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Optane in Its Cheapest, and Possibly, Best Form Right Now

Intel made several Optane product announcements over the past couple of weeks, including high-end NVMe-based add-in-cards targeting enterprise servers. Optane is the commercial product name for 3D XPoint (pronounced “cross point”), next generation non-volatile storage technologies. Optane promises far higher performance and endurance compared to NAND, but even as far back as Intel and Micron’s […]

Toshiba Considers Options for Its Memory Business

While rumors published this week in Japan’s Nikkei news suggested that Toshiba was considering selling a stake of its semiconductor business to WDC, an official company note confirmed a day later that the Japanese conglomerate was considering splitting its memory business into a separate company, with no decision yet. Spinning out Toshiba’s memory division (essentially […]

Captive SSDs Move Across Apple’s Product Line Up

As widely rumored, Apple announce a refreshed MacBook Pro line up in October, sporting new industrial designs and introducing a touch-based, contextual screen in place of the normal row of function keys at the top of the keyboard. It marks the first time, I believe, that a replacement product line up was introduced at higher […]

Is PSVR the Last Best Hope for Virtual Reality?

2016, supposedly the year of virtual reality, or VR, has been relatively quiet. Hype-generating announcements, such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, essentially targeted the high-end of VR, offering cutting-edge experiences as long as users had the requisite high-end PC hardware and the cash for associated headsets and controllers. Despite the ability to assemble […]

Nearline HDD: The Cloud Dominates Enterprise Storage Demand

Capacity enterprise, or nearline HDDs are a mainstay for inexpensive, reliable bulk storage, utilized by nearly all enterprise market segments, including servers, network or external storage and hyperscale or could service providers. For as long as TRENDFOCUS has been tracking these shipments (as far back as 2008), nearline HDD unit volumes have increased from 3 […]

E3: Sony Looks to Take VR Mainstream

E3 2016, a show focused primarily on the latest games for PCs and consoles, maintained a strong focus on virtual reality (VR) this year. With Facebook’s Occulus Rift VR headset now available, high-end PC gamers with the proper hardware and the $599 to spend on the peripheral will enjoy the current state-of-the art in VR. […]

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