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New Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Gives Consumers New Ways to Do More

Lenovo today announced more choice for consumers with the expansion of its popular YOGA line of tablets with the new YOGA Tablet 2. Consumers can now for the first time choose Windows models, available in 8-in and 10-in sizes. Lenovo is also offering new Android models in 8-in and 10-in models with the new 13-in YOGA Tablet 2 Pro.

With even more features that adapt to users like the new Hang mode and improved kickstand, these tablets give consumers a new way to do more of the things they love. Designed for today's mobile and digital lifestyles, they feature captivating audio, high resolution cameras, Intel Atom processors and dual band speed WiFi with optional 4G1 supported by the Intel XMM 7160 modem.

Lenovo and Ashton Kutcher Unveil New YOGA Tablet 2 Pro

Lenovo today announced a new way to read, watch, connect and create with the new YOGA Tablet 2 Pro. Developed with Ashton Kutcher, who joined Lenovo as a product engineer a year ago, the new YOGA Tablet 2 Pro redefines the tablet experience. Not only does it surprise and delight users with a number of premium technologies, it delivers innovation that ties together hardware and software innovation in a new way.

Designed to focus on an elevated media experience, the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro has as its star feature a built-in Pico projector. The projector lets users turn inside walls into an instant TV or movie screen. Lenovo paired this premium technology for great video with unbelievable sound by giving the tablet a first - an 8 watt sound system with a subwoofer. These exceptional features along with a host of other technologies make the YOGA Tablet 2 Pro like no other tablet.

ASRock Announces UTX-110 Slim Motherboard

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging trend for the embedded market. Therefore, ASRock's industrial division introduces a compact and slim type of UTX form factor (4.4"x4.6") to help system integrator customers jump on this tremendous bandwagon of opportunities.

The UTX-110 is equipped with the fourth generation Intel Atom E3800 processor family, a system-on-chip (SoC) formerly codenamed "Bay Trail." The new Intel Atom processor E3800 product family brings enhanced stereoscopic 3D capabilities, high-resolution graphics, data integrity, and reliability to meet intelligent system's requirements. These processors are designed for intelligent systems and applications with low power consumption, high performance and fan less operation requirements for various intelligent systems, including IoT gateways, kiosks, vending machines, entry-level POS & ATMs, automotives, retails, medical, security, surveillance, and in-vehicle infotainment.

Synology Launches DiskStation DS415+ NAS

Synology today announced the new DiskStation DS415+, a powerful 4-bay NAS server designed to centralize data storage, backup, and file sharing for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as enthusiast home users. DS415+ features an Intel Atom 2.4Ghz quad-core processor with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine, a floating-point unit, as well as 2GB DDR3 RAM. The four drive bays accommodate huge amounts of storage capacity, while the USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports allow users to connect and access various external storage devices. Dual LAN ports support failover and link aggregation, thus improving resiliency and potential throughput.

"Thanks to its best-in-class combination of hardware specs and DSM software integration, DS415+ handles data transfer and encryption at blazingly fast speeds, bringing peace of mind to businesses or individuals who wish to safeguard their data while maintaining excellent performance," said Michael Wang, product manager at Synology Inc. As the first desktop DiskStation model to include a quad-core processor and AES-NI hardware encryption engine, DS415+ delivers performance and accelerated data encryption that is on par with more expensive high-end servers. With link aggregation enabled, DS415+ provides average reading and writing speeds that exceed 228 MB/s and 233 MB/s respectively, while encrypted file transfers retain an astoundingly similar level of performance, exceeding 232 MB/s reading and 206 MB/s writing.

SanDisk Launches Highest Capacity microSD UHS-I Cards

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the world's fastest microSD UHS-I memory card, the 64GB SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-I card. The company also recently announced the 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC. UHS-I card, the world's highest capacity full-sized SD memory card. These new offerings expand the company's impressive portfolio of 4K Ultra High Definition (3840x2160p) capable products. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has been committed to delivering breakthrough technologies that expand the possibilities of storage.

Thecus Announces World's First Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS

Thecus Technology Corp. today announces another world first: Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials is now available for NAS users. Available this October, the 2-bay W2000, 4-bay W4000, and the 5-bay W5000 offer a host of benefits to SMB users, including data protection, integrated cloud services, and secure remote access.

