Most vendors are using the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a launchpad for new products, but a select few are tipping their hand ahead of the convention. Hewlett-Packard is one of them, presumably because it's saving CES for its big Spectre Ultrabook reveal. In the meantime, HP has decided to share a handful of new systems, including its first 27-inch all-in-one (AIO) PC and a Phoenix gaming system the OEM claims is the "most powerful HP Pavilion PC to date."
One of the big advantages of owning a solid state drive (SSD) over a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) is that SSDs are far more durable and less prone to failure. Nevertheless, having a warranty in place gives us all kinds of warm fuzzies, so we'll give G.Skill credit for extending the warranty on its flagship Phoenix SSD series from 2 years to 3 years.
"In order to provide a better service for its customers, G.Skill has extended the warranty to 3 years for all Phoneix series SSD, including Phoenix and the latest Phoenix Pro drives," G.Skill announced. "For the consumers who have already purchased any G.Skill Phoenix series SSD, G.Skill will also provide 3 years of warranty service too."
G.Skill's Phoenix (120GB) and Phoenix Pro (240GB) are some of the highest performing SSDs on the market, at least on paper. Built around the well regarded SandForce SF-1200 controller, both drives claim read and write speeds up to 285MB/s and 275MB/s, respectively.
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.
G.Skill, which is primarily known for its system memory products, wants to also build a reputation for blazing fast solid state drives (SSDs), and the company's new Phoenix drive should go a long way towards that.
On paper, the MLC-based Phoenix SATA II 2.5-inch SSD has all the makings of an enthusiast grade part. The heart of the SSD consists of the increasingly popular SandForce SF-1200 controller. Combined with high-speed NAND flash memory, G.Skill says its Phoenix drive will rip through data with up to 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write speeds, positioning the SSD as one of the fastest on the market.
"In order to continually satisfy computer enthusiasts and gamers' continuing thirst for performance technology, G.Skill has worked with SandForce to integrate its latest technology that provides previously unseen performance, quality, and reliability in G.Skill's Phoenix drive," G.Skill said.
The Phoenix line will ship in 50GB, 100GB, and 200GB capacities. No word yet on price or availability.
Phoenix is working on the latest in BIOS technology and what have they got to show for it? They can boot a Windows 7 computer in less than 10 seconds, and post in just under 1.5 seconds.
The new technology called UEFI has been a long time coming, but it looks to be worth the wait. Steve Jones, chief scientist at Promise, showed off the new BIOS at IDF this week. He booted up a Lenovo T400 that made it to the Windows 7 desktop in less than 10 seconds. They also retrofitted a Dell Adamo that got there in under 20 seconds.
The guys at Engadget caught it all on video. Check it out after the jump.
Phoenix Technologies has announced that its Hyperspace firmware will serve as the inviolable bulwark of NEC laptops. Hyperspace is a Linux-based firmware which ensures that indispensable applications like anti-virus and firewall keep on running even if the main OS is dysfunctional. The firmware works in conjunction with Phoneix’s hypervisor called HyperCore.
The Hyperspace firmware is also capable of running other apps ala Asus’ Splashtop instant-on OS but the version running on NEC notebooks will only support core security apps.The introduction of Hyperspace on NEC’s notebooks will guarantee enhanced levels of security to its customers as the core security apps will be immune to even the most sophisticated malware attacks.