Few other companies are as active in the solid state drive (SSD) space as OCZ, which not only focuses on desktop consumers, but the enterprise market as well. Taking aim at the latter, OCZ has just unveiled a couple of new high-performance SSD lines, the Vertex 2 Pro and Vertex 2 EX.
Both drives come built around the latest SandForce SF-1500 controller. The Vertex 2 Pro is a multi-level cell (MLC)-based drive boasting transfer rates of up to 285MB/s read and up to 275MB/s write, while the Vertex 2 EX flavor uses single-level cell (SLC) memory and features the same speed rating. The difference, says OCZ, is that the EX has ten times the program/erase (P/E) cycles as the Pro.
"OCZ is committed to enabling our enterprise clients with the latest solid state drive technology in a variety of interfaces," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "With our new Vertex 2 EX and Pro series SSDs, we are able to deliver robust solutions that address the critical requirements of enterprise applications, including enhanced endurance, write performance, and data protection, with the option of either MLC or SLC NAND. These are truly best-in-class solutions designed for the most rigorous computing environments."
The Vertex 2 Pro and EX will both be made available in 50GB, 100GB, and 200GB capacities. No word yet on price.
Lenovo has launched what it claims is the "industry's first large business-focused 23-inch all-in-one desktop," the ThinkCentre M90z. Unlike traditional all-in-one PCs, the M90z includes several IT features designed more for work than play.
"While more and more people are using mobile devices, there are lots of environments where desktop products simply make more sense, and these latest Lenovo products showcase how our new innovations are leading in all-in-one desktops," said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo. "We believe all-in-one is the future of desktops, so we created the ThinkCentre M90z to deliver everything large enterprise customers need: no compromised performance, customized ergonomic features and a full web conferencing experience."
Part of the IT focus includes a full complement of manageability features for large businesses through Lenovo's ThinkVantage Technologies productivity tools. The M90z supports Intel vPro and Lenovo's Hardware Password Manager for encrypted hard drives, and users are able to remove the back to upgrade the PC, typically a weak point of AIO systems.
While the tech industry might like to forget that 2009 ever happened, things are shaping up much more nicely in recent times. So much so that market research firm Gartner predicts worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending to shoot past $35.4 billion by the end of 2010, which would represent a 113.2 percent increase from one year ago.
"The drive to new technology nodes will drive semiconductor equipment growth in 2010," said Klaus Rinnen, managing vice president at Gartner. "The demand for 40nm and 45nm devices is now ramping up, resulting in heavy foundry-based capital spending. Investment at the 3x node by Intel, an increase in spending by NAND memory producers, and the transition to the next generation DDR3 DRAM memory are the key investment growth drivers."
At the same time, Rinnen warns that the growth will start to taper off in 2011 as orders start to slow down. Rinnen predicts the market will still see an upwards trend, but only to the tune of 6.6 percent.
""We could see a slight slowing in orders as 2010 ends, and the industry focuses on macroeconomic conditions. We expect capital equipment growth to continue through 2011, but at a reduced rate, as spending responds to slower growth in the semiconductor markets," Rinnen said.
Why build your own Linux-based quick-boot OS when you can just snatch one up for someone else? That seems to be the philosophy with HP, which will grab the HyperSpace software from Phoenix for about $12 million, Phoenix said.
Like other quick-booting OSes, HyperSpace is built around Linux and loads within a few seconds. HyperSpace, Splashtop, and other similar software are ideal for users who want to quickly surf the web, fire off an email, view an image, or perform other basic tasks in a hurry without waiting for Windows to load, which can take up to several minutes, depending on how old the machine is and what shape it's in.
In addition to the OS, HP will also buy the assets surrounding HyperCore, an embedded hypervisor that allows HyperSpace to run certain core services along with the Windows OS, Networkworld.com reports. Phoenix expects to close the transaction by the end of the month.
Toshiba said it has begun volume shipments of its MBF family of enterprise hard drives, the same units the company announced back in February. Though it has taken some four months to ramp up production, Toshiba's MBF drives remain the industry's highest-capacity, small form factor enterprise HDDs yet available.
"Toshiba’s MBF series enterprise-class drives possess a range of technological advancements that enable us to deliver flexible computing systems targeted to the exacting needs of our customers," said Mike Turricchi, director of product management, NCS Technologies, which designs solutions for the military, government, and commercial market sectors. "MBF series drives not only allow us to engineer systems with greater storage density to support storage consolidation, but the design characteristics of 2.5-inch drives also mean that they operate more efficiently in a broad range of demanding temperature, vibration, shock, and altitude conditions. In addition to storage systems based in branch offices and data centers, our customers rely on these drives for solutions used in field, mobile, aviation, marine, and seismic environments."
