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LSI first to ship OEMs 12Gb/s SAS ROC and I/O controllers

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:46 am

The introduction of 12Gb/s SAS products has just inched closer, with LSI firing the initial salvos of this new technology by being the first to ship OEMs a 12Gb/s product. Several key players are lining up to provide customers with 12Gb/s products, but LSI has apparently taken the lead in this race with the CeBIT announcement.


LSI is currently shipping the LSISAS3108 12GB/s SAS ROC and the LSISAS3008 12Gb/s SAS I/O controller. The new Invader controllers can top 6GB/s in throughput and 915,000 IOPS.




At FMS 2012 we were able to spot some of LSIs new 12Gb/s gear with the MiniSAS HD connections to the rear of the controller. These connections provide 12Gb/s speed in a smaller form factor.

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WiFi Alliance and WiGig join forces, will use their wireless powers for good, not evil

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:35 am

It has been two months since the WiFi Alliance and Wireless Gigabit Alliance shook hands, and planned this adventure, but now the time is here and their powers have been combined. The two companies have been working together on developing and building the 60GHz wireless standard.




But instead, they've decided that it was better to make the partnership official, in order to get the most out of their work together. Their long-term plans include expanding WiGig's capabilities and implementing a baseline interoperability certification program by early next year. The combined effort could push forward a large growth, with ABI Research forecasting that we'll see annual shipments of 1.8 billion devices sporting both WiFi and WiGig support by 2016.

Twitter Global Weekly Giveaway - GIGABYTE X79S-UP5-WIFI (Intel C606) Motherboard

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:11 am

In this Twitter weekly giveaway we have teamed up with GIGABYTE to giveaway a hot new motherboard. We're talking about just any motherboard; we're talking about the new and impressive X79S-UP5-WIFI. It's an enthusiast-class board with server like features since it uses the impressive high-end Intel C606 Express chipset.




In our review of the X79S-UP5-WIFI, our motherboard editor Shane Baxtor had the following to say:


"When it comes to the features, we've got a strong line up thanks to the eight SAS ports that are brought to the table via the C606 chipset. Along with that we've got all the usual inclusions like USB 3.0 and dual Gigabit networking to name just a few things. The other big feature, though, comes in the bundle via the included WiFi / Bluetooth card that adds another layer of connectivity to the board.


Overall GIGABYTE has put together a really strong motherboard that's a great option for anyone who is looking at going down the path of an LGA 2011 build. The toughest decision when it comes to buying a new high-end PC at the moment is do you go down the LGA 2011 path with a X79 / C606 based chipset or follow the impressive LGA 1155 based CPU's with an Z77 chipset, which has proven itself extremely well."


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OCZ unveil the PCIe-based Vector SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:43 am

CeBIT 2013 - OCZ have taken the time out of CeBIT to unveil their new Vector PCIe device, a PCIe-based Vector SSD. The new PCIe Vector has improved IOPS performance, which provides the user with superior sustained performance, no matter if the data streamed are compressed, or uncompressed.




The new drive comes on a PCI Express 2.0 x4 interface, which provides it with plenty of bandwidth and on the PCIe Vector itself we find dual Indilinx Barefoot 3 controllers. The PCIe Vector outpaces OCZ's current SATA 3.0-based Vector SSDs and RevoDrive 3 Series, which is really saying something. We're looking at up to 1GB/sec in transfer speeds, and a crazy 140,000 IOPS. The new PCIe Vector includes a huge 5-year warranty, and comes in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities.




The PCIe Vector is bootable as a direct-attach storage device, and has been designed for Windows-based client, and workstation machines. No word on price just yet.

Jelly Bean adoption numbers continue to expand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:29 am

It's that time of the month again, where we get to take a look at the Android platform numbers. Versions 4.1 and 4.2, also known as Jelly Bean, are slowly but surely chomping away at more of that mobile OS market share pie.