"Thecus NAS provide users with a complete solution to their storage needs. With the additions to the W Series, Thecus is able to offer a more diversified product to its customers. Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials is an ideal pairing with Thecus NAS and will equip small businesses with a powerful and trusted storage solution," said Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology Corp.

First Intel Core M "Broadwell" Benchmarks Surface

Here are some of the first benchmarks of Intel's ambitious Core M processor, a performance-segment dual-core processor with a thermal envelope of just 4.5W, making it ideal for tablets, ultra-portables, and mainstream desktops. At IDF 2014, Intel showed off a 12.5-inch tablet running a Core M 5Y70 chip. An MCM of the CPU and PCH dies, the CPU die features two "Broadwell" 64-bit x86 cores, a large new graphics processor with 24 execution units and 192 stream engines, 4 MB of shared L3 cache, a dual-channel LPDDR3 memory controller, and a PCI-Express 3.0 root complex. The PCH die wires out the platform's various connectivity options.

The 12.5-inch Core M tablet was put through three tests, Cinebench R11.5, SunSpider 1.0.2, and 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited. With the multi-threaded CPU-intensive Cinebench R11.5, the Core M scores a respectable 17 FPS in the GL bench, with 2.48 pts CPU. That's about 60 percent the performance of a Core i7-870. Significantly higher than anything Atom, Pentium, or AMD E-Series. With SunSpider, the Core M put out a score of 142.8, under Internet Explorer 12 running under Windows 8.1. With 3DMark IceStorm Unlimited, the Core M sprung up a surprise - 50,985 points. That over double that of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, and faster than the IGPs AMD E-Series APUs ship with. Color us interested.

Source: HotHardware

ASUS Readies the EeeBook X205 $199 Notebook

At IFA 2014 ASUS summoned the spirit of the netbook and announced an 11.6-inch notebook that starts at just $199. Named EeeBook X205, this entry-level laptop is 0.7 inches thick and has an HD (1366 x 768) screen, a 1.33 GHz Atom Z3735 (Bay Trail) chip, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB or 64 GB worth of NAND-based storage, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, a microSD card slot, a micro HDMI output, and a 38 Whr battery enabling up to 12 hours of operation per charge.

The EeeBook X205 runs Windows 8.1 with Bing and will be available in Q4 in four color versions - black, white, red and gold.

ZOTAC Debuts the ZBOX PI320 pico

ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards and mini-PCs, today shrinks the mini-PC further with the pocket-sized ZBOX PI320 pico. The new ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico delivers a superb quad-core Windows 8.1 with Bing computing experience in a compact and versatile form factor.

"ZOTAC is a major innovator when it comes to miniaturizing the traditional PC. We began our push towards smaller and smaller mini-PCs with the ZBOX nano form factor and followed up with the ZBOX nano XS," said Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. "Now with the all-new ZBOX PI320 pico, we have created our smallest mini-PC that can fit in your pocket."

Fujitsu Unveils the ARROWS Tab Q335/K 8-Inch Windows 8.1 Tablet

Fujitsu today announced the development of the FUJITSU Tablet ARROWS Tab Q335/K, an easy-to-hold and operate 8-inch Windows tablet for enterprise customers. The new model is planned to be rolled out in stages worldwide from October 2014.

The ARROWS Tab Q335/K, a compact and lightweight 8-inch tablet, is ideal for business use as it comes with the latest Intel Atom processor Z3735F and the latest Windows 8.1 Pro operating system. While being portable, it can also come with Microsoft Office as an option enabling users to read documents or create materials on the go.

VIA Readying New 64-bit x86 Processor to Take on Intel Bay Trail and AMD Kabini

Only the third active licencee of Intel's x86 machine architecture, VIA Technology, is readying its first x86 processor in years, codenamed Isaiah II. This chip is based on a brand new 64-bit x86 core design by VIA and the engineering team it acquired from Centaur Technology, another erstwhile x86 licencee, and features modern instruction sets such as AVX 2.0. VIA began sampling a quad-core processor based on Isaiah II, which was put to live test by the company, at its InfoComm 2014 booth. It was compared to Intel's "Bay Trail" Atom and AMD's "Kabini" Athlon chips. It turns out that the Isaiah II is pretty good, if it comes out soon enough.

