Thursday, April 24th 2014

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Microsoft Reports $20 Billion Revenue for Q3 FY14

Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $20.40 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Gross margin, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $14.46 billion, $6.97 billion, $5.66 billion, and $0.68 per share, respectively.

The following table reconciles our financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") to non-GAAP financial results for the prior year. We have provided this non-GAAP financial information to aid investors in better understanding the company's performance. Management commentary regarding performance and growth refers to non-GAAP financial results.

NETGEAR Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2014.

Net revenue for the first quarter ended March 30, 2014 was $349.4 million, as compared to $293.4 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2013, and $356.6 million in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013. Net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, in the first quarter of 2014 was $14.4 million, or $0.39 per diluted share. This compared to GAAP net income of $15.3 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013, and GAAP net income of $11.4 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013.

OCZ Launches the RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD

OCZ Storage Solutions - a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the RevoDrive 350 Series with workstation-grade design capabilities and maximum performance for professional content creation, multimedia, and extreme gaming applications. Achieving three times the performance of SATA-based SSD solutions, RevoDrive 350 is based on proven performance architecture and features 19 nm Toshiba NAND to complete OCZ's portfolio transition to in-house flash, offering a high-performance yet cost-efficient SSD solution for bandwidth-intensive client applications.

Using the PCI Express Gen. 2 x8 interface and up to four LSI SF-2282 processors to offer more available bandwidth than the previous generation, RevoDrive 350 features up to 1.8GB/s sequential speeds and up to 140,000 4K random write IOPS, delivering SSD RAID performance without the hassle in an easy-to-deploy, single card solution.

EK Launches PWM Variant of EK-DCP 4.0 Water Pump

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana-based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce the new EK-DCP 4.0 water pump with power management control. This new pumps allows pulse width modulation (PWM) control of rotation speed trough motherboard BIOS or dedicated fan controller.

The EK-DCP 4.0 PWM water pump is the ideal choice for all enthusiast water cooling systems and is compatible with the all standard water cooling system setups. This pump will easily integrate with the latest water blocks and can achieve up to 800L/hour with its compact, powerful and low-noise design.

Sapphire Unveils First Factory-Overclocked R9 295X2

Sapphire unveiled the industry's first factory-overclocked Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card. The R9 295X2 OC from Sapphire sticks to AMD reference design, and ships in the metal suitcase, much like its base model; but comes with factory-overclocked speeds of 1030 MHz core (vs. 1018 MHz reference), and 5.20 GHz memory (vs. 5.00 GHz reference). The rest of its feature-set is identical to that of its reference-design product. The company didn't reveal pricing. The R9 295X2 is a dual-GPU card with a pair of 28 nm "Hawaii" GPUs, with 2,816 stream processors, 176 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and 512-bit wide memory interfaces, each; and each holding 4 GB of memory, totaling 8 GB on the card.

Raijintek Unveils Morpheus VGA Cooler

Raijintek unveiled the Morpheus universal VGA cooler. Featuring a large aluminium fin stack that's arranged along the length of the PCB, in a way that directs hot to the top of the card, it features a total of 129 aluminium fins, and six nickel-plated copper heat pipes of 6 mm thickness. The heat pipes draw heat from a nickel-plated copper base, from which their ends pass through two sections of the fin-stack. The stack is so big, that it can be ventilated using a pair of 120 mm fans. If the fans are 25 mm thick, like most 120 mm fans in the market, then a card cooled by the Morpheus could need three or more slots in your system. In addition to the meaty heatsink, you get 24 little heatsinks for memory chips and MOSFETs.

Among the single-GPU cards Raijintek Morpheus supports, are Radeon R9 290 series, R9 280 series, R9 270 series, HD 7900 series, HD 7800 series; GeForce GTX TITAN and TITAN Black, GTX 780 and 780 Ti, GK104-based cards such as GTX 770, GTX 760, GTX 680, GTX 670, GTX 660 Ti, and more. Measuring 254 mm x 98 mm x 44 mm (WxDxH), the main heatsink weighs 515 g.

