Subject: General Tech | January 2, 2013 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: apple, Samsung, TSMC, A6X
According to the news we are hearing from Slashdot and other sources, Apple has finally made the decision to move their chip fabrication from Samsung, for fairly obvious reasons, with TSMC being the lucky fab that will get their business. They are starting with the current A6X chip, shrinking it to 28nm for the initial run, with the contract for producing the new A7 series dependant on the success of TSMC's trial run. As the 28nm node is quite familiar to TSMC, barring any production issues that limit availability, they are very likely to win the contract.
"The test will kick off in Q1 2013, The China Times reports, with TSMC producing a new, 28nm version of the existing 32nm A6X that Samsung has been producing for the full-sized iPad 4th-gen; the smaller chip, which will likely be more power efficient as well, will debut in a new iPad 5th-gen and iPad mini 2."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Key security threats to protect against in 2013 @ The Inquirer
- Frankenstein, an all-tube home theater amplifier @ Hack a Day
- Inside the Macintosh Plus @ Hardware Secrets
- Kaiser Baas Photo and Negative Scanner @ Tweaktown
- Two months with Windows 8 @ DVHardware
- Philips Hue: Fancy and colourful lighting at a hefty price @ Hardware.Info
- Top 10 most innovative gadgets for 2013 @ The Inquirer
- KitGuru Annual Awards 2012
- TechSpot: The Year in Tech, 2012 Top Tech Stories
Subject: General Tech | December 20, 2012 - 03:16 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: video, virtu, VIA, tegra 4, Samsung, radeon, podcast, nvidia, nvelo, nuc, lucid, Intel, hackintosh, gigabyte, Dataplex, arm, amd, 8000m
PC Perspective Podcast #231 - 12/20/2012
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Podcast topics of discussion:
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- 0:33:30 Cutting the Cord Complete!
- 0:36:10 VIA ARM-based SoCs in upcoming ASUS tablet
- 0:42:00 Lucid MVP 2.0 will be sold direct
- 0:44:50 Samsung acquires NVELO SSD Caching Software
- 0:49:00 AMD announces mobility 8000M series of GPUs
- 0:54:15 Some NVIDIA Tegra 4 Details
- 0:58:55 NEC Unveils Super Thin Ultrabook
- 1:00:30 Win a Sapphire HD 7870 GHz Edition FleX!!
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Subject: Storage | December 16, 2012 - 09:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: ssd, Samsung, Nvelo Dataplex, nvelo
Thanks to those of you that sent this in to us as it will likely be very big news to discuss during the upcoming CES in January. Samsung Electronics announced it has acquired NVELO, a California based SSD technology company most popularly known for Dataplex, software used for storage caching.
Many of the most popular caching SSDs from companies like OCZ, Corsair, Crucial and Mushkin are currently licensing the Dataplex software to bundle with select lines of drives to enable SSD caching technology without using Intel's Smart Response Technology. We tested the Dataplex software on the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid back in December of last year and we found no issue with it compared to Intel's tech.
Simple Dataplex installation process
As of this writing though Samsung does not have a caching system of its own or a line of drives using anyone else's technology. Samsung in general prefers to have a completely vertical product line in which it can control as many aspects as possible: NAND, design, sales, etc. It would appear that they have decided that simply buying up the privately held NVELO would be the simplest and surest way to make a splash.
"The acquisition of NVELO will enable us to extend our ability to provide SSD related storage solutions to customers. We are pleased with this transaction as the employees of NVELO share our vision to take SSD storage into the next-generation of performance and reliability," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president of Flash product & technology, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics.
What we don't know of course is how this will affect the competing SSD vendors like OCZ and Corsair. It seems unlikely that Samsung will kill the deal for currently selling SSDs but I wouldn't expect NVELO to be able to offer the software for license in the future. Current sellers will need to be on the lookout for another software solution after the new year.
On the other hand I am very interested to see what Samsung can do with NVELO's technology and what integration methods they'll devise for future products.
Subject: Displays | November 29, 2012 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: T27B750, Samsung, led lcd, 27, 1080p
The look of the Samsung T27B750 is certainly unique, though the size and shape of the footprint may turn out to be inconvenient for some desks. On the other hand it does more than you would expect from your monitor, it has integrated WiFi, internet apps, a built-in browser as well as speakers and it even comes with a remote control. The connectivity is a little questionable as well, there are HDMI, DisplayPort and DSub but it lacks a DVI input which seems odd, though it can be worked around. It is too bad that the display is only 1080p and Tweaknews would have preferred that it be a 120Hz display to support 3D, however it does make a decent jack of all trades.
