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Apple Buys Back into Microprocessors

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Apple Buys Back into MicroprocessorsApple will spend $278 million in cash to buy a “boutique” microprocessor design company and everybody wants to know “Why?” PA Semi designs clever low-power chips that most guess could help make a better future for iPhone and  iPod.

Founded by Dan Dobberpuhl (a lead designer for Alpha and StrongARM microprocessors developed by Digital in the 1990s), PA Semi now has a 64-bit dual core microprocessor that is 300% more efficient while consuming only 5 -13 watts at 2GHz.

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Longshine Hands It to You: The E-Book

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Longshine 01Thomas Grashoff, VP of Longshine Technologie Europe GmbH, demonstrates the portability of the new 6” E-book.

Users can read books, play MP3, store photos, and view documents in this thin, handheld format. With 1GB NAND flash, 128MB SDRAM, SD Card (up to 8GB), WiFi and USB, the E-Book is fully featured to keep up with mobile life. Batteries conveniently go on stand-by if you are not turning pages.

Go Read, Store & Listen 

 

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Consumer Network Storage Market booming

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With consumer use of digital video and digital music on the rise, and significant penetration of home networks by broadband users, consumers are increasingly considering network storage, reports In-Stat 

 

The consumer network storage market grew at a faster pace in 2007 than 2006 and more than doubled in the last two years.

 

Vendors had been waiting for consumers to catch up with their network storage offerings, but that has begun to change.

 

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Hard-driving Seagate Sues Solid State Maker

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Hard-driving Seagate Sues Solid State Maker

Seagate sues STEC for patent violations with the side benefit of stalling the other 50+ makers of solid-state storage who eat into HDD sales.

Contested patents cover "surface mount stacking method and device," "hardware assisted memory backup system and method," and "method and system for host programmable data storage device self-testing."

"We have spent $7 billion over the last 10 years to optimize how our disks work," says Seagate CEO William Watkins. "This Continue reading...

World’s Smallest 8GB USB Drive

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World’s Smallest 8GB USB DriveSuper Talent Technology shows three new 8GB USB Flash drives, including the world’s smallest 8GB drive.

 

These new drives include: PICO-A, with a swivel lid; the retractable PICO-B; and ultra small PICO-C. Super Talent’s patented PICO series USB drives are manufactured using chip-on-board (COB) technology, which enables up to 8GB of Flash storage to fit into an incredibly minute case. PICO-C drives weigh less than a nickel (about 4.7 grams) and measure only 31.3mm x 12.4mm x 3.4mm. Continue reading...

EMC Buys Iomega, Goes Consumer

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EMC Buys Iomega, Goes ConsumerEMC acquires Zip-drive maker Iomega for $212.5 million, stopping a stock-swap merger with Great Wall Technology. Great Wall gets a $7.5 million deal-termination fee.

 

The darling of personal storage in the ‘90s, the makers of Zip and Jazz drives, Iomega was once one of the hottest stocks in high tech, selling at $110 per share.

 

Enterprise storage player EMC paid only $3.85 a share as a way to move into the high-growth consumer and small-business markets. Recently EMC paid $75 million Continue reading...

Toshiba Readies Solid-State Drives

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Toshiba Readies Solid-State DrivesToshiba will manufacture flash-based solid-state drives for laptops early next year, which the company says will offer faster boot times and lower power consumption than hard disk drives. The drives will initially come in three capacities: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.  High prices for NAND flash memory have limited adoption of the drives so far, but Toshiba and other memory makers such as Samsung are expected to ramp up production, which should lower prices and spur wider use. Solid state drives are Continue reading...

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