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Micron debuts Serial NOR Flash interface for Ultrathin Devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 5:50 pm

Today micron unveiled its new Serial NOR Flash Interface with Replay-Protected Monotonic Counter designed for use in Ultrathin Devices. This new NOR Flash Interface has already been validated for use in future Intel Ultrabook platforms. Micron says that with this announcement, it is well-positioned to support the growth of Ultrathin applications with its large portfolio of DRAM, NAND, NOR and SSD solutions.




"This first-to-market RPMC feature, developed by Micron for our SPI NOR device, is an additional demonstration of our commitment to continuously meet application requirements and customer needs," said Jeff Bader, vice president of Micron's Embedded Solutions Marketing. "Our NOR Flash excellence, coupled with the leadership and expertise of Intel, make this device the best-in-class solution for the Intel Ultrabook and other future Intel-based platforms."


Micron says that it's 64Mb density is the sweet spot solution currently available for immediate platform-enablement activities, and that its 64Mb RPMC-enabled SPI NOR device supports nonvolatile storage and authentication needs that are critical to the chipset security implementation for future Intel Ultrabook platforms and is compliant with Intel's Serial Flash Hardening Product External Architecture Specification.

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Apple introduces the iPhone 5S, its new flagship smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 5:49 pm

Today is the day, where Apple has just unveiled its latest iPhone 5S smartphone which features A7 processor and Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The iPhone 5S is available in three colors: silver, gold and a "new space gray." They are all made from high-grade aluminum and chamfered edges.






We have the much-talked about A7 processor, which is a 64-bit processor - a first for smartphones. iOS 7 also runs in 64-bit, which is something we should have expected maybe. We have over 1 billion transistors working inside of the A7 processor, with the new chip and iOS 7 capable of running 32- and 64-bit apps, with all built-in apps being re-engineered to take support of the new 64-bit architecture.




Apple says the iPhone 5S is much faster when it comes to CPU performance, showing a chart stating it's 'up to 56x faster'. It also runs OpenGL|ES 3.0, like the refreshed Nexus 7 does.

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Apple unveils the iPhone 5C, a cheaper iPhone available in 5 colors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 5:30 pm

The emerging markets have so far not been able to push the iPhone, but this is all set to change thanks to Apple's announcement today of the iPhone 5C smartphone. The iPhone 5C is a plastic-built smartphone, which takes a walk down the same lane as the Galaxy range of smartphones from Samsung. Apple says "it's made with all the incredible technology of the iPhone 5, more fun, more colorful."






The iPhone 5C arrives in five colors - green, white, blue, pink and yellow. The entire back of the iPhone 5C is made from a single part, as you can see in the shot above. The iPhone 5C features the same 4-inch Retina display, the same A6 processor that is found in the iPhone 5 and "console-level graphics."

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Apple unleashes iOS 7, arrives on September 18 for most iOS devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 5:18 pm

By the end of this month, Apple will have passed the 700 million iOS devices shipped milestone, but before then we should expect the release of iOS 7, the company's next-generation mobile OS.




iOS 7 looks gorgeous when compared to iOS 6, and finally brings it up to the multi-tasking, gorgeous UI that we've come to expect from the various Android 4.x iterations of Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2, 4.3). It looks great, and has some new features, such as Siri being able to search Tweets, as well as Siri being capable of searching Wikipedia, inline web search and photo search.






We have textured ringtones, and improvements made to system sound alerts. Apple has made it easier to share on iOS 7, with a new "Share Sheet" which lets you push out to Twitter or e-mail, as well as the ability to use AirDrop to share with people close to you over "P2P Wi-Fi". iOS 7 also has iTunes Radio, which Apple describes as "the best way to experience new music."

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Lenovo unleashes new ThinkServer Tower Servers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 5:01 pm

When you think servers, you might want to think about Lenovo's just-announced ThinkServer Tower Series of PCs - I enjoyed the play on words, did you? The company has just announced two new tower servers, the ThinkServer TS140 and ThinkServer TS440.




Both of these new server PCs feature Intel Xeon E3 processors and Intel AMT 9.0 for remote manageability. Lenovo says that thanks to the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 processors, the two new server PCs can offer 15% faster performance than previous generations. Lenovo has also done the world some good, with the TS140 using 65% post-consumer recycled plastic, making it a green-friendly choice for retail stores and offices.


The Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 kicks it up a notch, featuring the ability to have up to 32GB of RAM installed, advanced hardware RAID and chassis intrusion alert. The TS440 is also environmentally friendly, with optional 92% efficiency PSUs. The TS440 also uses 65% post-consumer recycled plastic. The best bit is that these systems won't set you back thousands to start with, as the ThinkServer TS140 starts from $421 and the ThinkServer TS440 starts from just $679.