Logitech Q4 FY 2014 Sales, Profit and Cash from Operations Exceed Expectations

Logitech International (SIX: LOGN) (Nasdaq: LOGI) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of Fiscal Year 2014. Q4 FY 2014 sales were $485 million, up 3 percent over the prior year. "Our Q4 performance was strong, with sales, profit and cash generation better than expected," said Bracken Darrell, Logitech president and chief executive officer. "Q4 sales in our Growth category - PC Gaming, Tablet and Other Accessories, and Mobile Speakers - were up nearly 50 percent. "At the start of our fiscal year we said we would deliver strong sales in our Growth category, reduce operating expenses and improve profitability. We delivered on our commitments across the board, concluding FY 2014 ahead of our turnaround plan."
Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

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GeForce GTX TITAN-Z Market Availability Detailed

NVIDIA's upcoming flagship graphics card, the dual-GPU GeForce GTX TITAN-Z, could see the light of the day (well, lights of a hardware store/warehouse), on April 29, 2014. That's when you'll be able to buy the card from ground stores off the shelf, or order one online. It's expected to stick to the price NVIDIA announced when it was unveiled at GTC 2014, which is a wallet-scorching US $2,999 (excl. taxes). Depending on your country's taxation and import excise, you could be paying anywhere between 10 and 33 percent over that. In Japan, for instance, the card is expected to be priced around 400,000¥ (incl. taxes), which converts to about $3,900.

The GeForce GTX TITAN-Z is a dual-GPU graphics card with a pair of 28 nm GK110 GPUs. The chips are configured to feature all 2,880 CUDA cores, 240 TMUs, and 48 ROPs at their disposal; and are each wired to 6 GB of GDDR5 memory across their 384-bit wide memory interfaces, totaling 12 GB on the card. The best part? Unlike AMD's Radeon R9 295X2, the GTX TITAN-Z is air-cooled. Just be ready with three slots in your system, and give up on your dream of equipping your ITX rig with it.


Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Apple Expands Capital Return Program to Over $130 Billion

Apple today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized another significant increase to the Company's program to return capital to shareholders. The Company expects to utilize a total of over $130 billion of cash under the expanded program by the end of calendar 2015. As part of the program, the Board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $90 billion from the $60 billion level announced last year. The Company expects to continue to utilize about $1 billion annually to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units.

Additionally, the Board has approved an increase to the Company's quarterly dividend of approximately 8 percent and has declared a dividend of $3.29 per common share, payable on May 15, 2014 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 12, 2014. The Company also plans to increase its dividend on an annual basis. With annual payments of $11 billion, Apple is among the largest dividend payers in the world. From August 2012 through March 2014, Apple has spent $66 billion in cash on its capital return program.

BenQ XL-Z Series of Gaming Monitors Shipping In the US

BenQ America Corp., the fastest growing display brand in North America, today announced the availability of three new additions to its XL-Z series of first-person shooter (FPS) purpose-built gaming monitors: the 27-inch XL2720Z and 24-inch XL2420Z and XL2411Z widescreen full-HD displays.

Featuring BenQ's exclusive RevolutionEyes technology for exceptional monitor performance, the displays are packed with enhancements such as Motion Blur Reduction, Low Blue Light, ZeroFlicker, gaming refresh rate optimization management (GROM), and 1-ms GTG response times. In addition, the new models offer BenQ's latest firmware, which enables third-party utility support for further optimization options. The end result is striking visual clarity, seamless motion fluidity, and added viewing comfort for hours of action-packed game play.

Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter ended March 29, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $45.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $43.6 billion and net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.3 percent compared to 37.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter's revenue.

"We're very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We're eagerly looking forward to introducing more new products and services that only Apple could bring to market."

SHARKOON Announces the WPM BRONZE Series Power Supplies

Sharkoon expands its range of energy-efficient power supplies with their new WPM BRONZE series. The new series complies, with an efficiency of over 85 percent by 50 percent load as well as over 82 percent by 20 percent and 100 percent load, with the stringent requirements of the "80 PLUS BRONZE" certification.

The WPM BRONZE series also offers, in addition to its high efficiency, the latest ATX V2.3 standard. Like the recently introduced WPM V2 power supply series, the BRONZE version also provides a cable management system, which features two PCIe cables, each with one 6+2-pin connector for graphics cards. In addition, the WPM Bronze provides a cable with three 4-pin peripheral device connectors, a cable with two 4-pin peripheral device connectors and a floppy connector as well as two SATA cables with three 15-pin connectors, respectively. Therefore, the only cables used are the ones needed to install the desired PC components. This not only ensures an orderly case but also improves internal airflow.