"With the line between monitors and fully functional TVs becoming blurred with every model release and the ever expanding size of mainstream monitors for home consumers, your average household is rapidly turning to an all in one solution to save space and increase the overall value of their single purchase."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Eizo Foris FS2333 @ Hardware.info
- ASUS PB278Q @ Hardware.info
- Samsung PN64E8000 64 Inch Plasma Smart TV Review @ Tweaknews
- Samsung PN60E530 60-Inch Plasma HDTV Review @ ModSynergy
- Sony Bravia KDL-42EX440 Review @ TechReviewSource
Subject: Mobile | November 23, 2012 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ubuntu, Chromebook, cortex a15, Samsung, linux, exynos 5
At $250 this Samsung Chromebook costs less than most tablets or phones but can outperform previous A9 powered models and the Atom D525 as well. The processor is Samsung's Exynos 5, a dual core A15 chip running at 1.7GHz with ARM's Mali-T604 graphics and is accompanied by 2GB of DDR3 and a 16GB SSD. It can be loaded with Ubuntu 13.04 and offers a compelling and inexpensive alternative to Sleekbooks and Ultrabooks as it weighs 2.5lbs and is 11.4" x 8.09" x 0.69" and promises over 6 hours of battery life. Check out how it performs at Phoronix.
"Google recently launched the Samsung Chromebook that for $249 USD features an 11-inch display, a 16GB SSD, a promise of 6.5-hour battery life, and is backed by a Samsung Exynos 5 SoC. The Samsung Exynos 5 packs a 1.7GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with ARM Mali-T604 graphics. With using this new ARM Cortex-A15 chip plus the Samsung Chromebook not being locked down so it can be loaded up with a Linux distribution like Ubuntu or openSUSE, it was a must-buy for carrying out some interesting Cortex-A15 Linux benchmarks. The Exynos 5 Dual in this affordable laptop packs an impressive performance punch."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- HP ENVY 6 Sleekbook Review; AMD's Mobile Trinity APU Arrives @ Hardware Canucks
- Acer Aspire V5-571P-6642 Review @ TechReviewSource
- PC Specialist Inferno 11.6 inch Laptop @ Kitguru
- Acer Aspire V5-171 Notebook Review: The Death and Rebirth of the Netbook @ AnandTech
- Txtr Beagle @ The Inquirer
- Kobo eReader Mini review: shrunk in the laundry
- Patriot Gauntlet Node 320 Review: Wireless Storage for Tablets @ AnandTech
- Point of View Protab 3 XXL review: 10-inch, IPS, £200 @ Hardware.info
- ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T 32GB Tablet @ SSD Review
- iPad mini @ AnandTech
- Rapoo E6300 Wireless Keyboard for iPad/iPhone @ Bjorn3D
- ASUS PadFone 2 Review @ InsideHW
- Nokia Lumia 820 @ The Inquirer
Subject: Storage | November 20, 2012 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, 840, tlc
As part of their review of the Samsung 840 250GB SSD, The Tech Report covers the specifics of the TLC flash memory which is used in the 840 series as opposed to the MLC we saw in the 830 series. As well they show off some of the capabilities of the control software, which Samsung has dubbed the SSD Magician utility. Of course from there the benchmarking begins which showed performance continually below the similarly priced 830 series which hurts the new SSDs on the price to performance chart. Overall they are hard pressed to recommend the drive over the previous models, not only because of the performance but also the shortened lifespan of TLC flash. As that flash technology matures we may see those concerns fade, as Allyn pointed out in his review.
"Samsung's 840 Series SSD combines a next-gen fabrication process with an extra bit per cell to lower the cost per gigabyte. We take a closer look at the implications and see how the drive stacks up against the competition."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD Review @ Neoseeker
- Intel 330 Series 120 GB Solid State Drive Review @ Hardware Secrets
- SanDisk Extreme 480GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD VTX3-25SAT3-240G Review @ PCSTATS
- Silicon Power Slim S70 240GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- Lexar JumpDrive S73 32 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
- Lexar JumpDrive 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ PCSTATS
- Silicon Power Firma F80 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
- Vantec NST-400MX-S3R NexStar MX Enclosure Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Super Talent USB3 Express RC8 100GB Flash Drive @ SSD Review
- ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive @ Kitguru
- Patriot Memory Gauntlet 320 Wireless 2.5 Hard disk Enclosure @ Funky Kit
- WD My Passport Edge 500GB Portable Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2012 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, galaxy note 2, phablet
Even with its overly large body the original Samsung Galaxy Note sold well, as it sported a large screen to go with its large body. The second version now has a slightly larger screen of 5.5" and slightly smaller body but not enough to shrink the phone noticeably. Apart from its size the other unique feature that the Note 2 has is the S Pen which allows you to draw and write on the screen, a feature that attracted many users to the original model. Also worth noting is the graphics chip, instead of the more common Snapdragon this phone has a Exynos processor which is up to most tasks but when running apps which are optimized for the other graphics chips you may notice the quality degrade a bit. TechSpot has a full review of this phablet right here.
