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Silicon Motion SM2246EN SSD Controller Supports Micron's 16 nm MLC NAND

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, a global leader in designing and marketing NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, today announced that its SM2246EN SATA (6 Gb/s) client SSD controller now supports Micron's 16 nm 128 gigabit (Gb) MLC NAND flash, ideal for high performance, high capacity SSD solutions up to 1 Terabyte.

SM2246EN offers the best performance and power combination of four channel SATA 6 Gb/s client SSD controller in the market, delivering even better performance than most 8-channel SSD controllers with substantially lower power consumption. Using Micron's 128 Gb 16 nm MLC NAND, the SM2246EN delivers up to 538 MB/s sequential read performance and 450 MB/s sequential write, as well as up to 67,000 random read IOPS and 65,000* random write IOPS. In addition, with Micron 128 Gb 16 nm MLC NAND, the SM2246EN delivers ultra-low power consumption, equating to about 30% lower than the average power consumption of other SSD controllers.

Renesas Electronics Announces New USB Power Delivery Controller

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced its new Universal Serial Bus (USB) Power Delivery (PD) controller (part number µPD720250) that is based on the USB PD Specification to deliver up to 100W (5 A at 20 V) power over a USB PD cable. Renesas will exhibit its new USB PD controller at Computex Taipei from June 3 to June 7, 2014 at booth # N0608, 4th floor of the Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei, Taiwan.

By combining the new USB PD controller with an optimal power supply circuit, designers will be able to rapidly implement USB-based solutions that provide higher power to notebook PCs and also can reduce the battery charging time for smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, by standardizing the AC adapters provided with notebook PCs and other equipment, both development costs and design challenges can be reduced.

Marvell Unveils the 88SS1074 SATA SSD Controller

Marvell today announced its game-changing fifth generation serial advanced technology attachment (SATA 6 Gb/s) solid-state drive (SSD) controller. The industry-leading Marvell 88SS1074 SATA SSD controller deploys Marvell's third generation NANDEdge error-correcting, low-density parity check (LDPC) technology, facilitating use of 15 nm triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash in client and enterprise SSDs. The advanced SATA SSD controller significantly improves total storage system cost and delivers unparalleled performance with lower power consumption.

Scythe Unveils the Kaze Master Flat II Fan Controller

Japanese cooling-expert Scythe is hereby announcing the successor of the Kaze Master Flat. The new version is using the classic design of the predecessor but omits the Protective Display Cover and replaces it with a solid front-panel with decently implemented buttons, offering users a clean appearance and fast access.

The big Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) covers most of the front-panel space and provides great overview of values that matter. Total of four touch-sensitive buttons are located in the corners, giving access to all the main functions of the Kaze Master Flat II fan-controller. The buttons on the right side allow users to adjust the fan speed in the range from 0 to 9.999 RPM, depending on the connected fan. Fan speed is adjusted by changing the input-voltage between 3,7 and 12 volts, as it has been done with other Scythe fan-controllers in the past. Each fan channel supports regular 3-pin and 4-pin PWM fans. Total consumption per channel has been tripled to 3 ampere (36 watts).

NZXT Unveils the Sentry 3 Touchscreen Fan Controller

Take your build to new heights with the Sentry 3's perfect blend of precision and power. The Sentry 3 combines five powerful fan channels with an extraordinarily intuitive UI, giving you complete control over your entire rig's cooling with the swipe of a finger.

The Sentry 3's huge 5.4 inch color touchscreen is 33% larger than any other single bay fan controller screen on the market. The newly introduced PowerSlide Bar gives you ultimate control over your fan channels, letting you adjust speed on the fly. Channel linking allows you to join any of the five fan channels together and control the link group simultaneously.