ASUS First in the World to Unleash Full SATA Express Performance

ASUS today announced that research and development work supported by Intel has led to the discovery of a BIOS structure that unleashes the true full potential of the latest SATA Express interface standard on future ASUS motherboards. Following the CES 2014 debut of the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/SATA Express concept motherboard, ASUS and Intel continued working together to ensure that users enjoy the full performance of the SATA Express interface and SATA Express components.

The joint research effort means that ASUS is the first motherboard manufacturer in the world to discover and implement a technology that is critical for SATA Express to perform at its best - the Separate Reference Clock with Independent Spread Spectrum Clocking Architecture, or SRIS for short.

VisionTek Releases mSATA SSD Enclosure

VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh computers, today announced the immediately availability of the VisionTek mSATA mini Enclosure. The USB 3.0 bus-powered enclosure is a Plug and Play solution for re-tasking an existing mSATA Solid State Drive after upgrading the SSD in an ultra-slim notebook or for adding a new mSATA SSD to create a high-performance ultra-portable external drive.

The Pocket-Sized Portable Storage Powerhouse
Sized smaller than a business card and weighing 0.30 ounces empty, the mSATA mini Enclosure features the SuperSpeed USB 3.0/2.0 interface to offer data rates up to 600 MB/s and a bus-powered design so an AC adapter is not required. To complement its performance and portability attributes, the mSATA mini's sleek, scratch-resistant aluminum housing provides rugged durability to safeguard a drive's data and comes complete with everything needed to start using and sharing HD movies, music, photos, and important documents wherever desired.

AOC Launches 28-Inch MVA Monitors

Display specialist AOC launches its first two 28″ (71.1 cm) monitors. The m2870Vhe and m2870Vq feature extra-large 16:9 MVA panels with Full HD resolution, wide viewing angles and high luminosity. Rich colours, high contrast and fast response times make these two displays ideal for both professional needs and entertainment such as video games and movies. Both models come with an extensive array of input options and other features, with the m2870Vq even boasting an additional DisplayPort connector and stereo speakers.

Perfect colours at an impressive scale
With the two new models from its Value Line, the m2870Vhe and m2870Vq, AOC enters the young market segment of 28" (71.1 cm) displays. Thanks to MVA panel technology, the extra-large 16:9 wide screen monitors offer rich, vivid colours and a super-high contrast of 3000:1. This makes them perfect for demanding professional tasks such as design programmes requiring high colour fidelity, even at wide viewing angles of up to 178°.

Toshiba Announces Canvio AeroMobile Wireless SSD

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the Canvio AeroMobile Wireless SSD, a product that offers a smart, easy and more reliable way to store, stream, and share files and media from mobile devices without ever attaching a single cable.

Toshiba's new portable Canvio AeroMobile Wireless SSD is sleek and durable, combining the convenience and capacity of portable wireless storage with the proven durability and performance of solid state hard drive technology. This slim, lightweight unit allows users to upload media instantly, freeing their smartphones, tablets and cameras to take thousands of pictures and video. Up to eight devices including smartphones, laptops, tablets and PCs can access the Canvio AeroMobile Wireless SSD.

Thecus Unaffected by Heartbleed

While Thecus NAS do make use of OpenSSL, the specific branches adopted by Thecus's software development team are in fact entirely unaffected by Heartbleed (as it only affects versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f). So when the news about Heartbleed broke, Thecus developers quickly established that Thecus devices were never vulnerable to malformed heartbeat requests.

Given the importance of confirming system vulnerability, a number of media outlets have reached out to Thecus support staff. In France, Stéphane Guérithault spoke to Next Inpact and confirmed that ThecusOS5 and OS6 were unaffected but that additional apps were being revised and updated by their respective developers so that Heartbleed fixes would be swiftly implemented.

EIZO Releases the FlexScan S1933 IPS Monitor

EIZO Corporation today announced the release of the FlexScan S1933, a 19-inch monitor with a 1280 x 1024 native resolution for large and small offices and control rooms that require a traditional square format.

