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Intel teases Skull Canyon, its 'most powerful NUC yet'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 14, 2015 2:01 am

According to the latest rumors, Intel is positioning itself for a new NUC launch in Q1 2016. Intel has teased that the new NUC is "the most powerful NUC yet... now with Intel Iris Pro graphics" and that it's "coming Q1 2016".




Now, Q1 2016 is an interesting time frame because we have the Consumer Electronics Show kicking off in early January, but Computex is in Q3. As for the NUC itself, it should rock Iris Pro 580 graphics on the flagship Skull Canyon-based NUC. Intel's Iris Pro 580 graphics features 128MB of eDRAM (which acts as super-quick L4 cache) and houses the 72 Execution Units (EUs) on the die itself.


We're expecting the core clock on the chip to hit 1GHz, but it could change closer to release. If we put this into perspective, we're looking at similar graphics performance to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 750. The new Skull Canyon NUCs should sport Intel's Skylake-U series processors, replacing the Broadwell-U series parts in the current NUC lineup.

USB Type-C, M.2 SATA and a Skylake processor are all in this mini PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 11, 2015 1:31 pm

ZOTAC has just announced its new ZBOX Mini PC, packing within a 6th generation Intel Skylake processor, naming its latest creation the ZBOX MI551.




As announced in a recent press release, this small product will pack a serious punch, toting an Intel Core i5-6400T quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.1 Type-A or Type-C and a 120GB M.2 SATA SSD pre-installed, with expansion to bigger drives a possibility.


While this product promises to offer "desktop level performance," the press release from ZOTAC also promises this grunt "at near-mobile level TDP." This claim means that it will be able to power your OS and favorite games while pulling minimal power and outputting a small amount of heat.

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Watch your back Raspberry Pi, the PINE A64 looks amazing and its cheap

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 10, 2015 2:32 pm

Currently on Kickstarter and sitting at 540% of its $31,000 goal with a massive 44 days to go, the PINE A64 is quoted as "the world's first 64-bit expandable Quad Core 1.2Ghz supercomputer, tablet, media center, and more."




Available for only $15, this product is what seems to be the first real Raspberry Pi competitor. While Raspberry Pi released its Zero computer for only $5 recently, PINE offered up its first backers a $5 PINE A0 system, packed with a quad-core 64 bit processor and no Ethernet port.


The PINE A64 board measures in at 3.125" x 5" and features a 64-bit quad-core ARM A53 CPU, claiming to offer between 20 to 30 percent better performance than the Raspberry Pi-2B and Pi-1A+ while being almost half the price. designed to run Android 5.1, this product has been made with desktop PC processing tasks in mind, however, there are almost limitless options available for tech savvy users looking to tinker and create projects.

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Infinity is a not-for-profit modular laptop and tablet for education

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 7, 2015 9:31 am

Designed through not-for-profit organization 'One Education' by CEO Rangan Srikhanta and his staff, this brand new product is called the Infinity and it's a modular laptop (or tablet) designed for educational purposes.



Aimed at school-aged children, you can find Infinity on IndieGoGo, aiming to reach an overall goal of $50,000. Currently sitting at $18,452 funded thanks to 76 backers with 33 days remaining, a donation of $269 will earn one of these products for yourself.


Set up primarily as an educational tool, Srikhanta has allowed people to purchase a "Give One, Get One" pack, charging $499 for users to receive a device themselves while donating the other to a needy child. Running on Linux, Windows or Android, you can pick one up for yourself or a child in need here.

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Razer injects chromatic flavor into Lenovo's new gaming PC lineup

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 28, 2015 9:25 am

In an effort to boost the appeal of its new gaming PC lineup, Lenovo has joined forces with Razer to make a slew of co-branded gaming systems and peripherals.




As announced by Razer, Lenovo's Y-series gaming devices will now be flavored with Razer's chromatic flair. Lenovo has yet to reveal specifics on the Y-series Razer Edition, but its website notes that the line will be made up of varying grades of hardware. This includes an Ultra HD Ideapad Y50 UHD gaming laptop and the "powerhouse" Ideapad Y700 gaming laptop that sports "discrete graphics and storage options" and "intense quad-core processing power" with an Intel Core i7 CPU.