Aerocool Releases the CoolTouch-E and CoolTouch-R Fan Controllers

Aerocool Advanced Technologies, one of world's leading manufacturers of excellent gaming PC gear, announces two new single-bay fan controller CoolTouch-E and CoolTouch-R. Both of Aerocool's new fan controller are utilizing a touch-panel. Hence allows users to directly interact with the display to make adjustments and changes more naturally. Up to four case fans can be connected to the back side of the CoolTouch fan controller, while all important information are presented well sorted on the display in the front. To match most on-market PC chassis, CoolTouch-E and CoolTouch-R are available as a black and white edition.

Aerocool brings the trend of touch-screens to the PC for an affordable price. All interactions with the new CoolTouch fan controller are made by simply pressing on the designated area on the touch-screen. To match the individual environment and taste, users can change the background-color of the LCD touch-panel anytime by pressing the "color" button. Both CoolTouch-E and CoolTouch-R offer the choice between the background-colors red, green, yellow, blue, light blue, purple and white.

Griffin Debuts Reinvented PowerMate Controller, Now Wireless With Bluetooth

Griffin Technology, one of the world's foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, will unveil a new wireless version of its PowerMate at CES 2014, PowerMate Bluetooth, a stylish power tool for the novice and pro computer user. Described as a clickable knob, PowerMate can be programmed to execute a wide array of key commands in virtually any application. Users can streamline routine tasks such as editing home movies like a pro, scrolling through long documents, or creating audio masterpieces.

"First introduced in 2001, PowerMate has proven to have exceptional staying power within the CE marketplace, an industry known for its rapid product life cycles and fated obsolescence," said Mark Rowan, President at Griffin Technology. "The original PowerMate, with its timeless design and functionality, has garnered a dedicated user base and we're certain PowerMate Bluetooth will carry on the legacy."

GELID Launches the SpeedTouch 6 Fan Controller

Computer hardware specialist GELID Solutions reveals the "SpeedTouch 6" fan controller of its GAMER product line.

Engineers at GELID Solutions have created a LED fan controller with a touch screen capacitive type. The "SpeedTouch 6" provides a total of 6 channels with 30W performance per channel. This fan controller with an aluminum case is fully compatible to all types of fans using voltage control. Each channel includes a temperature sensor. The speed of each channel can be adjusted automatically or manually. To ensure a definite fan speed accuracy the fan speed is displayed at second digits accuracy e.g if the effective speed is 1653 RPM then it will be displayed as 1650 RPM. The temperature is shown in Celsius or Fahrenheit. Even the brightness of the control panel can be adjusted according to desire.

Intel Debuts the RAID RS3 Series Controllers

Organizations can now achieve a higher level of storage performance with Intel RAID RS3 controllers, powered by LSI Technology. They are specifically designed to meet the demands of I/O-intensive applications, cloud datacenters and virtualized server environments.

Businesses that use Intel RAID RS3 controllers as the basis for their storage infrastructure can achieve more than 1 million IOPs in JBOD mode. With 12 Gb/s SAS-3 technology, it can accelerate business-critical applications in enterprise, Web and cloud datacenters.

Intel Unveils the SSD Cache Controller RCS25ZB040

Organizations with a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can now get a significant performance boost with the Intel SSD Cache Controller RCS25ZB040. Powered by LSI Nytro Technology, the Intel RCS25ZB040 is designed to expedite data across a VDI while decreasing the cost per desktop.

The Intel RCS25ZB040 accelerates VDI performance with intelligent caching technology, which monitors frequently accessed data and retains it on its enterprise-grade flash for faster access. Plus, it moves data faster across a VDI and reduces the cost per desktop within the infrastructure.

LSI Also Debuts 12 Gb/s SAS MegaRAID Controller Cards and Expanders

At its annual Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS), LSI Corporation today introduced its new family of 12 Gb/s SAS MegaRAID controller cards and expanders, built to power leading datacenters worldwide. As the proliferation of applications, data and mobile devices continues to place demands on datacenters, the new family of LSI storage solutions offers innovative technology for increased performance and improved enterprise RAID data protection.

