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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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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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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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OCZ Octane SSD reviews round-up

OCZ Octane SSD reviews round-up

This week we're seeing the fabulously powerful and relatively inexpensive OCZ Octane 1TB 2.5-inch SSD hit the review block, and what we're seeing here is that the manufacturers have backed up their claims in more ways than one. Price per gigabyte on this device is lower than the competition while the strength its displaying in this first round of hands-on looks is showing it to be more than a contender in the benchmark department. Could this be your next solid state drive, dare we ask?

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