BitFenix enters in the audio Market – Flo Headset is their first production

BitFenix have unveiled their first audio product in Computex Tapei 2013, marking their entrance to the audio market.

What they have to offer? Flo Headsets. The headsets featuring 40mm Neodymium drivers comtain precision-tuned acoustic chambers and more.

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The headset have a self-adjustable standard headband, detachable microphone, and standard volume and mute control. The added feature being the SofTouch Surface Technology of Bitfenix.

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They do not have too much bass like gaming headsets but don’t underestimate it as a cheap headset. It is not.

 

Source: http://www.tweaktown.com/news/30780/bitfenix-enter-the-audio-game-with-their-new-flo-headsets/index.html
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Corsair launch Vengeance Pro Series DDR3 RAM

Corsair have launched a new line of DDR3 RAM named Vengeance Pro RAM for extreme overclockers, enthusiasts and pro uses.

corsair_launch_vengeance_pro_series_ddr3_ramThis new Vengeance Pro RAM series speed ranges from 1600MHz to 2933MHz and capacity ranges from 8GB (2x4GB) to 64GB (8x8GB).

corsair_launch_vengeance_pro_series_ddr3_ram_2corsair_launch_vengeance_pro_series_ddr3_ram_3Corsair have mentioned that the RAM ICs are ‘specifically selected for speed and overclocking headroom.’ All the kits also have lifetime warranty. Nothing is mentioned about price & availibility from their end.

 

Source: http://www.tweaktown.com/news/30753/corsair-launches-new-vengeance-pro-series-of-ddr3-ram-at-computex-taipei-2013/index.html

This summer Dell plan to release two Haswell based Latitude notebooks

Two new Haswell CPU based Ultrabooks are coming up during this summer. A leaked road map of Dell point to two new E700 Latitude series Ultrabooks. The roadmap also shows that those ultrabooks will also feature 12.5-inch display.

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The first one of those two ultrabooks being the E7240, which is reported to be weighting at 2.9 pounds. It will also have either a 1366×768 or 1920×1080 touchscreen display. The size being 12.2″x8.3″x0.79″ and it will feature Intel Haswell i3, i5 or i7 processor.

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Next one in the line is the E7440 with a 14″ display with optional touchscreen feature. Sized at 13.3″x9.1″x0.83″ it weights  3.5 pounds. Other features are just same as E7240.

 

Source: http://tech2.hu/dell-latitude-roadmap-2013-ultrabookok-notebookok-1710284

Palit and PC Partner overtake ASUS to the graphics card pole position

According to ‘industry sources’ in Taiwan speaking to DigiTimes Palit Microsystems of Taiwan, and PC Partner of Hong Kong have overtaken the Taiwan-based company, ASUS into the number one position.

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PC Partner sells AMD platform graphics cards under the brand name Sapphire and sells Nvidia platform GPUs under the brand name of Zotac.

The sources indicated that:

Asustek used to be the largest or second largest vendor of graphics cards, but has become the third largest, followed by Micro-Star International (MSI) and Gigabyte Technology, the sources noted.

DigiTimes also reported that they own “Galaxy, Yuan, Gainward, Vvikoo, XpertVision and Daytona”.

Source: http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130416PD210.html?mod=2

Intel change plan – To continue with upgradeable LGA platforms till Skylake chips

Intel Corporation has reportedly updated its long-term roadmap with its plans concerning microprocessor packaging and the future of desktop platforms. As it appears, they have decided not to aggressively push chips in BGA packaging
into the desktop market. Instead, they will continue to sell LGA form-factor processors for the foreseeable future.

 

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According to unidentified sources from Taiwan-based motherboard manufacturers, Intel will retain LGA packaging for 95% of desktop central processing units until, at least, the first half of 2015, when the Intel releaseses processor based on Skylake micro-architecture. There will be entry-level chips for desktops based on Broadwell and Skylake architectures in BGA packaging. Still the majority of mainstream desktop chips will come in LGA packaging, allowing interchangeability of chips for users.

 

Source: http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130322PD200.html

Google donating 15,000 Raspberry Pi to UK school students

Google, in an effort to encourage students to create software, ans as part of its Google Giving program, is providing 15,000 UK students with Raspberry Pi computers. The Raspberry Pi is a cheap $35 computer that uses an ARM processor on a tiny integrated circuit board. Google is looking to inspire more students to learn coding, which is why they have donated the funds to purchase 15,000 units.

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The credit-card-sized Raspberry Pi computer became such a hit that the team behind it launched an app store back in December. Earlier this month, the team revealed that it was close to selling a million units.

Some quick math and we find out that Google has donated just over $500k for these boards. The announcement was made at Chersterton Community College in Cambridge by Google Charmian Eric Schmidt and Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Google has partnered with six educational organizations in the UK to identify which students to give the units to.

 

2013 is destined to become the Year of the Solid State Drive

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According to IHS analyst, Ryan Chien, the “fate of the SSD business is closely tied to the market for Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin PCs that use cache drives.” The SSD market is set to expand this year thanks to the real push of Ultrabooks and other new form factors, such as Intel’s NUC-type systems and SFF  systems.

According to IHS’ Storage Space Market Brief, worldwide shipments of SSDs  should go from 39 million units in 2011 to 83 million units this year. By 2016, we should be having 239 million SSDs shipped, which will represent around 40% of the entire HDD market in that year. This is all thanks to the constantly declining price of SSDs, which is helping them get pushed into more and more systems and new form factors due to its low-power consumption, noise and heat.

Chien also stated that SSD shipments have already increased by 124% in 2012, with projected growth actually higher than these numbers. This, according to Chien, is in result to the lackluster sales of Ultrabooks, “due to poor marketing, high prices and lack of appealing features”.
The average selling price of NAND flash memory has dropped significantly, which has helped PC manufacturers to push SSDs into their systems more willingly. The report also stated that improvements within nonvolatile memories such as STT-RAM and resistive RAM also indicate performance improvements far beyond the capabilities of NAND flash memory.