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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

OCZ Technology Announces Vertex 3 Max IOPS Solid State Drives


OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today unveiled a new addition to the highly-awarded Vertex 3 SATA III Series. The Vertex 3 Max IOPS edition drives extend the company's industry-leading Vertex 3 SSD product line to support users that require greater transactional throughput.

Thought Leaders from ARM and Microsoft to be Among Keynote Speakers at AFDS

AMD today announced a distinguished line-up of keynote speakers as well as technical session topics for the inaugural AMD Fusion  Developer Summit (AFDS), which will be held June 13-16, 2011 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.

ASRock Uses ''Real'' AM3+ Sockets, Lists Out Advantages Over AM3


ASRock launched a new marketing campaign for its AMD platform motherboards, claiming to be the first manufacturer to be out with motherboards that use real AM3+ sockets. AM3+ is the FCPGA socket that has been designed for upcoming AMD FX series "Zambezi" processors based on the "Bulldozer" architecture. As a part of its campaign, ASRock highlighted the benefits of opting for its AM3+ motherboards. In the process, it ended up disclosing quite some technical information about AM3+, and why AMD designed it in the first place, when apparently AM3 can run Zambezi with a BIOS update.

Logitech Introduces K270 Wireless Keyboard

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Logitech has introduced their Wireless Keyboard K270, a sleek keyboard that delivers Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity and up to two years of battery life. With the Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, you will enjoy virtually no signal loss from up to 10 meters away. The Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 also delivers up to 24 months of battery life as well as auto-standby, which helps you save energy when you are not using the keyboard.

Kingmax Announces Waterproof 64 GB SDXC Card

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As technology has quickly progressed, people have come to rely on consumer electronic products more so than ever. Photos, music, movies and electronic games continue to require higher digital data transmission rates and larger storage capacity. Additionally, consumers were disappointed with memory cards' transfer speeds traditionally being unable to perform fast enough to capture continuous spectacular shots. In light of this, KINGMAX, world-renowned as a first-rate memory card manufacturer, has taken the lead in launching a new high-speed, high-capacity Waterproof SDXC Class 10 64GB memory card, which not only provides waterproof and dustproof functions but also boasts impressive read and write speeds and a vast storage capacity that certainly satisfy consumer needs.

OCZ Appoints Steve Lee as New SVP of Product Management, BU General for PSU Division


OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and power supplies for computing devices and systems, today announced the appointment of Steve Lee as Senior Vice President of Product Management and BU General Manager for power supplies.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Crucial m4 SSD with Higher Capacities and Faster Performance Now Available

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Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced the immediate availability of Crucial m4 solid-state drives in capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB. Designed for both business customers and general consumers, the Crucial m4 SSD product line incorporates Micron's industry-leading 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash technology in a 2.5" form factor. Like its Crucial RealSSD C300 predecessor, the Crucial m4 also supports the SATA 6Gb/s interface, opening up the data path between the host processor and the SSD, and resulting in improved overall system responsiveness, including faster boot times and application loads.


Kingston Technology Launches HyperX Plug and Play High Performance Memory


Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the new HyperX Plug and Play (PnP) series of high-performance enthusiast memory. HyperX PnP are the first modules to scale the higher memory heights that are a part of the second generation Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs. The memory is programmed with faster frequencies and when 'plugged' into a system using the Sandy Bridge chipset, will automatically 'play' at either 1600MHz or 1866MHz in both desktop and notebook PCs.

May 17 Launch for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560


NVIDIA is set to launch its next upper-mainstream GPU, the GeForce GTX 560 (not to be confused with GeForce GTX 560 Ti) on May 17.

Gigabyte Readies Cheaper PowerRock EX Series Mainstream PSUs

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Gigabyte is readying a series of more inexpensive variants of PowerRock mainstream PSUs, the PowerRock EX. Available in similar models of 300W, 350W, 400W, 450W and 500W, the PowerRock EX lacks 80 Plus compliance and sleeved cabling found with the original PowerRock series. The new PSUs are ATX v2.0 compliant, use Taiwan-made capacitors, feature dual 12V rail design for the 450W and 500W models, and single 12V rail design for the 300W, 350W, and 400W ones. OVP, OCP, UVP, and short-circuit protections come standard. The PSUs are cooled by a 120 mm fan, and have a rated MTBF of 100,000 hours. Gigabyte did not give out pricing or availability details.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Asetek Readies, Demonstrates Water Cooling Solution for GTX 580


Water-cooling solution brand Asetek, which is popular with the OEMs, demonstrated a prototype GPU water-cooling solution for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580. The prototype uses an off-the-shelf GTX 580 card branded by PNY (doesn't necessarily mean that Asetek is designing this for PNY). The cooler could be to be a pre-assembled GPU water block loop that replaces the aluminum channel heatsink in the reference NVIDIA cooler. The NVIDIA reference blower is retained to cool other components such as memory and VRM, probably at low speeds.

