Items tagged with SD

For those who not only want to be on the bleeding edge, but want to be as fast as possible as well, Mtron has introduced the first SSD hard drive for consumers that, according to them, can  reach data read rates of up to 100 MB/s. Based on their success in high performance SSD products for high-end servers and storages, Mtron has been able to develop high performance SSD for consumer purposes as well. With their new SSD MOBI, Mtron now offers variety of premium consumer SSD products in affordable price range.Mtron SSD MOBI (2.5inch, 32GB standard) will be priced around $650 (USD), which is 30% cheaper than current Mtron SSD products for industrial servers. It offers the best performance... Read more...
As always we want to start out by telling you that this is a rumor and thus we begin this news post with our normal warning that this is a rumor until we can confirm it, but what a rumor: a new generation of Samsung SSDs that are capable of 120 MB/sec reads and 100 MB/sec writes.SSD isn't without its pitfalls, namely high price and, until now, typically lower transfer rates than traditional mechanical drives.  It looks like we might be entering a brave new world:“These new drives come in 1.8 and 2.5-inch formats, and feature 960 Mbps sequential read and 800 Mbps sequential write speed respectively, corresponding to speeds of 120MB/s and 100MB/s.”There isn't any word on capacity at this time,... Read more...
Many of you have heard of the Doomsday Clock. The proximity of the minute hand to midnight has been the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' way of predicting the potential of nuclear war at first, and now doomsday for the human race in general terms.DogsinDanger.com has a similar idea, and hopes to promote adoption of shelter dogs.Each is tagged with a death date set by a shelter — and a countdown clock showing the days, or hours, until the animal is killed.Dogsindanger.com works with more than 120 shelters nationwide that destroy dogs. How much time the dogs get before death varies from state to state. In New York City, for instance, a stray dog must be kept a minimum of three days, while a shelter... Read more...
Alienware has extended its support of solid-state drives (SSDs) from its notebook line to its desktop line.  If you are willing to pay the big bucks --- really big bucks --- you can add these to your desktop configuration.Alienware said Tuesday that it is now shipping solid-state-disks into selected desktop models as well as its notebook PCs. Alienware's Area-51 ALX and Aurora ALX systems are the market's first desktops to feature the 64-Gbyte SSD, the company said. Prices were not announced, but configuration screens on the company's Web site said that the company was charging a whopping $1,700 for two 64-Gbyte SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration, the only option available.Honestly, 64GB seems... Read more...
Seagate announced yesterday that they're shipping  their new 5400 PSD "Momentus" notebook hard drive, which incorporates 256 MB of flash memory with its conventional hard disk drive. It delivers commonly used information in a -- well, in a flash. That should help lower boot-up time and lower power consumption overall. Windows Vista operating system incorporates a method of identifying and saving the most commonly used files onto any available flash memory, so this hard drive should be a boon to those running the OS on their lappies."We're thrilled Seagate is bringing to market hybrid hard drives that take full advantage of Windows Vista," said Dennis Moulton, product manager of Windows Client... Read more...
Microsoft is set to unveil the second generation of the Zune tomorrow, including the first flash-based Zunes.According to sources close to the situation, both Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Design and Development chief J Allard will be on hand for the event. The main part of the announcement will center around the players, which will include the first flash memory based Zunes.Entering the flash-based device market is very important for Microsoft, as the category is by far the most popular. While the Zune has managed to grab a 10 percent share of the HDD player segment, overall that has amounted to about a 3 percent share of the market in general.Despite the 10% market share among HDD players... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces MicroSD Flash Cards and Adaptors, the Optimal Mobile Multimedia Storage Solution Sunnyvale, CA—August 27, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced 1GB and 2GB microSD cards and adaptor kits to their diverse flash memory series. Making use of the extensive multimedia capabilities of mobile phones and PDAs, OCZ microSD cards are the convenient storage solution for pictures, music, ringtones, and video files on even the most advanced digital electronics. OCZ microSD cards are a necessity for cutting-edge cell phones and mobile accessories that... Read more...
