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Elgato Intros Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock

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The Elgato Thunderbolt 3 dock range gets an addition at CES 2018-- the Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock, featuring HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3.0 and ethernet ports with up to 40Gb/s throughput.

Elgato Thunderbolt dockA built-in Thunderbolt 3 cable powers the Mini Dock. This can be tucked away, making the dock easy to carry around.

Longer Battery Life With New Z-Wave Chip

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Sigma Designs announces the 700-Series Z-Wave platform at CES 2018-- a chip the solution provider claims can squeeze 10 years of use from a single coin-cell battery.

Sigma Z-WaveAs well as being low power, the 700-Series chip offers a range of over 90m, meaning it can cover multi-stories in a house and the far end of the yard. It carries all the hardware required, including integrated software tools, large memory and many peripherals, making it both efficient and future proof.

Security is also covered thanks to the Z-Wave Security 2 (S2) framework, while Z-Wave SmartStart pre-configures to the network before reaching the home.

The Top CIT Stories of 2017

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2017As 2017 comes to a close it is as good a time as any to take a look back at the times that have been, be it through the goings on of the PC market or what retailers have been up to...

  • EMEA PC Market Shows "Signs of Strength": The news surrounding the PC market hasn't been wholly bad in 2017, as EMEA shipments were "almost" flat. According to IDC Q3 2017 shipments were down by just -0.5% Y-o-Y, with showings of "clear signs of strength" particularly in notebooks and the enterprise segment. 

The Fastest G.Skill DDR4 SO-DIMM

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Taiwanese memory maker G.Skill announces what it claims is the fastest DDR4 SODIMM yet-- the Ripjaw memory kit running at DDR4-4000MHz CL18-18-18-38 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.35V.

G.Skill MemoryThe kit narrowly beats last week's Corsair Vengeance DDR4 SODIMM offering, which achieved "super-tight CL19-23-23-45 timings at 1.35V." Built out of "rigorously hand-binned Samsung B-die DDR4 IC components," the G.Skill memory kit should be ideal for high performance systems by reducing data transfer latency.

IDC: "Solid Growth" For SSD Industry

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The outlook for the SSD industry remains "strong," IDC reports-- global SSD unit shipments are set to increase at a CAGR of 15.1% over the 2016-2021 forecast period, while revenues grow at a 14.8% CAGR to reach $33.6 billion by 2021.

Flash driveThe drivers behind such a forecast are the great product availability and improved pricing dynamics as the industry moves to 3D NAND flash. The analyst says current NAND supply constraints will diminish in 2018, bringing about further price erosion. In turn, lower SSD pricing drives greater SSD adoption in PCs and other client devices.

As a result, 2016-2021 SSD shipments in the PC and CE markets are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 15.8%. Enterprise SSD demand should also remain strong throughout the period, as customers turn to flash-optimised systems for both traditional storage and server-attached solutions.

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