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LG Z330 and Z430 Super Ultrabooks revealed

LG Z330 and Z430 Super Ultrabooks revealed

Ultrabooks have hardly had a chance to get started, and already LG is looking to refine the term with its new Super Ultrabook LG Z330 and Z430 models. Two of the company's new PCs from its CES 2012 line-up, they join a 3D-centric notebook range - though lack 3D themselves - at the Las Vegas show next week. So, you might be asking, what makes an ultrabook "Super"?

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Apple’s Anobit flash specialist deal final

Apple’s Anobit flash specialist deal final

Apple's acquisition of flash memory specialist Anobit has apparently been finalized, reports from Israel suggest, with the NAND controller company's tech used to boost capacity, performance and reliability of storage in future smartphones, tablets and notebooks. Initially rumored earlier this month, the Anobit buy has now gone through for roughly $400-500m Calcalist reports. Apple could also use the buy to set up an Israel-based R&D center, it's suggested.

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Seagate Samsung HDD deal final: new mobile R&D in pipeline

Seagate Samsung HDD deal final: new mobile R&D in pipeline

Seagate has completed its $1.4bn acquisition of Samsung's hard-drive business, taking on production as well as research & development of traditional platter-based discs while Samsung focuses on flash memory. Announced back in April, the deal will also see Samsung provide NAND flash to Seagate for use in the company's SSDs and hybrid SSD/HDD drive line-up.

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Intel pushing SSD as hard-drive shortage hits revenues

Intel pushing SSD as hard-drive shortage hits revenues

Intel is hoping to leverage the hard-drive shortage to drive its SSD business, in the attempt to offset its slashed Q4 revenue estimates after lower than expected processor sales. The chip company warned yesterday that the Thai flooding - and an ensuing reduction in new computers being built - could knock $1bn off its next set of financial results; however, Intel CFO Stacy Smith also reckons there's an opportunity there to push another aspect of the company's business, the NYTimes reports. Intel will "be using this as an opportunity" Smith confirmed.

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Apple buying Anobit performance flash specialist tips report

Apple buying Anobit performance flash specialist tips report

Apple has reportedly bought Israeli flash memory specialist Anobit, in a $400-500m deal for the NAND company's proprietary performance technology. Anobit is a fabless semiconductor company which apparently already counts Apple among its clients, Calcalist reports, using embedded flash controllers in devices like the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air. The acquisition would presumably give Apple greater control over high-performance solid-state memory, as the Cupertino company is expected to shift to in its MacBook Pro range over the next few years.

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Samsung Series 5 ultrabooks debut

Samsung Series 5 ultrabooks debut

Samsung has revealed its latest ultrabook, the Samsung Series 5, a choice of 13- or 14-inch ultraportables packing 7s resume in a chassis as thin as 14.9mm. The new Series 5 notebooks pack a choice of up to 1TB of traditional storage (in the 14-incher; up to 500GB in the 13-incher) or a 128GB SSD, along with up to 8GB of RAM and even the option of an optical drive.

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Razer Blade gaming laptop ships imminently

Razer Blade gaming laptop ships imminently

Gaming device manufacturer Razer has confirmed it will be offering pre-orders on its $2,799.99 Blade uber-notebook within days, with the laptop - that has a touchscreen for easier in-game control - expected to ship in time for Christmas. There's also been a quiet feature change, CEO Min-Liang Tan informed Kotaku, with a 256GB SSD taking the place of the originally specified 320GB HDD.

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Super Talent TeraNova SSD offers crazy 540MB/s speeds

Super Talent TeraNova SSD offers crazy 540MB/s speeds

SSD manufacturer Super Talent has launched a new, high-speed drive capable of over 500 MB/s read and write rates, targeted at hardcore users. The Super Talent TeraNova offers up to 480GB of solid-state capacity, paired with a modified SandForce 2200 controller in a 2.5-inch form-factor, making it suitable for performance desktops or notebooks.

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HP Folio 13 Ultrabook on sale now

HP Folio 13 Ultrabook on sale now

The new ENVY range isn't the only thing HP has new in notebook sales today; the HP Folio 13 ultrabook is also ready for primetime, offering 13.3-inches of Core i3 or i5 ultraportable. Announced last month, the Folio 13 has 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, along with a 1366 x 768 display, in a 3.3-pound 0.7-inch tall chassis.

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LG Xnote Z330 ultrabook revealed

LG Xnote Z330 ultrabook revealed

LG has revealed its own attempt at the ultrabook segment, the LG Xnote Z330, with Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors and more than a hint of Apple's MacBook Air to the styling. Built around a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display - that, thanks to LG's 8mm-thin bezel Shuriken tech, fits into  the space a 12-inch panel would usually demand - the Z330 is 14.7mm thick and 1.21kg, and can run for over 6hrs on a single charge.

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Samsung outs 256GB SSD ideal for ultrabooks

Samsung outs 256GB SSD ideal for ultrabooks

As Intel pushes its Ultrabook platform there are more and more SSDs hitting the market that are seemingly aimed right at the Ultrabook makers and users out there. Samsung is the latest to offer a new SSD that would be perfect for the Ultrabook realm called the mSATA SSD PM830. Samsung has announced that the SSD is now in full production.

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Seagate Momentus XT 750GB SSHD official, test videos released

Seagate Momentus XT 750GB SSHD official, test videos released

The folks at Seagate have announced the 3rd generation unit in their Momentus solid state hybrid drive line, here in the Momentus XT 750GB - as large as an HDD and as fast as an SSD, and at one tenth the price. This newest unit comes with 750GB of space, SLC NAND at 8GB, and a SATA 6GB/s NCQ interface. This newest drive has 50% more capacity than the previous generation Seagate Momentus, is 1.5x faster, and has both double the NAND flash and double the interface speed of its predecessor. Though it has the same name as its 500GB older sibling, this newest generation hybrid drive acts as the new plateau for Seagate and is available at a handful of online retailers today.

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