"The Samsung Galaxy Note II is big. Colossally big. It's important to get that description out of the way because anyone who sees or holds the Galaxy Note II will have no choice but to be taken aback by how large is the phone-meets-tablet.
The same predicament made doubters believe that the original Galaxy Note was too big to succeed, but millions of phones sold later, that proved to be a false prediction. The Galaxy Note II is a smooth and dynamic experience from top to bottom. It's probably too big as a phone or too small as a tablet for most, but many will find it's a comfortable compromise between the two form factors."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Is There a Touchable Windows 8 Laptop For You? @ Techspot
- Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Review @ TechReviewSource
- CyberPowerPC Zeus-M2 Ultrabook Review @ Custom PC Review
- Microsoft Surface RT @ The Inquirer
- Google Nexus 4 Review - Google's new Flagship @ AnandTech
- Galaxy SIII, iPhone 5, HTC One X+ and 8X shootout: comparing video quality @ Hardware.info
- LG Optimus G 16GB Smartphone Review @ Legit Reviews
- Sony Xperia Miro Smartphone @ HardwareHeaven
- Samsung Galaxy S III Mini @ Hardware.Info
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | November 16, 2012 - 12:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: oled, Samsung, smartphone
If the marketing had been accurate we would now all be using millimetre thin displays with vibrant colours and near instantaneous response, either on our desks or in some form of electronic paper. Unfortunately organic LED screens have proven both difficult and expensive to make, with manufacturers still trying to find a way to make large OLED devices affordable for consumers. The next possible product is one we have seen prototypes of but if Samsung is to be believed they will be hawking bendable plastic phones next year. OLED phones would have several benefits, without glass they would weigh less than a traditional phone and could be somewhat slimmer, but the biggest benefit to OLEDs is that they can tolerate bending and twisting and still function properly. Hit up The Register for more on Samsung's new plans as well as a look at some of the prototypes previously offered by their competitors, but not Apple.
"Development work on Samsung mobiles fitted with flexible OLED displays is nearing completing, with handsets set to be released in the first half of 2013, it has been claimed.
A source said to be close to the matter reckons Samsung is almost ready to launch flexible displays for mobile handsets, the Wall Street Journal reports."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Samsung fabs 64Gb NAND chips on a 10nm process node @ The Inquirer
- Sinofsky denies failed putsch led to his defenestration @ The Register
- Everspin makes ST-MRAM a reality @ SemiAccurate
- Lenovo UEFI Bug Only Likes Windows and RHEL @ Slashdot
- Newer Technology NuGreen LED Desk Lamp Review @ Madshrimps
- The Ultimate Kitguru Giveaway – Modded GTX690/SSD/RAM
- Win an Antec P280 Window or P280 White Window Computer Case @ Tweaktown
Subject: Storage | November 7, 2012 - 02:32 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: ubisoft, Samsung, 840 pro
We're used to seeing various video card vendors tossing in some game titles to sweeten the deal. Now Samsung has jumped in the ring by including bonus copies of Assassin's Creed III with the purchase of 128, 256, or 512GB 840 Pro Series SSDs.
Press blast after the break:
Subject: Displays | November 6, 2012 - 06:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, S27B970D, Super IPS, 2560x1440, 27
Super PLS is Samsung's attempt to improve IPS displays, they suggest that this technology will provide better brightness and viewing angles as well as lowering production costs, the latter benefit perhaps being the most attractive. At a selling price of $1000 this might be hard to believe as is the 4th most expensive 27" on NewEgg right now. ModSynergy also ran into issues trying to use the onboard speakers as HDMI cannot provide the maximum resolution of 2560x1440 and while using Dual-DVI you can get sound because there is no dedicated sound input jack. See if it is worth the investment by checking out their full review.
"Today we look at Samsung's second integration of Super PLS technology in their lineup with this time the Series 9 S27B970D. What a great follow-up to the Series 8 S27A850D we had for you one month ago. It will be interesting to see and pinpoint the differences between both models aside from the higher price tag. One of the key differences being pushed off the bat by Samsung is the built-in calibration engine and factory professional tuning that the Series 9 S27B970D offers out of the box for unmatched visual experience, according to Samsung."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Samsung LN40E550F Review @ TechReviewSource
- ASUS VG278HE 27” 144Hz Gaming Monitor @ Kitguru
- ASUS VG278HE 27” 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks
- LG 55LM760S TV review: higher mid-range TV @ Hardware.info