Seagate today unveiled Barracuda XT 3TB, the first 3.5-inch hard drive featuring 1TB of storage capacity per disk platter.
Seagate's GoFlex Desk products are the first to feature the new hard drive, delivering storage capacities of up to 3TB and an areal density of 625 gigabits per square inch. Seagate is on track to ship its new flagship hard drives which will also be available in capacities of 2TB, 1.5TB and 1TB.
GoFlex Desk external drives are compatible with both the Windows operating system and Mac computers. Each drive includes an NTFS driver for Mac, which allows the drive to store and access files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting. The GoFlex Desk external drive's sleek black 3.5-inch design sits either vertically or horizontally to accommodate any desktop environment.
Presenting its new e-Sports brand, Thermaltake launched the new Chaser MK-I chassis that features breathing light, streamlined body and all-black coating in combination with blue elements.
The enclosure's water-cooling ready design allows users to integrate 240-mm liquid cooling system and the top fan can be easily removed and the water-cooling radiator can be quickly installed. Liquid cooling hose holes in the back also warrant for the installation of external liquid cooling systems. Furthermore, the chassis has enough space for an 18-cm CPU cooler and two colorshift 200-mm fans, and an additional 140-mm TurboFan is also embedded, along with the 35-mm heightened footstands.
Chaser MK-I also features a convenient hot-swap docking station for 2.5-inch SSDs or 3.5-inch HDDs. Moreover, the 5.25-inch & 3.5-inch tool-free device with HDD anti-vibration mechanism simplifies installation and removal of storage drives.
Cable management improves airflow and ventilation and also makes the system organized for future upgrades. As an extra large mid-tower case, Chaser MK-I supports up to 33-cm-long video cards.
Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that their ongoing investigation of illegal intrusions into Sony Online Entertainment systems revealed yesterday morning (May 2, Tokyo time) that hackers may have stolen SOE customer information on April 16th and 17th, 2011 (PDT).
This information, which was discovered by engineers and security consultants reviewing SOE systems, showed that personal information from approximately 24.6 million SOE accounts may have been stolen, as well as certain information from an outdated database from 2007. The information from the outdated database that may have been stolen includes approximately 12,700 non-U.S. credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes), and about 10,700 direct debit records of certain customers in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.
With the current outage of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services and the ongoing investigation into the recent attacks, SOE had also undertaken an intensive investigation into its system. Upon discovery of this additional information, the company promptly shut down all servers related to SOE services while continuing to review and upgrade all of its online security systems in the face of these unprecedented cyber-attacks.
The company is working with the FBI and continuing its own full investigation while working to restore all services.
The personal information of the approximately 24.6 million SOE accounts that was illegally obtained, to the extent it had been provided to SOE, is as follows:
In addition to the information above, the 10,700 direct debit records from accounts in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain, include:
SOE will grant customers 30 days of additional time on their subscriptions, in addition to compensating them one day for each day the system is down. It is also in the process of outlining a "make good" plan for its PlayStation3 MMOs (DC Universe Online and Free Realms). More information will be released this week.
Additionally, the company will provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs. The implementation will be at a local level and further details will be made available shortly in each region.
For more information and update about the SOE services, please visit www.soe.com/securityupdate.
AMD expanded its processor lineup with the quad-core Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition processor based on the Deneb core. Based on the K10.5 architecture, the overclocker novelty is made using the 45-nm process technology and has the initial clock rate of 3.70 GHz (18.5 x 200 MHz).
The Deneb die features four x86-64 cores, each with 512MB cache, as well as 6MB of shared L3 cache. Other features include the TDP of 125W, HyperTransport 4 GT/s interconnect, integrated memory controller supporting dual-channel DDR3 and DDR2 memory. A Socket AM3 or AM2+ motherboard is required.
AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition costs $195.
Elpida Memory announced it had developed a 2-gigabit DDR3 SDRAM using the 25-nm process for memory manufacturing. In doing this, Elpida has achieved the smallest chip size for a 2-gigabit SDRAM.
