There's a new CompactFlash card in town, Kingston's CompactFlash Ultimate 600x. With read and write speeds up to 90MB/s, it's Kingston's fastest card to date.
"The Kingston CF Ultimate 600x cards are great for photographers shooting in burst mode. For example, in a situation like a wedding or sporting event where the ability to rapidly take successive shots could make the difference between capturing the perfect shot or just missing it," said Mike Kuppinger, Flash card product manager, Kingston. "We are pleased to add the 600x card to our CompactFlash family of products which also includes the 266x Ultimate and 133x Elite Pro cards."
Kingston's shipping the new card in 16GB and 32GB capacities, both of which come with free downloadable data recovery software from MediaRECOVER.
No word on price, though a quick search online shows the CF/16GB-U3 (16GB) and CF/32GB-U3 (32GB) selling for around $110 and $185 shipped, respectively.
Elpida, Japan's biggest player in the DRAM market, announced today it has developed a 30nm class 2Gb DDR3 SDRAM for PCs and consumer electronics. According to Elpida, it's the industry's smallest 2Gb DDR3 around.
The smaller chip size allows Elpida to achieve a 45 percent higher chip yield per wafer compared to its 40nm products, the company claims. In addition, Elpida says the shrink will help contain rising chip costs associated with process migration. And as for JEDEC specs, everything is kosher.
"Elpida's new chip meets the JEDEC specs for the high-speed DDR3-1855 and 1.35V low-voltage, high-speed DDR3L-1600 memory chips, both expected to become mainstream industry products in 2011," Elpida said. "Also, the 30nm DDR3 SDRAM is eco-friendly. As a DDR3 SDRAM it achieves one of the industry's lowest levels of electric current usage (approximately 15 percent less operating and approximately 10 percent less standby usage compared with Elpida's 40nm products)."
Elpida said it will begin sample shipments in December 2010, with volume shipments slated for the same month.
Oracle is accusing memory chip maker Micron of conspiring to fix prices, alleging it overcharged Sun Microsystems for memory parts, Bloomberg reports.
In its complaint, Oracle said Micron and other DRAM makers "conspired to control production capacity, raise prices or slow their decline, allocate customers, and otherwise unlawfully overcharge their DRAM customers." The antitrust complaint was filed earlier this week in federal court in San Jose, California, and also names Hynix, Samsung, Eplida, and Infineon as co-conspirators.
Oracle's basing its complaint in part on a 2002 U.S. Justice Department investigation of memory chip price fixing, which ultimately resulted in four companies and 16 people being fined a total of around $731 million, Oracle claims.
Samsung said it has already begun mass producing 8GB SO-DIMM modules for notebooks and mobile workstations, and if others follow suit, 8GB could become the new 4GB.
You won't find 8GB as a standard option on most notebooks, and Samsung along isn't likely to drastically change that. But you probably will see 8GB start to creep into more higher end laptops. And for those that are interested in 8GB, Samsung says its new module consumes 53 percent less power than two 4GB DDR3 modules.
That's not going to make or break your notebook's battery life, but hey, every little bit helps. And in the mobile workstation space, those savings can start to add up. Dell, for example, is the first to market with the new module, with its 17-inch Precision M6500 coming equipped with four 8GB Samsung modules for a total of 32GB.
For those of you who tend to a take a boatload of photos everywhere you go, Memorex has come up with an external backup solution specifically for you. Dubbed "Mirror for Photos," it's basically a glorified external hard drive that zeros in (not zeros out) your snapshots and backs them up automagically.
"As people’s digital libraries continue to grow, they understand how critical it is to preserve those moments, yet are often intimidated with the notion of backing up," said Jess Walton, Memorex brand manager. "Mirror for Photos provides even non tech-savvy users with a quick, simple and maintenance-free method for backing up and protecting precious memories."
In other words, it's a backup solution you can give your mother and have realistic expectations that she'll actually be able to use it. The device is USB powered and comes in 320GB ($80), 500GB ($100), and 640GB ($120) capacities and is available at...Toys R Us. Award yourself a million geek points if you would have guessed that one.