The FlexScan S1933 features an IPS (in-plane switching) LCD panel with wide 178° viewing angle that minimizes color shift and contrast changes when viewing the screen at an angle. This ensures stable and consistent display when two or more people view the screen at once or in a multi-monitor environment.

SanDisk Announces 15 Nanometer Technology

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the availability of its 1Z-nanometer (nm) technology, the most advanced NAND flash process node in the world. The 15 nm technology will ramp on both two bits-per-cell (X2) and three bits-per-cell (X3) NAND flash memory architectures with production ramp to begin in the second half of 2014.

"We are thrilled to continue our technology leadership with the industry's most advanced flash memory process node, enabling us to deliver the world's smallest and most cost effective 128 gigabit chips," said Dr. Siva Sivaram, senior vice president, memory technology, SanDisk. "We are delighted that these new chips will allow us to further differentiate and expand our portfolio of NAND flash solutions."

Toshiba Starts Mass Production of World's First 15 nm NAND Flash Memory

Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has developed the world's first 15-nanometer (nm) process technology, which will apply to 2-bit-per-cell 128-gigabit (16 gigabytes) NAND flash memories. Mass production with the new technology will start at the end of April at Fab 5 Yokkaichi Operations, Toshiba's NAND flash fabrication facility (fab), replacing second generation 19 nm process technology, Toshiba's previous flagship process. The second stage of Fab 5 is currently under construction, and the new technology will also be deployed there.

Toshiba has achieved the world's smallest class chip size with the 15nm process plus improved peripheral circuitry technology. The new chips achieve the same write speed as chips formed with second generation 19 nm process technology, but boost the data transfer rate to 533 megabits a second, 1.3 times faster, by employing a high speed interface.
Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

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Rapoo Introduces the E9080 and E9180P Wireless Touchpad Keyboards

Rapoo's ultra-slim, 5.6 mm, E9080 and E9180 Wireless Touchpad Keyboards combine two peripherals in one easy solution. Boasting a sleek, aluminum exterior and scissor key structure, the keyboards with integrated touchpads provide a cable-free, stylish and comfortable typing experience.

The E9080 Wireless Touchpad Keyboard is the perfect solution for users who want a touchpad without having to sacrifice a number pad. The integrated touchpad not only offers navigation without the need of a mouse, but it also transforms into a fully functional number pad with the swipe of a finger.

Gigabyte Shows Off A Trio of Z97 Motherboards

With less than three weeks to go until the official launch of the 9 Series chipsets, Gigabyte has decided to share a few pictures depicting three of its boards powered by the Z97. Seen below are the Z97X-UD5H BK (Black Edition), the Z97X-UD7 TH and the overclocking-ready Z97X-SOC Force which feature support for Haswell Refresh and older LGA1150 processors.

All three boards have an Ultra Durable design, they are SLI and CrossFire capable (the UD5 and UD7 provide three PCI-Express x16 slots while the SOC model offers four such slots), and include four DDR3 memory slots, one SATA Express connector, two (Z97X-SOC) or four (Z97X-UD5H, Z97X-UD7) SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, 7.1 channel audio and Gigabit Ethernet (the UD7 TH and SOC Force pack a Killer E2200 NIC).

Silicon Power Launches 240 GB Thunder T11 External Thunderbolt Drive

Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, today presents the upgrade solution of its revolutionary Thunderbolt external solid state drive - Thunder T11 with great capacity of 240 GB. In addition, Thunder T11 gets the new color variant-starlight blue to brighten up itself with more elegance and flavor.

Featuring advanced Thunderbolt technology and exceptional product design, SP Thunder T11 has acquired great attention and support from worldwide professional designers and Apple fans since its debut last year. Thunder T11 also proved its superiority with the recognition from red dot award: Product Design 2014, which is the most influential and prestigious design award all over the world.

NZXT Introduces the New Phantom 240 Chassis

The classic Phantom styling you've come to love at its lowest price point yet. Since the first Phantom was launched in 2010, NZXT has continued to bring aggressive designs and innovative feature sets to all of its chassis. Over the years, the original Phantom and Phantom 410 quickly became NZXT's signature cases. Now, NZXT is happy to introduce its latest addition to the family, the Phantom 240.