The Isaiah II based quad-core chip, featuring 2.00 GHz clock speeds, and 2 MB of L2 cache, was put through SANDRA. The BGA chip was running on a VIA-made motherboard, with its own VIA VX11H chipset. It was compared to AMD Athlon 5350 (quad-core "Jaguar" with 2.05 GHz clocks), and Intel Atom Z3770 (quad-core "Silvermont" with 2.40 GHz clocks). The results are tabulated below. At 2.00 GHz, armed with the latest multimedia and cryptography instruction-sets, VIA's chip is faster than Intel's in most tests, despite lower clocks. It trades blows - and wins - against AMD's chip, in most tests. VIA is expected to launch the first chips based on Isaiah II in late-August, 2014. VIA is hedging its bets with efficient compact PCs, kiosks, and digital signage, with its new chip.


Sources: 3DCenter.org, ExtraHardware.cz

Intel Enters into Strategic Agreement with Rockchip

Intel Corporation today announced it has entered into a strategic agreement with Rockchip to expand the breadth of and accelerate the rate at which it brings its Intel architecture and communications-based solutions to market for a range of entry-level Android* tablets worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will deliver an Intel-branded mobile SoC platform. The quad-core platform will be based on an Intel Atom processor core integrated with Intel's 3G modem technology.

Expanding the offerings in Intel's SoFIA family of integrated mobile SoC platforms for entry and value Android mobile devices, the new quad-core SoFIA 3G part is expected to be available in the first half of 2015. It will be targeted primarily at entry and value tablets. The Intel SoFIA family was added to Intel's mobile product roadmap late last year and includes Intel's first integrated applications processor and communications platform. As the tablet market continues to expand with greater choice of screen size, form factor and price, the strategic agreement with Rockchip also enables Intel to ramp new customers with a broader portfolio of products faster.

ASUSTOR Launches Economical Rackmount AS-204RS NAS Server

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the launch of the brand new 4-bay rackmount AS-204RS NAS device designed for small to medium enterprise. Equipped with a powerful Intel Atom 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of DDR3 memory, the AS-204RS also comes with 2 gigabit Ethernet ports and 4 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports which provide superior file transfer speeds and flexibility for enterprise network environments.

Users can also use the USB ports to attach external devices such as printers, UPS, or external hard drives. All AS-204RS devices come built-in with ASUSTOR's ADM operating system which offers IT administrators a host of complete backup solutions and a rich variety of business applications. Furthermore, a maximum available storage space of 24 TB (using 6 TB hard disks) is featured, meeting the storage demands of small and medium enterprise.

Gigabyte Unveils GA-9SISL Micro-Server Board

Gigabyte launched the GA-9SISL, a unique micro-server board in the mini-ITX form-factor. At its center is an Intel Atom C2750 "Avoton" processor. This chip embeds an eight-core "Silvermont" x86-64 CPU clocked at 2.40 GHz, with 2.60 GHz Turbo Boost, a dual-channel memory controller that supports up to 64 GB of memory, 4 MB of L2 cache, and a 6-port SATA AHCI/RAID controller with two 6 Gb/s and four 3 Gb/s ports. Its TDP is rated at just 20W, and so a tiny fan-heatsink is deployed to handle it.

The GA-9SISL from Gigabyte draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The Atom C2750 SoC is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 memory. Its lone expansion slot is a PCI-Express 2.0 x16. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 3 Gb/s and two SATA 6 Gb/s ports. An ASPEED AST2400 chip provides remote management capabilities, and its integrated video, over a D-Sub connector. An Intel N354 network controller offers four 1000 Mbit Ethernet connectors, while a 5th one is wired to the management chip. Gigabyte didn't announce pricing, but given that the SoC itself is priced at US $170 a piece in 1000-unit quantities, home NAS builders may not get excited.

Intel CEO Outlines New Computing Opportunities with China Technology Ecosystem

As the computing industry landscape undergoes rapid transformation, Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich today outlined the company's plans to build upon its nearly 30-year history in China, and collaborate with the growing technology ecosystem, particularly in Shenzhen, to accelerate new innovation and reshape the computing industry.