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard Pictured


ASRock is ready with its latest performance motherboard based on the upcoming Intel Z68 chipset, the ASRock Z68 Extreme4. The Z68 chipset combines the overclocking features of P67 with integrated graphics support of H67, and adds a few more features such as SSD boost. The Z68 Extreme4 uses a V8 power phase design for the CPU socket, the board supports dual-DDR3 memory with memory multipliers supporting DDR3-2133 MHz. The onboard display connectivity includes DVI, D-Sub, HDMI 1.4a, and DisplayPort. Expansion slots include three PCI-Express x16 (x16/NC/x4 or x8/x8/x4), two each of PCI-E x1 and PCI.

NVIDIA to Launch Optimus-like Technology for Desktops at Computex 2011


While NVIDIA and AMD are just about done with their consumer GPU launches for the current generation, NVIDIA has something in store for Computex, 2011, one of the year's biggest technology tradeshows. The GPU giant will announce NVIDIA Optimus technology's desktop avatar, for now known as "Synergy". The technology allows on-the-fly switching between a computer's integrated graphics and discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor, giving you access to the feature-set of both, and allowing a fair amount of power-saving in the process.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dominator GT Equipped System Sets Dual 3DMark World Records


Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced that a PC equipped with its Dominator GT ultra-high performance DDR3 memory was used to set new world records with the 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage benchmarks. Well-known overclockers Vince "K|ngp|n" Lucido and Illya "TiN" Tsemenko posted list-topping scores of P24347 in 3DMark 11 and P79364 in 3DMark Vantage.

EverCool Announces Dr. Cool, World's First Router Cooler

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Guess what it is. A crab? The tool for clip game? Or a small UFO? It is the new cooler launched by EVERCOOL, who is always driven by the coexistence of both cooling and aesthetics, but also emphasizing the usability. Dr. Cool is the World's first specialized cooler for Routers and IP sharing devices with a unique design. It was conceived with three features in mind: branding, creative aesthetics and effective cooling. This last being where EVERCOOL pays special attention to, as well as taking into consideration user's feedback. It has a white, delicate and compact appearance that makes it attractive to people's eyes.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Zotac Prepares GTX 580 Extreme Edition Graphics Card with 16+2 Phase Power


Zotac is getting ready to launch yet another heavily customized GTX 580 graphics card that will feature a non-standard PCB with a 16+2 phase power design as well as an in-house developed cooling system.

Its new creation will be called the GTX 580 Extreme Edition and one of its most distinctive features is the in-house developed three-slot cooler that features six thick copper heatpipes from drawing the heat away from the GF110 core.

iBuyPower rolls out Radeon HD 6450, HD 6570 & 6670-equipped desktops

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Continuing its trend of adopting the latest hardware releases, iBuyPower has introduced not one but three desktop PCs which can be equipped with AMD's recently-released Radeon HD 6450 (Caicos GPU), HD 6570 and HD 6670 (both are powered by he Turks chip).

Acer Iconia Tab W500 (Windows 7) tablet PC ships in North America

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Acer has today rolled out in the US and Canada its Windows 7 (Home Premium or Professional) powered Iconia Tab W500 tablet PC. This 0.63" thick device features a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) LED-backlit touchscreen and is powered by AMD's Brazos platform.

Gigabyte to release another WindForce 2X-cooled GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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Gigabyte is currently readying the release of a fourth GeForce GTX 560 Ti card, a model codenamed GV-N560UD-1GI which features an Ultra Durable design (2oz copper PCB, Ferrite Core Chokes, Low RDS (on) MOSFET, Japanese Solid Capacitors) and packs the dual-fan/dual-heatpipe WindForce 2X cooler.

PowerDVD 11 outed, brings lots of love for smartphones and tablets

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CyberLink has today introduced the 11th version of its PowerDVD software which can be used to play Blu-ray/DVD movies, videos, view photos and listen to music. The content seen with PowerDVD can come from a hard drive, an optical drive, the internet, or from mobile devices like phones and tablets.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet to ship in the US next week


Motorola Xoom, watch out as next week, on April 26th, Asus' Eee Pad Transformer will reach stores in both US and Canada, offering a fresh mix of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and Tegra 2. This new tablet will be available in two versions - with 16GB of storage space ($399) and with 32GB ($499).

