Friday, September 23rd 2016

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Global PCle SSD Market to Grow 33.24% by 2020

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global PCle SSD Market 2016-2020" report to their offering. The report forecast the global peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) SSD market to grow at a CAGR of 33.24% during the period 2016-2020. The report has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

According to the report, need for managed service data centers will be a key driver for market growth. It is advantageous for an enterprise to operate a colocation facility rather than to build a data center. Data center colocation allows enterprises to rent computing storage, servers, and network. It enables minimal utilization of power and bandwidth and enhances the security of enterprise IT equipment.
Thursday, September 22nd 2016

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SanDisk Announces the World's First 1TB SDXC Card

Western Digital Corporation, a global storage technology and solutions leader, today unveiled its SanDisk 1TB terabyte (TB) SDXC card prototype at the world's leading trade fair for photo and video professionals. With increasing demand for high resolution content, such as 4K and 8K, the company continues to push the boundaries of technology with solutions that support the exponential growth of data-intensive production demands.

"Showcasing the most advanced imaging technologies is truly exciting for us," said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product management, Content Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. "Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD card and today we are enabling capacities of 1TB. Over the years our goal has remained the same; continue to innovate and set the pace for the imaging industry. The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates."

In Win Intros the Classic Series 80 Plus Platinum PSUs

In Win today released its Classic series premium power-supplies. Available in two variants, the C-750W and the C-900W, these PSUs feature fully modular cabling. Both units offer an identical power connector loadout, with four 6+2 pin PCIe, one 4+4 pin EPS, the 24-pin ATX, nine SATA-power, six Molex, and two Berg. Under the hood, the In Win Classic series PSUs feature single +12V rail design, with 80 Plus Platinum switching efficiency, a suite of electrical protection mechanisms, active-PFC, and support for ATX v2.4/EPS2.92 standards. The units are cooled by 120 mm temperature-activated fans. The In Win C-750W is priced at 169.90€, while the C-900W goes for 194.90€ (including taxes). Both models are backed by 7-year warranties.

Thermaltake Announces the Pacific V-GTX 10 Series Water Block

Thermaltake together with its premium water cooling partner ASUS is proud to introduce the latest Pacific V-GTX 10 Series Transparent water block, crafted exclusively for the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080/1070 Gaming Graphic Card. The Pacific V-GTX 10 Series, specially designed for virtual reality (VR) gaming system, has complied with the highest "Tt LCS Certified" standard that guarantees the best performance, compatibility and features. The CNC machined copper base can avoid corrosion. Moreover, the aluminum alloy made backplate is used to prevent twist and bow on the PCB. Most importantly, the Pacific V-GTX 10 Series features a 0.5mm internal fin construction with a high-flow water block that allows coolant to flow directly over all critical areas, eventually delivering the ultimate cooling performance.

"We always seek for a chance to build a stronger relationship with our consumers and in turn better understand their needs. From CES 2016 to COMPUTEX 2016, we saw how virtual reality changed gaming, and how this technology created a truly immersive gaming experience for people. We also found how important the liquid-cooling solution is in this market trend. ASUS is one of the most realizable brands in gaming, so it is our great honor to collaborate with them. Together we not only can provide gamers around the world with an unbeatable 4K gaming experience, but can also create a greater e-Sports community," announced Kenny Lin, President and CEO of Thermaltake.
Wednesday, September 21st 2016

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Microsoft Entering Agreements with Laptop Makers to Block Linux

Digital freedom activists are up in arms over a discovery by Lenovo Yoga 900S and Yoga 710S users that you simply can't replace the pre-installed Windows 10 Signature Edition operating system with one of your choice, such as Linux. Redditor BaronHK tried installing Linux on their notebooks and couldn't, so a support ticket was raised with Lenovo to guide them to install Linux. Lenovo responded that the notebook features Windows 10 Signature Edition, and that "it has been locked as per Lenovo's agreement with Microsoft."