During his keynote, Krzanich discussed how Intel and the Shenzhen technology ecosystem can re-ignite growth - both locally and globally - and deliver differentiated computing products and experiences, spanning multiple market segments, operating systems and price points. Underscoring this point, he announced the establishment of an Intel Smart Device Innovation Center in Shenzhen and a US$100 million Intel Capital China Smart Device Innovation Fund.

ECS Liva Mini-PC Pictured

Ahead of its launch, pictures of ECS Liva mini-PC were posted by the Japanese media. Designed to take on the likes of Intel NUC (Atom) and Gigabyte Brix, the Liva runs Intel's "Bay Trail-M" SoC, which allows a great deal of cost-cutting, and lets it make the Liva fan-less. A big metal-ridge heatsink cools the SoC. The compact system board has a great deal of onboard connectivity, including D-Sub and HDMI display outputs; gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, and stereo HD audio. The board comes with its own 2 GB of DDR3L onboard RAM, and 32 GB of eMMC storage. Measuring 118 mm x 70 mm x 56 mm, the Liva weighs in at 190 g. It's expected to be priced under $200.
Sources: PC Watch Impress, FanlessTech

HP Announces New ElitePad and ProPad Windows Tablets

HP today announced two additions to its leading business tablet lineup, both of which are available with a broad set of accessories to help transform tablets into total business solutions that increase mobility and security.
  • The HP ElitePad 1000 has been upgraded with a brighter and more durable touch screen with a 16:10 screen-aspect ratio, 4G connectivity and 64-bit capabilities to go along with its world-class design and HP Smart Jacket accessory ecosystem.
  • The new HP ProPad 600 offers essential productivity with on-the-go, long battery life, and versatile Windows 8.1 and x86 compatibility for legacy applications.

Intel Unveils New Education Tablet and Classmate PC

Intel Corporation unveiled innovative education-focused reference devices for the 21st century interactive learning environment today at Bett 2014. The new Intel Education Tablet and the Intel classmate PC are part of Intel Education Solutions, which includes devices, software, content, services and teacher professional development that work together to transform learning and teaching for student success.

Both the Intel Education Tablet and the classmate PC are student-friendly, rugged designs that can withstand dropping off a desk (from 70 cm) and provide water-resistance and dust-resistance to promote anytime, anywhere learning.

Lenovo Unveils New Desktops and Tablet PC

Lenovo today announced at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show a portfolio of devices geared toward the home to allow users to enjoy, connect and interact with their media and content. These devices include the Lenovo Beacon personal cloud storage device, the Lenovo N308 Android home computer, the Lenovo Horizon 2 Table PC and the Lenovo A740 All-in-One (AIO) PC.

Lenovo's first personal cloud storage device, Beacon, allows users to easily store and share multimedia via their PC or mobile device in the home or remotely. Using the downloadable Android app created for Beacon, users can even turn their Android smartphone into a remote control for the Personal Cloud Storage Device. As Lenovo's first Android desktop, the Lenovo N308 AIO provides access to a world of apps on its 19.5-in multitouch display starting at $450. The Horizon 2 Table PC expands upon Lenovo's leadership in multimode computing with a radically thinner and more portable design, and as the thinnest 27-in AIO, the Lenovo A740 creates a versatile and stylish home PC.

ASUS Announces VivoTab Note 8 Windows 8.1 Tablet

ASUS today announced the VivoTab Note 8, a Windows 8.1 tablet featuring a professional Wacom digitizer stylus, making it the best pen-based tablet for productivity or creativity. Designed for professionals and students alike and bundled with Microsoft Office Home and Student, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, VivoTab Note 8's light 380g weight and the ability to use it one-handed make it an ideal mobile productivity tool.

With slim bezels, a high-definition IPS display and an elegant design it deserves pride of place in any business or educational environment.

Lenovo Announces More Convertibles and Detachable Devices

Multimode computing leader Lenovo today at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show announced new additions to its multimode product lineup with the MIIX 2, a detachable three-mode laptop; the YOGA 2, a smarter convertible laptop with four unique modes; and the Flex 14D and 15D, dual mode convertible laptops that give consumers incredible value.

