Intel Cutting SSD Prices April 26th

Zac O'Vadka | Storage | Apr 21, 2009 11:47 PM CDT

Intel has some price cuts in the works for their solid state drives and this will make it the second time that they have dropped the price of their SSD's in just a two month window.

Intel Cutting SSD Prices April 26th

For the 2.5" drives, the 160GB model will drop $100 in price, bringing it down to $660 while the 80GB model will slide down $50 for $385. The X18-M 1.8" drives will receive the exact same price cuts with the 80GB model being $385 and the 160GB model being $660.

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iPhone may finally get Voice Command

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Apr 21, 2009 2:00 PM CDT

A report that comes to us from Ars Technia through CNet states that Apple may finally catch up to Smart Phones from 2007.

I know you are wondering what I am talking about, why the iPhone is miles ahead of the other smartphones right? Well yes and no; the iPhone is a good product but even 2 and half iterations from the original it still lacks some basic features found in many other phones.

One of these is voice command and voice synthesis. But if the anonymous sources that tipped of Ars are accurate that long awaited feature will arrive with the iPhone Software 3.0.

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Bluetooth 3.o gets Official

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 21, 2009 1:33 PM CDT

Bluetooth 3.0 officially hit the streets today as the new specification becomes official.

The new version will be BT3.0 + HS it should be considerably faster due to the inclusion of the 802.11 PAL (Protocol Application Layer). This is the same protocol used by WiFi Devices. With the inclusion of this new factor Bluetooth can potentially be sued to stream HD content from a camera directly to an HD TV or from a PC to a Personal Media Player.

Other rumors state that the next generation of iPhone will have this new standard to add to the features of the media-centric phone.

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Zotac working on Ion Based Mini-ITX mainboards

Sean Kalinich | Motherboards | Apr 21, 2009 10:39 AM CDT

Looks like Zotac is really going to jump on the ION bandwagon after all. EXpreview brings us news that Zotac is hard at work on their new Mini-ITX Ion based mainboard.

The new board looks like it will have everything needed for the small ION Based Nettops that could be cluttering the shelves soon. Wireless, the nVidia 9400M G, Three SATA ports, Two RAM slots and HDMI/DVI/VGA ports.

The interesting thing is no expansion slots, not even a single PCI-e 1x port. Makes for a very closed system. Many have asked if this is really a feasible platform as you can get a full C2D E6350 on a Mini-ITX board with a lower (and half-height) GPU with more power and for less than these initial ION systems will cost.

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D-Link launches Coax to Ethernet Bridge

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 21, 2009 9:13 AM CDT

D-Link is kicking out its answer to the growing need to stream HD content around the house. But instead of looking to the power lines they are attacking the coax cabling that is present in many modern homes and apartments.

Dubbed the DXN-221 HD MediaBridge Coax Network Starter Kit (boy that is a mouthful) this new system allows for the use of existing coax cabling to transfer HD and other network content at high speed (100Mbps).

The DXN-221 uses encryption to protect your data from external intrusion with a user changeable password. The pricing on the DXN-221 is more than your average powerline kit at $239.99

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Western Digital Launches 2TB Enterprise Green HDD

Zac O'Vadka | Storage | Apr 21, 2009 1:38 AM CDT

Western Digital has announced the availability of their new RE4-GP 2TB hard drive. The new GreenPower hdd is aimed for use in enterprise-class systems.

The WD RE4-GP 2TB drive features a 64MB cache, dual processors, and increased areal density. The dual processors give the new drive as much as a 25% increase in performance over previous generation drives.

Wester Digital Launches 2TB Enterprise Green HDD

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Oracle Buys Sun Microsystems for $7.4 Billion

Zac O'Vadka | | Apr 21, 2009 1:08 AM CDT

Oracle has entered into an agreement to purchase Sun Microsystems for a whopping $7.4 Billion.

Oracle's aquisition of Sun Microsystems give them a huge strategic advantage as in brings two very important pieces of software in house. Not only will this allow Oracle ensure the long term succes of their two biggest applications, they can ensure that addition research and development are committed to Sun's applications that support them.

Oracle Buys Sun Microsystems for $7.4 Billion

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Windows 7 will support 4890 and 4770

Sean Kalinich | Software & Apps | Apr 17, 2009 1:06 PM CDT

Some good news about Windows 7 for ATi fans, AMD/ATi has managed to get the drivers for the HD 4890 and the 4770 integrated into the Windows 7 DVD.

This could put them a little ahead of nVidia in terms of "out of the box" usefulness when it comes to Microsoft's newest OS. No one seems to know how complete the drivers are or if there will be full 3D support in them.

Windows 7 is rumored to be released in Q4 2009, but all indications put it at Mid 2010.

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Rumors put the GT 300 in October

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 17, 2009 12:21 PM CDT

The new going rumor on the GT300 is that it might hit the shelves around they October time frame. The problem with that rumor is that there is almost no way it can happen with things as they stand.

According to the latest information the GT 300 has not even taped out. So if the GT300 tapes out in the next few weeks we would still seem a very unrealistic time line for testing, processing and then production by the AIBs.

Charlie Demerjian, at the Inq has the whole sordid story on how things work in the production world. And if his calculations are right we won't be seeing the GT 300 until very late December perhaps early January and that is only if everything goes perfect. Realistically it is more like June-July 2010

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Intel Responds to IBM's 28nm announcement

Sean Kalinich | | Apr 17, 2009 10:27 AM CDT

Yesterday Intel responded to the news that IBM and its team of manufacturers were moving to 28nm in 2010. The news was important as it relates to AMD and their new spin-off Globalfoundries.

According to Intel the step to 28nm will not work properly for CPUs as it is a half-node step. It has to do with the masks used; it is very difficult to change them between half and full node steps. To counter this Intel has opted for only using full node steps (45,32,22nm).

Intel already has 32nm ready to go and we might actually see some 32nm CPUs later this year. On the GPU side Larrabee will most likely be 32nm in its first run and shrink in full node steps from there.

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