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The price of LCD screens has steadily declined and in the last few years, larger monitors are starting to become relatively affordable. This is especially evident in the 19", 20" and 22" categories, where we see a significant number of products in the sub-$300 range. However 24" and larger screens still remained premium products until very recently. In the last year or so we have seen the first 24" screens to dip below the $400 mark appear on the market. The products in this new category of value oriented 24" screens almost universally combine a large and cheap TN panel with a basic monitor housing and stand to produce a cost effective product. While these value oriented 24" monitors offer large... Read more...
The price of LCD screens has steadily declined and in the last few years, larger monitors are starting to become relatively affordable. This is especially evident in the 19", 20" and 22" categories, where we see a significant number of products in the sub-$300 range. However 24" and larger screens still remained premium products until very recently. In the last year or so we have seen the first 24" screens to dip below the $400 mark appear on the market. The products in this new category of value oriented 24" screens almost universally combine a large and cheap TN panel with a basic monitor housing and stand to produce a cost effective product. While these value oriented 24" monitors offer large... Read more...
Rumors have been circulating of a possible $50 price cut for the Xbox 360 Pro, the 20 GB model. While still a rumor, more evidence has arisen which seems to not just point to a $50 price cut, but also to the day: this coming Sunday.Below is an image scanned from a Target flier. Not only is the price cut by $50, Target is throwing in a $25 gift card as well.To the right, you can see a scanned image from a Best Buy flier. They're not throwing in a gift card, so Target has the better deal, for those of you who are frugal.The last such price cut for the Xbox 360 Pro came in August 2007, when it was cut from $399 to $349.This does leave the Xbox 360 Core in an awkward price point, at only $20 less... Read more...
If there is any doubt that Solid State Drives (SSDs) are the next medium for laptop storage, then don't tell the folks over at Samsung. They probably won't have time to take your call anyway, because they're busy ramping up production of Samsung's 128GB SSDs in both 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors. This is in addition to the 64GB SSDs that Samsung ramped up production on only a few days earlier. The Samsung SSDs use Multi-Level Cell (MLC) technology, which according to Wikipedia is:"MLC NAND flash is a flash memory technology using multiple levels per cell to allow more bits to be stored as opposed to SLC NAND flash technologies, which uses a single level per cell. Currently, most MLC NAND... Read more...
Samsung has started spreading the word to its customers that NAND flash memory chips are going to be harder to come by for a little while as Samsung diverts much of its available supply to Apple. When Apple places an order for 50 million 8Gb NAND chips, it shouldn't be a surprise that Apple gets to cut the line and is offered a spot at the front of the queue. NAND flash memory chips are used in USB flash drives, MP3 players, cell phones, and other small-form-factor consumer electronics devices. What does Apple need with 50 million NAND chips? Two words: iPhone 3G. Apple is gearing up to distribute the new iPhone 3G starting next week in no less than 70 countries--and at a significantly reduced... Read more...
Everyone's fascinated with the Apple iPhone. Apple's announced their new, third generation (3G) model is coming out on July 11, and all the news outlets have been pawing over the details of the handset and the plan. The iPhone has the potential to be one of those concepts that becomes the name people use to refer to all items of its type, like Kleenex or Frigidaire or Xerox once did. Not many people are that interested in the Samsung/Sprint version of the small slab smartphone with a touchscreen and not a lot of buttons. Maybe they should be. It's better than an iPhone in a lot of ways.• It's smaller, fitting more comfortably in a pocket.• It records video. The iPhone only does stills.•... Read more...
Samsung Develops World's Fastest and Largest Capacity 2.5-inch, MLC-based (256GB) SSD with SATA II InterfaceSamsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has developed the world's fastest, 2.5-inch, 256 Gigabyte (GB) multi-level cell (MLC) based solid state drive (SSD) using a SATA II interface, at the fifth annual Samsung Mobile Solution Forum held here today. Samsung's new 256GB SSD is also the thinnest drive with the largest capacity to be offered with a SATA II interface.With a sequential read speed of 200 megabytes per second (MB/s) and sequential write speed of 160MB/s, Samsung's MLC-based 2.5-inch 256GB SSD is about 2.4 times faster than a... Read more...