LSI's new storage solutions deliver the application-accelerating performance, enhanced data protection and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) required for the most demanding datacenters. These benefits were validated by recent industry standard transactional processing benchmark study results that showed LSI 12 Gb/s SAS MegaRAID controller cards delivered a 60 percent increase in database users without performance loss compared with 6 Gb/s SAS solutions. In addition, LSI 12 Gb/s SAS expanders showed throughput increases of 25 percent in conjunction with the popular Hadoop platform, a significant benefit for customers seeking to process big data.

HighPoint Unveils New SAS/SATA DAS RAID Storage Controller

HighPoint Technologies, a pioneering force in the storage industry for the past 18 years, launches a groundbreaking new breed of storage controller designed for high-speed applications: the RocketRAID 2720C2 6Gb/s SAS/SATA Cross-Sync RAID Solution.

HighPoint's 6Gb/s Cross-Sync RAID Solution aims to revolutionize DAS applications. Cross-Sync synchronizes up to two RocketRAID 2720C2 controller cards to work as a single RAID storage unit. The Cross-Sync RAID Solution provides 16 SAS/SATA6Gb/s Ports over a Dual PCIe x8 Host Interface, and is capable of delivering up to 4 GB/s of transfer performance!

LSI Introduces the SandForce SF3700 Family of SSD Controllers

LSI Corporation today unveiled the third generation of its market-leading SandForce flash controller line, the industry's most widely deployed flash management technology for driving PCIe and SATA solid state drive (SSD) and flash card solutions. Designed to support power-sensitive client computing applications as well as I/O-intensive enterprise and hyperscale environments, the new LSI SandForce SF3700 flash controller family provides the increased levels of flash performance, reliability and endurance needed to meet the exacting needs of SSD manufacturers.

The SF3700 family is the industry's first flash controller that provides the flexibility to support both native PCIe Gen2 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s host interfaces in a single ASIC design. This unique capability greatly simplifies SSD designs and helps to significantly reduce development and manufacturing costs for SSD makers.

Lamptron Announces CM615 Fan Controller

Lamptron announced the CM615 multi-channel fan-controller. Built in the 5.25-inch form-factor, it can handle up to six channels, supplying up to 30W of power, each. The controller draws power form a 4-pin Molex connector, and plugs in to your motherboard, using a standard USB 2.0/1.1 header. Using that, it can interface with its included software, which can let you monitor, log, and stream your cooling data over the Internet. The controller features a brushed aluminium bezel, framing an LED touchscreen. The controller lets you control fans either arbitrarily, or using temperature targets, with which the controller handles speeds to maintain a target. You can also create speed/temperature curves using the software, for the controller to follow. It features start boost, with which you can fire up all fans to 100%, at system start-up. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability information.

HighPoint Launches the 1st USB 3.0s PCIe Controller with >1.2 GB/s Transfers

HighPoint Technologies has been a pioneering force in the storage industry, unleashing the world's 1st USB 3.0 PCie Controllers to deliver over 1.2GB/s of transfer performance, backed by a revolutionary dedicated per-port Performance Architecture design! In 2011, HighPoint launched the industry's first dedicated 5Gb/s USB 3.0 HBA's and Storage docks. Powered by an innovative new USB 3.0 architecture and quad-port HBA design, these new product series featured dedicated 5Gb/s controllers for each USB port, and were capable of delivering an entirely new level of performance for a USB-based storage solution - up to 250MB/s per port! Our RocketU HBA's and RocketStor storage docks were the fastest USB solutions on the market, but had only begun to scratch the surface of our revolutionary 20Gb/s architecture.

Never one to rest on our laurels, HighPoint forged ahead, endlessly refining our design to fulfill the promise of USB 3.0 true performance potential. 2013 marked the introduction of our 3rd generation USB 3.0 HBA's, the RocketU 1144C and RocketU 1144E, and our 2nd generation USB 3.0 storage dock - the RocketStor 5422. These revolutionary storage solutions are powered by the latest iteration of our industry-leading Per-Port Performance Architecture, and are capable of delivering over 1.2GB/s of real-world transfer performance!