A product designed with several years of feedback in mind, the Phantom 240 brings a refreshing new style and full-view window to the table while keeping its signature asymmetrical shape. Included with the chassis are two of NZXT's recently redesigned standard case fans, the 120mm FN V2, bringing additional cooling and lower noise levels.

GIGABYTE G1.Gaming Z97 Motherboard Pictured

GIGABYTE is giving final touches to its next G1.Killer series motherboard, the G1.Gaming Z97. Branded in an uncanny way to MSI's Gaming series, the G1.Gaming is a mid-range ($150 - $200) socket LGA1150 motherboard based on Intel's Z97 Express chipset, which can run Core "Haswell" Refresh processors out of the box. The board features most of the stuff you've come to expect from "gaming" grade motherboards. To begin with, its draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and uses an 8-phase VRM to condition power to the CPU. The CPU is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory; and two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (electrical x8/x8 when both are populated). Three PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and two legacy PCI make for the rest of its expansion area.

Display connectivity on the G1.Gaming Z97 includes DisplayPort and HDMI. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s, and likely one M.2 slot. A total of six USB 3.0 ports are on offer, four on the rear panel, two by header. The board features 7.1-channel Creative Sound Core3D audio with user-replaceable OPAMPs, a 115 dBA DAC, audiophile-grade electrolytic capacitors, and ground-layer isolation. The wired networking on this board is equally special, a Broadcom-Killer E2100 PCIe NIC with packet prioritization that's optimized for multiplayer gaming. For those with USB headsets that come with their own DACs, GIGABYTE is offering a special USB 2.0 port with extra power output, and electrical noise filter. GIGABYTE's dual-UEFI BIOS is at the helm of this board.


Source: Expreview

EK Launches New Revision of EK-FC R9-290X Water Block

EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana-based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to introduce a new revision of EK-FC R9-290X water block for AMD Radeon R9 290- and 290X series graphics cards. Rev.2.0 is functionally and visually identical to its predecessor but bring compatibility for previously unsupported MSI and GIGABYTE model graphics cards.

In order to simplify the search for suitable and compatible water block EK has already added new revision water blocks to EK Cooling Configurator database and compatible graphics cards are being added to the list on daily basis.

Streacom Launches MH1 Mini Heatpipe Kit for FC8 Evo

Streacom introduces the MH1 Mini Heatpipe Kit which increases the motherboard compatibility of the fanless FC8 Evo chassis. Designed to replace the stock heatpipes supplied with the FC8 Evo, the MH1 kit contains a full set of mini copper heatpipes with a diameter of 6mm. These shorter heatpipes have been designed to allow for motherboards with CPU socket locations that are positioned towards the right side of the motherboard (close to the heatsink sidepanel), greatly expanding the range of motherboards that are compatible with the FC8 Evo, including for example boards with Intel's H87 chipset. For more information on the CPU socket coverage area and example motherboards, see our System Build Guide.

Aqua Computer Announces Radeon R9 295X2 Full Cover Block

The German-based liquid cooling specialist Aqua Computer has added the full cover water block kryographics Vesuvius for R9 295X2 cards to its portfolio. The block is entirely made in Germany and milled from 2.72kg high-purity electrolytic copper raw material. It covers the GPUs, all RAM chips, the voltage regulators and the PCIe bridge chip. All areas are covered by the flow path of the cooling liquid to provide an excellent cooling performance.

Both GPUs are covered by a micro structure with a 0.5 mm grid. The water flows through both structures in parallel which allows an even temperature for both GPUs. To achieve this effect the cooling structures use a different depth which makes sure that the same amount of water flows through both of them.

Micron Releases New SATA Solid State Drive Tuned for Data Centers

Micron Technology, Inc., today announced a new enterprise-class solid state drive (SSD) designed specifically for data center storage platforms. Enterprise applications are experiencing tremendous new demands for greater data throughput due to rapid growth in mobile applications, cloud services and connected devices. Micron's new M500DC SATA SSD addresses this growing need by providing the performance and data protection features of an enterprise-class drive at a great value.

