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Kingston displays 384GB of DDR4 in top-secret Intel server at CES

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: RAM | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 9:00 am

CES 2014 - It's always fun to find a few diamonds in the rough at CES, and luckily this year held a few as usual. Kingston was demonstrating a whopping 384 GB's of its new DDR4 running in a blacked-out server. For those in the know, there currently isn't a publicly released CPU/chipset combination that supports DDR4 memory.




In order to recieve clearance for this demo, Kingston had to black out key areas of the chassis, which means essentially everything other than the heat sinks and DDR4 sticks. We speculate this is Grantley-EP and Wellsburg PCH. If so, the server supports Thunderbolt and features DDR4 speeds of 2400 and 3200MHz. However, these specs are pure conjecture.




Of course we tried to 'play the angles' to get a view underneath at the new unnannounced chipset. Unfortunately, Kingston delivered on their promise to Intel by making a more detailed analysis of the chipset impossible through use of the large black covers underneath the plexiglass cover.




Of course, we have the picture of the DDR4 actually up and running during the demo.

DisplayLink continues to impress, showing off some great tech at CES

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 7:50 am

CES 2014 - Even though I wasn't at CES 2014, I kept in touch with DisplayLink's Director of Marketing, Andy Davis, all the way from my house in Australia, where he bought me up to speed on some of the technologies his company was showing off at CES 2014.




One of the more important things Displaylink showed off was its new DL-3950 USB 3.0 docking chipset. The new chipset contains fully integrated dual-head video, which can support two full 2560x1600 displays. Not only that, but we also have Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1-channel sound, and DisplayLink's magic: dynamic compression.




DisplayLink also unveiled its new DL-5000 family of chips, with the DL-5500 launching at CES 2014. The DL-5500 allows users with existing DisplayLink-enabled setups to add a 4K monitor to their setup. This helps immensely going into the future, with 4K being a massive dot point of this year's CES. DisplayLink can run this technology over USB 2.0, which goes to show just how impressive its technology really is.

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Sony shows off its latest HMZ-T3 head-mounted display at CES 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 7:33 am

CES 2014 - Oculus VR walked away with the Best in Show for CES 2014 with its new Crystal Cove codenamed Rift headset, but Sony is looking to run in second place with its HMZ-T3 head-mounted display.




Sony was showing off the headset at CES 2014, which had an important new feature: head tracking. Sony had a sign at its booth at the trade show, calling it a "technical prototype" and had representatives on-hand to help people in and out of the headset. The model without head-tracking already costs $999, and the experience on Sony's device is said to be far less than that on the Oculus Rift.

Seagate displays reference Android tablet design with 500GB HDD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 7:04 am

CES 2014 - Seagate displayed a reference tablet design that capitalizes on the new 5mm HDD design and houses a 500GB HDD. Currently, 5mm-thick HDD's only come in the typical platter design, but common sense dictates that soon we will see 5mm SSHD's, which provide SSD-like performance but HDD capacity. Seagate also displayed a new laptop and convertible with an HDD in the keyboard.




The tablet design has a large screen, and runs Androids latest OS. This reference design is suprsingly light, considering there is an HDD inside. The design will allow manufacturers a quicker time to market with this flavor of tablet.




Of course, the resulting design is somewhat thicker than tablets currently on the market, but can come at a cheaper price point with a tremendous amount of capacity. As the process and design matures we expect to see this slimmed down considerably.

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Galaxy S4 to soon see Android 4.4.2 KitKat, test firmware leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 6:45 am

The New Year is here, CES 2014 is over, and now it's time to get back into business with an update to the Galaxy S4. It looks like there's an unofficial test firmware for Samsung's flagship smartphone, with Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505 model).




SamMobile is on the ball, getting their hands on the test firmware, but Samsung will officially roll out the deliciously named update for the Galaxy S4 sometime in February or March. Until then, you can try out the firmware if you want - but be warned - this isn't for everyone. This is in no way an official firmware from Samsung, so I would advise waiting for an official release from the company before flashing your $600+ smartphone.

Cooler Master shows off their latest and greatest at CES 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 6:27 am

CES 2014 - Cooler Master is out in full force at this years CES 2014 and have brought a wealth of new cases, cooling, and peripherals at this years Consumer Electronics Show. We stopped by their booth today to check out what they have to offer and saw some pretty cool new gear that is coming to market this year.



Everything from new HAF Stacker parts to new programmable LED Lit Keyboards, and even new CPU cooling solutions were on display. One of the coolest things to see however was Cooler Masters new Fortress software suite that unifies total control of your gaming rig and allows you to set gaming profiles, control fans, PSU performance, and other features right from the desktop. Additionally, Project "HAF XC" was one of the coolest cube style PC chassis I have seen at CES this year. Its totally clear side panel and unique polygonal mesh outer skin make it something unlike any other.

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Kingston shows prototype dual-connector USB drive for mobile phones

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 5:16 am

CES 2014 - Kingston displayed a prototype of a new type of USB flash drive for mobile phones. A study concluded that the maajority of phone users actually email pictures from thier phones to transfer them to thier PC or laptop.




The concept is pretty simpe, one end of the USB drive connects to the micro-USB connector on the phone, allowing quick and easy access to the contents of the drive.




The other end of the drive is a standard USB 3.0 connector, which can be plugged into any typical laptop or computer. This allows the user to add or remove files on the computer, and then one can transfer files to or from the phone easily.

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Plextor expands portfolio of SSDs for enterprise, and mobile products

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 5:14 am

CES 2014 - We visited Plextor's CES showroom yesterday and found a broad range of new products that span several markets. Over the years, Plextor's image changed from optical products to consumer SSDs and now the company looks to just make it all SSDs.




First up is the new M6e, a PCIe 2.0 m.2 SSD that uses two lanes to outperform SATA based storage products. The M6e drives we saw at the booth include an adapter for desktop use. This makes the M6e the ultimate performance SSD since end users keep TRIM and avoid the hassles of RAID.





Moving closer to the mainstream consumer level, the M.2 form factor could dominate the notebook market with both SATA and PCIe based drives. M.2 products will cost less to manufacture when the economics of scale catch up.

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Seagate demo's Ultrathin 5mm HDD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 3:50 am

CES 2014 -Seagate displayed it's new 5mm HDD's that stick with the standard SATA connection. For a complete view of the performance capabilities of the drive feel free to take a look at the Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD Review by our very own Tyler Bernath.




To give some perspective, I took a snap of the HDD next to my Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This thin profile allows this HDD to be deployed into just about any thin device.




The thin HDD's from Seagate's competitors feature a new edge connector, which hasn't made much headway in terms of mass adoption. The slow uptake, or lack thereof, of the edge connector has led Seagate to forgo use of the spec, since it is much more financially viable for companies to use existing standards at this point. Of course that could be subject to change in the future as devices shrink, but selling relevant products for today's market is Seagate's focus.

LaCie shows Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 with two M.2 SSDs

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 11, 2014 2:44 am

CES 2014 -LaCie unveiled their new Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 storage solution, which is geared for maximum performance for video editing professionals. This power is delivered via dual M.2 Samsung XP941 PCIe SSD's that are configured in factory RAID 0.




Each unit is capable of delivering up to 1,375 MB/s of speed for 4K video editing. The Little Big Disk 2 comes with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports which allows daisy chaining for even more extreme performance, as demoed here with a new Mac Pro.

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