The newly developed 25-nm DRAM process technology requires 30% less cell area per bit compared with Elpida's 30-nm process. The chip output for a 2-gigabit DDR3 SDRAM wafer using the new process is about 30% higher versus 30-nm.
The 25-nm process 2-gigabit DDR3 SDRAM can support ultra-fast performance above DDR3-1866 (1866 Mbps) and is compliant with low-voltage 1.35V high-speed DDR3L-1600 (1600 Mbps).
The new SDRAM is an eco-friendly as it contributes to lower energy consumption by PCs and digital consumer electronics. It outperforms Elpida's 30-nm process products by saving on electric current (15% less operating current and 20% less current when on standby).
By the end of 2011, Elpida also plans to begin volume production of 4-gigabit DDR3 SDRAM products using the 25-nm process. Compared with the 30-nm process, a 44% increase in chip output per wafer is expected for 4-gigabit DDR3. In addition, the new 25-nm process will be used to support further development of Mobile RAM, Elpida's mainstay memory product.
Both sample shipments of the new 25-nm 2-gigabit DDR3 SDRAM and volume production are expected to begin in July 2011.
Source: Elpida Memory
LucidLogix announced that its Virtu GPU virtualization software will be integrated into various SKUs of ASUS motherboards based on the Intel Z68 chipsets. Virtu allows the systems to switch between integrated graphics of 2nd generation Intel Core processors and discrete graphics cards based on GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA.
Lucid GPU virtualization software, Virtu, assigns tasks in real time to the best available graphics resource based on power, performance and features considerations, with no need for additional hardware or for swapping cables between boards. If graphics power is needed for applications like high-resolution 3D gaming, the system will assign the job to the discrete GPU. If not, the discrete GPU automatically goes into idle mode, while heat drops, fan speed slows down and the discrete GPU utilization goes down to zero, resulting in a power-efficient system. Virtu works in two flexible configurations: if power and energy saving is the most critical one, the screen is connected directly to the video output on the motherboard. If gaming performance is needed, the screen is connected directly to the discrete GPU. In both cases Virtu allows the use of the other GPU's capabilities.
Today, Apple introduced new iMac all-in-one computers, featuring quad-core Intel Core i5/i7 processors (up to 3.4 GHz), AMD Radeon HD 6750M/6770M/6970M graphics, Thunderbolt ports and a new FaceTime HD camera.
At that, the 21.5-inch model features one Thunderbolt port, while the 27-inch iMac has two. The technology itself offers throughput up to 10 Gbps and lets high-performance peripherals like RAID arrays access PCI Express bus. It also offers DisplayPort connectivity for displays and supports adapters from HDMI, DVI and VGA interfaces.
Other features include 2 x 2GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory (optionally up to 16GB), 500GB to 1TB hard drive (optionally up to 2TB, or 256MB SSD), 4 x USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW).
Display resolution of the 21.5-inch model is 1920x1080 pixels, of the 27-inch model, 2560x1440 pixels.
As stated above, new iMacs come equipped with the new FaceTime HD webcam that now supports high-definition, widescreen calling. The now 'legacy' calls from iPad 2, iPhone 4, and latest-generation iPod touch are also supported.
New iMacs are traditionally enclosed into aluminium and glass, feature IPS displays, SD card slots and come bundled with Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse. All iMacs also feature Mac OS X Snow Leopard and the iLife'11 suite.
Pricing for the 21.5-inch model starts from $1199, for the 27-inch model, from $1699.
Yesterday at Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley 2011, AMD introduced the AMD Radeon E6760 embedded GPU. Available now, the AMD Radeon E6760 GPU offers embedded system designers the combination of OpenCL support along with support for six independent displays.
The AMD Radeon E6760 GPU can be paired with AMD's upcoming high-performance A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APU) codenamed "Llano" to offer additional graphics capability and additional parallel computing power.
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