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Wednesday 14 May 2014
Nintendo Lost $457M During Fiscal 2013, Marking Third Straight Year of Losses
Christo [PCD] , Wednesday 14 May 2014 - 08:40:48 //

The Wii U continues to disappoint

It looks as though Nintendo just can’t catch a break this decade, having just reported its third straight full year of losses. For fiscal 2013, Nintendo had an operating loss of $457 million and net loss of $228 million as sales of its Wii U continue to sputter in the marketplace.

Even more disappointing is that the operating loss figure is actually worse than the already reduced forecast that Nintendo gave back in January. At the time, Nintendo forecast fiscal year operating losses of $394 million.

Since its lukewarm introduction in late 2012, Nintendo has only managed to sell 6.17 million Wii U consoles. Nintendo was only able to sell 2.72 million Wii U consoles during fiscal 2013.

For comparison’s sake, Sony managed to sell 6 million of its pricier PlayStation 4 consoles in just four months.

Nintendo acknowledges that it “still faces a challenging sales situation? and that it “will focus on efforts that seek to stimulate the platform.?

Looking forward, Nintendo is banking on the success of the two upcoming titles to reinvigorate the platform: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mario Kart 8 alone should be enough to delight existing Wii U owners, but it remains to be seen how many fresh Wii U customers it can bring in with the title.

But while Wii U numbers were definitely disappointing, Nintendo was definitely more upbeat about the performance of the 3DS. Nintendo was able to move 12.24 million units of the popular handheld console and 67.89 million 3DS games during the fiscal year.

Source: Nintendo [PDF]


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Thursday 05 December 2013
MRAM as Potential DRAM, NAND Replacement
Christo [PCD] , Thursday 05 December 2013 - 14:29:26 //

Inheriting the legacy of core-memory, ST-MRAM promises 10x bandwidth, 10x density, and 1/3rd the power vs. NAND

According to a story published by The Nihon Keizai Shimbun's (Nikkei) "Asian Review" section, more than twenty major American and Japanese semiconductor firms have formed a new collaborative alliance, which will work together to develop next generation memory technologies. The group's aim is to develop consumer-ready magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM). MRAM is a technology that some are hoping will replace both long term storage devices (e.g. magnetic hard disc drives and Flash storage) and volatile memory (e.g. DRAM).

More info at source: The Nihon Keizai Shimbun



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Thursday 03 October 2013
OCZ Unveils Deneva 2 SSD
Christo [PCD] , Thursday 03 October 2013 - 19:07:37 //

OCZ launches new enterprise class SSD

OCZ has updated its Deneva 2 enterprise SSDs by incorporating 19nm toggle mode NAND. The SSD uses 19 nm NAND flash. The new 2.5? SSD family continues to use a 2.5? form-factor and features a SATA III interface.

OCZ says the new Deneva 2 SSDs also use a completely new power architecture design to optimize server backplane functionality. This optimized power architecture also offers enhanced management of in-rush current and power fluctuations. Those features increase the drives performance and give it better endurance, reliability, and better quality.

Deneva 2 uses the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller that and promises up to 550 MB/s read speeds and up to 520 MB/s write speed. The drive also has random read throughput with 4K blocks of over 45,000 IOPS.

The SSD is available in 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB capacities, however pricing for the SSD's is unannounced at this time.

Source: OCZ
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Friday 12 April 2013
Microsoft to Release 7-Inch Surface Tablet
Christo [PCD] , Friday 12 April 2013 - 10:22:38 //

It is expected to go into mass production later this year

Joining the likes of Apple and Google, Microsoft is now also rumored to be making a 7-inch version of its first homemade tablet -- the Surface.

According to a recent report from Reuters, Microsoft is in the midst of creating a whole new batch of Surface tablets, which includes a 7-inch version.

The 7-inch tablet is expected to go into mass production later this year.

Microsoft, which released its first Surface tablet on October 26, 2012, hasn't seen the sales success it expected. Last month, a Bloomberg source anonymously revealed that Microsoft had sold 1.5 million Surface tablets at that point. More specifically, the company had sold a little over a million Surface with Windows RT tablets (features the Windows RT version of Windows 8 specifically for ARM processors) and about 400,000 Surface with Windows Pro tablets (features the full version of Windows 8 and an Intel Core i5 processor).

These figures missed analyst expectations of about 2 million Surface RT tablets in just the December quarter alone.

Microsoft launched Surface with Windows RT in October and Surface with Windows 8 Pro in February.

Microsoft likely wants to run with the big boys like Apple and Google in the tablet sector, and both have already released 7-inch tablets (which tend to be more affordable for consumers). Google's 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet was a hit at only $200 with a load of impressive features, and Apple released its 7-inch iPad mini for a little over $300 last November.

However, Microsoft may want to steer clear of releasing any more Surface tablets with Windows RT, since the operating system has largely been a bust. RT-powered tablets have dropped significantly in price in some cases due to lack of consumer demand, and many hardware makers are looking to just clear the dead weight out of their inventory.

Even analysts believe Windows RT will, at some point, just fade away.

"I think you're seeing discounting based on user demand. I never thought RT was going to be that successful," said Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates. "RT will fade away over time. It's not a full Windows 8 experience. That said, why wouldn't I spend more and get a full Pro version of the device?"

Source: Reuters


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Monday 18 March 2013
NVIDIA We let AMD power the PS4
Christo [PCD] , Monday 18 March 2013 - 19:22:15 //

NVIDIA says trying to design a GPU for the console wasn't worth the cost

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) has quietly dominated the market for commodity graphics chips and CPUs for console gaming systems, and the latest generation of consoles look to be no exception. Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758) PS4, to launch this holiday season, will feature an AMD GPU and CPU. And there's an AMD 550 MHz Radeon "Latte" GPU aboard Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (TYO:7974) popular Wii U.

So how does NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA), AMD's chief rival in the PC graphics market feel about AMD's dominance of the increasingly PC-like consoles? Not too bad, apparently.

NVIDIA's Senior Vice President of content and tecnology told Gamespot in a recent interview that his company is essentially letting AMD win. While he's convinced his firm could be AMD if it tried, he says it just isn't worth it, remarking:

I'm sure there was a negotiation that went on and we came to the conclusion that we didn't want to do the business at the price those guys were willing to pay. Having been through the original Xbox and PS3, we understand the economics of the development and the trade-offs.

If we say, did a console, what other piece of our business would we put on hold to chase after that? In the end, you only have so many engineers and so much capability, and if you're going to go off and do chips for Sony or Microsoft, then that's probably a chip that you're not doing for some other portion of your business.

That statement seems a bit odd -- after all, hegemony of consoles could be a ticket for a financially struggling AMD to effectively sell tens, if not hundreds of millions of chips.


But NVIDIA's focus is more directed on the mobile market, where it's looking to leverage pared down versions of its GeForce GPUs beside ARM CPU cores. NVIDIA has its work cut out for it in that market; it largely lost the last round to Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM) due to its chips being too power-hungry.

NVIDIA is looking to change later this year with the refresh of Tegra 4 that will include an on-die LTE modem. Between Tegra and the development of traditional PC GPUs, NVIDIA sounds content to let AMD freely dominate the console market -- or so it says.

Source: GameSpot



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