As expected Apple has announced a new refreshed MacBook Air at WWDC. The new MacBook Air will come with Intel’s latest 3rd-generation Core processor (a.k.a Ivy Bridge), along with more RAM and a bigger SSD.
The top of the line MacBook Air can now sport a 2Ghz dual-core i7, 512GB of SSD with nearly double the read/write speeds from the current model, 8GB of RAM running at 1600MHz, an integrated GPU that is “60% faster”, two USB 3.0 ports and a 720p FaceTime HD camera.
The 11-inch Air will still retain its 1366*768 resolution and with prices starting from $999 and goes all the way up to $1099. The 13-inch Air also retains its 1440*900 resolution, and will cost $100 less than the current-gen 13″ Air.
Both the new Air(s) will start shipping from today itself.
Today, Intel announced its latest, fastest and their most reliable SSDs until date for consumers and OEMs – the SSD 520. This new SSD from Intel uses the SATA III interface to communicate, and is based on the 25nm NAND memory process technology.
“We tapped Intel engineering to create a client SSD that delivers performance on all fronts with obsessively high reliability,” said Rob Crooke, Intel vice president and general manager of the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “The Intel SSD 520 once again raises the industry bar on SSD performance, quality and reliability to dramatically improve user experience.”
Other features of Intel SSD 520 include Advanced Encryption Standard, 256 bit encryption capabilities, and enhanced password protection for added security. The SSD will be available in a wide-range of capacities right from 60GB to a whopping 480GB.
For per 1000-units order, the 60GB model will cost $149, while the 120GB, 180GB and 240GB will set users back by $229, $369 and $509, respectively. The 480GB variant will set users back by a whopping $999. Intel is also providing a whopping 5-year warranty on the new SSD, which outlasts the 1 or 3 year warranty given on the traditional HDDs by manufacturers.
It was just a few hours ago that we reported about the leaked specs of the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro. Now, Apple has updated its online store with the next generation MacBook Pros.
As rumored, the new MacBook Pros sport a faster Core i5 or Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor from Intel. While the 13MacBook Pro sports an Intel 3000HD graphics card, the 15and the 17MBPs sport an AMD 6490M or a HD6750M graphics card, depending on the configuration you pick.
The hard disk storage capacity has been bumped across the range with SSDs of varying capacities being optional. Sadly, the number of USB ports remain the same as found on the older MBPs 2, and no they are not USB 3.0 ports. Apple lists the battery life of the new MacBook Pros at 7 hours. The ‘iSight’ camera has been renamed to Facetime HD’ as well.
As reported earlier, the new MacBook Pros sport a Thunderbolt’ I/O port, which is Apple’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak technology.The new Thunderbolt port incorporates a Native Mini DisplayPort and can output videos to DVI or VGA using the suitable adapter. The port can also be used to hook up the MacBook Pro(s) to an HDMI monitor/LCD.
Along with the new MacBook Pros, Apple also released a developer preview of the next version of OS X Lion. Users can have a look at all the new features OS X Lion’ will bring here. OS X Lion’ is expected to be released sometime in summer 2011.
Lenovo today announced its first ever-3D laptop – the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d features a 15.6-inch 3D screen to provide a 3D experience when combined with compatible 3D movies and games. The laptop can be equipped with up to a Core i7 processor, and the ATI HD5730 graphics card with up to 1 GB of memory. Up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 750GB of storage space is available on the laptop.
The Y560d also features the RapidDrive technology to combine the performance of an SSD, and the storage space of a traditional HDD to deliver better performance.
Fun is a notebook that brings multimedia to lifeâ€”and the IdeaPad Y560d does this in a dramatic fashion with a truly unique 3D viewing experience,said Dion Weisler, vice president, business operations, Lenovo. While 3D technology has been around for ages, it has not been readily accessible to consumers within the home. Lenovo is helping bridge this gap by delivering consumers a 3D experience on a familiar PC platform that can be viewed and enjoyed when and where they want.
The laptop automatically switches to the integrated graphics core for improving the battery life. The laptop is also equipped with an HDMI port. A Blu-Ray player is also optional. The laptop also features SlideNav and OneKey Theather II. The former is an intelligent touch-sensitive slide bar application for easy desktop navigation, while the latter optimizes the laptop for video playback. The Y560d will feature speakers from JBL with Dolby Home Theater surround sound.
The 3D screen, TriDef technology, and the RapidDrive features are all optional. The laptop will hit the retail stores by the end of June, with the base model costing $1,199.99.
Samsung announced in a press release today that they would be beginning the production of high speed 512GB SSD from next month. The new SSD will be based on the 30-nanometer fabrication process. The SSD will make use of the toggle-mode DDR structureto deliver extremely high read/write speeds. The SSD will make use of the SATA 3.0Gbps interface.