Perhaps some of us remember that at around the same time a year ago, we heard about Google’s scheme to use a computer’s built-in microphone to listen-in on the TV shows that we happen to be watching and to use such information to connect us to websites of interest. Although the details were unclear at the time, a recent patent application has clarified a few things. "Imagine that you are watching the latest episode of Friends on television and discover that the character Monica is pregnant. You want to chat, comment or read other viewers' responses to the scene in real-time.""By eavesdropping, Google says it could offer you relevant websites automatically, perhaps even generating them on the... Read more...
Hello everyone.  We're writing to let you all know that we’ve just posted a new article at in which we evaluate the features and performance of Shuttle’s flagship SDXi barebones small form factor XPC.  The SDXi features a number of unique features like dual PEG slots, a built-in water-cooler for Radeon GPU-based graphics cards, and a slick, flamed-out paint job that you’ve just got to see to believe.  Click the link below to check it out... Shuttle SDXi Barebones XPC... Read more...
When it comes time for a new rig, there are those who want the power of a full-sized system but without the footprint of a mid or full sized case.  Today, we're going to take a look at a barebones kit that promises full-sized performance in a footprint no bigger than a shoebox.  Enter the Shuttle SDXi Barebones Kit. The SDXi Barebone kit comes with support for the latest Intel CPUs, up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM, RAID and it is backed by some seriously good looks.  On the outside is a custom flamed-out paint job akin to a custom car, while the inside provides the muscle to rival that of a full-sized equivalent.  With the SDXI Barebones kit, Shuttle aims to deliver performance, good looks and... Read more...
Samsung Mass Producing Industry's First 1.8-inch, 64GB Solid State Drive, Targeted for Notebook PCs Seoul, Korea - June 25, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced that it has begun mass producing 1.8-inch solid state drives (SSD) at 64GB (gigabytes) - the highest density SSD available today for mobile computing applications. "We see sharply increasing interest in SSDs among OEMs worldwide amid a growing push to launch premium SSD-based notebooks, particularly in the ultra-mobile category," said Jim Elliott, director, flash marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. SSDs feature... Read more...
Fallout fans rejoice! Bethesda Softworks has posted a short teaser for their currently under development Fallout 3. After purchasing the rights to the franchise from Interplay a few years ago, it's great to see that Bethesda is taking the task of creating the third installment of the Fallout series seriously. Having been a Fallout fan for years I admit to that after hearing Bethesda would be making the third fallout I was a bit apprehensive. Bethesda has made some great games including the wildly popular Elder Scrolls series but as any Fallout fan knows Fallout is not just about game play, it’s also about the way our favorite post-nuclear-holocaust world is portrayed. With that said if the new... Read more...
OCZ Technology Outfits the Latest Generation of Digital Cameras and Camcorders with High-Speed, Large Capacity SDHC Memory Cards Sunnyvale, CA - April 9, 2007 - As digital cameras and video recorders produce higher and higher resolution images, the need for more memory has reached a new high. OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced a new line of SDHC flash memory cards to their high performance Secure DigitalTM family. OCZ SD High Capacity (SDHCTM) cards comply with the new SDA 2.00 specification to support capacities over 2GB. Available in 4GB and 8GB configurations, OCZ SDHC cards are ideal for the latest digital... Read more...
DailyTech has an interesting story about Fujitsu offering a $1300 Samsung-made solid-state disk (SSD) to 2 of their sub-notebooks.  How much portable storage does one get for $1300?  According to the article: 32GB. "Fujitsu today announced that it will begin making SSD optional on two of its ultra-portable notebook computers. Its LifeBook P1610 and LifeBook B6210 will have the option of a 16GB or 32GB SSD for storage in place of a traditional hard disk drive (HDD)." DailyTech points out that the $1300 price is a lot higher than the cost of comparable drives from SanDisk, which go for about $350 in 1000 unit quantities. DailyTech also points out that the performance of the Samsung... Read more...
Corsair Enhances SD Family with New 4GB SDHC Card -- The new high capacity SDHC cards are designed for the latest generation of digital cameras and camcorders for maximum storage -- Fremont, CA (February 20, 2007) - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today expanded its Secure Digital (SDTM) card family with the new 4GB SD High Capacity (SDHCTM) cards. Based on the SD Association 2.0 specification and tested to be fully compliant with SDHC host devices, each Corsair 4GB SDHC card blends Class 2 performance and high capacity to offer expanded storage for rich digital media. The SDHC form factor addresses the growing usage of larger capacities supported by high performance... Read more...
