Crucial Firmware issues with M4 SSDs
Crucial is responding to the situation:
We are aware of an issue that is currently affecting a small number of users whereby their m4 causes their system to require a restart. This issue occurs after approximately 5,000 hours of actual
LSI completes acquisition of SandForce
LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that it has completed the purchase of SandForce, Inc., the leading provider of flash storage processors for enterprise and client flash solutions and solid state drives (SSDs). With the addition of innovative flash-based storage solutions that accelerate application performance, LSI assumes a leadership position in the rapidly growing market for flash storage processors for ultrabook, notebook and enterprise SSD and flash solutions.
Lenovo reveals dual-CPU ThinkPad Hybrid X1
While the T430u isn't a radical departure, the ThinkPad Hybrid X1 is definitely something different. This 13.3" ultraportable is less than 0.6" thick, but it manages to squeeze two processors into its slender chassis. The first is your choice of Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs, while the second is a dual-core Qualcomm chip based on the ARM architecture.
That Qualcomm chip gets 16GB of dedicated storage and a "custom Linux-based operating system" capable of handling media playback, picture browsing, and web surfing. Users are supposed to be able to switch between the Hybrid's processors with the touch of a button, and both run off the same battery. Incidentally, Lenovo claims that battery can be charged to 80% capacity in only 30 minutes.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Announced
X-Com: Enemy Unknown will be a turn-based strategy game developed by Sid Meier's Firaxis studio and is due out this fall. The reveal describes a mix of perspectives where gameplay combines a real-time strategic view and turn-based combat. It also sounds like players will have to manage the expectations of various world leaders as well as battling the alien menace. While the shooter version of X-Com has been pushed out into 2K's 2013 financial year, gamers are being told to look for X-Com: Enemy Unknown on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this fall. The February issue of Game Informer should be arriving in mailboxes and newsstands over the next week.
Unlike 2K Marin's previously announced XCOM shooter, which sparked tempers among longtime fans for turning its back on the series' cerebral roots, this title is a full-on strategy game that puts players in command of a global anti-alien defense force. XCOM's leader needs a worldwide perspective where threats are identified, populations reassured, and national leaders mollified but a tactical mind is just as critical considering every shot XCOM's soldiers fire on the battlefield is under the player's turn-based control.
AMD Catalyst 12.1a and new CAP release
The AMD Catalyst
AMD rebrands Radeon 6670 to 7670
AMD just silently released the Radeon HD 7670, but as expected adn rumored earlier on AMD has rebranded the HD 6670 to HD 7670, making it the same graphics card, with no changes, beside releasing it only to OEMs. Radeon HD 7670 will be mounted in HP desktops.
Radeon HD 7670 features 480 stream processors, 24 texture and 8 raster operating units. Card has 128 bit bus width for GDDR5 memory with a capacity of 0.5 or 1GB. GPU is clocked at 800 MHz and 4000 MHz for memory.
|AMD Radeon HD 7670||AMD Radeon HD 6670|
|Memory Clock||1GHz (4GHz data rate) GDDR5||1GHz (4GHz data rate) GDDR5|
|Memory Bus Width||128-bit||128-bit|
|Manufacturing Process||N/A||TSMC 40nm|
Zero Infinity with colored CPU
The colored coolers from Zero Infinity are now available for pre-order at Caseking.de. The violet fan blades and accents define the look and feel of these new cooling units. The top model by the name
Corsair Force 3 and Force GT v1.33 Firmware updates
In case you missed it, Corsair issued a pretty significant firmware update for their Force and Force GT series SSD. The firmware is at revision 1.33 with separated downloads per SSD volume size.
Corsair advises to run this update from Windows 7, and you should have AHCI mode enabled. Recommended is to upgrade only if you experience issues and obviously, be sure to make a backup regardless. Now I tried the new updates on three of my Force 3 and GT drives and the firmware did not delete any data, so my the Windows installation on these SSDs remained intact.
