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XPS 700 desktop from Dell, one of the companies involved in the ESA project

November 7, 2007 More than 15 leading PC OEMs, motherboard, and peripheral manufacturers have joined together to endorse Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA), a new, open and royalty-free standard for the monitoring and controlling of PC power supplies, chassis, and water-cooling systems. Backed by PC industry names including NVIDIA, Dell, HP, Alienware, CoolerMaster and Thermaltake, ESA specifies an information protocol that system components can use to communicate with each other to adjust operating parameters, and relay important system information back to the user.  Read More

Sony VGC-LM18G

November 2, 2007 Aiming to merge the PC with a home entertainment center, Sony has added to their VAIO notebook lineup with the release of the LM series notebooks. The LM series features an eye-catching panel PC design reminiscent of Sony’s BRAVIA LCD TV’s with its’ 19 inch screen framed by a transparent bezel to blend into the surrounding environment. For ultimate integration, the VAIO LM series can be wall-mounted and features wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control.  Read More

Hitachi introduces simple data storage solution for small and medium sized businesses

October 17, 2007 Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Corporation has introduced the Hitachi Simple Modular Storage 100, a solution aimed at small and medium sized businesses which offers enterprise-class storage features scaleable up to 9TB along with complete data protection. Simple Modular Storage 100 (SMS 100) is intended for businesses looking for storage systems that are easy to manage, easy to grow, and easy to integrate with applications such as Microsoft® Windows and others common to the SMB marketplace.  Read More

32GB, $399.99, DiskGO™ Flash Drive

October 17, 2007 The storage stakes just keep getting higher. Insatiable consumer demand for small form factor, high-capacity, affordable storage devices is being met by the market, with the latest example to cross our desk being EDGE Tech Corp’s new US$399.99, 32GB DiskGO™ Flash Drive.  Read More

Hitachi flag 4TB Desktop PCs in 2011

October 16, 2007 The exponential growth of digital storage capacity continues unabated with news that Hitachi has developed recording heads up to 2,000 times smaller than the width of an average human hair – a nanotechnology breakthrough that is expected to quadruple current storage capacity limits to four terabytes (TB) on a desktop hard drive and one TB on a notebook hard drive.  Read More

RM releases PC weighing less than 1kg and costing £169

October 12, 2007 RM, a UK based supplier of educational software, services and systems to schools, colleges and universities has teamed with its hardware partner, Asustek, to release a PC weighing less than 1kg and costing less than £200.  Read More

Gresso's 1GB flash drives

October 5, 2007 In another example of fashion meets function from the world of consumer electronics, manufacturer of luxury mobile phones and MP3 players Gresso has released an alternative to the dreary old plastic USB drive. The high-end collection of 1GB capacity drives called "Adam&Eve" are crafted from materials including African mahogany, blackwood, gold and white diamonds.  Read More

SafeNet's iKey 4000 USB security dongle

September 28, 2007 Where credit card and banking information is being processed, user authentication, accountability and data security are of paramount importance. The iKey 4000 is a USB device that authorized users carry with them at all times in order to gain access to secure systems. It adds an extra factor to the access control puzzle – you need to both have the physical key and know the correct password to get in, thus satisfying the highest Payment Card Industry security protocols.  Read More

USB 3.0 on the horizon

September 22, 2007
USB 3.0 - ten times faster transfer

September 23, 2007 Details of the proposed next generation of high-speed USB (Universal Serial Bus) connectors have been unveiled. The planned USB 3.0 system will target a transfer speed of 4.8 gigabits per second, ten times that of USB 2.0 models. Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, NEC and NXP Semiconductors have formed the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to make the high-speed connection a reality, with final USB 3.0 specification scheduled to be released in the first half of 2008 and backward-compatible products hitting shelves as early as 2009.  Read More

Sandisk's 16GB ExpressCard

September 18, 2007 The rise and rise of Flash memory continues with SanDisk, the original inventor of Flash storage cards, launching its Express line of high-performance Flash memory products. Aimed at professional videographers and photographers who demand speed, durability and reliability the new 8GB and 16GB flash memory cards record high-definition video at 35 megabits per second.  Read More

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