AMD and the Solid-State

The solid-state drive market has AMD entering it again with Radeon drives. These Radeon drives are for laptops and desktops. With a very low price for the 120GB, in US dollars it comes out to be only $40.99. They happen to be compatible with the SATA III 6GB interface, it is also able to plug into a computer’s 2.5-inch hard drive slot.

The only way you can purchase this product is through Amazon and the way it is listed is by “AMD Memory R3.” There are two different sizes and prices. They can also be used in PCs with chips such as Intel or AMD. There was no clues given that the company was going to launch this product. Just like its other products It could give it that push to come up with new products down the line.

“The sequential read speed for the SSDs is between 510MBps (megabytes per second) and 520MBps. The sequential write speed is 360MBps for the 120GB drive and 450MBps for the 960GB drive.”

On the 120 GB drive the random read speed is 57,400 IOPS which means input-output per second, and 79,520 IOPS on the 960 GB drive. The company that actually made the SSDs is called Galt. They are also responsible for support. The companies that are now in competition with AMD is now competing with Intel, SanDisk, and Samsung in the SSD market. The way that the SSD can read and write speeds varies depending on manufacturing technology, and controller on the drives and the cell structure,. Although it will make the drive more reliable, the controller could slow it down as well.

In comparison to a SanDisk Ultra II 2.5-inch drive with 960GB of storage is listed as having very fast speeds of up to 550MB. With that being said, that SSD has random read and write speeds of 98,000 IOPS.

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Transcend SSD370S

The Transcend SSD370S which retails for $320 is a premium solid-state drive (SSD) and is offered from the brand you trust. Transcend has been the leading manufacturer for solid-state memory and the storage business for the last twenty years.

The Transcend SSD370S which is offered in 1 terrabyte, contains all the bells and whistles you could want from a primary (C:) drive replacement and included is the accessories that have been left out of competing products.

Although virtually any SSD replacement will be faster when compared to your traditional spinning hard drive the Transcend SSD370S which is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities is one of Transcend’s top selling models. And it wasn’t too long ago that you had to settle for a smaller capacity drive due to the cost however now with the Transcend SSD370S one could replace almost any size hard drive without compromising storage capacity or cost.

Transcend understands the daily issues consumers face with upgrading SSD for desktops due to the desktop-class drives being 3.5-inch compared to the 2.5-inch bays cases that SSDs typically require. To address that issue Transcend is offering an adapter bracket that will allow users to fit the SSD370S in a 3.5-inchy bay along with a strong SSD-monitoring utility software (SSD Scope) with disk-cloning functionality built right in. To top that off Transcend is offering the SSD370S with a three year warranty although this pales in comparison to other premium drives which typically offers five years of protection.

The Samsung SSD 850 Pro however takes the cake with its ten year warranty. In spite of the lower warranty, the Transcend SSD370S does offer DevSleep which is an ultra-low power mode designed to conserve battery power when your system is in idle.

When compared as a benchmark to other competing SSDs, the Transcend SSD370S is only middle of the road in terms of performance. It will still look like a speed demon in contrast to your old hard drive but the selling point is definitely its cost-effective utility. All in all your computer will still boot up in a matter of seconds rather than minutes.

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Samsung 256 GB Memory Card

Samsung Electronics most advanced removable memory card has been released.  The Universal Flash Storage (UFS) was purposely composed for a higher resolution on mobile devices which include DSLRs, 3D VR cameras, action cams and drones. A wide variety of storage size offered which include 32, 64, 128, 256 (GB)s with different cards.

Samsung believes that they have changed the game with such a remarkable high def memory card like no other. “By launching our new high-capacity, high-performance UFS card line-up, we are changing the growth paradigm of the memory card market to prioritize performance and user convenience above all.” aid Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering, Samsung Electronics.

Not only will it retain such high quality production within its self but will allow it to be read just as fast. The UFS has the luxury of reading or downloading something worth 5 GBs in 10 seconds of speed. Appose to Its leading competitors that can only 95MB in a slow as 50 seconds such as the typical UHS-1 microSD card.

