hardware

  • A Million Developers On A Million Keyboards: Ecosystems Require R&D Density

    A Million Developers On A Million Keyboards: Ecosystems Require R&D Density

    Walking around CES this week it’s easy to see the future: just look at the components being sold in the nether regions of the show. These include specific things – Bluetooth powered electrical cords, for example – and “pieces” like smaller motherboards, cases, and materials. When planning a launch line-up, major manufacturers peruse catalogs of potential hardware… Read More

  • The TouchFire Chronicles: How Two Guys Raised $100K To Make A Magical Keyboard

    The TouchFire Chronicles: How Two Guys Raised $100K To Make A Magical Keyboard

    This week we’re running a three part series by Steven Isaac, a programmer with an amazing resume including stints at Sun, Microsoft, and even a hardware start-up that brought the first (non-portable) tablets. For years he’s dreamed of an easy-to-use device with a full keyboard that slides out when needed and, together with a designer, he built the Touchfire, a fully funded… Read More

  • ARM’s A7 To Act As Sidekick Processor To More Powerful A15 And Friends

    ARM’s A7 To Act As Sidekick Processor To More Powerful A15 And Friends

    Here’s another entry to add to the alphabet soup of processors, chips, and components being bandied about by device makers. ARM, whose A8 core forms the center of a great number of mobile devices, has announced a little brother to their line of higher clockspeed processors. The A7 will form a sort of low-power sidekick to the more powerful A15 and its ilk. The A7 (no direct relation… Read More

  • AMD’s Bulldozer Fails To Meet Expectations

    AMD’s Bulldozer Fails To Meet Expectations

    The Intel-AMD war has been going on a long time, and I hope it will be going on longer. The last few years have been hard on the underdog, however, with huge growth by Intel in both the low-power and high-performance sectors. The Core 2 Duos excelled, as did the Core i* series, and its most recent consumer series, the Sandy Bridge update to the i*s, is a monster. AMD has consistently… Read More

  • New USB Spec Calls For Up To 100W Of Power, Thinks “Thunderbolt” Is A Cute Name

    New USB Spec Calls For Up To 100W Of Power, Thinks “Thunderbolt” Is A Cute Name

    I’m sure many of our readers have come across a situation where they’d have liked USB to carry a bit more power to their devices. Your phone or iPod, charging ever-so-slowly, or perhaps an external drive that only works on “powered” USB ports — or must be plugged into a wall socket. A wall socket, in this day and age! I ask you! Fortunately, the SuperSpeed USB… Read More

  • Texas Instruments Promises All-Day Battery Life With 2013 OMAPs

    Texas Instruments Promises All-Day Battery Life With 2013 OMAPs

    Since battery technology isn’t really enabling us to pack more than a few watt-hours into our portable devices, companies like Intel, Nvidia, and Texas Instruments are working hard at making their chips and processors more efficient. Apple is acknowledged to be the leader here — their vertically-integrated device creation process (and the mysterious A5) gives them the control they… Read More

  • 1.6-Terabyte Smart Optimus SSD Reads A Gig Per Second

    1.6-Terabyte Smart Optimus SSD Reads A Gig Per Second

    Enterprise hardware company Smart Modular Technologies has announced a line of SSDs that appear to wipe the floor with pretty much everything out there. It comes in capacities from 200GB all the way to a current record capacity of 1.6TB. And not only is it the biggest single SSD available, it also is the fastest, using a Serial Attached SCSI interface to achieve (they claim) 1000MB/s read… Read More

  • BackBlaze Presents Their Bare-Bones, $7348, 135TB Storage Pod For Backup On The Cheap

    BackBlaze Presents Their Bare-Bones, $7348, 135TB Storage Pod For Backup On The Cheap

    We covered BackBlaze’s cloud-based backup system way back in 2008, when $5 for unlimited storage must have sounded like a Christmas present. Since then the business has matured somewhat, but one thing they nailed that perhaps has become more important is scaling the hardware. With cloud backup and media services firing on all cylinders, data storage space is more valuable than ever… Read More

  • Smart Design: Fanless Heatsink Spins Itself

    This is a nice little twist on the traditional heatsink design you find on CPUs around the world. While normally you’d have a thermally conductive surface, some heat pipes, and a fan driving air over stationary heatsink plates, this design from Sandia switches things up. No fan at all — or if you like, the heatsink is the fan. Read More

  • NZXT Gets Into The CPU Cooling Business With The Havik 140

    I spent quite a while deciding on the fan for my new system, and although I’m happy with the one I got, It would have been nice to have this new Havik 140 from NZXT in the running as well. Mainly because I know it’ll be solid quality and it’s “universally compatible with Intel and AMD processors” — meaning I don’t have to drill down to comments and… Read More

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