"System administrators are realizing that there is a need for an SSD that delivers more enterprise-features than a client drive at a more affordable price than most enterprise drives," said Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst at Forward Insights. "Products such as Micron's M500DC SSD offer data centers the optimal balance of enterprise class features, performance and price for demanding 24/7 enterprise workloads."

CRYORIG Announces the C1 Compact High-End CPU Cooler

CRYORIG, newcomer in the professional PC cooling solutions market, announces hereby, that the C1 CPU cooler for ITX systems has completed rigorous testing and is now in production. The C1 is CRYORIG's first product for the growing ITX PC ecosystem with a total height of only 7,4 centimeters.

"With the increase of APUs and enthusiasts level ITX mainboards and components, ITX systems are no longer limited to under powered components like they used to be.", mentions CRYORIG Co-Founder and Chief Manufacturing Engineer Alex Wang. "ITX systems now are housing high performance, high TDP CPUs and GPUs. Cooling these crucial components is an even greater challenge in these tight spaces. What I think we achieved with the C1 is a solution that has outstanding performance for its size, and provides a great user experience thanks to its hassle free easy installation and robust accessories. Everything you need is in the box."

ASUSTOR to Showcase Brand New Products at Computex 2014

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, will showcase its innovative series of NAS devices at Computex 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to exhibiting the 6/3/2 series tower and rackmount models powered by Intel Atom dual core processors, ASUSTOR will also be introducing its new enterprise class 7 series rackmount devices (AS7009RD/AS7009RDX/AS7012RD/AS7012RDX), which feature Intel "Haswell" Xeon and Core i3 processors.

Also being introduced for the first time, will be an economical rackmount model, the AS-204RS and two other tower model devices powered by Intel Core i3 processors, the AS7008T and AS7010T. ASUSTOR's exhibition will feature live demonstrations of its intuitive ADM 2.2 operating system which features upgrades to core functions, the ASUSTOR Portal HDMI platform (integrating multimedia playback, web browsing, the ADM web interface, and surveillance feeds), and the newest in-house developed NAS and mobile apps from ASUSTOR. All users and interested parties are sincerely invited to visit ASUSTOR in order to experience the latest NAS technology and innovative concepts firsthand.

Cooler Master Announces CM Storm Sirus-C Gaming Headset

Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer, today announces the release of the new Sirus C Gaming Headset. Built from the ground up with heart-pounding 2.2 channel sound, Sirus C delivers powerful sound as it carries on the legacy of the Sirus 5.1.

The Sirus C delivers earth-shaking 2.2 channel sound with a 44 mm main driver and a dedicated 40mm subwoofer/bass driver in each ear for explosive bass and crisp sound. A built-in USB Sound Card and Amplifier dramatically boosts signal power to make games, music and movies more immersive. In addition, the Sirus C is coupled with an in-line remote that grants access to volume adjustment, microphone mute, chat volume (console mode only), and PC / Console mode switching.

No 20 nm GPUs from AMD This Year

It's not just NVIDIA, which will lack 20 nm GPUs in its portfolio this year. AMD senior vice-president Lisa Su, responding to a question by Wells Fargo, in its Q1 investors call, confirmed that her company will stay on 28 nm throughout 2014, and it's only later that it will move on to 20 nm, and FinFET after that. "I think what I said earlier sort of what we're doing in terms of technology strategy, we are 28 this year, we have 20-nanometer in design, and then FinFET thereafter. So that's the overall product portfolio," she said.

AMD and NVIDIA manufacture their GPUs on a common foundry, TSMC, which has faced delays in implementing its 20 nanometer silicon fab node transition, forcing both companies to come up with new GPUs on existing 28 nm nodes. A huge leap in performance could be a tough ask for those new GPUs. NVIDIA is expected to tape out its performance-segment GM204 and mid-range GM206 chips, both of which are 28 nm, later this month, and the first GeForce GTX products based on the two are expected to roll out by late-Q4 2014 and early-Q1 2015, respectively.


Source: Seeking Alpha
Monday, April 21st 2014

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Sleeved Cables for EVGA SuperNOVA G2/P2 Power Supplies Now Available

EVGA has now made available individually sleeved cable sets that support all EVGA SuperNOVA G2 and P2 Power Supplies. These cable sets are available in Red, Black, White and Blue and are available for $89.99 at the EVGA.com webstore.