Jam packed with multi-tasking technology supported with command querying features which allows various reading and writing through different paths, doubling throughput. “When it comes to writing, the new 256GB UFS card processes 35,000 random IOPS, which is 350 times higher than the 100 IOPs of a typical microSD card, and attains a 170MB/s sequential write speed, almost doubling the top-end microSD card speed.” With such speed it increases the time for thumbnails loading, reduces buffering in boost shoot mode and reduces multimedia data download time all at the same time.

With Samsung’s UFS it is only the icing on the cake for their company’s success. Formally putting out their standard JEDEC in September 2013, followed by their first 128GB UFS chip January 2015 ending with their recent accomplishment. The UFS cards have been approved by the UFSA certified allowing it to use the UFS logo for the first time in company’s history.

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Knights Landing MIC Xeon Phi processor

Intel Corporation, one of the world’s premier semiconductor chip maker, has finally launched the much anticipated “Knights Landing” (KNL) version of their MIC Xeon Phi processor.

This new chip offered by Intel is the first full implementation of Intel’s Scalable System Framework and differs from its predecessors in three critical ways. First the chip is a bootable CPU and not a PCIe accelerator. Second the chip has an on-die Omni-Path interconnect for high bandwidth and low latency scaling between nodes. Finally the chip offers high bandwidth stacked die memory.

KNL was unveiled at the ISC High Performance event which was originally the international supercomputing event designed to target High Performance Computing (HPC) and for training Deep Neural Networks (DNNs). DNNs are used to power autonomous cars, natural language processing, image recognitions and the ads you see on Google.

Intel started the show off with a bang by boasting they can beat NVIDIA in Deep Learning by two times and NVIDIA countered by saying their new accelerators can beat Intel’s by double as well. Deep Learning has been touted by every tech company as the Next Big Thing. Intel is late to the party but has been expending a great deal of time, money and energy to capitalize on the potential of Deep Learning.

NVIDIA has seen their Datacenter business skyrocket by more than 63% to a mind-blowing $142 million dollars in their latest quarter with AI applications being a huge net boost to NVIDIA’s Telsa product sales.

Intel sees the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and is now offering a new more attractive approach to this market by offering t=e GPU-class performance on a host CPU that is potentially simplifying programming, compatible with the massive base of Xeon applications and reducing data movement costs. The issue however is that NVIDIA already has momentum from their GPUs therefore Intel will have to make sure the product they are offering is at the very least comparable to those already out on the market.

Consumers will be expectedly cautious and will take their time validating Intel’s GPU performance claims before making the transition. Given that NVIDIA currently dominates the Deep Learning application market, Intel will have a lot of ground to make up.

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Seagate Back Up Plus

Agam Shah, wrote an article for PC World talking about Seagate’s newest 8TB external drive. Seagate’s 8TB storage will have capabilities to work with Raspberry Pi and Chromebooks. The name of Seagate’s product is called the Backup Plus Hub. The article was posted on June 22th 2016.

There will be multiple versions of the Seagate’s Backup Plus Hub which include versions that start from 4GB up to 8GB. As mentioned before, these will work with Raspberry Pi 3 and Chromebooks as well as operating systems such as Windows PC and Macs. Although Chromebooks and Raspberry Pi 3 does work with this, the chromebooks will have limited internal storage and the Raspberry Pi 3 will need an SD to operate and store files.

Since Raspberry Pi 3 is commonly used for media servers, Seagate’s Backup Plus Hub is optimal. The Raspberry Pi 3 can also be used as a TV.

Western Digital has their own back up external drive called the PiDrive, however the Seagate Backup Plus Hub completely dominates the PiDrive in terms of storage. Western Digital’s storage capacity tops out at 1 GB.

As to no surprise, the Backup Plus Hub can also acts as a hub. By using the USB 3.0 ports, the Backup Plus Hub can charge devices. These devices include iOS and Andriod mobile devices. In terms of pricing, the Backup Hub Plus 4TB will be sold in the US at $139.99, the 6GB at $199.99, and 8GB at $249.99.

The Seagate’s Backup Plus Hub is expected to hit the US markets in July of 2016.