- Fixed a rare condition when waking from slumber mode that could cause the drive to hang. This can cause a BSoD if the drive is the primary storage boot device.
- Fixed a rarely occurring issue during S3/S4 cycling to handle marginal flash timing. This can cause a BSoD if the drive is the primary storage boot device.
- Fixed an issue during a firmware update where APM would be marked disabled in identify.
FORCE Series 3
- Force 3 60GB 1.3.3
- Force 3 90GB 1.3.3
- Force 3 120GB 1.3.3
- Force 3 180GB 1.3.3
- Force 3 240GB 1.3.3
- Force 3 480GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 60GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 90GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 120GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 180GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 240GB 1.3.3
- Force GT 480GB 1.3.3
The windows firmware utility is extremely convenient and handy to use.
Intel Atom does Quad-Core in 2013
As ARM is continuing its push on the computer market, Intel has begun to step up its own game, apparently going as far as increasing the core number on its low-end processors, reports softpedia.
Even though 2012 has only just begun, there are already rumors about what may or may not happen in 2013. Intel is the subject of the latest report, along with a certain series of CPUs (central processing units). It is said that the Atom line will start to include quad-core members next year. This would fit with the announcement made by the Santa Clara, California-based company in May, 2011.
Intel said, back then, that it would release three major updates for the Atom family of products over the following 36 months. Saltwell will be the first new batch of CPUs, based on the 32nm manufacturing process technology and due out in 2012. It will be followed by a generation codenamed Silvermont, powered itself by the 22nm/tri-gate fabrication process.
Finally, the third chip generation will bear the name of Airmont and will utilize the 14nm process. The slide uncovered by ComputerBase places the release of quad-core Atoms in 2013, suggesting they will either be late Saltwell units or early Silvermont processors.
Micro-servers, nettops and ultra-portable mobile personal computers (notebooks) are all eligible applications for them. The CPUs will have a new memory controller and likely better graphics as well, not just more processing engines. ECC memory (Error-correcting code memory) will also be supported, hence the suitability for servers. Alas, Intel did not say anything about the leak, as was expected. It is natural for companies to hold their silence in regards to unannounced products.
Cooler Master GX Lite Series Power Supplies
Cooler Master launches a new series of Power Supplies to celebrate the new year: The GX Lite series. This series, consisting of 500 W, 600 W and 700 W versions, will be placed between the GX series and the Extreme series and it is targeted at the mid-range to the upper mid-range.
Just like the GX range of Power Supplies, the Cooler Master GX Lite features one powerful +12V rail which provides plenty of power to whatever system is being used; it can easily support a dual VGA card system (both SLI and Crossfire) and has a strong resistance versus overloading. Next to this +12V rail, there are plenty of other features which make the GX Lite series a great choice.
Intelligent fan speed control - The GX Lite power supplies feature a 120 mm silent fan with built-in fan speed control to not only provide the airflow which is necessary to run a system totally cool, but also do this nearly noiseless.
Up to 88% efficiency - The entire Cooler Master GX Lite series reaches an efficiency of up to 88%. This means that the power is decently distributed to each component and not wasted in the form of heat.
Even more features - This series does not only have a high efficiency and built-in fan control, there are many more noteworthy features present in these power supplies. They include dual layer EMI filters to both reduce noise and to protect the connections by reducing the interference. There also is an active PFC/PWM controller included for further increase in efficiency and massive bulk capacitors with a hold up time of less than 17 ms to make sure the PSU can handle peak loads much better. Last but certainly not least is that the GX Lite series offer several protections like OVP and OPP to prevent damage to the system in any way.
Because of the high quality level, all the GX Lite power supplies offer a warranty of three years.
