Toshiba is quite far along when it comes to large autostereoscopic 3D displays. After all, it raised the curtain on the world’s first glasses-free 3D TVs as recently as October at the Ceatec electronics show in Tokyo; two of those TVs have since been launched in Japan. So it should surprise absolutely no one if Tosh also secures the bragging rights for unveiling the first notebook capable of spitting “dead-zone free stereoscopic 3D images” without the need for any special glasses.
The company is about to do precisely that at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Apparently, the glasses-free notebook prototype it's bringing to CES wears the familiar Qosmio badge and combines eye-tracking technology with a parallax 3D LCD display to create the glasses-less 3D effect. The company is targeting an end of the year release for the 3D Qosmio.
Enterprise big wigs have a new solid state drive (SSD) series to choose from, Toshiba's new MKx001GRZB family. Toshiba's latest SSDs come built on a 32nm manufacturing process and sport enterprise grade single-level cell (eSLC) NAND flash memory, whereas most desktop SSDs use multi-level cell (MLC) chips.
The new drives also boast a 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, up to 510MB/s sustained reads, up to 230MB/s writes, and random sustained read and write IOPS of 90,000 and 17,000, respectively.
Toshiba's shipping its new SSD family in 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB capacities, each of which the company says is designed for ease of integration into new or existing tier-0 enterprise storage systems and designs, including servers, direct-attached storage, and network-attached storage.
There are a lot of dollars at stake in the emerging tablet war, and one misstep could relegate a company's entry into the 'also ran' pile. One of the big decisions tablet makers have to make is which OS to build their slate around.
Toshiba isn't taking any chances, and rather than roll the dice on Microsoft's Windows 7 or Google's Android or Chrome OSes, the company will instead play all three, DigiTimes reports.
All three tablets will make their debut at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, two of which will boast a 10.1-inch panel. DigiTimes didn't say which one that would be, but did say that the third tablet will sport a slightly larger 11.6-inch panel.
What about the 7-inch form factor, such as the one chosen by Samsung with its Galaxy Tab? Toshiba is planning to attack that segment as well, but is relegating responsibility over to its handset division.
While major content providers continue to shun the Google TV platform, at least getting hardware vendors lined up doesn't seem to be a problem. According to a Bloomberg report, both Toshiba and Vizio plan to unveil Google TV products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, 2011.
"We are very happy with the launch of Google TV with our initial partners Sony, Logitech, and Intel," Google said. "Our long-term goal is to collaborate with a broad community of consumer electronics manufacturers to help drive the next generation, TV-watching experience."
There's also talk of Samsung joining the fray, thought that's still up in the air. And technically, so are the plans of Toshiba and Vizio -- Bloomberg's information comes courtesy of "people familiar with the matter" rather than talking heads from each respective company.
No other company shipped more LCD TVs in the U.S. in the third quarter than Vizio, while Toshiba was the sixth most active, according to iSuppli.
In honor of the 25 years Toshiba has been making laptops—starting with the T1100 in 1985—Toshiba is dubbing its new R700 an “anniversary” system. The laptop is the newest addition to Toshiba’s venerable Portégé line of business ultraportables. It follows on the heels of last year’s R600, which received a 9/Kick Ass in our August 2009 issue, and the R500 before that.
But the R700 differs from those two models in some pretty significant ways—Toshiba says this represents a new direction that will be mimicked in all of its laptops going forward. For one thing, the R700 isn’t as wafer-thin as the R500/600, although it still sports a very slim profile at just a tad over one inch thick, and weighs a mere three pounds. The chassis is reinforced with an internal honeycomb design and features a magnesium-alloy top with an attractive anodized black finish. Even when held by one corner, the laptop feels sturdy and rigid.
When Apple recently updated its MacBook Air family of ultraportables, it switched the range entirely to solid-state storage for the speed boost flash memory provides. But it went against the grain by opting for an onboard storage solution, as opposed to the conventional way of wedging it all into an SSD enclosure. This was done in order to make the Air even more ethereal than before.
In fact, the Blade X-gale ultra-thin SSD modules are reportedly same as the ones inside Apple’s ultraportable notebook. According to MacRumors, not only do both come in identical capacities (64GB, 128GB, and 256GB), but also have the same part numbers. The Blade X-gale drives are capable of a maximum sequential read speed of 220MB/s and a maximum sequential write speed of 180MB/s.
"Delivering a product that enables superior user experience in a smaller footprint is the ultimate goal," noted Scott Nelson, vice president, Memory Business Unit, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. "The density of MLC NAND enables the creation of smaller form factor high density storage solutions, and Toshiba, as the technology leader for NAND storage solutions, will continue to innovate in this space."
Lest we forget, Samsung's Galaxy Tab isn't the only Android tablet looking to chip away at the iPad's 95 percent market share. Just ask Toshiba, which has begun shipping its Folio 100 to UK shops, Pocket-Lint.com reports.
The Folio 100 is a 10.1-inch tablet built around Android 2.2, otherwise known as Froyo. Notable features include 16GB of built-in storage, an SD card slot, HDMI port, Wi-Fi, 1.3MP webcam, and of course native Flash 10.1 support. But perhaps the most compelling bullet point is Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset, which should give the Folio 100 a fair bit of computing muscle, particularly on the mobile gaming front.
Like the Galaxy Tab, the Folio 100 comes priced a little higher than some were probably hoping. It sells for around $530, and even higher in Germany and Italy.
Intel, the world's No. 1 chip maker, is teaming with Samsung and Toshiba, the two biggest players in the NAND-type memory market, to form a consortium tasked with developing technologies that could halve semiconductor line widths to around 10nm by 2016, Reuters reports.
These three best friends that anybody could have will invite about 10 other companies to join in the fun. In addition, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry is planning to infuse the venture with around $61 million of the $120 million in initial funds for R&D. The rest will come from various members of the consortium.
Meanwhile, Intel earlier this month announced plans to spend at least $6 billion and as much as $8 billion upgrading its fabs for 22nm, part of which includes building a new fab in Oregon.
The 4G wireless technology is currently available in 54 U.S. cities, with Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Minneapolis, New York and Pittsburgh expected to take the plunge before the end of 2010.
According to the press release: “The Portégé R700-S1332W features the Intel Core i7 processor6 and a 128GB solid state drive7, while the Portégé R700-S1322W features the Intel Core i5 processor and a 320GB high-speed 7200 RPM hard drive8. Both include 4GB of DDR3 memory.”
Toshiba's already talking the tablet talk, and come 2011, the company promises to walk the walk. Toshiba says it will aggressively target the U.S., Japan, and other territories with several tablet devices next year.
"The market for tablets is very hot right now," said Hideo Kasuya, an engineer involved in the development of tablet PCs.
By waiting until next year, Toshiba won't just be going up against the iPad, but a flurry of devices from potentially dozens of companies.
"Players in the tablet market are not limited to traditional PC makers," said Mr. Kasuya. "The general trend is that Android-based tablets are becoming more and more widespread."
It's expected that Toshiba's tablets will also run Android, though Mr. Kasuya said specifics are still being hammered out.