• HGST Ultrastar SS200 SSD: Up to 7.68 TB, 1.8 GB/s, Dual-Port SAS 12 Gbps (AnandTech)

    Western Digital has introduced a new family of Ultrastar SS200 SAS SSDs that wed high-performance with capacities up to 7.68 TB as well as relatively high endurance. The drives are aimed at mixed-use and read-intensive workloads that require not only maximum throughput, but also reliability. To guarantee the latter, the Ultrastar SS200 uses the company's Guardian technology.

    The HGST Ultrastar SS200-series SSDs are designed for datacenters that rely on SAS backplanes, which are used for modern read-intensive and mixed-use workloads that benefit from performance and reliability (e.g., financial transactions, e-commerce, virtualization, database analytics, etc.). The drives come in 2.5”/15 mm form-factor with two SAS 12 Gbps ports and are based on the Guardian platform originally developed by SanDisk. The Guardian technology handles flash management, signal processing, end-to-end data path protection, power-loss protection and so on. Unlike the previous-gen products featuring the Guardian, the Ultrastar SS200 SSDs are based on a proprietary Western Digital controller and firmware, not a third-party chip with a custom firmware, the company told us. The manufacturer claims that the SS200 drives use “commercial-grade” MLC NAND memory, which probably means 128 Gbit ICs made using 15 nm fabrication process.

    HGST Ultrastar SS200 Series Specifications
      Ultrastar SS200
    Capacities 400 GB
    800 GB
    1,600 GB
    3,200 GB
    480 GB
    960 GB
    1,920 GB
    3,840 GB
    7,680 GB
    Form Factors 2.5"/15mm
    Interface dual-port SAS 12 Gbps
    Controller Proprietary
    NAND 128 Gb MLC made using 15 nm process tech (?)
    Sequential Read 1800 MB/s
    Sequential Write 1000 MB/s
    Random Read (4 KB) IOPS 250,000
    Random Write (4 KB) IOPS 86,000 37,000
    Mixed Random Read/Write
    (max IOPS 70%R/30%W, 4KB)
    154,000 90,000
    Write Latency 512 B 100 ms
    Power Idle 3.8 W - 4.3 W
    Operating 9 W - 11 W (configurable)
    Endurance 3 DWPD 1 DWPD
    Encryption AES-256
    Power Loss Protection Yes
    MTBF 2.5 million hours
    Warranty Five years

    Since different workloads mean different demands for capacities and endurance, Western Digital plans to offer capacity-optimized versions of the SS200 that can store 480 GB – 7.68 TB of data and rated for one drive write per day (DWPD) for five years as well as endurance- and performance-optimized models rated at 3 DWPD for five years that can store 400 GB – 3.2 TB of data. Power consumption of the Ultrastar SS200 SSDs is configurable and can be as low as 9 W or as high as 11 W.

    When it comes to performance, the HGST Ultrastar SS200 supports sequential read speeds of up to 1800 MB/s as well as sequential write speeds of up to 1000 MB/s. Random read performance of the Ultrastar SS200 is up to 250K, whereas random write performance is rated at 86K/37K (performance-/capacity-optimized models).

    Samples of the HGST Ultrastar SS200 SAS lineup of SSDs are available to select customers now and Western Digital intends to begin their volume shipments in the first quarter of 2017. The drives will be covered with a five-year warranty and will be rated at 2.5 million-hour MTBF.

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  • Apple 2017: The iPhone X (Ten) Announced (AnandTech)

    The hot button item expected to come from Apple’s announcement today was the set of iPhones being announced. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were the expected models to come to market, but Apple felt that for the 10-year anniversary since the launch of the original iPhone, it should release a new model which ‘breaks the standard for another 10 years’. This new iPhone X device goes all in on some significant features that are novel to the Apple smartphone ecosystem: an edge-to-edge OLED display, a TrueDepth front-facing camera system, removal of TouchID in favor of a new facial recognition system called FaceID, and a few new features surrounding the integrated neural engine inside the A11 SoC.

