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Computex 2007 - Memory and storage

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: General

OCZ Technology

OCZ is another memory company that has expanded out into other fields.  I covered many of their new cooling and power supply products in my first article from Computex that focused on those fields. 

OCZ was showing off a new flash module that was running and being benchmarked while sitting in a tank full of water.  Not only was the rubber body of the USB drive water proof but the actual electronics and connections inside it were water proofed as well.

Though this image turned out be pretty bad (sorry!) this new drive was pretty interesting: it's actually the first Firewire flash drive I have seen.  Working in basically the same fashion as the USB flash drives, these Firewire drives will simply plug into a slot on the computer and be detected by Windows as a new storage device. 

The benchmark that was running on the Firewire drive was showing performance nearly double that of current USB flash drives.  We'll have to wait and see how it performs once we get one in house for a quick review.

Here is a unique device that OCZ is calling the "Actuator".  OCZ makes the claim that you can use it to control a game with your mind, but that's not quite the truth.

The band that goes around your head is actually reading incredibly minute changes in the muscle movement around your temples and eyes to understand where you are looking.  Doing things like tensing your jaw will fire, for example.

There is a quick calibration period where the software gets you to watch a couple of lines and figures out your base muscle settings and then training continues from there.  Your range of motion on the demo was limited to moving foward or backward, strafing and firing.  The aiming of the cursor was left up to a mouse as you would normally do it. 

It's an interesting idea that may be harder to actually find use for than you might imagine.

Surprisingly, OCZ only had a single system running DDR3 memory at their suite in the Hyatt, indicating that perhaps they don't have the inventory or desire to really push into the DDR3 space quite yet.  With a very limited install-base, and I am sensing it will be like that for some time, the competition in the DDR3 front may be tame.

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