Shuttle Announces New Freely Configurable Mini-PC Barebone


Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, the European subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC Mini-PC Barebones, has announced delivery of the new SG41J4. "The front panel of this model can easily be modified by the owner, allowing customisation using photos, logos or information," according to Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH. "The creative opportunities are boundless."

Zowie Announces New MiCO Gaming Mouse for RTS Players


There is no one-size fits all for computer gaming peripherals. All gamers are different and we recognize that each and every one of you has different needs and preferences. Therefore it was only a matter of time until we would put our efforts into developing a mouse for competitive RTS gaming. The ZOWIE MiCO is developed for those of you who won't settle for second best - you want the best from your equipment and seek stability in a high quality mouse that you can trust to always perform flawlessly.

PowerColor Officially Launches First HD 6850 Single-Slot Graphics Card


TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphics cards, today announces the first-to-market video card: the PowerColor HD 6850 single slot edition. The first available HD6850 single slot edition aims to fulfill the desire of performance and multi-function seekers when space is a premium.

Scythe releases the Susanoo uber-cooler


Japanese company Scythe has now let loose upon the Old Continent (Europe) a new CPU cooler called Susanoo which, due to its size, will be able to lower the temperatures of the processor, the MOSFET area, memory, northbridge and even the graphics card.

Razer goes with the motion sensing flow, announces the Hydra controller


Well-known gaming gear Razer has today revealed the Hydra, a motion sensing controller made in collaboration with Sixense which is supposed to 'bring a whole new dimension of gameplay and immersion to the PC'.

Intel and Micron Open Singapore NAND Flash Memory Operation

Intel Corporation (Nasdaq:INTC) and Micron Technology, Inc. today expanded their NAND Flash memory joint venture operations with the official opening of IM Flash Singapore. The US$3 billion facility is expected to employ about 1,200 and is currently ramping production of the companies' industry-leading 25 nanometer (nm) NAND Flash memory. The companies announced the opening of the state-of-the-art 300 millimeter facility at a ceremony with Singapore government representatives, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Netlist Expands Flash Product Line With mSATA Mini & Slim SSDs

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Netlist, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high-performance memory subsystems, today announced the expansion of its Embedded Flash product portfolio with two new mSATA module additions to the SSD Flash product line. The mSATA mini SSD module offers storage capacity of up to 32GB with onboard 64MB DRAM cache. The mSATA slim SSD module offers storage capacities up to 128GB with onboard 64MB DRAM cache. Both products' smaller form-factor and SSD support for ultra-dense applications makes the mSATA mini and slim modules ideal for datacenter equipment and embedded systems.

Western Digital Announces Q1 2011 Revenue, Income, Earnings


Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today reported revenue of $2.25 billion, hard-drive unit shipments of 50 million and net income of $146 million, or $0.62 per share, for its third fiscal quarter ended Apr. 1, 2011. The company's results include expenses of $10 million associated with the planned acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies announced Mar. 7, 2011. Excluding the acquisition-related expenses, non-GAAP net income was $156 million or $0.66 per share.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Asus U43SD laptop brings Sandy Bridge with a touch of bamboo

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Asus' Bamboo laptops collection is up for an update and updated it will get as soon as the U43SD 14-inch model comes out to play. This new laptop features smoky brown bamboo plates on the display cover and palm rest and is powered by Intel's Huron River platform.

Verbatim rolls out slim, USB 3.0-equipped external solid state drive

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Taking on Kingston's HyperX MAX 3.0, Verbatim is launching its own portable/external solid state drive with a USB 3.0 interface. Verbatim's solution comes in a slim but durable aluminum case, utilizes an 8-channel configuration and bears the Store 'n' Go brand.

Altec Lansing announces the BXR1321 2.1 speaker system

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The audio gurus at Altec Lansing are now preparing the release of a new 2.1 speaker system, an entry-level model called BXR1321 which is claimed to have an elegant design and is supposed to deliver top-quality sound for PCs, netbooks and portable media players.

Lenovo ThinkPad T420s now available with 'enhanced graphics'


Lenovo's online shop now offers a third configuration for the enterprise-minded ThinkPad T420s laptop, one that offers more graphics power thanks to the addition of the Nvidia NVS 4200M with 1GB of dedicated memory. Of course, since the Optimus technology is enabled, you get switchable graphics.

Samsung W200 pocket cam does Full HD videos, doesn't mind water (much)

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Have you booked up everything for the summer holiday and are now thinking of what gadgets to bring along? Well, one choice may be Samsung's upcoming W200 pocket-sized (60 x 113 x 19.7 mm) camcorder which can record 1920 x 1080 videos (at 30fps) and can take a beating.