    The iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten) is a visually significant departure from previous Apple smartphones. The 5.8-inch display is called an ‘edge-to-edge’ display in the marketing material, citing minimal bezels and taking up pretty much the full real estate of the phone. Apple also dubs this as a new retina display, specifically a ‘Super Retina’ display, with a 2436x1125 resolution with a pixel density of 458 PPI. The display is Apple’s first foray into OLED technology on a smartphone, as ‘previous versions of OLED were not sufficient’ in previous generations. This means that Apple is promoting features such as HDR10 for high dynamic range, a 1000000:1 contrast ratio, and high color accuracy. That contrast ratio is due to the blacks provided by the OLED display, although it will be interesting to see what the practical limits are. Apple has always been consistent with having superb color accuracy on its smartphones, so we will have to see in our testing if OLED changes things in Apple’s qualification process. Also Apple’s TrueTone technology makes its way from the iPad to the iPhone. This display technology uses data from the ambient light sensor to detect the ambiance of the surroundings and adjust colors (particularly when reading black on white) and adjusting the display to make it easier to read. The display will also support 3D Touch.

    With Apple moving to a full-screen technology like this, there is no room for the standard Home button, and with it, TouchID. As a replacement/upgrade, Apple is implementing FaceID: a set of front-facing technologies that will develop a face-map of a user and embed that as the passcode. This functionality is likely derived from Apple’s acquisitions of PrimeSense in 2013 (the IP behind Microsoft Kinect) and FaceShift in 2015. Apple states that the technology uses its embedded neural network engine to speed up facial recognition, but also that algorithms are in place such that the system will work if a user puts on glasses, wears a hat, has different hair, and even in low light. The algorithms will also auto-update as a user grows a beard. A lot of security researchers have questioned this move, while Apple quotes that the possibility for a false positive on TouchID was around 50k-to-1, FaceID should be more similar to a million-to-one. With FaceID, users will be able to unlock the device, as well as use their face to preapprove ApplePay purchases before touching a pay pad.

    In order to enable FaceID, Apple implemented a small top area for the main hardware. This includes an infrared camera, a flood illuminator, the front camera, and a dot projector. The hardware will map the face in three dimensions with a 5-second startup (when in sufficient light) to produce a face mesh. One version of the mesh, with the textures as part of the algorithm, will be held in a secure enclave for identification and approval. At this point in time, only one face per device can be registered, marking an initial limitation in the hardware. One of the other features for the technology shown by Apple was the ability to generate a face mesh and map new textures to it, such as new SnapChat ‘masks’, or animated emoji in Message. The hardware will map 50 muscle tracking points, and a user can choose one of twelve animal emoji (fox, cat, dog, pig, unicorn, poop emoji) and record a ten second message where the ‘ani-moji’ will mimic in real-time how the user is moving and speaking in order to send to the other person. Apples plan here is to open the resources up to developers to use in their own applications.

    Because the FaceID hardware is essentially an indent into the display, there will be some issues on content that will have to be addressed. On the home screen, Apple has designed the top icons to be inside the two nooks either side of the FaceID hardware, and adjust as needed. As shown by several journalists on the show floor at the launch event, the video will naturally default to fit perfectly without the little nooks, but if a user selects full screen, it will wrap around the FaceID hardware and intrude into the video being watched. Apple usually prides itself in the simplicity in its display support, and this might be a little scratch in that armor.

    With no home button, Apple is having to implement new interactions to deal with regular home button actions. To wake the phone from a screen off state, a user can tap on the display (or use FaceID if setup). To get to the home screen, the user can swipe up in any application, although this seems a bit fraught with issues, especially with games where swiping up is a key mechanic of the application. In order to get the list of applications in memory, then swipe up but hold the finger down on the screen. Apple neglected to mention how to put the phone to sleep / screen off mode – there is a button on the side, but that is specifically for Siri. In order to get the notifications menu, swipe down from the top.

