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Toshiba Debuts RC100 NVMe SSDs

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Toshiba announces the RC100 series at CES 2018-- line of NMVe M.2 SSDs for the retail, system integrator and channel markets aimed at mainstream gamer and system builder customers.

Toshiba RC100The SSD line features state-of-the-art Toshiba 64-layer 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS flash and an in-house developed controller. Also included is Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology delivering up to 1620MB/s and 1130MB/s in sequential read/write transfer rates and up to 160000 and 120000 random read/write IOPS, without need for onboard DRAM.

The result, Toshiba promises, is performance sitting in the "sweet spot" between SATA 6Gbps and enthusiast-grade NVMe SSDs. Power efficiency is another feature, making the SSD ideal for mobile users.

Razer Phone Powers Linda Laptop

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Gaming peripheral maker Razer continues its CES 2018 tradition of showing off interesting prototypes with Project Linda-- a laptop dock for the recently released Razer Phone.

Project LindaOf course, the concept of using a smartphone as the guts of a laptop is nothing new. After all, Motorola had the Lapdock back at CES 2011, a laptop powered via the Atrix 4G handset. What gives Project Linda at least some potential the Razer Phone carries the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the powerful processor behind the Microsoft "Always Connected PC" initiative.

Another interesting feature of the Linda is the smartphone slots on the bottom part of the keyboard, taking the role of either the touchpad or a second screen. The dock is based on the Razer Blade Stealth laptop, and includes a 13.3-inch touchscreen, full-size keyboard, 200GB storage and extra batteries.

The First NZXT Motherboard

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PC hardware maker NZXT steps into motherboard space with the NZ Z730-- a surprisingly attractive number (for a motherboard!) based around the Intel Z370 chipset.

NZXT motherboardAs seen at CES 2018, the N7 Z730 is built out of matte black or white metal, with the only exceptions to the minimalist look being the CPU, PCIe slots, power and other connections. NZXT says the design is optimised for both straightforward setup and easy customisability, while Adaptive Noise Reduction optimises cooling and noise balance.

Nvidia, Display Maker?

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Nvidia has a surprise product on show at CES 2018-- "Big Format Gaming Displays" (BFGDs), an apt moniker for what is essentially a line of 65-inch 4K HDR monitors.

Nvidia BFGDsBeing primarily aimed at high-end gamer customers, BFGDs feature a number of requisite technologies. These include 120Hz refresh rate, 4K resolution, HDR and G-Sync. Also included is means to play games without need for a PC through built-in Shield hardware.

The company says BFGs are primarily aimed at desktop use, not as a living room TV replacement, even if HDMI inputs allow the connectivity of a STBs and the like. In addition, the built-in Shield handles streaming media needs through YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video apps. Google Assistant support allows for voice control and smart assistant capability.

IDC: 2018 3D Printing Spending to Reach $12bn

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According to IDC global 3D printing spending (including hardware, materials, software and services) will reach $12 billion in 2018-- a 19.9% increase over 2017-- before growing to $20bn in 2020.

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Together 3D printers and materials will account for around 66% of global spending throughout the forecast period, reaching $6.9bn and $6.7bn respectively in 2021. Services spending trails slightly behind, reaching $5.5bn in 2021 as led by on-demand parts service and systems integration services. 3DP software purchases show less growth than the overall market, with a 5-year CAGR of 18.6%.

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