Lamptron Unveils Fan Controller with Nixie Tubes

Remember how numbers were electronically displayed just before LEDs and seven-segments? Incandescent bulbs called Nixie tubes? Lamptron appears to have caught a hold of some new old stock of Nixies, and decided to make a fan-controller based on them, which could be ideal for steampunk-themed builds. Called the FC10, the controller drives four fan channels, and speed is displayed on a scale of 0-9, using those Nixies. The controller draws power from a 4-pin Molex connector, and can supply each channel with up to 30W of power. It fits into a 5.25-inch drive bay. Lamptron is expected to sell the FC10 from later this month.

Silicon Motion Introduces the SM3267 High-Performance USB 3.0 Controller

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, a global leader in designing and marketing NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, today announced that it has begun sampling its new, single-channel, ultra high performance and cost-effective controller solution for USB 3.0 flash drives, the SM3267. By integrating an embedded crystal oscillator and all power ICs, SM3267 reduces the customers' overall system cost. In addition, SM3267 delivers an industry-leading data transfer rate of up to 160 MB/s read, a 30% to 50% improvement from most single-channel USB 3.0 flash drive controllers in the market today.

"We are very excited to introduce SM3267, our first crystal-less USB 3.0 solution with integrated power ICs," said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. "SM3267 offers superior performance with competitive cost when compared to other USB 3.0 controllers in the market, and we believe our solution will help accelerate the market in transitioning from legacy USB 2.0 flash drives to the latest generation USB 3.0 drives. This is another example of Silicon Motion leading the market in bringing new, advanced technology to the mainstream market. We are pleased to announce that SM3267 has received design-ins from most of our current USB controller customers, including many top-tier OEMs, and we expect SM3267-based USB 3.0 flash drives will be commercially available starting in the fourth quarter of 2013."

Renesas Electronics Announces a New USB 3.0 Hub Controller

Renesas Electronics, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced a new Universal Serial Bus 3.0 (USB 3.0) hub controller (part number ?PD720211) with dual downstream ports, extending more flexibility to implement USB 3.0 connections of digital devices such as PCs, tablets, and digital TVs to other USB 3.0-compatible peripheral devices.

Adding a new two-port hub controller to the lineup alongside Renesas' world's-first certified USB 3.0 four-port hub controller (part number ?PD720210) increases system designers' options for USB 3.0 hub expansion with products such as PCs, tablets, display monitors, docking stations (function expansion units that connect to notebook PCs), and digital TVs. The addition of the two-port hub controller (uPD720211) supports designs with tighter space and cost budgets, while expanding the USB 3.0 connectivity to utilize the increasing number and performance of USB 3.0 peripherals devices available in the market.

Scythe Introduces the Kaze Chrono Multifunctional Fan Controller

Japanese manufacturer Scythe, famous for its innovative and market leading cooling concepts and accessories, expands its accessories portfolio by a multifunctional fan controller. Scythe Kaze Chrono combines three different functions in one device! The 5,25 inch bay device allows users to control fans separately, display temperatures and can be used as a clock.

The desired information is displayed well structured on a 105 x 30 millimeter LC-Display. Users can adjust the brightness of the display in four steps from very bright to completely shut down. Kaze Chrono weights only 165 grams and can be fitted into a vacant 5,25 inch bay. One of the special highlights is the retro look of the display.

Etron USB 3.0 Flash Drive Controllers Get Windows To Go Certification

Microsoft Windows 8 introduced the innovative Windows To Go (WTG) feature, which enables people to enjoy their own applications and access their personal data via any smart display that supports the Windows operating system, as long as they have a thumb-sized flash disk with them. Etron Technology, Inc. today announces that its EV266W Flash Driver Controller has received Windows To Go certification from Microsoft. EV266W employs a dual-channel design and advanced 72-bit Error Check and Correction (ECC) functionality. It supports 8 CE (Channel Enable) pins per channel, with up to a total of 16 CE pins, in a 64-QFN (9x9 mm) package or an 88-QFN (10x10 mm) package. The EV266W Flash Driver Controller and platform enables system manufacturers of USB3.0 flash drives to develop a new generation of USB3.0 device end products and accelerate their technologies to market.