    Under the hood, Apple is using its new A11 Bionic processor, with significant upgrades over the A10 and A10X. Details were scarce, but this is a TSMC 10nm design featuring six cores: two high-performance cores and four power efficient cores, with all six cores available for use at the same time. Apple is quoting that the high-performance cores are 25% faster than the high-performance cores in A10, while the high-efficiency cores are 70% faster than their counterparts in A10. No speeds are details about the cores were provided, though some initial analysis online from the code base suggests that the larger cores have two levels of private cache, while the smaller cores only have one level of private cache, with a high level of shared cache between both sets before hitting the DRAM. The A11 SoC will come in at 4.3 billion transistors, and features Apple’s second generation performance controller to assist with the 2+4 configuration. Also involved is a new GPU, which Apple states is its own custom design, coming in at ‘three cores’ (whatever that means in this context) and offers 30% higher performance than the graphics in the A10. Apple also stated that it can offer A10 graphics for half the A10 power, and that the GPU can assist in machine learning. We’ve seen discussions on Apple’s Metal 2 compute already appear at WWDC, so this is likely what Apple is talking about. The SoC also features a new ‘Neural Engine’ inside, offering two cores and 600 Giga-Ops per second, although no information as to how this inference hardware operates or at what precision (for example, Huawei’s NPU gives 1.92 TFLOPs of FP16). Apple was very light on A11 details, so we’ll likely revisit this topic later with more details.

    For the camera system, Apple is using a vertical dual camera on the rear of the iPhone X, rather than the horizontal cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus. Both of these cameras are new models, both are 12 megapixels, and both come with optical image stabilization. One camera is f/1.8, while the other is f/2.4, with both having larger and faster sensors with deeper pixels than previous iPhones to aid in image focus. Like with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple will use the embedded Neural Engine to assist with photo taking, such as adjusting skin-tone mapping in real-time depending on the environment. The camera also supports dual Quad-LED flash.

    The full design is glass on the back and front, using a new technology that Apple is quoting as the most shatter-resistant glass on an iPhone, and the band in the device will be ‘surgical grade stainless steel’ rather than aluminum. The iPhone X will be dust and water resistant, although Apple stopped short of giving it a full IPXX rating. Due to the glass, Apple is equipping the iPhone X with wireless charging capabilities using the Qi standard, and will offer a large ‘Air Power’ pad in 2018 that will allow users to wireless charge the iPhone X, the new Apple Watch Series 3, and the Air Pods all at the same time. Apple did not go into the size of the battery, although it does quote it as having two hours more battery life than the iPhone 7, despite the large OLED display.

    Lots of features that we’ve seen discussed in previous Apple launches were glossed over here: changes in the haptic feedback, anything about audio (there’s no 3.5mm jack, if you were wondering), any hard performance metrics, SoC details about the cores and how/if they are different, or frequencies, or how the Neural Engine is laid out, or even how much DRAM is in the device. This is likely due to the fact that even for a two-hour presentation, time was spent detailing the new features more than the underlying hardware. Unlike other smartphone vendors or chip designers, Apple doesn’t do a deeper ‘Tech Day’ on their hardware, which is a shame.

    What we do know is that Apple will be offering two storage options, 64GB and 256GB, and two colors in Space Grey and Silver (both of which have a slight pearlescence, according to Apple). The 64GB model will start at $999, and include Ear Pods in the box. The 256 GB model will have some markup, although Apple did not disclose how much. The iPhone X will go up for pre-order on October 27th in around 30 countries, and ship on November 3rd.

    Additional: turns out there are a lot more specifications on Apple's product page that just went live. Key features are screen brightness (625 nits), dimensions (143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, 174 grams), native FLAC support and HDR video playback support. The 256 GB model will start at $1149, putting a $150 mark-up on the higher capacity, and the Lightning-to-3.5mm cables are still included in the box.

