Samsung announced today that they have begun mass production of their high-performance, low-powered PCIe solid state drives. The SM951 is designed with ultra-slim notebooks in mind, with Jeeho Baek, Samsung's Senior Vice President of Memory Marketing, commenting "we are helping to accelerate growth of the ultra-slim notebook PC market with the introduction of this energy-efficient, high-speed PCIe SSD. We will continue to introduce next-generation high-density SSDs with improved performance and increased differentiation, as we further strengthen our business competitiveness in global SSD market."
Supporting both PCIe 3.0 and PCI 2.0 interfaces, Samsung claim their product can read and write at sequential speeds of 1,600 MB/s and 1,350 MB/s respectively. Being three times faster than SATA SSD technology and 30 percent faster than the Samsung XP941, these products are set to be a real winner.
The SM951 is also the first SSD to utilize the L1.2 low power standby mode, allowing all high-speed circuits to be turned off when a PC is sleeping or in hibernation, marking a 97 percent decrease from the 50mW consumed previously - this new device uses under 2mW of power to function.
For those still struggling with the change in date, this is indeed 2015 - which means that the once far off world as depicted in 1989's 'Back to the Future: Part II' is now no longer 'future'; it's present. Despite that, we haven't exactly got hoverboards to the dismay of many, and 'Jaws 19' isn't a thing, but one promise looks like it might be fulfilled.
After years of teasing, it looks like Nike will finally release actual auto-lacing shoes, with an interview with Nike designer Tinker Hatfield published on Nike site 'Nice Kicks' confirming their impending release with the comment that there was still "11 and two-thirds months left in 2015", along with patent designs lodged mid last year confirming their operation.
So I guess there's only one question left - where do I send the cash?
CES 2015 - Gesture-based specialist eyeSight is demoing its singlecue gesture-based control system during CES 2015. The device is able to support Infrared controlled electronics, including HDTVs, cable and satellite boxes, Blu-ray players, and AV receivers.
When implemented, singlecue connects a user's IR and Wi-Fi devices and brings them to a single interface, opening the door to gesture recognition technology.
"Since launching, we've heard from people around the globe that they can't wait for singlecue to enter their homes and completely change the way they interact with their favorite devices," said Gideon Shmuel, eyeSight CEO. "We look forward to fulfilling this promise and bringing gesture recognition, the Internet of Things [IoT] and smart home control to everyone under the singlecue brand."
CES 2015 - Over the last year or two ZOTAC has been making strides when it comes to the GPU market, with some truly great cards that not only look great, are featured packed, but they perform like champions. We knew the company was going to be showing off its new GeForce GTX cards at CES 2015, so here we are!
Let's start off with the GTX 980 AMP! Omega Edition, with its dual fan system, and much more. We have a base clock of 1202MHz, and boost clock of 1304MHz. The usual 4GB of RAM is found on a 256-bit memory bus, while the memory clock is at 7046MHz. We have three DisplayPort outputs, one HDMI 2.0 and one DVI-I.
CES 2015 - Demonstrated through Dell's new UltraSharp 5K monitors, DisplayLink have been using single a standard universal USB cable to provide a stunning 5120x2880 resolution. This new advancement is said to future-proof notebook expansion and is being shown off at the DisplayLink booth over the CES 2015 period.
Thanks to their standard universal "Plug-and-Display" USB 3.0 cable technology, DisplayLink claim in their latest press release that they solve "the 5K connectivity problem and equally enables non-5K PC, notebooks, and tablets to connect to 5K displays."
To prove their point, they're using a stock Microsoft Surface Pro III connected over a standard USB 3.0 cable to a DisplayLink-based docking station, this docking station is connected to a Dell 5K UltraSharp UP2715K 27" Monitor, through the implementation of DisplayLink's latest 5K chipset.
CES 2015 - ZOTAC is becoming a big force to be reckoned with in the VGA market, where they were teasing two small GeForce GTX 970s at CES 2015.
Starting with the GTX 970 which features a dual fan cooling system, and base and boost clocks of 1076MHz and 1216MHz respectively. We have the usual 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, too.
The other card ZOTAC were showing off, which won't be available for another couple of months yet, is the GTX 970 Single Fan.
Storage seems to be the flavor of the month - if I was to link to you all of the storage articles we've covered in the last two days here at TweakTown, I'd daresay it makes up for 30%, or more, of the total content produced.
In further storage news, Kingston have announced that their HyperX division has just finalized the release of a Predator PCIe SSD range, set for release in February.
Claimed in their recently issued press release to be the highest-end SSD with the fastest speeds that HyperX has to offer, these drives will be released in 240GB and 480GB iterations at the start - with a 960GB version set for shipment later in Q1 or Q2 2015. Boasting 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speeds, PCIe SSDs work much faster than their SATA siblings.
CES 2015 - Audio maker Divoom has unveiled its Voombox-Party wireless speaker during CES, a weather-resistant product that can be used outdoors.
The Voombox-Party has a 3" built-in subwoofer with dual passive radiators, 2" full-range drivers, and can deliver 20 watts of sound. The NFC-enabled device allows for easy pairing with smartphones, tablets, and other mobile electronics. Owners can expect up to eight hours of battery life, and can recharge the Voombox-Party via micro-USB.
The Divoom Voombox-Party is scheduled to launch by the end of January with a $119 MSRP.
CES 2015 - Thermaltake has always been in the watercooling game, but you don't get the full scope of things until everything is laid out in front of you. Well, that situation happened for us during out visit with the company at CES 2015, so prepare your eyes for the picture unleashing below.
Here's just one of the Water 3.0 coolers.
Remember what I said about the huge array of watercooling goods from Thermaltake? Here's one shot.
Intel is certainly no chump when it comes to innovation, profits and company value - so generally when the CEO talks, people listen. Alongside announcing their Curie module, Intel have provided new applications for RealSense cameras in regards to robots, flying drones and 3-D immersive experiences; which also includes an investment of $300 million to encourage more diversity at Intel and within the technology industry as large.
Brian Kzranich, Intel's CEO commented in their recently issued press release that "the rise of new personal computing experiences, intelligent and connected devices, and the wearable revolution are redefining the relationship between consumers and technology. Our goal with Intel technology is to help solve real problems and enable experiences that are truly desired by people and businesses. In order to do this, we must also do more to lead the growth of diversity and inclusion within the technology industry. Women and under-represented minorities will continue to play a greater role as consumers, influencers, creators and leaders."
This statement was made during a keynote presentation at CES 2015, where he also used the time to announce their new wearable partnership with Oakley, a 3-D collaboration with HP and more. Intel have been busy when it comes to behind-the-scenes advancements and company partnerships, it seems.