The 10-in and 11-in models of the MIIX 2 turn heads for their detachable design featuring Laptop, Stand and Tablet Modes. The YOGA 2 advances the original YOGA laptop's reputation for its 360° flip and fold design but now with more advanced specifications and at mainstream prices. Based on the original Flex convertible laptops, the new Flex 14D and 15D give users the same great Laptop and Stand modes but now with up to AMD A6 quad core processor technology and AMD Radeon graphics.

Acer Also Announces European Arrival of Iconia W4 Windows 8.1 Tablet

Acer today presents the new 8.1-inch Iconia W4 tablet running Windows 8.1 and the 4th generation Intel Atom processor. Compact enough to hold in one hand yet spacious enough for comfortable viewing, the Iconia W4 brings mobile productivity and media consumption to the next level.

It targets consumers and professional users who want a tablet that's easy-to-carry and convenient for all the multitasking they do - all in one sleek device. It comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, at no additional expense, for managing documents and an optional ultra-slim and portable keyboard for those who need to type as well.

ASUS Announces Transformer Book T100 with Detachable Tablet Display

ASUS today announced Transformer Book T100, a 10.1-inch ultraportable laptop with an Intel Atom 'Bay Trail' quad-core processor and a detachable HD display that can be used as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet. With a slim design and durable finish, Transformer Book is not only one of the lightest laptops currently available at just 1.07 kg, but also one of the lightest 10-inch tablets around, at 550g.

High-performance laptop and lightweight tablet combined
ASUS Transformer Book T100 is an extremely compact ultraportable for people who want the productivity features of a laptop with the easy portability of a tablet - and the flexibility to switch between the two in an instant.

Acer Debuts the Iconia W4 8-Inch Windows 8.1 Tablet

Acer today debuted the new 8-inch Iconia W4 tablet that features IPS and Zero Air Gap technologies providing a sharp display with enhanced clarity and brightness. In addition, the Iconia W4 is also equipped with Windows 8.1 and a 4th Generation Intel Atom processor, offering faster tablet performance as well as battery life up to 10 hours for web browsing and up to 8 hours for video playback.

Compact enough to hold in one hand yet spacious enough for comfortable viewing, the Iconia W4 brings mobile productivity and media consumption to the next level. It targets active and professional users who want a tablet that's easy to carry and convenient for the multitasking they do -- all in one sleek device. It comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, at no additional expense, for managing documents, and an optional ultra-slim and portable keyboard for those who need to type as well.

AxiomTek Announces MANO830 Mini-ITX Motherboard

Axiomtek is pleased to announce the arrival of the MANO830 mini ITX motherboard supports Intel Atom processor D2550 1.86 GHz or N2600 1.6GHz with the Intel NM10 Express chipset. The MANO830 provides high-density yet low-power solutions. One DDR3 SO-DIMM slot on board implements maximum up to 4 GB of system memory. The industrial-grade mini ITX motherboard featuring Intel Graphics Media Accelerator core engine support HD-rich content and provide VGA, HDMI, and LVDS display outputs. Considering to the various demands in the embedded field, it comes with both PCIe x1 slot and PCI Express Mini Card slot and also shared with mSATA. This typical embedded motherboard is a great choice for medical healthcare, in-vehicle infotainment, mobile kiosk, mobile gaming, digital entertainment, digital signage, portable POS and much more.

"Early on in the planning phase, easy maintenance, compact size, good availability and future end-of-life support were carefully considered to ensure MANO830's sustainability for high quality operation in medical healthcare, in-vehicle infotainment, mobile kiosk, gaming, digital entertainment, signage, portable POS and much more applications. The super compact MANO830 offers improved processing and graphics performance and is designed to operate at a very low-power consumption. It equips with multiple display outputs: VGA, HDMI, LVDS and has a wide range for storage, I/O and expansion connectivity. In addition to Intel Atom Processor D2550, the embedded board supports Intel Atom N2600 which is energy efficient and provids very completive price. This mini ITX SBC is ideal for embedded and industrial applications." said David Chiu, PM of Product Planning Division at Axiomtek.
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