    Apple iPhone
      iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus iPhone X
    SoC Apple A10 Fusion
    2 x 2.3 GHz Hurricane
    2 x little cores
    Apple A11 Bionic
    2 x High-Perf
    4 x High Efficiency
    GPU 6 Core PowerVR GPU 3-Core Apple Custom 
    Display 4.7-inch
    1334 x 750
    1920 x 1080
    1334 x 750
    1920 x 1080
    Size / Mass 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
    138 grams
    158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
    188 grams
    138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm
    148 grams
    158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
    202 grams
    143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm
    174 grams
    Battery 1960 mAh
    2900 mAh
    ? ? +2hr over iPhone 7
    Wireless Charging - - Qi Qi Qi
    Rear Cameras 12 MP f/1.8, OIS
    Wide Color Gamut
    Quad LED True Tone Flash
    12 MP, f/1.8, OIS
    Wide Color Gamut
    Quad LED True Tone Flash
    - 12MP ƒ/2.8 Telephoto,
    2x Optical
    Portrait Mode
    - 12 MP f/2.8
    2x Optical
    Portrait Mode,
    Portrait Lighting
    12 MP f/2.4 Telephoto, OIS
    2x Optical
    Portrait Mode,
    Portrait Lighting
    Front Camera 7MP ƒ/2.2
    Wide Gamut
    Retina Flash
    7MP ƒ/2.2
    Wide Gamut
    Retina Flash
    7MP f/2.2
    Wide Gamut
    Retina Flash
    Portrait Mode,
    Portrait Lighting
    Storage 32 / 128 / 256 GB 64 / 256 GB
    I/O Apple Lightning connector Apple Lightning connector
    WiFi 2.4 / 5GHz 2T2R 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC
    BlueTooth 4.2
    2.4 / 5GHz 2T2R
    802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC

    BlueTooth 5.0
    Launch Price 32 GB: $649
    128 GB: $749
    256 GB: $849
    32 GB: $769
    128 GB: $869
    256 GB: $969
    64 GB: $699
    256 GB: $849
    64 GB: $799
    256 GB: $949
    64 GB: $999
    256 GB: $1149



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    Ils avaient caméras et capteurs un peu partout.

    Macrumors a publié des photos de nouveaux modèles, toujours des Lexus mais plus récents, dont les capteurs ont évolué significativement.

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  • Micron acquires SSD Controller Designer Tidal Systems, Inc. (AnandTech)

    A year ago, several veterans of SSD controller design firms SandForce and Link_A_Media Devices formed a new startup called Tidal Systems, Inc. to focus on developing NVMe SSD controllers. Tidal has spent the past year operating in stealth mode, and their website has almost no information about the company's work.

    Over this past week, during a financial call to investors, it was announced that Tidal has now been acquired by Micron. There are no details available regarding the acquisition and Micron reported their quarterly results just before the acquisition so we won't get any more information soon. On the technical side, Micron plans to fold Tidal into their Advanced Controller Group and use Tidal controllers in client PCIe SSDs.

    While the news that the acquisition has been floating around for a few days, we wanted more and so contacted Micron's PR to get further information about the acquisition. Ultimately we were told very little as the details are being kept under wraps for the time being. We were told that the acquisition includes Tidal's "inventory, equipment and intellectual property rights"; not mentioned in our discussions with Micron were the key people involved in developing Tidal's technology. Some amount of staff turnover during an acquisition is normal, and we'll have to wait and see who stays with Micron or gets put up the chain. Neither company has given an indication of how close to market Tidal's controller/controllers (we don't even know how many are involved here) may be, so it is difficult to gauge how much of an impact, both in terms of technology and personnel, this acquisition will have.

    This acquisition is motivated by Micron's desire to develop high-end client SSDs without being dependent on third-party controllers from Marvell or others. This would give Micron more opportunity for product differentiation and keep more of the design in-house. This is becoming important as consolidation takes place - vertical integration of the SSD business has been working out very well for Samsung and Intel, and the industry has seen a lot of the consolidation ethos in recent years. Micron's acquisition leaves SanDisk as the only NAND manufacturer that doesn't do in-house controller design for the client SSD market, so it's likely that they're is sizing up the remaining independent SSD controller vendors.