Broadcom Gigabit 802.11ac Foundation of 5G WiFi
Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced its first family of 802.11ac (5G WiFi) chips designed for a broad range of product segments. The new IEEE 802.11ac chips are three times faster and up to six times more power efficient than equivalent 802.11n solutions. Visit Experience Broadcom @ CES for more news, blogs and multi-media from CES and www.5GWiFi.org for more information on consumer advantages of 802.11ac.
5G WiFi is the next generation Wi-Fi standard required for today's mobile and video era. Based on 802.11ac, 5G WiFi is a major evolutionary step from the existing 802.11a/b/g/n networks. Broadcom's 5G WiFi dramatically improves the wireless range in the home, allowing consumers to watch HD-quality video from more devices, in more places, simultaneously. The increased speed enables consumers to download web content from a mobile device faster and quickly synch large files, such as videos, in a fraction of the time it would take on a similar 802.11n device. Since 5G WiFi transfers the same volume of data at a much faster rate, devices enter low-power mode faster, which results in significant power consumption advantages.
Digital-content consumption is on a steep incline, with video content expected to reach approximately 90 percent of global consumer traffic, according to Cisco's 2011 Visual Networking Index Forecast. At the same time, Internet traffic is shifting rapidly from wired to wireless networks. The increased reliance on wireless networks, the explosion of video consumption and the growing number of wireless devices being used are all putting tremendous stress on legacy 802.11a/b/g/n networks. As a result, consumers are prone to experience deteriorated performance, choppy videos and slower load times.
By creating more reliable whole-home coverage, Broadcom's 5G WiFi technology overcomes the digital content and wireless device challenge. Broadcom's family of 5G WiFi solutions includes the BCM4360, BCM4352, BCM43526 and BCM43516.
- All 5G WiFi solutions from Broadcom support the following features:
- o 80 MHz channel bandwidth that is 2 times wider than current 802.11n solutions
o 256-QAM, a higher modulation scheme that increases data transfer efficiency
o Transmit and receive beamforming
o Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) Codes
o Space-Time Block Codes (STBC)
- BCM4360 supports the PCIe interface and implements 3-stream 802.11ac specifications, and reaches speeds up to 1.3 Gbps.
- BCM4352 and BCM43526 implement 2-stream 802.11ac specification to reach up to 867 Mbps. BCM4352 supports PCIe interface; BCM43526 supports the USB interface.
- BCM43516 supports USB and reaches speeds of up to 433 Mbps with its single stream 802.11ac implementation.
- Chips with the PCIe interface are ideal for access points, routers, DSL/cable gateways and PC products; chips that use USB are ideal for consumer electronics devices including televisions, set-top boxes and Blu-Ray players.
- Broadcom's new 5G WiFi chips deliver better coverage and longer battery life in a small form factor that is interoperable and compatible with existing technologies.
- o Beamforming helps steer content in the direction of the intended receiver, increasing reliability and extending range; this is well complemented by STBC and LDPC code support.
o By transferring the same volume of data at a much faster rate, devices go into a low-power mode faster than existing 802.11n solutions.
o Designed on 40nm manufacturing process, the new chips are smaller and more power efficient, giving customers more design freedom.
o Broadcom's 5G WiFi solutions work with all legacy 802.11 standards and complement other wireless technologies
Sitecom 500 Mbps homeplug Ethernet review
The Sitecom Powerline Ethernet adapters allow you to use your mains electricity circuit to transfer data, this way you can extend your network to wherever you have a free plug socket. The product we test today comes from Sitecom, their 500 Mbps plus Homeplug.
The kit provides a connection of up to 500Mbits/sec. Divide that by 8 bits and you'd in theory would be able to see transfer speeds of 62.5 Megabyte per second. In practice, however we tested the maximum net data rate is much MUCH lower, 60~100 Mbits/sec - still that is faster than Wi-Fi and sufficient enough or streaming high-definition video from say your PC with network shares to, for instance, your HTPC.
Read the review here.
Samsung 27-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Monitor
More news from Samsung, this time for the true enthusiast gamers. At CES Samsung will launch a new 27" 27-inch PLS (Plane Line Switching) panel capable of a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.