The full Razer Edition Y Series will feature a wide spectrum of devices including gaming desktops, laptops, keyboards, headsets and mice. The hardware will feature customizable chroma lighting solutions, and will be unveiled at CES 2016 along with specs and pricing. Interested users can sign up here for more information.

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Raspberry Pi Zero sells out in a day

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 27, 2015 9:26 pm

The Raspberry Pi Foundation predicted demand for its new $5 Raspberry Pi Zero computer would "outstrip supply for the next little while", and they were right. Tens of thousands of units were made in preparation for the launch yesterday, and they've already sold out, as have issues of The MagPi (which included one for free).




Liz Upton, Raspberry Pi's head of communications said, "We were amazed at the rush on stores that happened as soon as we announced the release."


More as being made as you read this, but Upton expects it will take some time before they can keep up.

Raspberry Pi Zero is a $5 programmable computer

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 27, 2015 12:25 am

Raspberry Pi has done it again, and cheaper this time. First they released the Raspberry Pi Model B and several successors to put programmable computers in the hands of anyone with $20-$35, and now they're releasing the Raspberry Pi Zero, which does the same but just for $5. And for the ethically minded who are concerned about where something so cheap is made, in this case, it's Wales.




Zero runs Raspbian and all kinds of apps, including Scratch, Minecraft, and Sonic Pi.

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Chromebit launches, priced at $85

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 17, 2015 10:27 pm

Google and ASUS have been collaborating for quite some time on the Chromebit, which is essentially a computer on a USB stick that can be plugged into your TV or monitor. Now the day has come to launch the thing.




With the launch comes an updated price: $85 over the previously reported $100. The specs we already knew, but in case you haven't heard or forgot, you get a Rockchip ARM processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a USB port. And of course, it runs ChromeOS.

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Tyan's new HPC server platform takes 4 CPUs, 96 DIMMs of DDR4 RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 16, 2015 7:51 am

With all the talk of Intel's next generation Xeon processors featuring an insane 44 threads of pure CPU power, Tyan is teasing the latest it has to offer in the High Performance Computing (HPC) sector.




Tyan highlights its latest HPC optimized 1U/2U/4U server platforms that support Intel's latest Xeon E7-4800 v3 and E5-3600 v3 product families, with Tyan's latest offering for the HPC community being the 4-socket FT76-B7922. Tyan's new FT76-B7922 supports 4 x Intel Xeon E7-8800/-4800 v3 processors, an insane 96 x DDR4 DIMMs, up to 4 x Intel Phi coprocessors, and 8x 2.5-inch SAS 12Gbps HDDs or SSDs in the 4U chassis.


Tyan was also showing off much more hardware at SC15, with other GPGPU systems like the FT77C-B7079 supporting 2 x Intel Xeon processors (of the Haswell-EP family), 8 x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor modules, 24 x DDR4 DIMMs, and more. The TA80-B7071 supports 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, 4 x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, 16 x DDR4 DIMMs, and more. Tyan is also displaying plenty of SMB and datacenter/cloud application systems at SC15.

Intel's new NUC mini-PCs rock Skylake processors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 14, 2015 2:28 pm

Intel is preparing its new wave of NUC units, which will be compatible with the company's new Skylake processors. The new Intel NUCs will be available with both Core i3 and Core i5 processors, with the Core i5 version rocking Iris 520 graphics.




Why is the Core i5 version of the new Skylake-powered NUCs so important? Up until now, Intel has reserved the Iris-powered NUCs to the higher-end Core i7 models, but now the Core i5 model will feature the better integrated graphics power. Both models will include SDXC slots, full-sized HDMI with 4K video and 7.1-channel audio support, two USB 3.0 ports on the front, two more USB 3.0 ports on the back, miniDisplayPort out, Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1.


We should expect a release date for the new Skylake-powered NUCs soon.