  • L'autonomie des nouveaux MacBook Pro n'est pas à la hauteur (MacBidouille)

    Macrumors revient avec nombre de témoignages à l'appui sur l'autonomie des nouveaux portables d'Apple.

    Sur son site, la société annonce que ces machines ont jusqu'à 10h d'autonomie.

    Si l'on suit le petit 4 placé à côté on peut lire les choses suivantes:

    Tests réalisés par Apple en octobre 2016 sur des prototypes de MacBook Pro 15 pouces équipés d’un processeur Intel Core i7 quadricœur à 2,6 GHz avec un SSD de 256 Go et 16 Go de RAM ; sur des prototypes de MacBook Pro 13 pouces équipés d’un processeur Intel Core i5 bicœur à 2,9 GHz avec un SSD de 512 Go et 8 Go de RAM (tests de navigation web sans fil et de lecture de films iTunes) ; sur des prototypes de MacBook Pro 13 pouces équipés d’un processeur Intel Core i5 bicœur à 2,9 GHz avec un SSD de 256 Go et 8 Go de RAM (test de veille) ; et sur des prototypes de MacBook Pro 13 pouces équipés d’un processeur Intel Core i5 bicœur à 2 GHz avec un SSD de 256 Go et 8 Go de RAM. Le test de navigation web sans fil mesure l’autonomie de la batterie à travers la consultation sans fil de 25 sites web populaires, la luminosité de l’écran étant réglée sur 12 clics à partir du niveau le plus bas ou 75 %. Le test de lecture de films iTunes mesure l’autonomie de la batterie à travers la lecture de contenus HD 1080p, la luminosité de l’écran étant réglée sur 12 clics à partir du niveau le plus bas ou 75 %. Le test de veille mesure l’autonomie de la batterie en permettant à un système connecté à un réseau sans fil et à un compte iCloud de passer en mode veille avec les applications Safari et Mail ouvertes et tous les réglages système par défaut. L’autonomie de la batterie varie en fonction de la configuration et de l’utilisation. Voir www.apple.com/fr/batteries pour plus d’informations.

    Le jusqu'à devient alors évident tant les optimisations de ces tests, surtout sur des prototypes, sont nombreuses.

    Personne n'est donc surpris qu'il soit difficile de tenir 10h avec ces machines et une utilisation plus normale que celle qui consiste à ne consulter que 25 sites en 10h. Certes, des tests réalisés par la presse s'en sont approchés, mais il s'avère que nombre de personnes sont très loin d'y arriver.

    Ainsi, dans un usage qualifié par les lecteurs de normal, on est souvent en dessous des 4h et si l'on branche un écran externe, autour des 3h.

    Pour rappel, les machines dotées de la Touch Bar ont subi une cure d'amaigrissement de leurs batteries. Certes, elle est compensée par la consommation moindre des processeurs et cartes graphiques, mais la Touch Bar consomme de l'énergie tandis que le processeur et la carte graphique sont moins gourmands surtout quand ils ne sont que faiblement sollicités.

    Une fois encore, les concessions faites par Apple pour avoir des machines encore plus fines rendent plus service quand on transporte sa machine dans son sac à dos que quand on l'a devant soi en utilisation.

    [MàJ] Des utilisateurs de ces machines rapportent (selon Macrumors) que le passage à la 10.12.2 a significativement amélioré l'autonomie de leurs machines.
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  • ASRock Upgrades Beebox-S SFF PCs with Kaby Lake CPUs (AnandTech)

    ASRock has introduced updated versions of its Beebox-S small form-factor PCs. The new NUC-like systems are powered by Intel’s Core i5-7100U/i3-7200U CPUs featuring the Kaby Lake microarchitecture, but apart from that the computers are identical to their predecessors running the Skylake chips. ASRock positions its Beebox-S both for general-purpose computing as well as for multimedia playback.