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Solar Memory Chips

The computing industry is constantly on the hunt for higher speed for both data storage and data transfer. Taking advantage of the technology development that is persistently on the rise, the industry was able to overcome an enormous obstacle such as not being dependent on the conventional form of energy, and instead it started simply operating on a source of light.

This is not the first trial to make a much faster and more energy efficient computer, but previous experiments were known to result in a much shorter life span, and weren’t considered very practical since it relied on a continuous supply of light in order for it to operate properly.

Professor Bhaskaran at University of Oxford who is also a Nano-engineering expert has indicated more advantages in shifting to this innovative stage. These benefits are a result of the change in material characteristics known as the phase change material (PCM).

PCM is capable of storing and releasing an immense amount of energy by absorbing heat and releasing it while the material transforms from a solid state to a liquid state, and vice versa. This technically occurs by light pulses targeting the PCM to convert the material from solid (atoms are arranged in a more organized or crystalline manner) to liquid (atoms are arranged in an amorphous manner).

Another PCM element shows that by controlling the source of light, the material can be converted into a mixed state (hybrid of crystalline & amorphous orientation). This basically means more memory storage since more information can be transferred into the same capacity.

This concept could possibly require an extensive amount of time and further research to have it prepared to be used on a mass scale and launched into the market. Having that said, this fresh technology could be used to enhance data centers’ performance in the near future. This has greatly encouraged giant companies in the telecommunications industry to start accepting the challenge to adapt to a more performance and energy efficient progression.

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IBM’s Phase Change Memory

International Business Machines Corporation, commonly referred to as IBM, has recently unveiled an innovative new way to create a cheaper alternative to DRAM, as the company has been developing techniques to make enterprise data centers more dense. Designed to be less expensive than DRAM and faster than flash, phase-change memory, or PCM, is one of the several new emerging technologies. Phase-change memory has the potential to provide consumers as well as enterprises with faster access to data with lower costs; but prior to this happening, there are challenges which must be dealt with first.

One of these challenges is density, and the International Business Machines Corporation has said that they have achieved a new high in that area. The company has developed a version of phase-change memory which can host three bits on each cell. In 2011, the International Business Machines Corporation showed off a two-bit form of phase change memory; this three-bit form provides for 50% more density, allowing the International Business Machines Corporation to fully utilize the phase-change memory’s capacity, which still happens to be a pricey technology.

“PCM works by changing a glass-like substance from an amorphous to a crystalline form using an electrical charge. Like NAND flash, it keeps storing data when a device is turned off, which DRAM can’t do,” explains Stephen Lawson from Computer World. “But PCM responds to requests for data more quickly than flash: In less than one microsecond, compared with 70 microseconds, according to IBM. It also lasts longer than flash, for at least 10 million write cycles versus about 3,000 cycles for an average flash USB stick.

Phase-change memory has already been delivered in a few products, though on a relatively small scale. This small scale usage is due to the fact that phase-change memory remains to be more expensive than DRAM. At its current state, there has not been much reason to use phase-change memory, though this small scale iteration may possibly get the ball rolling to make phase-change memory a broader success.

“IBM added two features to make the new form of PCM possible. One is a way to adjust for so-called “drift,” which can gradually degrade the memory’s ability to store the right values. The other counters the effects of heat on PCM so it can run reliably in normal system temperatures,” Lawson added.

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On June 2 2016, Adam Shah released an article on Computer World about the new Intel Chip. The company is planning to increase the performance of the Intel chips by over 10 percent. These improvements in terms of performance could possibly go up to 20 percent. This kind of improvement fuels the rivalry fire between the two: Intel and AMD.

The chips that will be receiving the 10 to 20 percent improvements will be for the nano meter manufacturing processes. It will be specifically for the 10 and 7 nano meter processes.

AMD’s newest chip will be getting an extra 40 percent boost in terms of improvement which is measured by a metric for CPU performance.

It is common that a lot of the chipmakers don’t see huge advances and improvements in terms of performance however these two chips seem to be the exception.

Although AMD’s chip is improving more in terms of percentages, Intel is focusing its attention elsewhere. Intel is mainly focusing on keeping PCs at a price point that will remain affordable for the public while also keeping battery life at a good level. According to Shah, Intel’s focus has been to make chips smaller as well as reducing overall power consumption and manufacturing costs.

