Marvell announced today the deployment of its 88SS9187 SATA controller designed for solid-state drives (SSDs).
The company says the new controller is powered by high-performance embedded processor technology and features the latest 6Gbps SATA 3.1 host interface optimized specifically for SSDs. The 88SS9187 also has Marvell's Adaptive Read and Write Scheme and on-chip RAID functionality. This means it can be used with the latest generation of NAND flash memory.
According to Marvell, the new controller will deliver lower costs, high performance, and better power efficiency, making it also a great choice for the ultrabook computer market. Most of all, the new controller might also lead to the further reduction of SSD prices.… Read more
Bus-powered portable drives, those that don't need a separate power adapter to work, are not new and have been in the market for years. But the Elgato Thunderbolt SSD is the first made specifically for Macs and for now can only work with Macs.
For this reason, like many thing Apple-made, it changes everything all over, again.
For one, it's by far the fastest bus-powered portable drive on the market, though not at all the fastest among Thunderbolt storage devices. Secondly, it's super-expensive at $700 for 240GB (or $450 for 120GB).
While souped-up pricing and performance of … Read more
If you've had your computer for a few years or just got a budget one that's kind of slow, I have a quick and relatively affordable way to add a new life (speed, that is) to it: replace the machine's internal drive, the one that hosts the operating system, with a solid-state drive (SSD).
(A standard SSD looks very much like a traditional 2.5-inch laptop hard drive, but it's much faster. You can find out more … Read more
Acer unveiled five new monitors today aimed at those of you attracted to stylish, thin, LED-backlit displays. You know, pretty much everyone.
The announced monitors consist of the S200HL (20-inch); the S235HL, S230HL Abd, and S230HL Abii (all 23-inchers); and finally the 27-inch S271HL. Each of the larger models features resolutions of 1,920x1,080 pixels, while the S200HL has a native resolution of 1,600x900 pixels.
All models sport a 5ms response time, and while Acer doesn't explicitly say so, they all likely house twisted nematic (TN) panels, so don't expect wide viewing angles or incredibly accurate … Read more
While the two drives look essentially the same, share the support for the SATA 3 (6Gbps) standard and have a 2.5-inch, 9.5mm standard design, the M3 is not really the next straight step from the M2, but rather a totally different step.
This is because the new drive is actually slightly slower than the previous model, which, by the way, is still one of the fastest on the market. To make up for this, … Read more
No matter how big or small your computer is, there is at least one internal drive to host its operating system and programs. This drive is almost always a standard internal drive, which comes in the form of a regular hard drive (HDD) or a solid-state drive (SSD). The former is affordable and offers lots of storage space, while the latter is generally more expensive but superfast. The good news is, 2012 marked the time SSDs became more and more popular, thanks to the reduced costs and the increased number of vendors joining the storage market of this type.
That … Read more
Here's one of those bizarro products that's just waiting for some genius to come along and help it realize its no doubt substantial potential.
As you can see, it's a light in the guise of a hospital IV drip bag. That's odd enough (unless you're some sort of hypochondriac with a fetish for hospital gear). But it gets even more unusual. As you can also see, it's an LED light with a USB hookup for a plug. Of course, that means you plug it in to your laptop to fire it up.
Now, conceptually speaking, what could that possibly mean? That your laptop is ill and in need of an infusion of energy? OK, that's kind of cute. But it's odd that it actually seems to be the laptop that's energizing the drip bag, isn't it? So, hmmm, maybe this is a statement about things working the other way 'round? About technology and computers somehow being the ultimate drug?… Read more
Mobile USB modems are not new, and all of them generally require some software to start the cellular connection. But not the one Clear announced today.
The wireless carrier, known mostly for its unlimited 4G data plans, introduced the Stick Atlas, the first USB cellular modem on the market that doesn't require software at all.
The company says that the moment the device is plugged into a USB port, the computer will gain access to the Internet, much like when the computer is plugged into a network port.… Read more
LaCie has been known to give its tech products a touch of fashion, and the 2big Thunderbolt Series is no exception.
The device looks good and sturdy, resembling the rest of the 2big family, including the already reviewed 2big USB 3.0.
The biggest difference from the previous models is that it has two Thunderbolt ports on the back that take the place of any other connection types, so no USB, FireWire, or eSATA.… Read more