    Just like their predecessors, the Asrock Beebox-S comes in a small black enclosure (110×118.5×46 mm, 0.6 L) that is akin to other Intel NUC-like systems. Since the PC is based on Intel’s Kaby Lake processor, it has rather advanced video playback capabilities, which make it a good candidate for an HTPC. Moreover, ASRock specifically mentions HDMI 2.0 and support for 4Kp60 with 10-bit HDR output as one of the key features of the new Beebox systems. The manufacturer also installed an IR receiver compatible with a bundled remote controller, further emphasizing a possible positioning of the Beebox-S.

    When it comes to connectivity, the SFF PC seems to be good for both office and the living room. The system is equipped with an HDMI 2.0 output (implemented using an LSPCon controller, most likely a MegaChips MCDP2000, and supporting 4096×2160 pixels at 60 Hz as well as HDR10) to connect to modern 4Kp60 UHDTVs (not sure about HDCP 2.2 support, but it should logically be there), an HDMI 1.4 as well as a DisplayPort 1.2. The Beebox-S also has one USB 3.0 Type-A and one USB 3.0 Type-C headers as well as a 3.5 mm TRRS connector for headsets on the front panel. Tthe back panel features two more USB 3.0 ports and one GbE connector.

    The heart of the ASRock Beebox-S is either Intel’s Core i3-7100U or Core i5-7200U microprocessor in BGA packaging with integrated HD Graphics 620. The system can also be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2133 memory (two SO-DIMM slots), an M.2-2280 NVMe SSD and a 2.5” SSD/HDD depending on demands of exact customer. Meanwhile, Intel’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.0 wireless module is pre-installed.

    ASRock Beebox-S SFF PCs Based on Intel's Kaby Lake CPUs
      Beebox-S 7200U Beebox-S 7100U
    CPU i5-7200U
    2.5 GHz
    3.1 GHz
    2.4 GHz
    GPU HD Graphics 620
    24 EUs
    up to 1050 MHz
    RAM 2×DDR4-2133 SO-DIMMs (up to 32 GBs)
    SSD Up to M.2-2280 SSDs
    HDD 2.5"/9.5 mm
    GbE Intel i219-V (?)
    Wi-Fi Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 (?)
    1×1 802.11ac + BT 4.0
    (via M.2 2230 card)
    I/O USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) via ASMedia ASM1142
    1×USB 3.1 Type-C
    3×USB 3.0 Type-A
    Video 1×HDMI 2.0 (HDCP2.2) via LSPCon
    1×DisplayPort 1.2
    Audio Realtek ALC283
    TRRS and HDMI connectors
    Size H: 46 mm
    W: 118.5 mm
    L: 110 mm
    Beebox-S 7200U Beebox-S 7100U

    This week Newegg started to sell the Beebox-S 7100U and Beebox-S 7200U SFF PCs for $291 and $349, respectively. As it appears that retail pricing of the new Kaby Lake-based ASRock Beebox-S SFF PCs is higher that of the Skylake-powered Beebox-S, which are available for $264 to $320. One more thing to note about the new Beebox-S systems is that they only come in black enclosures, whereas their predecessors feature black, white, silver and golden finishes. We haven't heard of other colors coming, although that may change in the future.

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    As Flash Memory Summit 2016 approaches, many major players in the SSD market are starting to announce new products. A year after introducing the Nytro XM1440 enterprise M.2 PCIe SSD, Seagate is expanding the lineup with a 2TB option. The XM1440 M.2 and XF1440 2.5" U.2 SSDs are based on the combination of Marvell's 88SS1093 PCIe 3.0 NVMe controller and Micron MLC NAND. The products are a result of a collaboration between Micron and Seagate, and are sold by Micron as the 7100 series. The 2.5" version has had a 2TB-class capacity option from the start, but the new XM1440 2TB is the first of its kind. The higher drive capacity is achieved through denser NAND packaging rather than from switching to higher-capacity 3D NAND dies.

