Thursday 05 December 2013

MRAM as Potential DRAM, NAND Replacement


 Christo [PCD]    05 Dec : 14:29
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Inheriting the legacy of core-memory, ST-MRAM promises 10x bandwidth, 10x density, and 1/3rd the power vs.

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

Windows 8.1 Available for Pre-Order


 Christo [PCD]    03 Oct : 19:08
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Windows Vista or XP users will need to purchase Windows 8 first

Windows Vista or XP users will need to purchase Windows 8 first

Not too long ago we mentioned that Windows 8.1 would be landing on October 18. All Windows 8 users will be able to download the update at no cost via the Windows Store on that day. However, if you haven't yet upgraded to Windows 8 you can now pre-order Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 brings with it several updates that users should appreciate, including a return of the Start button.


The update will also allow users to boot directly to the desktop, bypassing the “Tiles?" interface. Microsoft reportedly made numerous other changes and upgrades to the operating system as well.

Users wanting to pre-order Windows 8.1 can do so now for $119.99. If you're running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you need to be aware that Microsoft says Windows 8.1 is not designed for installation on devices running either of those versions of the operating system.

People running Windows Vista or Windows XP have to purchase Windows 8 and get the upgrade Windows 8.1 at no cost. Windows 7 users can update directly to Windows 8.1.

Source: Microsoft


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OCZ Unveils Deneva 2 SSD


 Christo [PCD]    03 Oct : 19:07
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OCZ launches new enterprise class SSD

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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