On the Yoga 900S and 710S, Lenovo deployed a proprietary soft-RAID setup that cannot be recognized by Linux installers. You can't even change the SATA controller mode in the BIOS setup program. Even Windows installations don't succeed without special F6_install drivers by Lenovo, and the company only provides drivers for Windows. Lenovo cannot argue that its hardware specifically requires Windows, because Live images of Linux, (such as Ubuntu) function just fine on these notebooks. It's just that you can't make your Live session permanent by installing Ubuntu on the device. Lenovo has since gone into full damage control and denial. It removed the thread from its support forums (view a cached copy), and even changed its explanation from "we blatantly admitted to anti-competitive practices that could cost us a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit" to "we simply don't have drivers for our deliberately unusual RAID setup."

Source: The Next Web

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2

AMD Wednesday released the latest version of Radeon Software Crimson Edition. Version 16.9.2 (beta). These drivers come with day-one optimization for "Forza Horizon 3," the latest addition to Microsoft's smash-hit race sim. The drivers also lack the AMD Gaming app by Raptr, the app that started out at AMD's equivalent to NVIDIA GeForce Experience. This move shaves the installer size by about 35 MB.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2 for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8.1 64-bit | Windows 8.1 32-bit | Windows 7 64-bit | Windows 7 32-bit

NVIDIA Releases the GeForce 372.90 WHQL Game Ready Driver

NVIDIA released its latest GeForce "Game Ready" drivers. Version 372.90 WHQL drivers come game-ready for "Forza Horizon 3." This includes optimization, and GeForce Experience optimal settings. The game releases, at least to owners of the "Ultimate Edition" variant, tomorrow, on 21/09. The drivers also includes GeForce Experience 3.0, NVIDIA's game settings optimization app, which features a revamped user-interface. Grab the drivers from the links below.
DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA GeForce 372.90 WHQL for Windows 10 64-bit | Windows 10 32-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit

Scythe Announces the Byakko CPU Cooler

Japanese cooling expert Scythe announces a new addition to the tower-design CPU cooler line-up. Scythe Byakko is a compact cooling solution with a total height of mere 130 millimeters, which fits in virtually every PC case. Great compatibility is assured thanks to the asymmetric alignment of the base-plate and the heatsink. Byakko is equipped with Scythes Slip Stream 92 PWM fan, offering a wide speed range for different purposes. User friendly and fast mounting of Byakko on both Intel and AMD Sockets is accomplished thanks to the supplied mounting clips.

Scythe Byakko was designed with the aim to fit into most PC cases on the market and to offer maximum compatibility to tall memory modules as well as VRM heatsinks. All this is possible thanks to the compact dimensions of 102 x 130 x 84 mm (W x H x D) and the new asymmetric design of the heatsink. Three high-quality copper heatpipes with 6 millimeter diameter are connecting the solid copper base-plate and the aluminum fins-stack heatsink. Both the copper-heatpipes and the copper-baseplate are nickel-plated in the final process, in order to avoid corrosion and to improve the quality.

Shuttle Announces the XPC Nano NC02U SFF Desktop

Shuttle Computer Group, Inc., one of the world's leading designers of small form factor computers, today announced the upgrade to its XPC Nano line of barebone computers. The XPC NC02U Ultra Small Form Factor Series supports the latest Skylake-U platform technology. It has a new elegant, space saving design and can attach directly to a monitor with a standard VESA mount, for an uncluttered workspace or all-in-one commercial application.

"Like all of Shuttle's computers, the new NC02U can be custom configured, which sets us apart from many other computer manufacturers with competing products," said Marty Lash, director sales and marketing, Shuttle Computer Group. "And the ultra-small form factor design makes it perfect for integrators who work in digital signage, kiosks, POS, and the SOHO and SMB markets."

Toshiba Expands 24nm SLC NAND Flash Lineup to Address Industrial Applications

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) has expanded its family of 24nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory solutions. The new 16 gigabit (Gb) BENAND is housed in an industry-standard 48-pin TSOP package, and offers a combination of high read/write performance, effective write endurance (using 8-bit BCH error correction code), and extended temperature operation. This makes it suitable for a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications.

The new addition rounds out Toshiba's broad SLC product lineup, allowing designers to take advantage of the price/performance of advanced 24nm NAND flash SLC technology at densities from 1Gb to 128Gb. Based on a 4x4Gb die, 16Gb BENAND operates from a power supply of 2.7V to 3.3V with a temperature range of -40°C to 85°C. Many industrial applications have a long life expectancy. Toshiba designed BENAND with this in mind. With the ability to replace older generations of discrete SLC NAND, BENAND extends the product life of everything from telecom applications and LCD TVs to robots and printers - while also potentially reducing BOM costs.

