We're less concerned than ever about the lack of native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support on motherboards, in part because it's coming, but also because third-party USB 3.0 chips are getting the job done without jacking up consumer costs. It's getting tough to buy a modern motherboard or computer system without USB 3.0 ports anymore -- not that you'd want to -- and it's time for device makers to step up to the plate. Coming up to bat is Corsair, which hit a solid triple by announcing the availability of USB 3.0 versions of its Flash Voyager GT, Flash Voyager, and Flash Survivor product lines.
Researchers from Samsung and the department of physics at Sejong University in Seoul, Korea, have found a way to improve the rewritability and speed of ReRAM, which is a next-generation nonvolatile resistance random access memory. Samsung claims the breakthrough raises the rewritability ceiling to 1 trillion times, which is literally a million times better than existing NAND flash memory.
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DRAM makers haven't had much to celebrate in a long time, and as profits took a nose dive, some wondered if they'd be better off bailing on the PC RAM industry, as OCZ did earlier this year. But at least one memory maker is optimistic about the DRAM and NAND flash memory markets going forward. Transcend chairman Peter Shu believes things are getting ready to improve in the second half of 2011, which is good news for memory makers, but at what cost?
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Adobe today released its Creative Suite 5.5 (CS 5.5) to U.S customers, a significant update that kicks off the company's new subscription payment model. Potential customers have the choice of paying for the package outright with prices ranging from $1,299 to $2,599 (upgrade pricing also available), or essentially rent the software on a month-to-month basis or annual subscription.
Patriot is upfront in the fact that its new Torqx 2 solid state drive line isn't the fastest on the market, nor is it intended to be. Built to take advantage of the SATA II (3Gbps) interface, Patriot says it's looking to deliver "the perfect balance of price and performance." Don't misunderstand that to think the Torqx 2 is slow. On paper, this new series is rated at up to 270MB/s read and up to 230MB/s write speeds.
Adobe on Thursday began serving up security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat slightly ahead of schedule, but not a moment too soon. The out-of-cycle updates address critical vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited in the wild, enough so that it's drawn the attention of the Department of Homeland Security/US-CERT. Left unpatched, it's possible for remote attackers to execute arbitrary code and take control of an infected system, giving them unfettered access to user data, as well as being able to crash their machine.
Been putting off building that new system until the next generation of SATA III solid state drives start shipping? Well, you can stop dreaming and start building. OCZ this week announced that it's begun shipping its new Vertex 3 SATA III SSDs to its reseller network, so if you can't find one in stock now, you soon should be able to.
You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but Toshiba proved you can bake new tricks into old technology. The company this week beefed up its NAND flash portfolio with SmartNAND, its next generation 24nm NAND flash technology. What makes SmartNAND different from previous NAND products is that it comes with a control chip that supports error correction code (ECC), removing the burden of ECC from the host processor while minimizing protocol changes, Toshiba says.