Here’s what Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, had to say about its new attention.

"If you also talk to competitors, they say there's going to be marginal improvements in performance on 10-nm, they are going to go for 7-nm for performance. We plan to have a consistent performance improvement of 10 percent to 20 percent in each one of these nodes."

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Researchers at International Business Machines, commonly referred to as IBM, have recently announced a significant breakthrough in phase-change memory. Scientists and researchers have spent several years searching for a non-volatile memory standard which is faster than NAND flash that simultaneously provides superior power characteristics, better longevity, as well as higher densities.

Phase change memory has been in development and seems to be one of the more promising technologies. IBM researchers have declared that they have discovered an innovative way to store up to three bits of data per “cell” of memory. Past work in the field has been limited to a single bit of data per memory cell.

“Phase change memory exploits the properties of a metal alloy known as chalcogenide. Applying heat to the alloy changes it from an amorphous mass into a crystal lattice with significantly different properties,”

said Joel Hruska from Extreme Tech. Scientists have long known that chalcogenide could exist in states between crystal lattice or amorphous, but building a solution that could exploit these in-between states to store more memory has been extremely difficult. While phase-change memory works on very different principles than NAND flash, some of the problems with scaling NAND density are conceptually similar to those faced by PCM.

“Storing multiple bits of data in NAND flash is difficult because the gap between the voltage levels required to read each specific bit is smaller the more bits you store. This is also why TLC NAND flash, which stores three bits of data per cell, is slower and less durable than MLC (2-bit) or SLC (single bit) NAND,” Hruska added.

Researchers at IBM have found new ways of storing three bits of data in a 64K array for one million endurance cycles as well as at elevated temperatures.

“Phase change memory is the first instantiation of a universal memory with properties of both DRAM and flash, thus answering one of the grand challenges of our industry,” said a researcher from IBM, Dr. Haris Pozidis. Dr. Pozidis is the manager of non-volatile memory research for IBM Research. “Reaching 3 bits per cell is a significant milestone because at this density the cost of PCM will be significantly less than DRAM and closer to flash.”

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Ubiquiti Networks, the American technology company based in San Jose, California is throwing its hat into the ring for a complete whole home Wi-Fi system which includes two range extenders with the purchase of its AmpliFi product. The company is new to the consumer market but as been around since 2005 and is best known for the UniFi series of wireless networking products which focuses on long-range Wi-Fi access points.

 Ubiquiti Networks is synonymous with wireless data communication products that are designed for enterprise and wireless broadband providers with a core competency for focusing on emerging and under-served markets. Ubiquiti Networks is now just getting into the mix for Home Wi-Fi and has to compete primarily with Google’s OnHub which offers a single fix-all-your-problems monolith. AmpliFi is a home edition of Ubiquiti’s Unifi Wi-Fi system which was originally intended for businesses. AmpliFi was designed to blend in with your house and only requires you to introduce the base station to your internet connection. Everything is designed to work right out of the box and comes with a maximum TX power of 22 dBm for the base model.

The other two configurations which are the LR with 24 dBm and the HD with 26 dBm. The AmpliFi system comes with a circular display on the front of the router to inform you of both your download and upload speeds and even comes with an app to help you configure, monitor and provision guest access. The only drawback is the steep price with a quote of just a shade under $200 for a base model that comes with two range extenders. And if you want to go even further and get the AmpliFi HD which comes with full Wi-Fi broadcast strength you will have to shell out a pretty penny at nearly $350. Currently the routers aren’t scheduled to ship out until another six to eight weeks. Ubiquiti has already opened up pre-orders for AmpliFi and Ubiquiti has yet to reveal the prices for the separate Wi-Fi Extenders addons that you can order later on but for the time being that date has not yet been disclosed.

Here at ASAP Memory, we have a dedicated and expansive array of Ubiquiti Networks products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a  simplified sourcing solution. ASAP will  ensure that our consumers’ needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner all the while offering cost-effective component solutions therefore improving our your negotiation power and profit margins. If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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