Club 3D Intros New Radeon HD 6670 Graphics Card


Club 3D B.V. announces the introduction of the AMD Radeon HD 6670 video card based on the Turks XT chipset, AMD' second generation DirectX 11. The new Club 3D Radeon HD 6670 1 GB GDDR5 video card features now the AMD HD3D technology which allows you to have faster access to multimedia applications and gives you all tools to enhanced productivity.

Verbatim Introduces Faster Store 'n' Go USB 3.0 Flash Drives

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Tapping into the high performance potential of the USB 3.0 interface with the convenient form factor of a standard flash drive, the Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB 3.0 Flash Drive offers extreme speed, large capacity and plug-and-play operation. The unit supports transfer rates of up to 70MB/sec Write and 120MB/sec Read on USB 3.0 host systems. Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB 3.0 Flash Drive is available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. It is available in stores in April 2011.

ASUS P6Z68-V Pro Pictured, Detailed


Pictures of ASUS' upcoming upper-mid range LGA1155 motherboard based on the Intel Z68 chipset, the P8Z68-V Pro surfaced on Chinese websites, revealing what comes across as a blend of P8P67's feature-set, and P8H67's display connectivity (which is what Z68 is all about). The new board makes use of a 14-phase Digi+ VRM to power the CPU. Highlights include CPU overclocking features driven by the UEFI BIOS, coupled with Intel Flexible Display Interface, letting you make use of the processor's embedded Intel HD 3000 graphics with Intel QuickSync accelerated video encoding. Further, the board is Lucid Virtu certified, letting you use (and switch between, depending on graphics load) both the integrated and discrete graphics simultaneously, and saving power in the process.

Leaked Roadmap Reveals Two Lines of Enthusiast Sandy Bridge-E Processors


In Q4 2011, Intel will unveil its new Sandy Bridge-E (enthusiast) platform, consisting of new multi-core processors in the 2011-pin LGA package, and Intel X79 Express chipset. A roadmap slide leaked to the Chinese media reveals an interesting way in which Intel will approach the platform to monetize it best. To begin with, it appears like Sandy Bridge-E will keep up with the trend set by LGA1155 processors where only certain models can be overclocked, while others are greatly limited. Among those that can be overclocked (or "unlocked", as Intel puts it,) there will be two classes.

Galaxy Readies Two GeForce-based Multi-Display Graphics Cards


Multi-display has huge benefits for productivity, gamers are only beginning to see them, but are restricted to higher-end graphics cards to get playable frame-rates. Prior to consumer multi-display ready graphics cards after ATI/AMD Eyefinity and NVIDIA 3DVision Surround, multi-display (>2 displays per graphics card) was restricted to the professional graphics market, where GPU vendors made a killing selling expensive graphics cards that handled over 2 display heads with just about enough graphics processing power to handle Windows Aero UI. One of NVIDIA's biggest AIC partners, Galaxy, took it upon itself to make GeForce-based multi-display graphics cards that make multi-display a lot more affordable. Currently, affordable multi-display graphics card market is dominated by AMD Radeon, where even the entry-level $50-something HD 6450 can handle 3 displays, while the $90-something HD 6670 handles 4.

Toshiba Intros the First Glasses-free 3D Laptop Able to Simultaneously Display 2D, 3D

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Toshiba Corporation today unveiled "dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR", the world's first glasses-free 3D notebook PC able to display 3D and 2D content at the same time on one screen. The new PC will be available in the Japanese market from late July.

Silicon Power Intros Blaze Series USB 3.0 Drives that Change Colors with Temperature

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Top leading flash memory manufacturer and brand Silicon Power realizes how individuals can't help to speak for themselves; thus, for those who dare to show their capricious personality, Blaze B10, the market's first USB 3.0 flash drive with color-changing pattern according to temperature, is born.

Sony Announces MDR-DS6500 Wireless 7.1-channel Headphones


Now you can experience a rich, 3-dimensional world of crystal-clear sound with your headphones - with no interference and no wires. The new MDR-DS6500 digital surround headphone system from Sony gives TV programmes, movies on Blu-ray Disc/DVD and PLAYSTATION 3 games the soundtrack they deserve.

