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Sony VAIO Z Series: 13.3″ Ultraportable with Light Peak dock

Sony VAIO Z Series: 13.3″ Ultraportable with Light Peak dock

Sony has unveiled its latest performance ultraportable, the Sony VAIO Z Series, tipping the scales at under 1.2kg but still offering - thanks to a docking station that uses the same Intel Thunderbolt connection technology as Apple recently adopted - solid graphics performance with an external video card. The new 13.1-inch 1600 x 900 notebook runs up to a Core i7-2620M 2.7GHz processor paired with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 256GB SSD, while the Sony Power Media Dock VGP-PRZ20C/VGP-PRZ20A packs an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated memory, a choice of DVD or Blu-ray drives, and support for a further two simultaneous monitors.

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LaCie Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt hands-on [Video]

LaCie Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt hands-on [Video]

Apple's 2011 MacBook Pro laptops have been on the market for several months now, and there's one port that has resolutely refused to be used in the way it's intended. Devices bearing Thunderbolt ports - Intel's high-speed connectivity standard co-developed with Apple - are yet to hit the market, but SlashGear caught up with LaCie for a pre-launch demo of the new Little Big Disk. The name might be daft but the performance is anything but: over 825 MB/s read speeds.

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Intel 710 and 720 series SSD specs revealed

Intel 710 and 720 series SSD specs revealed

Intel has been pedaling some SSDs to enterprise and consumers for a while now and the enterprise versions of its SSDs have been a long time without a significant refresh. The specs on the replacements for the aging X25-E lineup of SSDs has now surfaced and the new 700 series are aimed at that enterprise like their forbearers. The new SSDs are the 710 and the 720. The 710 caries the codenamed Lyndonville and the 720 is dubbed the Ramsdale.

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Mushkin unveils Chronos SSDs with SandForce SF-2281 controller

Mushkin unveils Chronos SSDs with SandForce SF-2281 controller

Mushkin has a line of SSDs already that includes some very nice and speedy storage drives for consumers. The company has announced its latest SSD called the Chronos series and the new line of SSDs will use the SandForce SF-2281 processor. This line of SSDs will also be the first from Mushkin to use the SATA revision 3.0 protocol for 6 Gbps bandwidth. Mushkin promises that the SSD will offer very fast speeds and still allow the price to stay low.

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Micron unveils RealSSD P320h PCIe SSD drive with blazing performance

Micron unveils RealSSD P320h PCIe SSD drive with blazing performance

There are a number of SSDs and storage devices on the market today that get around the bottleneck imposed by the SATA port by going directly to the PCIe bus using an expansion slot. Micron has announced a new SSD that slips into your PCIe slot and offers performance that is just incredible for geeks that are used to SATA SSD speeds. The new PCIe SSD is called the RealSSD P320h and it comes in two high capacity versions.

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SanDisk debuts new SSD U100 and iSSD i100 for tablets and ultra-thin notebooks

SanDisk debuts new SSD U100 and iSSD i100 for tablets and ultra-thin notebooks

SanDisk makes a lot of flash-based storage gear from memory cards to SSDs that turn up in consumer systems and are used by OEMs for tablets and other devices. SanDisk has announced a pair of new SSDs at Computex 2011 called the SanDisk SSD series U100 and the SanDisk iSSD integrated storage device is a new capacity for the i100. The i100 is the world's smallest and fastest 128GB SATA III BGA-based SSD. It is aimed at the tablet and ultra-thin notebook market.

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Intel Rapid Start and Smart Connect promise instant-resume & more

Intel Rapid Start and Smart Connect promise instant-resume & more

Ultrabook may be the fancy branding, but Intel isn't relying solely on a swish name to make its Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge notebooks appealing. Later in 2011 will come various "responsiveness innovations" including a MacBook Air-style instant-resume feature called Rapid Start, which promises just 5-6 seconds between hibernation and being ready to use, along with Smart Connect, for streamlining social networking updates.

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PC notebooks to get MacBook Air style flash-standby in 2012

PC notebooks to get MacBook Air style flash-standby in 2012

Apple's MacBook Air could lose its super-speedy resume advantage if Intel has its way, with news that the chip company will be pushing "fast flash standby" support to PC manufacturers with the debut of the Chief River notebook processors in 2012. By shifting the standby system state from RAM to SSD storage, Fudzilla reports, Chief River based notebooks will be able to offer the same resume speed performance but with significantly reduced power consumption.

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