Bethesda has released some new content for their top selling game, adding a new faction with some new quests, a few extras enemies, and some new items. The Elders Scrolls: Oblivion - Knights of the Nine costs $9.99, a little more than Bethesda's previous content releases, and can be downloaded in multiple languages from here. "A fallen King has been unchained from the darkness of Oblivion to seek vengeance upon the Gods who banished him. Only a champion pure of heart can vanquish the evil that has been released upon the land. You must heed the call, reclaim the lost relics of the Divine Crusader, and return the Nine to glory. New dungeons,... Read more...
OCZ Technology Expands Popular SD Dual Product Line to Now Offer 133X Speeds Sunnyvale, CA - October 30, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the addition of high-speed 133X parts to the cutting-edge OCZ Secure DigitalTM "Dual" Series. The new memory cards will offer a solution for enthusiasts who not only seek the convenience of USB port access, but require high speeds for their digital cameras and electronics. "To meet the demand of the latest generation of more advanced SD based digital cameras, OCZ expands our top selling SD Dual lineup with new 133X speed cards," commented Alex Mei, VP of Marketing... Read more...
AMD CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF INNOVATION IN DRESDEN German Chancellor Angela Merkel Visits AMD Dresden to Commemorate Significant Corporate Milestone SUNNYVALE, Calif. and DRESDEN-Oct. 24, 2006-Today in Dresden, Germany, AMD (NYSE: AMD) commemorated the 10-year anniversary of its Dresden-based operations with a ceremony attended by German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and an employee celebration. Joining the Chancellor was Governor of Saxony, Professor Georg Milbradt, AMD Chairman and CEO, Hector Ruiz and General Manager of AMD Dresden, Hans Deppe. On October 24, 1996 AMD broke ground for its first Dresden based microprocessor production facility, Fab 30, initiating ten years of continuous technology... Read more...
Press Release: Transcend Announces its Ultra-Speed 4GB SDHC (class 6) Card Taipei-Transcend Information, Inc., a world leader in flash memory cards, is very proud to announce its 4GB high-speed SD High Capacity (SDHC) Class 6 card. The SDHC is the new generation of SD cards (Version 2.0) that, formatted in FAT32, can reach up to an enormous 32GB capacity. Transcend's SDHC card (Class 6) features high data transfer speeds and can fulfill the high-capacity demand of the new SDHC devices such as Casio Exilim Z1000/Z600/S600 cameras, Panasonic DMC-L1 camera, and Panasonic SDR-S200 Digital Video Camera. Now you can enjoy a high-quality digital life and store all of your MP3 music files, high-resolution... Read more...
With Windows XP Service Pack 2 having been out for some time now, and Windows Vista on the horizon, Microsoft is announcing their end of support for the old Service Pack 1. Service Pack 2 was released in 2004, and most problems have been ironed out of it, so Microsoft sees no reason to continue support for SP1 which was released back in 2002. "There's little reason for anyone to still be running SP1; SP2 contained a range of improvements to XP's security. People can check which version they are running by right-clicking on the My Computer desktop icon and then selecting properties. The ending of support for SP1 will help Microsoft to clear the... Read more...
The Core 2 Duo release has raised many eye brows as of late. HTPC users are also excited with Intel finally releasing fast and cool running chips that would work well in a Small Form Factor case. The problem with the new Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors is existing Socket T (LGA775) compatible motherboards are not compatible with the new processors due to different voltage requirements. This means the existing 945G Express based Shuttle SD31P is incompatible with new Core 2 processors. However in time for Intel's recent processor launch Shuttle has a brand new toaster-sized small form factor system. Coupling the new P2 chassis with a Core 2 compatible motherboard Shuttle is unleashing... Read more...
Good evening all! Marco here to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Shuttle's new VIIV compliant SD36G5M XPC small form factor system. The SD36G5M may be based on the familiar G5 chassis, but Shuttle has incorporated a few new features into this system that are sure to pique your interest. Click here to check it out...  ... Read more...
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