President Mobile Communications, LG Canada. "LG G2 features a unique design with an ultra thin display bezel and innovative rear key, intuitive user experience and time saving innovations. Through our strong carrier and retail partnerships, our most exciting and ambitious mobile phone, the LG G2 will be available to Canadians nationally this fall."

ScienceFriday: NASA says it has no idea where Voyager 1 is in space

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 5:03 pm

It has been 35 years since NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft blasted off from terra firma and headed into the final frontier. During this journey, the space probe has visited Saturn, Jupiter, and has even managed to leave our solar system. Well maybe it has left, or maybe it is still here. Not even NASA is sure whether or not Voyager 1 has reached interstellar space.




If you're a space buff like me, I know what you're thinking, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announced last year that Voyager 1 has in fact left our solar system and is now streaking through interstellar space. Unfortunately, the original Voyager science team seems to think otherwise.


To toss even more confusion into the mix, both the University of Maryland as well as Boston University both agree that Voyager 1 actually reached interstellar space on July 27, 2012, and for the moment, NASA has agreed to simply disagree and released a statement saying that they simply have no idea where Voyager 1 actually it.

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Mercedes is working on integrating Google Glass into their vehicles

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 4:11 pm

A new report from is cluing us in on some plans that Mercedes has to integrate Google Glass into its vehicles. The company is said to be working closely with Google to bring Google Glass technology to its high-end line of luxury cars. The company already has a functioning prototype that appears to work very well.




During a demo, Wired's Damon Lavrinc said that he was able to acquire door-to-door navigational directions that were being sent straight to the tiny piece of glass in front of his eye. "We definitely see wearable devices as another trend in the industry that is important to us," says Johann Jungwirth, Mercedes' North American R&D President & CEO. "We have been working with Glass for roughly six months and meeting with the Google Glass team regularly." I don't want to spoil everything for you, so head over to Source #1 for the full article.

LSI demonstrates Toshiba A19nm SSD flash support in demo at FMS 2013

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 3:29 pm

LSI announced at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit that they have enabled support for Toshiba's second generation 19nm NAND. This new compatibility extends to not only the upcoming LSI SandForce controller, but also the current SF-2000 controllers.




The current SF-2000 flash controller family have a long track record in the industry, and this enhanced compatibility will allow for continued use in the market.




LSI SandForce's continues to lead the market as the first to deliver compatibility with Toshiba's A19nm NAND.

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LSI announces new SHIELD technology, improves SSD NAND endurance

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 3:12 pm

The introduction of newer, smaller flash geometries will require sophisticated error correction ability to maximize endurance of the NAND. As NAND matures, it almost seems counter-intuitive that we will lose endurance as NAND shrinks, but economics have a hand in the smaller NAND geometries. In order to provide a more economical and accessible product through shrinks, endurance suffers as a trade-off.




One of LSI's core competencies has always been strong ECC techniques, which originated with their extensive hard drive controller experience. The addition of these new LSI SHIELD error correction technologies shows a sign of some of the mutual benefits from the LSI/SandForce acquisition.




Enabling advanced Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC) allows LSI SandForce to create a stable solution that will mesh well with not only lower endurance MLC and TLC, but will also wring extra endurance out of current generation NAND as well. This is accomplished through a variety of techniques, including an adaptive method of adjusting the level of ECC during the life of the SSD.

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Google's Trekker backpack hits Britain's historic canals

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 3:04 pm

Over 100 miles of Britain's historic canals and waterways will soon make their way onto Google's Street View project as the UK Canals and River Trust has managed to borrow one of the company's Trekker backpacks for the project.




The 4-foot, 40-pound photographic backpack will capture the 200-year-old canals in their full 360-degree glory at a rate of one photo every 2.5 seconds. The trek will begin with the Regents Canal in London this week. On this journey, the group will capture the 3.25-mile-long Standedge Tunnel in Yorkshire as well as the Grand Union Canal in Stoke Bruerne.


The Trust's Wendy Hawk said: "We're delighted to be the first people in the UK to get the Trekker on our backs - it's fantastic that our 200-year old network is being given a different lease of life thanks to cutting edge, 21st-century technology. The footage we get will allow millions of people from all over the world to see our canals, rivers and towpaths, and will hopefully encourage some people to make a trip to see them."

LSI SandForce announces enhanced SSD capacity with DVC

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 2:54 pm

At the Flash Memory Summit 2013, LSI SandForce gave us a teaser of one of the new features that will be featured on the next generation of SandForce flash storage processors.




One of the most exciting new developments is the ability to reclaim some of the extra capacity provided from LSI SandForce's DuraWrite engine. With their compression engine, LSI SandForce's flash storage processors actually write less data down to the NAND than what was sent from the host. In current products this delivers excellent increases in both endurance and performance, with the controller effectively utilizing the extra space as bonus overprovisioning.


LSI SandForce has decided to hand some of that excess capacity back to the customer by allowing users to use this 'hidden' extra spare area on the SSD. The new DuraWrite Virtual Capacity (DVC) feature dynamically adjusts the amount of extra capacity available to the user determined by the amount of data compression.


In some enterprise applications, this can result in a tremendous amount of extra capacity. Some workloads, particularly OLTP and databases, are inherently compressible. This high level of compressibility can equate to triple the normal capacity of the SSD. Amazingly this very same technology is being offered proactively to existing LSI SandForce SSDs as well.

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HTC One X user in Taiwan sees his HTC One X burst into flames

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2013 2:04 pm

One HTC One X owner had a very bad day when his HTC One X smartphone spontaneously combusted and burst into flames during a charging session. The aftermath was spotted on Facebook by website VR-Zone. The fiery event took place in Taiwan .




When the phone's owner took it into a local Far Eastern Tone office--a Taiwanese telco--to attempt to obtain a replacement phone, they insisted on a $21 USD inspection fee. Battery issues have plagued the HTC One X with many users reporting that the phone's battery swells up over time, something that is a clear indication of the lithium polymer cells degrading. HTC says that it is actively investigating the situation.

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