Tough times for memory chip makers continue, but relief may soon be coming, if not for just a short period of time. According to Simon Chen, chairmen of A-Data Technology, DRAM prices have a very good chance of returning to cost levels in the third quarter of 2009, DigiTimes reports.
The comments came during the Computex Taipei trade show, in which A-Data has been showing off new memory products, including overclocked DDR3 memory kits and SSDs. However, Chen did caution that while pricing may soon go up, a full recovery isn't likely to take place until 2010. Contract pricing for June will be a telltale sign of things to come, Chen said, and DRAM chip makers would be wise to closely monitor and control their inventory.
Earlier today at Computex OCZ unveiled their latest SSD, the 3.5-inch Colossus.
The Colossus will pack either 512GB or 1TB of storage inside its 3.5-inch enclosure, that has been made to fit in the spaces that you’ve come to know over the years. In order to make a drive of this size, OCZ commissioned a new PCB design with flash chips and SSD controllers rather than slapping together two SSDs into a larger enclosure.
It’s expected that it’ll be available in around eight weeks, but there’s no official word on the price.
Nivida and Super Micro have worked together in order to create a 1U server that ties together the power of massively parallel Tesla GPUs with multi-core CPUs. The system is said to deliver 12 times the performance of a traditional quad-core CPU-based 1U server.
The SuperServer 6016T-GF-TM2 is on display at Computex this week. “Our new Tesla GPU-based SuperServer 6016T-GF Series delivers a much higher performance-per-watt and per-rack than any other 1U solution in the market today," said Don Clegg, Super Micro‘s Vice President of Marketing. "This 2-Teraflop SuperServer meets the most demanding enterprise data center requirements for reliability and manageability."
Reportedly, Brazilian energy company Petrobras has already installed a cluster of 190 Tesla GPUs and is seeing a 5x to 20x improvement over their previous, multi-core CPU-based clusters.
For those of you not familiar with BFG's Trade Up program, registered owners of qualified videocards have 100 calendar days from the date of purchase to trade their card in for a faster, more expensive model and pay the price difference. Now you'll be able to do the same with BFG-brand power supplies, assuming you meet the criteria.
"This program only applies to BFG power supplies purchased after June 1, 2009," BFG states. "This program may not be available to all customers, and rules/restrictions may apply. The Program is currently only available in the U.S. and Canada."
For a limited time, BFG is extending the offer to include PSUs purchased as far back as January 1, 2009. The company doesn't say how long the offer will remain valid.
At Computex today, Nvidia and its partners announced a dozen high-definition mobile internet devices (MIDs) built around the GPU maker's Tegra processor, the "world's smallest and lowest power computer-on-a-chip," according to Nvidia.
"The mobile computing revolution has arrived," stated Micheal Rayfield, general manger of mobile business at Nvidia. "These new Tegra-based products combine excellent Internet and media capabilities, always-on operation, and wireless connectivity for the un-tethered Internet experience consumers have been craving."
Not to be confused with MIDs as handheld devices (as Intel uses the term), Nvidia's MIDs include several Tegra-based netbooks and tablets. We'll let you be the judge on that one.
The Tegra platform brings several goodies to the table, including 25 days of music or 10-hours of 1080p video playback on a single charge, playing videogames at up to 46 frames per second, GPU accelerated Adobe Flash, and more.
According to Engadget, look for Tegra devices to start shipping by the end of the year for $200 or less.
We're still waiting for AMD to go gunning after Core i7, but in the meantime, the No. 2 chip maker announced plans to expand its Athlon and Phenom processor lines. The new chips include the Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition.
Zipping along at 3.0GHz, the Athlon II X2 250 will take its place as the fastest Athlon processor in AMD's lineup. Other vitals include a 45nm manufacturing processor, 65W TDP, and an AM3 package allowing it to support both DDR2 and DDR3 memory. Perhaps best of all, the new chip is being priced at a budget-friendly $87.
As for the other processor, the Phenom II X2 550 BE will rank as the company's "fastest ever dual-core processor" clocked at 3.1GHz. It will come with an HT Link of 2.0GHz, a 7MB cache, and the same AM3 package as the aforementioned Athlon II. And it won't cost much more, either - look for a $103 price tag.
AMD’s Istanbul processor is finally among us, thanks to an official announcement this morning, stating that the 6 and 4 core versions of the chip have launched.
The Istanbul processor was designed specifically for virtualization, cloud computing and large database applications. And, according to reports, it offers “superior performance and ensures efficient energy consumption.” It’s also expected that an all AMD server platform will be released in the near future.
Thanks to AMD’s manufacturing spin-off, Global Foundries, they were able to release Istanbul five months ahead of schedule.
According to Intel, there are now more than 1 billion Intel processor-based desktop PC motherboards worldwide, a milestone the chip maker says is indicative of a thriving PC business.
"Intel congratulates the Taiwan tech industry on reaching ths historic milestone," said Sean Maloney, Intel executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer. "This milestone is another signal that the desktop PC is not dead and that computer users continue to crave the processing power, graphics, and storage capabilities that desktop PCs provide."
This in addition to the exploding netbook market, which is so far dominated by Intel silicon and presumably not included as part of the "desktop PC" shipment milestone. At last count, worldwide PC shipments had reached 80.6 million units in Q3 of 2008, spurred in large part by netbooks.
Maloney is expected to further discuss the milestone tomorrow during his Computex keynote.
Today Toshiba's taking the wraps off its new netbook. That's right, the same people who brought you the original ultra-portable, the Libretto, are rolling out their first sub-$400 netbook! We got our hands on a pre-production sample of the NB200-series netbooks.
Toshiba sat out the first generation of netbooks, so they could address shortcomings with the genre, and at first glance the NB205 seems to make good on that. The main typing keys are full-size and use a chiclet-style design. When paired with Toshiba's standard-sized touchpad (the largest we've seen on a netbook to date), this is an extremely comfortable laptop for typing. Toshiba claims 9.5 hours of battery life (we haven't tested yet, but we'd expect 6ish hours in a real-world scenario).
PC makers have been decrying the impact of low margin netbooks on their bottom line for over a year now, but Intel is trying to calm their fears by making new predictions for the future of mobile computing. Numbers posted at the end of March peg netbook sales at around 16 per cent of all portable computer purchases, but Intel claims the steadily decreasing cost of ultra-thin laptops will help to keep that number from growing. The ultra-thin category is traditionally dominated by new ultra low voltage CPU’s, which offer better performance than both Celeron, and Atom processors, with an increasingly more reasonable price premium. According to Intel’s marketing chief, Sean Maloney, "Atom is eating into Celeron. And we're quite fine with this".
Maloney predicts that ultra-thin laptops will start offering stiff competition for high end netbooks priced above $400, primarily because the price difference has shrunk in some cases to as little as a $200. Intel’s internal projections released during the May 12th presentation shows sales increasing exponentially near the end of the year, and clearly, this is where they expect to see the bulk of their growth in the portable PC market.
Intel predicts that future growth markets for netbooks will be children and cellphone providers who bundle 3G service with the computer to further subsidize the price to consumers. Do you think people only buy netbooks because they are cheap? Or are some people just looking for a good ultra-portable?