Samsung Announces the 960 Pro and 960 EVO Series M.2 NVMe SSDs

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a worldwide leader in advanced memory solutions for more than two decades, today unveiled the Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO, its newest solid state drives (SSDs). The V-NAND based, M.2 form factor SSDs were built on the company's category-defining Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD leadership. With powerful performance, endurance and capacity topped with all new and more robust Samsung Magician software package, Samsung continues to accelerate the NVMe era.

Packed with more technology and innovation than ever, the 960 PRO and 960 EVO are designed for users who seek smaller and faster storage solutions that deliver higher bandwidth and lower latency for processing massive amounts of data for everything from gaming and large file transfers to 4K video rendering, data analytics and more on their ultra-thin notebooks and PCs.

Lexar Announces 256GB High-Performance 633x microSDXC UHS-I (U3) Card

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the new 256GB capacity Lexar High-Performance 633x microSDXC UHS-I (U3) memory card. Designed for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones, the 633x microSDXC UHS-I card has read transfer speeds up to 95MB per second and can capture more than 36 hours of HD video; 67,600 photos; or 58,100 songs. The 256GB capacity card is currently on display at Photokina 2016.

"We've seen the storage demands of our customers grow by leaps and bounds, especially with the massive popularity of 4K video-so we designed this 633x high-capacity microSD card to meet that need," said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. "In today's world, whether you're shooting 4K action footage with a sports camcorder or downloading your entire music library onto your smartphone, the storage space and speed provided by the 256GB Lexar microSDXC card will prove invaluable."

Lexar Expands Suite of Mobile Storage Products with C20c and C20m JumpDrives

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced two high-performance storage solutions to easily transfer and share content between devices with USB Type-C or micro-USB port. The Lexar JumpDrive C20c USB Type-C flash drive (USB-C) and JumpDrive C20m micro-USB flash drive are the newest products to join the premium suite of C-series mobile products, including the Lexar JumpDrive C20i flash drive. The new JumpDrive products are being launched at Photokina 2016.

"Today's users are capturing and storing immense amounts of high-quality content on their devices every day," said Yeon Kim, product marketing manager, Lexar. "Both the Lexar JumpDrive C20m and Lexar JumpDrive C20c provide users with an easy way to transfer, share, and offload content on the go."

Lexar Announces New microSD Readers with USB Type-C and micro-USB Connections

Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced two new microSD readers: the Lexar C1 microSD Reader and the Lexar M1 microSD Reader. On display at Photokina 2016, the new C1 and M1 microSD Readers allow users to easily offload content from their sports camcorder or aerial camera to their devices.

The Lexar C1 microSD Reader is a small, compact reader designed for devices with a USB Type-C (USB-C) connector port, enabling users to freely transfer, view, and play back photos and videos on their smartphone or tablet. The Lexar M1 microSD Reader is equal in size and portability, but is designed for devices with a micro-USB port, such as Android smartphones and tablets.
Tuesday, September 20th 2016

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Mionix Announces the Naos QG Gaming Mouse

Mionix today announced the launch of the Naos QG (Quantified Gaming) mouse. The mouse lets users monitor and share their body reaction in real time. Mionix new gaming mouse is developed in collaboration with Kickstarter and the Twitch streaming community. The Mionix QG mouse measures the user's biometric information and movement data via integrated sensors and visualizes the captured data through an in-game overlay.

Coming in a unique grey color, with open APIs and the cutting edge PMW-3360 sensor the Naos QG will be presented from 30th Sep - 2nd Oct at TwitchCon, San Diego, California.

AMD Gives Away "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided" with Select AMD FX Processors

AMD is giving away game codes to "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided," with select AMD FX desktop processors. Game-codes will be included with the AMD FX-8370 with Wraith, FX-8370 (standard), FX-8350 with Wraith, FX-8350 Black Edition, FX-8320E, FX-8320, FX-8300, FX-6350 with Wraith, FX-6350, and FX-6300. With the game code to a recently launched AAA game title added, you can imagine just how the value-proposition of parts such as the $99 FX-6300 is enhanced. The giveaway is limited to select retailers, AMD will update us on more participating retailers shortly. Newegg is handling the promotion in the US.

