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ioSafe Blows the Competition Away With the new Rugged Portable

Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Thu, Jan 6 2011 7:00 AM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Few companies know how to really start CES off like ioSafe. ioSafe has already shown their products in simulated house fires, under water in the pool and even being ran over by heavy machinery. This year ioSafe had to do something different and they did it this year with a bang!

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That's right, CES this year started out with live fire on the shooting range.

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Next Gen Intel / Hitachi Enterprise SSD Pictured, 535MB/s

Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Thu, Jan 6 2011 6:32 AM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - The enterprise SSD market is really heating up. Just yesterday we showed a Toshiba enterprise SSD that will ship with a claimed 515MB/s read speed. If 515MB/s doesn't impress you then maybe this will, 535MB/s! Hitachi and Intel have teamed up to take on SandForce and Toshiba in the enterprise market, no surprise there, the announcement went out back in November.

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The Hitachi / Intel drive was on display here in Las Vegas and we were able to snap a few pics. Most of us don't get all that excited about enterprise drives but what is exciting is how close Intel's enterprise drives are to their consumer product line. Intel has been fairly quite about their upcoming consumer SSD but the new Hitachi Ultrastar gives us a glimpse of what to expect.

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NVIDIA announces the birth of the Super Phone

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices | Wed, Jan 5 2011 6:32 PM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Today NVIDIA announced the birth of a new generation of personal computing devices. Co-Founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage in a conference room in the Venetian and told the packed room that he was as excited about this year's CES as he was about the birth of DirectX and the Launch of Windows 95. Although by todays measure neither of these is a big deal and to many would seem comical Jen-Hsun went on to explain that with that single step the whole concept of the PC changed.

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The reason he is this excited is because he feels the computing world is going to change again. After leading us through a few slides (mostly numbers and growth charts) he told us that he was not going to do an actual product launch (but he did a little later). He casually mentioned Tegra 2 and that there would be some announcements about it throughout CES. Instead he said he was going to introduce to us a new product family. He called this "The Super Phone".

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Battlefield 3 on PC receiving "special effort"

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Wed, Jan 5 2011 6:20 PM CST

Some more details of Battlefield 3 on PC are emerging and it is becoming quite the love fest for PC gamers. Lead Designer at DICE, David Goldfarb, is laying rumors to rest of Battlefield 3 being a console port.

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He says that while the game is not an exclusive to PC, the PC version is getting 'extra attention'. Battlefield 3 is designed to run with DirectX 11 and will not work on Windows XP at all - while this is not new as there are some games that already won't work on XP, it's a step in the right direction.

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Gigabyte debuts its first AMD Fusion mini-ITX mainboard

Shane McGlaun | Motherboards | Wed, Jan 5 2011 1:04 PM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Most people want big and powerful hardware when they are building up a gaming or enthusiast system with big cases and lots of room for components. When it comes to building up an HTPC for the living room the opposite is true, most of us want small and compact gear that won't take up much room. Gigabyte has unveiled a new mini-ITX mainboard at CES this week that is aimed directly at HTPC fans.

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The board is called the GA-E350N-USB3 and it is the first SFF HTPC mainboard from Gigabyte to use AMD Fusion technology inside. The board supports DirectX 11, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps ports and has HDMI output. The board also has special 3x power USB ports for charging devices like the iPad faster than a normal USB port can.

The board has the AMD E-350 dual-core processor on board and has HD 6310 graphics that support Blu-ray and more. The board also supports 7.1 surround sound with S/PDIF output. The USB 3.0 port on the mainboard uses the Renasas controller from NEC. Pricing on the board is unknown at this time.

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CES Unveiled Fails to Impress

Sean Kalinich | Trade Shows | Wed, Jan 5 2011 11:18 AM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 5, 2011 last night the Consumer Electronics Association held its first big event of their annual Consumer Electronics Show; CES Unveiled. This show is typically one that highlights all of the top products with many of the companies having won at least one products award during the year. However, this year seemed to be a rehash of last year with many of the same people showing the same stuff we talked about during CES 2010. After walking the overcrowded floor of the event for an hour we were able to find a few items that showed pretty good promise.