Features:
  • High quality individually sleeved cables.
  • No visible heat shrink tubing.
  • Compatible with all EVGA SuperNOVA G2 and P2 Power Supplies

Toshiba Joins GLOBALSOLUTIONS Ecosystem as Worldwide ASIC Partner

GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that Toshiba Corporation will join the company's GLOBALSOLUTIONS ecosystem of partners. As a worldwide ASIC partner, Toshiba will enable its Fit Fast Structured Array (FFSA) and ASIC solutions based upon GLOBALFOUNDRIES' technologies and services for customers across the globe. The agreement includes participation on multi-project wafer (MPW) runs and production wafers covering the whole portfolio of GLOBALFOUNDRIES technologies, including leading-edge process nodes.

Initially, the partnership will focus on implementations of Toshiba's FFSAs manufactured with GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 65nm and 40nm low-power process technologies, with 28nm arrays to follow. Toshiba's FFSA products-including libraries and intellectual property (IP)-allow customers to reduce development time and costs by customizing existing base wafers, choosing from a number of design platforms at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. For higher-volume applications, customers can work with Toshiba's libraries to develop fully custom system-on-chips (SoCs). With an initial product completed, customers can then leverage the embedded FFSA technology to provide quick-turn derivative products, with much lower development costs.

AMD Catalyst 14.4 RC Available For Download

AMD has now released a new Catalyst driver build, more specifically, an RC (Release Candidate) of the Catalyst 14.4 which is expected to arrive in its final, WHQL-certified form in the next couple of weeks. The 14.4 brings full support for OpenGL 4.4 as well as some CrossFire and Mantle tweaks. The driver has support for the recently-introduced Radeon R9 295X dual-GPU card as well as for the rest of the Radeon R9 200 Series, the R7 200s, R5 200s, HD 8000s, HD 7000s, HD 6000s and HD 5000s.

The Catalyst 14.4 RC can be downloaded from this page.

Microsoft and Motorola Solutions Sign Licensing Agreement

Microsoft Corp. announced on Monday a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. The license provides worldwide coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions' devices running the Android platform and Chrome OS operating system.

"Microsoft and Motorola Solutions share a respect for intellectual property and a commitment to fair and reasonable patent licensing programs," said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. "Microsoft prefers licensing to litigation, since licensing is a more effective way to share technology and accelerate the pace of innovation."

Swiftech Introduces the Apogee XL CPU Waterblock

Rouchon Industries Inc., d/b/a/ Swiftech today announced the release of their new Apogee XL flagship waterblock.

The XL promises enhanced thermal and hydraulic performance compared to its long line of award winning predecessors, and it ships with 4 interchangeable color plates to allow modders to match the block lighting to that of their custom build, a welcome feature for all enthusiast builders.

Kingston Digital Releases Larger Capacity mSATA Drives

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the addition of 240 GB and 480 GB capacities to the existing SSDNow mS200 mSATA SSD line. Kingston's SSDNow mS200 mSATA solid-state drive allows system builders and enthusiasts a cost-effective performance boost with quicker boot time and application loads while requiring less power than HDDs.

The mS200's small-form factor is perfect for notebook, tablet and Ultrabook PCs, as well as a variety of embedded systems. It can also be used as a caching device with motherboards that support Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) to improve system performance. mS200 has read speeds up to 550 MB/s and write speeds up to 520 MB/s.

TP-LINK Announces N600 Entertainment Adapter

TP-LINK, a global provider of networking products, today announced its new N600 Universal Wireless Dual Band Entertainment Adapter (TL-WA890EA), which connects any Ethernet-enabled device to your wireless home network. Providing 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency or 300Mbps on the 5.0GHz frequency, the TL-WA890EA has ample bandwidth for smooth HD video and music streaming and online gaming.

It simultaneously connects up to four devices to your Wi-Fi network with the four built-in Fast Ethernet ports, giving you the freedom to locate your Blu-ray Players, Gaming Consoles, DVRs, IPTV Set-Top-Boxes, Smart TVs, and other home entertainment devices. The TL-WA890EA has a built-in WPS button for a quick and easy setup process. Users that prefer more customization may use its web-based management page. After setup, it will remain connected to your wireless network.
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