Intel announces Quark X1000 at IDF 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 4:48 pm

IDF 2013 - Intel has just pulled the veil off of its new Quark X1000 SoC. This new chip is quite a bit smaller and more power efficient than Intel's existing Atom processor. Intel has already built reference designs that are ready to be put to work in the field. The new Quark X1000 SoC is fully synthesizable, meaning other companies can put their own intellectual property onto the die.


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LSI demos 12Gb/s SAS MegaRAID Performance at IDF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 3:50 pm

IDF 2013 - Today LSI announced that they will be demonstrating the performance of its 12Gb/s MegaRAID controller at this year's Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco, California. The demo will be taking place at LSI's booth (#614) as well as on display at other locations during the event.




The demonstration setup consists of a LSI 12Gb/s MegaRAID controller with an Intel Xenon E5-2600 v2 based server, and eight 12Gb/s HGST SAS SSDs. LSI says that this system delivers a throughput increase of over 50-percent compared to a 6Gb/s SAS system. LSI design this system to maximize storage performance for I/O intensive applications such as web cloud data centers and virtualized server environments.


"As storage needs grow, 12Gb/s SAS provides the performance gains necessary to help end customers optimize bandwidth-intensive applications including those for cloud and big data," said Kelly Bryant, vice president of marketing, RAID Storage Division, LSI. "Working closely with the storage ecosystem including Intel and HGST, LSI is committed to providing customers with 12Gb/s SAS solutions with leading performance and interoperability."

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Arduino releases new Yun, a Arduino, Linux and Wi-Fi mashup

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 2:52 pm

Today Arduino announced the launch of its newest development board based on the open-source Arduino architecture. The new Arduino Yun is the first member of what Arduino calls "a new groundbreaking line of Wi-Fi products that combine the power of Linux with the ease of use that Arduino is known for."




The new development board gets its name from the Chinese word for "cloud," which is well-deserved as the board is designed to make it easy for users to connect to complex web services directly from the Arduino. The Yun is a combination of the Arduino Leonardo which runs in Atmega32U4 processor and a Wi-Fi SoC which runs Linino, a MIPS GNU/Linux distro based on OpenWRT. A lot of people, including myself are calling this new development board Arduino's answer to the Raspberry PI, but the question is will it manage to lure away some of those who are already deeply ingrained into the Raspberry Pi ecosystem?




Additionally, this is the first Arduino development board that is manufactured in Asia, unlike all previous board which were manufactured in Italy. Arduino says that this was a necessity because of the tiny embedded Linux machine and Wi-Fi that is packed into such a small board like this. They say that it requires special equipment and expertise that are much easier and cheaper to find in Taiwan over Italy. The Arduino Yun will retail at a pricing point of $69 and is available now.

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PMC-Sierra intros Adaptec Series 8 12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapter family

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 11:58 am

With the launch of their latest Adaptec Series 8, PMC delivers >700,000 4K random read RAID I/O/s unleashing the potential of 12Gb/s SAS SSDs. The Series 8 family is spread across five models based on PMC's 12Gb SAS RoC controller in a low profile form factor. Configurations include 16-port adapters that connect twice the drives of competing solutions, providing the flexibility to create hybrid storage arrays with any combination of SSDs and HDDs.




The fourth generation caching solution from Adaptec now includes tiering technology allowing customers to maximize their investment. maxCache Plus with Series 8 offers additional flexibility to configure all storage devices in a server environment, not just devices connected to PMC hardware enabling admins the ability to leverage their storage assets according to their performance capabilities.


"Enterprise datacenters and cloud environments have a need to accelerate application performance while coping with massive data growth cost effectively," said Jeff Janukowicz, research director for solid state storage at IDC. "12Gb SAS architectures and tiering technologies are poised to overcome these challenges and help unlock the potential of SSDs, which is one of the key reasons IDC expects shipments of SAS SSDs to grow at a 75% CAGR from 2012 to 2017."

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Apple to beef its marketing department up with 300 more people

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 11:29 am

Apple is on the verge of releasing two new smartphones, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Both of which are the company's latest push for consumers to hand over their money before the holidays, but what do new products require? Marketing.




The Cupertino-based company is reportedly looking for between 200-300 new marketing employees, which would see a doubling in the amount of its current in-house marketing team. Ad Age reports that when Steve Jobs was CEO, there was a cap of how big the in-house marketing team could grow, but now that he's gone, that cap is too.


Apple will continue working with ad agencies, but the new team will be "tackling more projects, doing everything from site design to tutorial videos for Apple products to maintaining a large internal commercial-production facility."