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One of the first companies that caught our eye was one called TechnoCel. This group makes battery packs for mobile devices. Now there is no shortage of products like this on the market so you might be wondering why we feel this is worth talking about. Well their latest one is capable of not only keeping your device charged on the go for about four hours, but also can charge it directly from the wall. The battery is contained inside the same pack as the power connector.

As you can see the PowerpakXT becomes a complete charging system while reducing the number of cables you have to carry around with you. We grabbed one and will be carrying it around with us for the rest of the show. CONTINUED...

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Parrot outs Asteroid Android powered car head unit

Shane McGlaun | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Wed, Jan 5 2011 11:04 AM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - If you need any proof that Android is going into all sorts of products, this one is the proof you need. The OS is finding its way into all sorts of gadgets and tech for cars and lots more. The latest product to surface from Parrot has Android inside and is one place that I never considered seeing Android land. The product is called the Asteroid and it is a car stereo or head unit.

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The device runs the Android OS and comes with a GPS dongle. When you connect the head unit with your own 3G dongle, you can get access to Parrot Maps for navigation, those maps can get traffic, and construction alerts on them. Parrot says that it will also be offering more apps for the Asteroid device later.

The head unit can play music and files from all sorts of inputs included SD cards, USB, iPhone, iPods, and Bluetooth devices. The radio also works as a hands free device for calls on the road. The coolest feature is voice search for music while you drive and if you have the Asteroid on a 3G network it will search the web for you as well. It has integrated AM and FM tuners with RDS support. Pricing is unknown and the device will hit the US in Q2 2011.

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Trendnet debuts new 450Mbps wireless gaming adapter at CES 2011

Shane McGlaun | Networking | Wed, Jan 5 2011 10:06 AM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Trendnet has been at CES as long as I can recall and this year the company is pulling some really cool gear out of its hat for wireless fans. Trendnet has a new wireless gaming adapter that console users will like. The new adapter is called the 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter model TEW-687GA.

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The adapter promises blazing fast 802.11n wireless speeds and Trendnet says that it will break the 150Mbps perforce barrier and in testing the adapter has reached 200Mbps bursts transmissions. The adapter has MIMO technology integrated with three spatial streams per antenna for more bandwidth and better connectivity.

The adapter has a Gigabit wired Ethernet port and supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup for easy construction for secure networks and more. The adapter works best when paired with the Trendnet TEW-691GR router, but it should work with any brand router. The adapter will ship this month for $149.99.

"TRENDnet was ecstatic to be able to deliver the first ever 450Mbps wireless n router to market in early June of last year, followed by the first ever 450Mbps access point last month," stated Pei Huang, President and CEO of TRENDnet. "The fact that we are also on pace to launch the very first 450Mbps wireless n adapter is yet another signal of TRENDnet's ability to innovate in the wireless networking space."

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ioSafe announce Rugged Portable plus Data Recovery Service

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Tue, Jan 4 2011 7:29 PM CST

ioSafe has today announced the ioSafe Rugged Portable plus Data Recovery Service. The device is available in HDD, SSD and titanium SSD versions with capacities ranging from 250GB to 1T for the HDD versions, with SSD available in 256 or 512GB.

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All versions are USB 3.0 with USBO 2.0 backwards compatibility. March 2011 will bring a Firewire version to include in the array of bundles available.

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All Toshiba SSD hits 90K IOPS and 510MB/s Read (video)

Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Tue, Jan 4 2011 7:28 PM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - The first shock of CES 2011 came today. At Storage Visions, Toshiba showed a new enterprise SSD that uses a Toshiba controller and Toshiba flash. The new MKxx01GRZB will be offered in 100, 200 and 400GB capacities and features enterprise SLC flash on a SAS interface.

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Talk is cheap so Toshiba had their new enterprise SSD on display. Here we see 90K IOPS in action.

We spoke with Toshiba about the new enterprise SSD and lineup of traditional platter drives and you can see that in the video above.

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