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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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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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