The MBF drives come in 300GB, 450GB, and 600GB capacities with each one featuring a media transfer rate of up to 216MB/s. Each drive also comes with 16MB of cache, a slightly faster than 10,000 RPM, SAS 2.0 interface, 6Gb/s interface, and weigh 220g or less, Toshiba says.
Logitech on Thursday unveiled a full lineup of HD webcams along with its Vid HD videoconferencing software. By combining one with the other, users are able to make 720p video calls, record in full 1080p HD, and upload HD content to Facebook and YouTube with a single click, Logitech says.
"HD video calling is a critical step toward our vision of a world in which video communication is as mainstream and seamless as a telephone call — for anyone, anywhere," said Eric Kintz, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s video business. "With Logitech HD webcams and Vid HD, you have everything you need to share, to connect, to see the people that matter to you in breathtaking detail that far surpasses the quality of embedded webcams."
For those who want to record in 1080p, you can pick up Logitech's HD Pro Webcam 910 for $100, which also features two mics (one on either side of the webcam lens) and measures just 25mm deep. The Logitech HD Webcam C510 runs a little less at $60 and drops HD 1080p recording, but is otherwise the same webcam but with a fold-and-go design.
Google might still dominate the search market share, but it's no longer a solo act. And if you needed any more proof that Bing, for all intents and purposes, has been a success thus far, search marketers are starting to take notice.
"Now we're in a situation where we're going to have Bing powering up to 30 percent of the market," said Danny Sullivan, a search engine expert.
Bing isn't quite at the 30 percent market share mark just yet, but that's expected to change once the Bing-Yahoo integration kicks offs.
"That's nothing to sneeze at," said Janet Driscoll Miller, president and CEO of SearchMojo. "It's going to be a two-engine world int he future, where you'll have Bing and Google to worry about as SEOs [search engine optimizers]."
Working to Microsoft's advantage, Bing has a couple of features of interest to marketers that aren't yet on Google. When a user rolls over results, for example, a preview box pops up with more information about the website, and that's something site marketers will have some control over.
There are three external antennas broadcasting on the 2.4GHz spectrum, each one with three spatial streams to produce a record 450Mbps theoretical wireless throughput, TRENDnet says. You'll also find Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antennae technology to improve signal strength and boost wireless coverage.
"TRENDnet's ability to launch this ground breaking 450Mbps product ahead of other brands says a lot about our recent growth," stated Pei Huang, President and CEO of TRENDnet. "We are ecstatic to set a new performance threshold in the consumer wireless revolution."
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, first released as a public beta in October 2009 and now a stable shipping product, has been completely redesigned with a new performance architecture that better handles growing image libraries and an improved raw processing engine, Adobe announced on Tuesday.
"There have been over 600,000 downloads of the Lightroom 3 public beta, which has supplied us with a huge amount of valuable feedback from a passionate community of professional and advanced amateur photographers," said Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for Digital Imaging at Adobe. "The open dialog we have with our customers allows us to further improve Lightroom and provide the best tools they need to produce high-quality images. We’re happy to see that so many people are anxiously anticipating the final release, so they can start taking advantage of all the new features they had a hand in developing."
Adobe said the big emphasis on the rebuilt core was on improving speed and responsiveness. Images are said to load almost instantaneously, and efforts have been made to improve upon the import experience that it's now more intuitive. Lightroom 3 also now allows uses to import and manage DSLR video files, as well as use tethered shooting with select Nikon and Canon cameras.
Lightroom 3 is available now for $299, or $99 as a qualified upgrade.
Oracle on Tuesday unveiled its Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g, a major release the company says reinforces three key themes, those being a complete solution that's both open and integrated.
"To maximize content management efficiency, reduce costs and improve security, organizations need a comprehensive enterprise content management solution that is integrated into their business processes and fits with the way they work," said Andy MacMillan, vice president, Product Management, Oracle. "With Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g, we meet those demands while delivering the performance and scalability needed to support the most complex and demanding enterprise content management environments."
Oracle says its ECM Suite 11g is built on a single, unified repository where every piece of content -- including documents, HTML pages, digital assets, and scanned images -- is stored and accessible directly from the repository. It also boasts MS Office integration with menus to access managed content, insert managed links, and compare managed documents.