PowerColor Readies Single-Slot, 4-way CrossFireX Ready HD 6850 Graphics Card


PowerColor is readying a new single-slot AMD Radeon HD 6850 graphics card. The advantages of single-slot aside, the new card will also support 4-way CrossFireX. So now you can pack four of these cards into pooly-designed motherboards with adjacent PCI-E x16 slots, or you can sneak one into the slot that happens to be the bottom-most one. PowerColor's HD 6850 Single-Slot Edition uses a custom PCB design which is not much longer than the reference design, it uses a typical single-slot cooler design with tightly-packed aluminum fin air channels to which heat is fed by a copper plate. Air is flown through these channels by a blower.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Green House Intros PicoDrive F3 USB 3.0 Flash Drive


Japanese peripherals company Green House announced its new PicoDrive F3 flash drive.

Seagate Ships 9mm-Thin 2.5" External Hard Drive


Slim is in! Seagate has just announced a rediculously skinny new hard drive, with razer-thin 2.5" GoFlex Slim Drive. It's an external HDD, and it'll be easy to lose in your briefcase. The 9mm drive is slimmer than a pencil, and it ships with 320GB of capacity and a USB 3.0 port. The GoFlex addition means that it's capable of interfacing with a few other ports as well, and the 7200RPM spindle rate should mean pretty impressive performance. It's bus-powered, and it also allows compatibility between Mac and Windows machines. Additionally, the drive's included premium backup software provides automatic and continuous backups and encrypts files and folders.

Sapphire HD 6790 Sets New Standards


SAPPHIRE Technology, the largest manufacturer and supplier worldwide of graphics solutions based on AMD technology has just announced a new graphics card delivering all the key features demanded by the latest games and applications - but at an exciting new price point.

Cisco Intros Stylish New Linksys E-Series Of Routers


We have never really viewed a router as a fashion icon. It's a useful tool, period. Most of them aren't very pretty, but then again, most of them are well-hidden. So why bother with a stylish router? Well, if you've nowhere else to hide one, you might as well get one that you aren't afraid to leave sitting around. In recent years, Cisco's Linksys brand has embraced style in a way that few other companies have, particularly in the networking space.

Hasbro's My3D Goggles Bring 3D To iPhone And iPod Touch


You know 3D's taking off when something like this happens. Hasbro is a company more commonly seen in the toy lanes at your local shopping mart, but they're jumping on the 3D bandwagon as well. They've just launched the My3D, a 360-degree handheld viewer for iPhone and iPod touch. It's a lot like those viewers you used to used as a kid, and it provides "3D" to devices without 3D screens. Apple hasn't placed an actual 3D display on their iDevices, but with a little help from the viewer and some specialized content, a 3D effect can still be had. But here's the real question: will people seriously carry around a My3D goggle set in order to "enjoy 3D" on their iPhone?

Nikon Reveals 16.2MP D5100 DSLR With 1080p Movie Mode


Nikon has been fairly slow to update some of their higher-end cameras (like the D700, for example), but they're refreshing the lower-end models quite hastily. This morning, the D5100 was revealed to replace the aging D5000, and it's looking to be a great mid-range option for those looking to step up from their entry-level cam. It's a good bit slimmer than the outgoing D5000, and it offers a swiveling 3" LCD, an array of Effects, a 16.2MP CMOS sensor, 1080p D-Movie mode, an 11-point AF system, built-in HDR support and 4fps burst shooting.

Panasonic Announces Triple-Sided 100GB Blu-ray Disc

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Are Blu-ray Discs blossoming up in size? That's the latest word on the street! We have heard of BD discs getting theoretical boosts in laboratories, but it's still a 50GB maximum when it comes time to find one in the store. But now, a report from Japan stated that Panasonic is planning to release a 100GB rewritable Blu-ray Disc that's actually compatible with the existing BD-rewritable format that already exists. The trick is that the disc will be a single-sided three-lay disc, rather than dual-layer. Throwing a whole extra layer in definitely enables much more space to be addressed.

Apacer Announces AC230 USB 3.0 External HDD

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Apacer is proud to announce the launch of the new AC230 USB 3.0 external HDD (hard disk drive). With read and write speed up to 92 MB and 85 MB per second, the newly unveiled AC230 is three times faster than USB 2.0 equivalent models, giving you a boost in performance while backing up all quantities of data and media files, without the hassle of waiting.

TYAN Announces New Sandy Bridge Server Platforms


TYAN, an industry-leading server platform manufacturer, and a subsidiary of MiTAC International Corp., announces new single-socket servers that support the Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 series (codename: Sandy Bridge). The S5510 and S5512 motherboards are ideal as entry-level servers for both small business and enterprise server customers. For high-density datacenter applications such as web hosting, TYAN has launched the industry-leading FM65-B5511 Micro Server.