OLED displays share the promise of low power, high def, ultra-high contrast goodness.  In fact Samsung claims their new line of AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic LED) panels boast 20X the contrast ratio of standard LCDs.  In addition, since the panels do not require any back-lighting, they consume much less power, so they are well suited for portable applications obviously.  Also, since they're based on LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, viewing angles, response times and brightness are also wonderfully impressive.  Though Samsung is currently shipping OLED-based screens for small, power sensitive products like cell phones, Samsung's SDI group claims their manufacturing... Read more...
Samsung has a couple of new products that break the mold on what you might expect from computer peripherals. Samsung's Dual Display 2263DX is a dual display with a twist. It is actually a normal 22-inch LCD display that also includes a 7-inch "companion" display that attaches to the larger display, "via a pivoting, swiveling arm which allows it to be positioned on either side or above the main display for a truly comfortable, customizable work environment." The smaller display uses the USB-based DisplayLink technology.         The 22-inch display features a native resolution of 1,680x1,050; while the 7-inch is 800x600. Samsung claims a brightness of 300 cd2/m and 200 cd2/m for them, respectively,... Read more...
Sun Microsystems is a long-time player in the enterprise-level world of servers, software, and services. While the company prides itself on its Java technology, Solaris operating system, and UltraSPARC processors, its true bread-and-butter comes from its servers--including rackmount, x64, blade, enterprise, among other types of servers. Sun's server options seem endless with multi-processor solutions featuring CPU choices from Sun UltraSPARCs, Intel Xeons, and AMD Opterons. Today, Sun's Opteron processor-based options just expanded even more:"AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced enterprise customers now have more choices for rack-mount and blade systems based upon Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) processors... Read more...
We reported earlier this year about Montalvo systems and their mysterious low-power chips.  At the time we wondered if their coyness with details was because they faced some stiff opposition from major players in the chip industry, but now it appears that it may because they were looking for a buyer.  Oddly enough it didn't end up being any of the usual suspect, but Sun who turned out to be that buyer:Sun Microsystems is buying the technical assets of Montalvo Systems, a semiconductor company that was looking to break into the x86 market against the likes of Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.In a statement, a Sun spokesperson said the company completed the acquisition of Montalvo April 21, although... Read more...
South Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung's Chairman Lee Kun-hee has resigned after being indicted for tax evasion. He'll likely lead a small exodus of other executives out of the building as well. Well, let's give the guy credit for two things, anyway: He didn't think small, as he is accused of evading $113 million in taxes; and unlike the mealy-mouthed non-apologies we're becoming accustomed to here in the United States when a prominent person is exposed as a cheat or a liar, the guy knows how to 'fess up."I today have decided to resign from the post of chairman of Samsung Group," Lee told a news conference less than one week after he was indicted following a special independent counsel... Read more...
For each type of product and in each market, there is usually a specific price segment that will provide the best value proposition for consumers, often known as the 'sweet spot'. For quite some time, the 19" widescreen was the sweet spot of the consumer LCD monitor market. Hovering between the cheaper but aging 17" screens and the expensive but only slightly larger 20" screens, the 19" widescreen LCD provided the best value for a long time. However, in the last 8-10 months, LCD monitor production has increased and the price of LCD panels has fallen dramatically. The 20" screens which once seemed like such a poor value proposition, costing up to $100 more than 19" screens despite only... Read more...
Today at HotHardware we look at one of the latest additions to the 22" LCD monitor market segment, the Samsung SyncMaster 2243BW Wide Screen LCD.  While the Samsung 2243BW may be aimed at business use, its specifications suggest that it should be capable of quite a bit more than just spreadsheets and word documents. With good viewing angles, a decent 5ms response time, good brightness and an excellent 1000:1 static contrast ratio, the 2243BW should be well equipped to handle any multimedia thrown its way. The 2243BW is actually has slightly better specifications than the wildly popular Samsung 226BW, which is one of the most widely and highly recommended 22" monitors.  Click the link... Read more...