DRAM makers have been through some tough times in recent years. That's true for nearly the entire tech industry, but the DRAM market in particular was hit hard by the global recession and reduced spending. An oversupply of chips and continued weak demand forced some DRAM makers to be on the brink of collapse, while others sought a government bailout. One firm asked workers to take unpaid leaves to keep from going out of business. At one point, A-Data chairman Simon Chen declared that the DRAM market was the worst it has been for 15 years.
That all happened back in 2008 and through most of 2009. Here we are approaching 2011 and while the situation is improved, there's a lingering fear that the DRAM market could collapse all over again. Scott Chen, vice president of Kingston, believes that DRAM makers could go through another crisis like the one above if demand doesn't pick up in the next 3-4 quarters.
Part of the problem is that DRAM makers can't seem to catch a break. Weaker than expected demand from the Chinese market is taking its toll, and prior to that, it was the European bond crisis. Going forward, analysts predict slow sales in the fourth quarter in China, which has traditionally been the high season.
DRAM makers will have to figure out a way to cope with yet another period of dormant sales. Kingston's strategy is to avoid any kind of capacity expansion, even if orders for DRAM modules and NAND flash products continue to grow. Should that happen, Kingston will look at outsourcing.
In the midst of bombarding the market with a bazillion solid state drive models, OCZ has gone back to its roots and introduced a handful of desktop memory kits.
Taking aim at gamers with a green eye, the new kits consist of Ultra-Low Voltage (ULV) and Extreme-Low Voltage (ELV) grade DDR3 that OCZ promises has the chops to fit in with an enthusiast oriented build.
"We are pleased to announce a complete range of low-voltage memory offerings designed for the latest crop of energy efficient platforms," said Eugene Chang, Vice President of Product Management. "In the past, lower voltage meant lower performance, but now with our extreme-low voltage optimized memory, consumers don't have to sacrifice high performance to also achieve energy savings."
OCZ's Platinum ELV line sips just 1.35 volts and come in 4GB and 6GB kits, while the company's new Reaper HPC and Gold ULV memory operate at 1.5 volts and are offered in up to 12GB capacity kits. Both the ELV and ULV kits are available in triple-channel and dual-channel form in DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1333 trim.
DRAM prices could once again be trending downwards, this time on the heels of weakening demand for PCs, Digitimes reports.
While memory makers are hoping that replacement PC purchases in the enterprise sector will help drive DRAM pricing back up, Samsung offered a different outlook, saying continued sales slumps will result in the DRAM market being saddled with an oversupply of memory at least through the first quarter of 2011, if not longer.
Not only does this mean that RAM kits could start to fall this month, but it's likely OEM PC vendors will offer up larger amounts of RAM in their rigs, perhaps as free upgrade promotions. So in other words, whether you're looking to upgrade your machine or buy a pre-built, keep an eye peeled for deals on memory.
Those of you into the whole competitive overclocking scene may already be familiar with "Mat," or Matthias Zronek, whose most recent accomplishments include breaking not one, but two DDR3 frequency records.
He bested the previous records using Corsair Dominator GT GTX6 sticks, which he goosed to 3078.2MHz with latencies set to CL8-11-8-31, 1T and 3059.4MHz with slightly tighter timings of CL7-11-8-31, 1T.
"I've worked with the Corsair Dominator GT memory for quite some time now, and can easily say that these are great memory modules, dedicated to world-record overclocking," stated Matthias Zronek. What surprised me most is the potential of the Dominator GT GTX6. Even at 3000MHz and higher frequencies, at CL7, there is still headroom for lots of optimization."
Nice plug, but fair enough. As for the other core components, Mat used a Gigabyte P55A-UD7 motherboard and Intel Core i7 870 processor.
It's pretty rare that a company apologizes for a marketing mishap and offers to make it right. Just look at the Vista capable lawsuit, or more recently, Apple's lame attempt at addressing the iPhone 4's antennae issue (Hey dude, you're holding it wrong. Here's a free case, but did I mention you're holding it wrong?).
Little nuggets of public regret just don't happen very often, so kudos to Gigabyte for backtracking on its "HyperMemory" marketing, and shame on them for doing it in the first place. HyperMemory is Gigabyte's AMD's fancy term for combining its graphics cards' onboard memory with a user's system memory. That's all fine and dandy, but where the confusion sets in is when the box advertises 1GB of memory, when really the videocard only ships with 512MB; that other 512MB is shared with from your system RAM.
Hit the jump to see how Gigabyte is making this right by its customers.