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LSI AIS 2012 - Avant Technology made a rare public appearance at AIS 2012. Before you ask we'll fill you in. Avant Technology is responsible for the design and manufacture of several SSDs sold around the world. As a private company we don't have access to specific numbers but we know it's a significant market share. CTO Paul Goodwin joined Avant in 2007 and personally designs most, if not all of the innovative Avant SSDs.
The first product is a massive 2TB 2.5" SSD in an enterprise standard 15mm z-height. Combining four SF-2281 controllers, a LSI RAID controller and SAS 6GB/s, this unannounced product surpasses HDD density in the 2.5" form factor. I'm sure the performance is a bit better as well.
Avant's focus isn't just on the enterprise market. Here we have a new mSATA SSD with 480GB capacity. In order to achieve form factor leading density Avant added a daughter board to hold additional flash. At the same time this product increases the performance over standard mSATA SSDs because it utilizes all 8 channels of the SF-2281 controller. Most mSATA SSDs only use 4 channels so the performance of this mSATA product should line up with 2.5" SF-2281 SSDs.
The organizers of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) have announced a new event to be held in Los Angeles in November next year, called GDC Next. GDC Next will feature two market-leading conferences, as well as a shared expo floor.
GDC Next is the reimagined successor to GDC Online, which will enjoy its final iteration in Austin, between October 9-11. App Developers Conference (ADC) is a brand new event, that will showcase key takeaways in app technology, creation, business and marketing outside of gaming. GDC Next and the ADC will debut as a co-lated event November 5-7 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
GDC Next will focus more on the smartphone, tablet, social, independent, cloud and other form of gaming side of things. The new show will be important for designers, programmers, architects, producers, artists, marketers, or business people to attend, to get advice, or see how great games, and making money from the newest areas of the gaming industry. ADC will focus on the development, UI, marketing and business-side of apps.
Penny Arcade proprietors, Mike "Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins during a Q&A session that the PAX show is coming to Australia. They didn't stop with the good news there, also announcing that PAX Prime would last an extra day next year, increased up to a 4-day event.
Another thing that has been teased, is that PAX might drop by the UK in the near future, and it's something that Penny Arcade are definitely thinking about. Someone from the UK asked Krahulik, to which he responded "we want to go there".
There's no news on the UK event, but I'm guessing that if the Australian event goes well, we should see a PAX UK event, too. You can be sure that we will probably cover the PAX AU event, so keep checking back!
Yesterday we spoke with Toshiba on several topics but for consumers looking to buy a new high performance, premium solid-state drive this nugget of information made it to the top of our list.
According to Jason Baker, Director of Marketing, Storage Product Business Unit, "The 30% reduction in Toshiba flash output will have little effect on the consumer SSD Market." Jason went on to say, "The only market we should see affected is the low cost personal carry products like USB thumb drives and other extremely low cost, commodity items."
This is important news for enthusiasts, power users and for that matter anyone looking to purchase some of the highest performing and lowest power consuming SSDs on the market today like the Plextor M5 Pro that uses Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode flash, Corsair Neutron GTX and Corsair Force GS, both of which use Toshiba 24nm Toggle Mode flash.
Since Toshiba announced their reduction of flash output we've kept an eye on SSD prices using Toshiba and SanDisk Toggle Mode flash and so far the prices have actually decreased rather than increased as we assumed they would. Now with confirmation from Toshiba, we have one less thing to worry about in the SSD market.
TweakTown has arrived in Sunny California and it's a beautiful day here in Silicon Valley. For the next week Paul and I have several meetings planned to discuss a magnitude of topics covering both enterprise and consumer products. Flash Memory Summit is also where attendees learn of new standards and upcoming market trends. These often start out as enterprise products and trickle down to the consumer market.
As you can see we started off the morning right. Keeping with TweakTown tradition, afternoon Martinis on empty stomachs.
Then we were off to the convention center to pick up our press kits and have some one-on-one time with Toshiba, maker of our favorite 24nm and 19nm Toggle Mode flash.
While looking around we found a seminar taking place, SSDs 101, Introduction to SSDs for Noobs.
Flash Memory Summit should be a good event and we should come away from the show with a lot of new topics to discuss in the future.
We're still six months out from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, but its never too early to start planning your days for the event. This is what Samsung President, Stephen Woo has done, where he's announced that he'll be giving a keynote on day two of CES 2013.
Woo's talk should cover the little things, as in physically small, such as components. These are the components that are in most consumer electronics, such as phones, tablets, TVs and more. Woo will talk of the future of not just Samsung, their technology, but the industry itself.
Woo may even unveil something new, maybe a next-generation product? Could we close our eyes collectivity, right now, and wish for the Galaxy S IIII, come to think of it, those roman numerals are getting annoying as Samsung release new products. We should hopefully be at CES, and I would love to sit in on this keynote personally, which means we should bring you the news as it happens at CES in January 2013.
Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has come forward and said that CEO Larry Page has lost his voice. Page skipped yesterday's annual stockholder meeting, and Schmidt was left to explain why Page couldn't page it.
Schmidt has said that Page would most likely miss his next two expected engagements while he is resting his voice. The next two engagements are next week's Google I/O conference, their three-day developer event in San Francisco, as well as Google's quarterly earnings call next month.
In the picture above, you can see that there's a spare chair, which would point to the fact that it was a very last minute decision for Page to not attend. A Google spokeswoman also declined to comment further on Page's condition, reports AllThingsD.
I'm quite jealous of attendees of Google's I/O event, so if anyone from Google is seeing this, e-mail me for the 2013, I want to be there, bad. On with the news, Google's upcoming Google I/O 2012 conference app is now available and offers session listings, scheduling and more. A live streaming component will also go active, during the conference itself.
The app gives you the ability to browse through sessions and code labs, manage your schedule (if you're lucky enough to attend), find your way around the different rooms and events, and more. After the event itself, Google will be open-sourcing the app, which is an added bonus.
Google I/O runs from June 27-29 in San Francisco, and should unveil quite a few goodies during the event which we will definitely be posting about. Be sure to come back in a weeks time, folks!
Our latest poll had almost 900 people who answered, What new products do you most want to see at Computex 2012?
This probably wasn't a shock at the end of the day, 24% of the votes went to booth babes for the number one spot.
In second place was video cards with 18% of the votes followed by CPU, APU and chipsets in third place with 11% of the votes. Nevertheless, we hope you enjoyed our Computex Taipei 2012 coverage.
Apple are rumored to be refreshing their entire Mac lineup in the very near future, with more details arriving during the company's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC). 9to5Mac reports the Cupertino-based company are looking to update "at least four" of the five Mac families.
The MacBook Pro looks like the most obvious choice for an upgrade given the injection of Ultrabook's at Computex. We should see a slimmer MacBook Pro sans the DVDRW, and hopefully that Retina-powered high-res display. The MacBook Air would most likely receive the same treatment, with the iMac getting a good injection of extras, too.
I'm expecting to see the MBPs getting upgraded to third-generation Core processors from Intel, 8GB minimum RAM, SSD by default, Retina display and of course, Thunderbolt. It will be interesting to see what is announced at WWDC... not long to go now, folks!