Intel has been slowly serving up information regarding the company’s upcoming Nehalem microarchitecture for many months now.  In our sneak peek at Nehalem and Intel’s 45nm High-K article from way back in March of last year, we outlined many of the details regarding Nehalem, but unfortunately we did not have any projected performance numbers to disclose.  Some news broke today, however, regarding a PDF that was inadvertently leaked by Sun Microsystems that not only mentions Nehalem, but has some performance data listed as well. “So how can Intel pull off such a massive performance boost over their current reigning champion “Harpertown” X5482 processor?  Consider the fact that Intel’s... Read more...
If you've been following the development of the Solid State Drive, you have likely been only marginally impressed versus dazzled.  It's not hard to see the potential in SSDs, but they've been held back by size, price, and for a reason we're still trying to fathom, PATA to SATA converters that typically eat a fair amount of transfer capacity.A few firms have gotten rid of the converters, but Samsung is doing one better.  They're going native SATA II and entering mass production."Due to the inclusion of the SATA II interface on the new refresh, transfer rates on the new 64GB SATA II SSD will increase 60 percent from SATA I versions of the same drive. Instead of the 65 MB/sec read and... Read more...
It appears that Sun Microsystems has shelled out a hefty $1B to aquire MySQL and now adds the leading open source database management software to its product stack."The Santa Clara, California-based systems vendor has been involved in the community-based development process for many years, of course, through Java and has been offering Linux on X.86 servers since the 2002/2003 timeframe. It also now has OpenSolaris, the open source version of its proprietary flavor of Unix.Then there is its open source app server GlassFish and the Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS) for integrating legacy and packaged apps into an existing SOA infrastructure without extensive coding, which... Read more...
It's not the first GDDR5 chip made, but Samsung claims it's the fastest.Samsung claims to have invented the world's fastest graphics memory, capable of transferring data at 6Gb/sec.The series five, graphics double-data-rate (GDDR5) chips are more than four times faster than those found in today's consoles, according to Samsung, and will find their way into desktop PCs, notebooks and workstations.The chips will be introduced next year at a density of 512Mb (16Mb x 32), with Samsung claiming that GDDR5 will claim half of the top-end PC graphics market by 2010. The first of these chips came from Qimonda last month, which began sampling a 512Mb GDDR 5 chip.  However, Hynix's chip has a... Read more...
Dell has been tops in worldwide marketshare for LCD monitors since 2001. No more. As of the third quarter of 2007, Samsung Electronics  has taken over the top spot. How did that happen? Well, Dell's business is largely based on selling you a monitor when you upgrade your computer. Not that many people are doing that. But everybody wants a mondo monitor. The re-emergence of stand-alone monitor brand Samsung as the worldwide leader in LCD monitor shipments shows that the market is again in a new upgrade cycle for displays alone. "The catalyst for growth in the LCD monitor market in recent quarters has not been the overall growth in the desktop PC market," noted Chris Connery, vice president... 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...
Samsung is the first manufacturer to utilize 30-nanometer scale technology for NAND flash chips. It introduced its very powerful and very small 64 gigabit flash chip earlier today. 30 nanonmeters is 30 billionths of a meter.  A single chip could be assembled from the maximum 16 of these little wonders that would hold the equivalent of 80 DVDS.  Interestingly, the manufacturing process Samsung is using is capable of even finer circuit size and greater miniaturization. Samsung said the latest chip was developed by applying a new manufacturing technology dubbed ``self-aligned double patterning technology (SaDPT).’’ ``Without additional investment, the technology enables us to make even... Read more...
SAMSUNG Introduces 60nm-class Processing for 2Gb DDR2 DRAM Seoul, Korea - September 12, 2007 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has developed the industry's first 60 nanometer (nm)-class 2 gigabit DDR2 DRAM and will begin mass producing it later this year. Compared with 80nm 2Gb DDR2, the 60 nanometer (nm)-class with a speed of 800 megabits per second has improved DRAM performance up to 20%. Moreover, production efficiency for the new 2Gb DDR2 will be enhanced by about 40 percent using the finer 60nm-class process technology. Besides its greater efficiencies, the new... Read more...
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