Monday, 24 February 2014 10:00

Toshiba drops a few new SSDs on the market

New Toshiba SSDs belong to HG6 Series, have a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface and should appear on the market in March this year with yet unknown prices. During manufacture Toshiba decided to incorporate NAND chips that are created in the 19nm technology of 2nd generation. SSDs will be available in 2.5-inch mSATA and M.2 (single and double) packaging, and in capacities from 60 GB to 512 GB.

During yesterday an agreement was reached between Toshiba and CAA, by which Toshiba buys OCZ's technology related to solid state disk drives.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 21:56

Thin terabytes from Toshiba

Toshiba have announced mass production of thin 2.5 inch drives with rotating plates. The housing of drive is only seven millimeters thin.

Monday, 09 September 2013 20:03

Toshiba Encore Tablet Shown off at IFA

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Toshiba launched their 8-inch tablet named Encore which comes with "full" version of Windows 8 at IFA. The tablet will come preinstalled with Windows 8.1, and will be on sale in the last quarter of this year.

Friday, 06 September 2013 18:32

New TV Sets from Toshiba Shown off at IFA

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Toshiba at IFA fair presented a line of L5 TVs. L5 line consists of 40, 50 and 58 inch models with a common characteristics such as Edge LED display technology, Full HD resolution, support for 3D (using active shutter glasses), the conversion of 2D content to 3D, an advanced system for image smoothing and series of other interesting features.

Monday, 10 December 2012 21:57

Toshiba develops a low power version of MRAM

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Toshiba has developed a special version of MRAM memory with low power consumption and high performance, intended for processors that are built into smartphones and tablets. MRAM is supposed to replace the conventional cache-based SRAM cells in SoC's. These SoC's should be spending up to two-thirds less energy due to the new technology. Admittedly, it is not clear whether the cost savings are related to the complete SoC's or only the cache.

PressOne of my favorite movies is the move “Heat”  (for multiple reasons) in this movie there is a scene where Tone Loc is talking to Al Pacino about one of the “bad guys” he makes a very telling comment; “But he goes on and on running down to me about how he ain't been doing nothin' and nothin's been going on and all this other bullshit, so right then and there I know: this cat's got somethin' goin' down.” The same can be said about companies and people that tell you how great things are all the time. This is what we are seeing in a rash of articles about how great the New iPad is and how Apple will dominate the market (tablet market) until 2016… This is odd as only a couple of weeks ago it was only through 2013.

Excite13Toshiba has launched a new lineup of tablets under the name Excite. These are all Tegra 3 models and, for now, run Google’s Android 4. While everyone was unimpressed by the 10.1 tablet (its feature set is very similar to the rest of the crowd). What has really caught the eyes of the press is the rather large Excite 13 with is 13.3-inch IPS 1600x900 display. The common question is why go this large with a tablet screen?

hyperx02As the devices we carry around with us get smaller and smaller there is going to be an increasing want (or need) for larger and faster portable storage devices. We have watched over the last few years as the storage capacity of USB flash drives (Pen Drives, Thumb Drives etc.) has grown rapidly. It was not that long ago that a 1-2GB drive was something to have. Now we have small flash drives in the 64, 128 and even 256GB range! Kingston has been one of the companies on the forefront if this charge into larger capacity and faster performance. We have tested out multiple products from them from encrypted storage devices to the hefty DTUltimate G2 32GB USB3.0 thumb drive. Now we have a new product on the bench from Kingston. This one is being sold under their performance name HyperX. The Drive boasts 64GB of storage and 225MB/s of read performance! If the paper is to be believed this is almost twice the performance of the DTUltimate G2, which topped out at around 116MB in our testing. Let’s dive in and see if the paper claims match the real world performance.

 

 

07One thing that you can never seem to have enough of is storage. As more and more people store large image files, movies, music (I know a few that have over 3 TB of music!) it is even more critical. Now when you are back at home and have access to your desktop, a network attached Storage product etc there is no problem. The question is how do you move this data around with you when you are on the road and space on your laptop/slate is at a premium? The simple answer is some sort of small external storage. Fortunately there is no shortage of companies that make these. We have taken a look at our fair share of them; from external HDDs, to mini USB flash drives. Today we have a new product on the test bench. This is the 32GB DataTravler Ultimate G2 from Kingston. Nothing to get excites about right? Well this one might change your mind. The DT Ultimate is a USB 3.0 drive that boasts of read speeds over 100MB/s. So let’s see if the DT Ultimate can really do that the Marketing guys at Kingston say it can