To end customers, Microsoft's WTG delivers the convenience of smart living with Plug In, Boot and Go capabilities. This allows users to travel light anywhere with their familiar Windows operating system, applications and personal data on a thumb-sized flash drive; turn any display that supports the Windows operating system into a dedicated PC; achieve hassle-free Windows usage without the need to sync programs and personal data across multiple devices; stay fully productive despite computer hardware failure since people can connect to any PC of their choice; and prevent data loss and compute securely and with privacy.

IntelliProp Announces High Performance SATA SSD Flash Controller

IntelliProp, Inc., a leader in innovative semiconductors for Data Storage applications, announced today the availability of a new, SATA SSD (Solid State Drive) Flash Controller, the IPA-SA129-CT. The new device was developed at IntelliProp's Longmont design center using their internally developed cores (SATA, flash, ECC, AES) and logic. The first customer development is preparing for production.

The IPA-SA129-CT is an SSD (Solid State Drive) flash controller for Serial ATA (SATA) applications supporting SATA 6 Gb/s speeds. The IntelliProp IPA-SA129-CT (code named "Apache") features enterprise class ECC:BCH error correction, True End-to-End CRC, AES-XTS-256bit encryption and supports both MLC and SLC flash. The data path for read and write IO's of the IPA-SA129-CT controller is managed by IntelliProp's proprietary hardware accelerator engines to provide consistent, low latency access to user data. This data path architecture focuses on maximizing IOPS and throughput while allowing the embedded processor cycles to be dedicated to garbage collection and background management tasks.

Scythe Kaze Chrono Fan Controller Pictured

Scythe unveiled its groovy new Kaze Chrono fan controller (model: KM07-BK). Its head unit, which is designed for 5.25-inch drive bays, is characterized by a large LCD panel with a brick-matrix, similar to Tetris handhelds, which can display fan-speed of its various channels, temperature, or simply work as a clock. As a controller, it draws power from a 4-pin Berg connector, giving out four 3-pin fan headers. Speed is controlled by selecting a channel, and holding down the + or - buttons. Its mode can be switched between fan control, temperature monitoring, clock, and display-off. The controller can detect a stopped or failing fan, and flash an alarm. Measuring 148.5 x 83 x 42 mm, it weighs about 165 g. Scythe is expected to begin shipping the Kaze Chrono sometime in July. In Japan, it is expected to go for 3,980¥ (US $40).

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

Lamptron Announces FC5V3 Fan Controller

Lamptron has just launched the new FC5V3 fan controller, which is not only a revision of the FC5V2 but it is a real step forward in the evolution of this kind of products. This fan controller is positioned to become the new datum point in the cooling domain. In fact, the Lamptron FC5V3 has 6 channels and can handle up to 30 W per channel. The new wide LCD display shows all the information (RPM, temperature and voltage) for every channel.

Moreover, the display allows a new level of customization providing 16 different colors for the illumination of the LCD display. The FC5V3 integrates all the commands directly on the front of the fan controller for an enhanced and quicker access to all the functions. Moreover, the FC5V3 provides an initial 12 V in all the channels in order to make the fans work even if set at the minimum working voltage. The new Lamptron FC5V3 provide all these new features and much more.

Thermaltake Intros Allways Control Notebook Cooler

Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units announces the newest upgrade on life style notebook cooler -Sleek and compact, the Thermaltake Allways Control Notebook Cooler is the new functional laptop accessory. Dual, adjustable 7cm fans and an aluminum faceplate keep user's laptop cool while rubber pads hold the laptop securely above with bottom supports allowing for the laptop at an incline or flat set up. With specific fan direction controllers designed, user can manually control the air flow towards various angles and different directions. It is completely USB powered and even features 4 USB ports, perfect for multiple devices connection.
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