The model is called S27A970 and comes with Samsungs new anti-glare edge-to-edge glass display, an aluminum stand and base, a response time of 5 ms, 178/178 degree viewing angles.
The screen has a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1 with a brightness of max 300 cd/m2. Two 7 Watt speakers have been built-in.
Connectivity wise you'll spot a 2-port USB 2.0 hub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, plus a Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) enabling connectivity with MHL-supporting smartphones and tablets.
The Series 9 S27A970 is expected to become available in March priced at a rather steep $1,200.
I think that glossyness is really going to ruin the LCD .... even at the product photo you can already notice that.
Samsung Series 7 Smart Station And 1080p Monitors
The new Series 7 HDTV monitor (TB750) includes HDTV functionality with a built-in TV tuner and integrated wireless display (WiDi) technology from Intel for added connectivity to the TB750 as well as integrations with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets for added versatility. The Series 7 Smart Station, available in 24- and 27-inch configurations, and the Series 7 HDTV monitor, available in 24- and 27-inch configurations, will be available on display during the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at Central Hall booth #12004, January 10-13.
Series 7 Smart Station, Simple Solution
As more and more users consume digital content on their tablets and smartphones, screen size has become an increasing concern. By linking their Android MHL-compatible smartphone, users can take advantage of the Series 7 Smart Station
AOC Announces USB-Powered Full-HD Monitor
Back in june last year the first news-releases where spotted on this already, but it seems to finalize, AOC announced the USB-powered e2251wu monitor. This 21.5-inch monitor consumes so little power, that it draws it from a USB port. Even with so little resources, the monitor has a specs sheet: 1920 x 1080 pixels native resolution, 1000:1 static contrast ratio (dynamic 20,000,000:1), 250 cd/m2; brightness, and 5 ms response time. The monitor can either by attached to its base, or incline on its arm.
AOC WAS expected to release the e2251wu to the market in August 2011 really, but now seems to be on track for February at a prticetag of 199 USD.
Quanta sues AMD for selling defective chips
Quanta has filed a lawsuit against AMD, alleging the chipmaker sold defective products. World's largest contract maker of laptops claims AMD and its ATI division sold chips that caused notebooks to malfunction because they didn't meet heat tolerances and were unfit for particular purposes.
AMD spokesman Michael Silverman says his company disputes Quanta's allegations and believes they are without merit. In an e-mailed message to Bloomberg, Silverman states AMD is aware of no other customer reports of defective chips, and points out that Quanta has itself acknowledged to AMD that it uses the identical chip in large volumes in a different computer platform that it manufactured for NEC without such issues.
AMD and its ATI Technologies Inc. unit sold chips that didn
Elpida might merge with Toshiba or Micron?
This would be an interesting move in the memory arena, X-bit Labs writes Elpida may try to merge with Toshiba or Micron to ensure its survival.
In a bid to survive on the market of dynamic random access memory, Elpida Memory, which has to pay over $1.4 billion in April, 2012, the company may try to merge with its rivals. A possible combination will include Elpida, Micron and Toshiba, which has all chances to become the largest DRAM makers in the world, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce.
Heading into the end of 2011, Elpida
Scythe BIG Shuriken 2 Rev.B with LGA2011 support
Scythe has launched a new BIG Shuriken 2 Rev.B processor cooler with support for Intel's LGA2011 processors. This model will hit retail stores for 30EUR (excl. VAT).
The cooler will obviously remain compatibility with Intel LGA 1155, LGA 1156, LGA 775, LGA 1366 and AMD Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+ and FM1 chips.
Scythe's cooler measures a whopping 125 x 135 x 58 mm and features a nickel-plated copper base, five copper heatpipes (Oval Heatpipe Structure), and a Slip Stream 120 Slim fan boasting a Sleeve Bearing that can operate at 500 to 2.000 RPM (9.32