“The highly advanced features and characteristics of our new SSD were obtained as a direct result of an aggressive push for further development of our NAND flash technology, our SSD controller and our supportive SSD firmware,” said Dong-Soo Jun, executive vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics. “Early introduction of this state-of-the-art toggle DDR solution will enable Samsung to play a major role in securing faster market acceptance of the new wave of high-end SSD technology,” he added
According to Samsung, the read/write speed of this new SSD will be in the range of 250MB/sec and 220MB/sec respectively. Along with speed, Samsung also has developed a low-power controller for the toggle-mode DDR NANDto reduce the power consumption of the SSD.
The 512GB SSD from Samsung also features 256-bit AES encryption to provide a higher level of security to the user’s data. The production of these new SSDs will start from next month, and hopefully they will hit the retail market in a couple of months.
Seagate has tried to merge a SSD and a traditional hard disk into one with the Seagate Momentus XT. The Seagate Momentus XT has a 2.5-inch form factor, and will feature 32Mb of DRAM cache. Seagate calls the Momentus XT a Solid State Hybrid Drive. The hybrid hard disk will be available in storage capacities of 250GB, 320GB and 500GB, along with 4 GB of NAND storage. The spindle speed of the drive is 7200RPM. Sadly, the hybrid hard disk uses the older SATA I interface.
For notebook PC users looking forward to faster PC performance without sacrificing storage capacity or affordability, now there’s an option. Seagate’s new Momentus ® XT drive is the first storage device for notebook PCs that raises the bar for affordable capacity and performance,said John Rydning, IDC’s research director for hard disk drives.
The Momentus XT uses the new Adaptive Memory technology from Seagate, to improve the hard disk performance. According to Seagate, the Adaptive Memory technology will move the frequently accessed file to the faster NAND storage. Asus will use the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard disk in their Republic Of Gamers G73JH laptop.
This hybrid hard drive from Seagate will hit the retail market within the next two weeks.
Apparently, it looks like Intel will be launching a 600GB 25 nm Solid State Disk(s) by the end of this year. This year, users have already seen the price of the SSDs dwindling to a record low. SSDs are now available for a mere 100$. SSDs have a higher read/write speed compared to traditional Hard Disk drives. They also consume less power, and are smaller in size. Their only downside is their longevity. Traditional Hard Disks have a longer life-span compared to SSDs.
Users can argue that traditional Hard Disks are comparatively cheaper than SSDs, but that is just a matter of time. SSDs prices have been falling down, and soon they will reach a price-point where they are reasonable for general masses to buy them. Intel is one of the most renowned SSDs manufacturer. According to Fudzilla, Intel has big plansfor the holiday season with the launch of new 25 nm MLC NAND Flash memory based SSDs. The company plans to launch the SSD in capacities of 160GB, 300GB and 600GB.
Soon after, Intel will launch 1.8 inch SSDs with their capacities reaching up to 300GB. The launch of these new 25nm 1.8 inch SSDs will mark the end-of-life of the existing 34nm and 50nm 1.8 inch SSDs from Intel. These 1.8 inch SSDs will be primarily used in Camcorders, Blu-Ray players and other similar devices.
Asus today officially announced the Asus EeeKeyboard PC. The Asus EeeKeyboard is a fully functional PC in a stylish keyboard form-factor. The Asus Eeekeyboard has a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800×480. The device features Ultra-wideband (UWB) Wireless Display connectivity which allows it to stream HD 720p videos within a range of 5 meters.
The EeeKeyboard features a solid state drive of either 16GB or 32Bb for all your storage needs. The processing needs of the computer is handled by the Intel Atom N270, and the 1Gb of DDR2 RAM helps things chug along smoothly. The Asus Eeekeyboard duly covers the various connectivity fields including Wifi b/g/n, LAN, and Bluetooth v2.1. It also includes 1 x HDMI out port, 1 x VGA out and 2 x USB 2.0 ports. The device runs on Windows XP Home edition. The devices also has 2 in-built speakers.
The battery life of the Asus Eeekeyboard is quoted at 4 hours. Surprisingly, the device manages to maintain a compact shape and size, and weighs in a mere 1.1kg. The Asus EeeKeyboard is now available in the U.S. for a MSRP of $599.
Super Talent is quite popular for its memory modules and SSDs. Today, the company launched a value for money solid state drive product line-up known as the Super Talent VSSD. The VSSD line-up of SSDs from Super Talent have a SATA II port, and feature sequential read speeds of up to 150MB/sec. The sequential write speeds are at an impressive 100MB/sec.
The drives are enclosed in a polymer shell that protect the drives against sudden shock and physical damages. The capacity of the VSSD’s ranges from a mere 8Gb to 64Gb. The VSSDs are of the 2.5inch form factor. According to Super Talent, the VSSD line-up of SSD’s offer shorter OS bootup time, faster application loading, less system power consumption and a brand new experience the customer can never get from traditional hard-disks.
The price of the 8Gb VSSD drive is 65$, while the 64GB model costs 175$. The VSSDs are currently available all over the world at Super Talent resellers shop.