    The XM1440 and XF1440 are available in either a capacity-optimized configuration intended for read-intensive workloads and rated for 0.3 drive writes per day, or in an endurance-optimized configuration for mixed workloads and rated for 3 drive writes per day. The latter sacrifices some usable capacity for increased overprovisioning and higher random write speeds, but otherwise they are the same drive. The 2TB XM1440 M.2 will unsurprisingly be one of the capacity-optimized variants, with similar specifications to the 1920GB XF1440 2.5" U.2 SSD.

    Seagate Nytro XF1440 and XM1440
    Drive Endurance Optimized Capacity Optimized
    Usable capacity 400 GB, 800 GB, 1600 GB (XF1440 only) 480 GB, 960 GB, 1920 GB
    Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 2.5" U.2 (XF1440)
    PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 22110 (XM1440)
    Sequential read up to 2500 MB/s
    Sequential write up to 900 MB/s
    Random read IOPS up to 240K
    Random write IOPS up to 40K up to 15K
    Write endurance 3 DWPD 0.3 DWPD
    Warranty 5 years
    Peak power 12.5 W (XF1440), 8.25 W (XM1440)
    Average read/write power 9 W (XF1440), 7W (XM1440)

    Seagate is also introducing a PCIe add-in card counterpart to the XM1440 and XF1440 as the Nytro XP7102. Based on the same controller and NAND, the XP7102's model number appears to mark it as the entry-level option in a new XP7000 generation to replace the XP6000 series products that were multi-controller solutions with an on-board RAID controller. The Nytro XP7102 targets only the endurance-optimized mixed workload segment with 800GB and 1600GB as the only two capacity options, and has similar specifications to its XF1440 equivalents.

    The 2TB XM1440 M.2 will be available in November 2016 and the Nytro XP7102 PCIe add-in card is already available.

  • Intel: Karby Lake arrivera entre 2015 et 2016 (MacBidouille)

    Si l'on en croit le site en langue chinoise Benchlife, la prochaine architecture de processeurs Intel, Karby Lake, sera disponible à partir de l'an prochain.

    Les processeurs pour appareils mobiles, dont les ordinateurs portables, devraient arriver en été, probablement à temps pour la rentrée scolaire.
    Pour les ordinateurs de bureau il faudra attendre la fin de l'année et le début 2017.

    Ces processeurs seront encore gravés en 14nm et ce sera donc au niveau du design des transistors que les principales nouveautés seront attendues.

    Il faudra attendre la seconde moitié de 2017 pour que les premiers processeurs gravés en 10nm, les Canonlake, débarquent.

    Si tous ces changements de feuille de route d'Intel sont liés aux difficultés du fondeur de graver plus fin, ils provoquent une réelle confusion des consommateurs.
    Par exemple, les iMac 27" utilisent des processeurs Skylake tandis que les modèles 21,5" sont encore au Broadwell. C'est parce que le fondeur n'a pas encore sorti de processeurs Skylake dotés d'un Iris Pro. On a donc non seulement une confusion mais aussi une collision des différentes architectures qui, au lieu de se succéder presque franchement, coexistent et cohabitent de plus en plus longtemps ensemble.

  • Administration : la Bulgarie impose les logiciels Open Source (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Si en France, le gouvernement se limite à recommander à son administration d'utiliser des logiciels open source, en Bulgarie, une loi vient d'être votée pour forcer l'adoption massive du logiciel libre.
  • Les produits AirPort étaient les plus appréciés (MacBidouille)

    Comme vous le savez, et bien que ce ne soit pas encore officiel, Apple a abandonné la recherche et le développement de sa gamme de routeurs AirPort.
    Hasard du calendrier, une étude qui vient d'être publiée montre que c'étaient les produits ayant le plus haut niveau de satisfaction.

    Ayant eu chaque génération de produits AirPort et de Time Capsule, nous déplorons également cet abandon.

    Apple devrait d'ailleurs en profiter pour rendre Open Source le Firmware de ces bornes afin de permettre à d'autres de les améliorer et même d'en proposer des adaptations pour des produits concurrents.