NVIDIA Announces Gears of War 4 Bundle with Select GeForce GTX GPUs

NVIDIA today announced that it is bundling "Gears of War 4" with GeForce GTX 1080, and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards, and notebooks powered by mobile variants of the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. What's more, the game will be given away as an Xbox Anywhere digital entitlement, so you can enjoy not just its PC version with eye-candy maxed out, but also its Xbox One version in your living room.

Microsoft recommends GeForce GTX 1080 as the "ideal" solution for "Gears of War 4" at 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution. It also finds that a GeForce GTX 1060 should have the muscle for running the game at WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels). A GeForce GTX 750 Ti should handle 1080p. NVIDIA also set up this page, which helps you locate which retailer in your country is running the promotion.

AMD Vega 10, Vega 20, and Vega 11 GPUs Detailed

AMD CTO, speaking at an investors event organized by Deutsche Bank, recently announced that the company's next-generation "Vega" GPUs, its first high-end parts in close to two years, will be launched in the first half of 2017. AMD is said to have made significant performance/Watt refinements with Vega, over its current "Polaris" architecture. VideoCardz posted probable specs of three parts based on the architecture.

AMD will begin the "Vega" architecture lineup with the Vega 10, an upper-performance segment part designed to disrupt NVIDIA's high-end lineup, with a performance positioning somewhere between the GP104 and GP102. This chip is expected to be endowed with 4,096 stream processors, with up to 24 TFLOP/s 16-bit (half-precision) floating point performance. It will feature 8-16 GB of HBM2 memory with up to 512 GB/s memory bandwidth. AMD is looking at typical board power (TBP) ratings around 225W.

HP Socket AM4 A320 Chipset OEM Motherboard Pictured

Here is perhaps the first picture of a socket AM4 motherboard up close. The HP "Willow" is a micro-ATX motherboard custom-designed by the company to deploy on several of its upcoming desktop PC models, offered initially with AMD A-series "Bristol Ridge" socket AM4 APUs. Since this is custom-built for desktops that will probably be sold under $500, the board is built to a cost. The board features AMD A320 chipset.

The picture reveals socket AM4 to have extremely fine pins, and feature a square bolt-type cooler retention mechanism similar to that of contemporary Intel sockets. It does away with the rectangular layout. The advantage of a square layout is that it allows you to orient your cooler in any direction. Since the core-logic is moved to the APU/CPU package, the remaining rump of what AMD refers to as "chipset," is just a PCIe multi-function chip that puts out additional SATA and USB ports. With its TDP under 5W, this chip can make do without a heatsink. Other noteworthy features include two DDR4 DIMM slots, a PCIe gen 3.0 x16 slot, a short M.2 slot, a couple of SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and basic connectivity.

OWC Introduces Drive Dock with USB 3.1 Gen 1

OWC, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, today introduced a new version of the Drive Dock with USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity. The new Drive Dock offers exceptional performance with speeds up to 434 MB/s, two drive bays (each supporting 2.5 or 3.5-inch drives) and an internal auto-switching power supply for use around the globe, all in an elegant design featuring a silver aluminum enclosure and a matte black top. For anyone with bare drives around the house or office, Drive Dock is the ideal solution for a quick and easy way to access their data, archive files, and perform backups.

"We've been thrilled with how our customers have responded to the OWC Drive Dock with Thunderbolt 2 technology. I've seen how it can transform professional workflows, and it has driven us to make sure that as many people as possible can experience the same benefit," said Larry O'Connor, Founder and CEO of OWC. "I am pleased to introduce the new Drive Dock with USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity, giving our customers exceptional performance at a price that is accessible to everyone."

EVGA Announces the SuperNOVA G2L Series Power Supplies

The unbeatable performance of the EVGA SuperNOVA G2 power supply line is now available with LED lighting in the new G2L versions. These units feature 80 Plus Gold rate efficiency, and clean continuous power to every component. The ECO Control Fan system offers fan modes to provide absolutely zero fan noise during low to medium load operations. Backed by an award winning 10 Year Warranty, and 100% Japanese capacitor design, the EVGA SuperNOVA 850/750 G2L power supplies offer unbeatable performance at an unbeatable value.
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