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Samsung bags second Internet of Home Stuff home firm in a week

Samsung has announced its second smart home slurp in a week with the acquisition of heating, ventilation and air conditioning distributor Quietside. Samsung Electronics America said that it had agreed to buy the firm, which already distributes Sammy products, but didn’t disclose the terms of the deal. The company said that …
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How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames. Two CEOs went. Two companies crashed. Several were bought. All in all it was a hell of a year. Let's start with all-flash arrays. All-flash arrays Here's where a lot of the flash …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
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'Not only is James Bond fictional, he's not a fair representation of intelligence'

QuoTW This was the week when a technology consultant tried to give people the FEAR by hacking Google Glass and suggesting that nefarious villains could use the tech specs to see and hear everything users do. Jay Freeman, also known by hacker handle Saurik, showed he had gained root access to Glass in a blog post and said that with …
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SMART brings out 2.5-in, 2 terabyte block-o-Flash to rival sTec

SMART Storage has joined sTec in bringing out a 2TB capacity enterprise SSD using 19nm NAND. But SMART's goes faster, it says. It's an extension of its 2.5in Optimus SSD line, called the Optimus Echo. Unlike the Optimus Ultra and Ultra Plus SSDs which use Toshiba 24nm MLD (2-bit) NAND the Echo uses smaller cells built using …
Chris Mellor, 2 May 2013
Intel and Micron's 20nm, 128Gb NAND chip

SMART, Micron 960GBs: Safe pair of NANDs or more cloud guff?

CES 2013 SMART Storage Systems and chip maker Micron have each launched new solid-state drives at this week's Las Vegas CES event. Micron, which operates the Crucial and Lexar memory brands, has focussed on what it calls adaptive thermal throttling, which cuts the drive's workload and power consumption if it gets hotter than 65°C. …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2013
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Lucky Luczo: Seagate sales will beat expectations

Seagate is expected to shift $3.5bn worth of kit in its second fiscal 2013 quarter ending 31 Dec, 2012, but says it has exceeded that number, providing a revenues figure of at least $3.6bn. This is $132m less than the previous quarter but $400m more than the year-ago quarter. It looks like the Thai flood sales boost has played …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2013
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LG adds Dixons' Knowhow to net-connectable tellies

We're not sure it's a reason to buy an LG smart TV specifically, but if you're eyeing up such a set, the addition of Dixons' Knowhow Movies video-on-demand service to said tellies may sweeten the deal. Dixons' answer to Netflix, Lovefilm, Blinkbox, Acetrax et al offers the customary "extensive library" of new - ie. DVD-release …
Hard Reg, 16 Aug 2012

Plextor joins titans of MLC flash at the 90,000 plus club

Plextor has joined OCZ and SMART in the 90,000+ club, the providers of elite MLC SSDs that exceed 90,000 random read IOPs per second. Fast single-level cell (SLC) flash is used to drive SSDs at speeds beyond 100,000 IOPS doing random reads of 4K data blocks. Multi-level cell (MLC) flash, with 2 bits per cell, is slower, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2012
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The Great TLC flash cash-slash: Coming soon to tablets, Ultrabooks

SMART recently announced that its controller technology, the Guardian Technology Platform, could get MLC flash to do 50 full drive writes/day for five years. Now SMART's president has said 1Xnm TLC could be driven to 15,000 to 20,000 PE cycles using SMART's Guardian controller technology, representing a 30X - 40X increase – …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2012

SMART's new SSD wrings extra juice from MLC flash

SMART has introduced a solid state drive that can do 50 full drive writes a day for five years using consumer-grade MLC flash; that's 89,000 P/E cycles and a 50X jump up from the raw NAND rate. The new product is the Optimus Ultra Plus: a 2.5-inch, 6Gbit/s SAS SSD that has the same performance numbers – 500MB/sec dual-port …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jul 2012
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Scientists refine smart self-assembling building blocks

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have shown how to code smart substances that can automatically copy an object and reproduce it. The team from MIT's Distributed Robotics Laboratory have developed a testable algorithm that uses interlinking smart systems – in this case, "smart pebbles." These are …
Iain Thomson, 2 Apr 2012
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Ten... e-cars and hybrids

Car Week Reg Hardware Car Week What started out as a dribble in 2011 is becoming a deluge in 2012 as e-cars in the form of pure electrics, range extenders and plug-in hybrids capabilities start to become ever more common. Until we see a major breakthrough in battery tech, the day will belong to the plug-in hybrids and REs, but that’s …
Alun Taylor, 7 Mar 2012
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Flash stalks Seagate's hybrid drives

Blocks and files Is Seagate in denial over Ultrabook solid-state storage and the rising capacities of flash drives? In an interview with magazine Barron's at CES 2012, Scott Horn, Seagate's chief marketing officer, said that many people overrate flash. He added that hybrid drives, which use a mix of flash cache and spinning disk, will be …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2012
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Brits turned off by Smart TVs

Brits may not be as keen on internet-connected tellies as previously thought. A new survey conducted by pollster YouGov shows we own fewer Smart TVs than folk in other major European economies do. We're more attracted to new telly tech than the Americans are, though. According to YouGov, more than half of Brits (52 per cent) …
Tony Smith, 14 Dec 2011
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Connected TV watched in 42m homes

Across the US and Europe, 42m homes are already accessing internet services through their TVs, market watcher Strategy Analytics reckons. Given the rise of Netflix, Hulu and other such services, it's no surprise to learn that the Americans are leading the move from broadcast television to IPTV. SA spoke to 4800 punters over …
Tony Smith, 18 Oct 2011
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Anobit brings out second generation of Genesis SSD

Anobit's second-generation Genesis solid-state drive has pretty much double the performance of its first-gen sibling. The latest Genesis is a 2.5-inch form factor SSD with either 6GB/s SATA (T series) or 6GB/s SAS (S series) interfaces. In terms of capacity, it's available in 100, 200 or 400GB, as before, but 800GB and greater …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2011
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Hitachi GST flash stash speed dash

What a turn up for the books: Hitachi GST has just introduced a multi-level cell SSD that's faster – not slower – than its single level cell product. It's also cheaper, but that's expected. MLC flash is supposed to be slower than SLC flash. The SLC Ultrastar SSD400S does 41,000 and 21,000 random read and write IOPS …
Chris Mellor, 9 Aug 2011
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SMART unveils smarter, faster, fatter SSDs

Move over Violin, OCZ, Seagate, Intel, et al. SMART Modular Technologies is crowing that it's now number one in the notebook-format flash drive space, having just introduced its new Optimus solid state drive, which it calls "the world's fastest multi-level cell and highest capacity SAS SSD." The 2.5-inch Optimus uses 2-bit …
Chris Mellor, 4 Aug 2011

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