Breaking them down into two sections for 4.1 and 4.2, we have 14.9% and 1.6%, respectively. Combined, we have 16.5% of all Android devices now running Jelly Bean, a nice 2.9% increase in from the last time we looked at the numbers. Gingerbread dropped from 45.6% to now just 44.2%, a drop of 1.4% and we've also seen Ice Cream Sandwich melt down a little, from 29% to 28.6%, a small drop of just 0.4%.

Oculus Rift could see support from DICE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:34 am

If there's one bit of technology kit I'm the most excited for, it would be a huge tie between Google Glass, and Oculus' Rift VR headset. News is leaking out now that head of DICE's Frostbite creative team, Frank Vitz, is eager to get his hands on Oculus Rift, and test it out on the powerful graphics engine.




All of this started when an MTBS3D (Meant to be Seen) forum member found an intern job posting by EA's DICE, which was looking for someone to work on next-generation VR technology. The job posting specifically talked about investigating and building support into the Frostbite engine for the Oculus Rift headset. MTBS3D president, Neil Schneider, e-mailed Vitz as he thought he might have something to do with the job posting.

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The new trailer for Iron Man 3 will blow you away

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 4:32 am

Can you believe we're only a couple of months away from Iron Man 3? It felt like just yesterday that The Avengers was out, anyway, the latest trailer to Iron Man 3 is here and it is awesome. Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black, seeing the director of the previous two Iron Man films, Jon Favreau, take a back seat.



As you can see from the above trailer, Iron Man 3 is going to be filled with a bunch of action and some great comedy thanks to Shane Black's direction. From what I've read, they actually explain within the movie why Tony Stark doesn't ask for The Avengers' help, which should be interesting in itself.

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Roku 3 is here, includes upgraded CPU and new UI, goes on sale tomorrow for $99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:33 am

Roku are back with their third-generation player, the Roku 3. After two years behind closed doors, Roku are ready to unveil their latest player which comes with a much curvier design. Inside Roku 3, we have a more powerful processor, dual-band Wi-Fi and a better remote toting audio out.




Audio out on the remote is a nice touch, with headphones included this makes for a truly personal (and private) experience. Roku 3 also includes a refreshed UI that is also said to spread to the "current generation" players, such as the Roku 2, HD, LT and Streaming Stick, as soon as next month.


Roku 3 sells for $99 through and as of tomorrow, replacing the current top-of-the-line XS model.

Apple's education-only 21.5-inch iMac receives faster internals, now starts at $1099

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:59 am

If you're an education customer, or were looking to buy a new Apple iMac for one of your children in school, then now is the time. Apple has updated the pricing on their education-only 21.5-inch iMac, but have also provided beefier internals to go with it.




The 21.5-inch iMac now starts at $1099 - a slight $100 increase on the old price - but gives you an Intel Core i3 dual-core 3.3GHz processor, HD Graphics 4000, 500GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. There's always the option to bump the storage and RAM up, something I would suggest on any system. 8GB of RAM is cheap and your main drive should always be an SSD these days, the performance increase is worth it.


Education customers can begin ordering these new iMacs, with 5-7 business day shipping times at the moment.

Jurassic Park 3D To Stomp Australian Cinemas Next Month

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:07 am

Universal Pictures Australia have announced that Steven Spielberg's 1993 action/adventure Jurassic Park will be re-released to Australian cinemas starting on April 5th, to honour the film's 20th Anniversary. The film will be carried by Village and Event Cinemas nation wide.




The movie, once the highest grossing picture of all time before being surpassed by James Cameron's Titanic in 1998 has been converted to 3D by Burbank studio StereoD, responsible for the 3D conversion of that film, along with The Avengers, Captain America and Thor.


Based on the best-selling book by Michael Crichton, the production ushered in the digital age, with dinosaurs convincingly brought to life by George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic facility that was sold to Disney at the end of last year.


To promote the film, Ludia have also released the free to play Jurassic Park Builder app for both iOS and Android platforms.


The trailer for Jurassic Park 3D can be viewed below.