Trade Shows

This year marked my fifth year at Computex, starting from 2011. Out of the trade shows I attend each year, it ranks as number one for a variety of reasons – the location (Taiwan) is a great country to visit and experience, most of the PC component companies I deal with on a day-to-day basis are there, and every year there tends to be a number of big launches either just before, during, or immediately after. Each year of my Computex visits, we have synchronized with a company in order to obtain both a tour of the headquarters as well as a high profile interview. This year we had a chance to visit MSI, based in the Zhonghe district of New Taipei City.

The New Indilinx Everest SSD

OCZ acquired Indilinx not too long ago and today we're seeing the first new controller from the company since 2009. OCZ calls it the Everest Platform, and it's an...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: OCZ's RevoDrive Hybrid, HDD & SSD on PCIe Card

OCZ is feeling quite experimental these days as it has announced a hybrid RevoDrive. Take the new RevoDrive 3 and use it as a cache in front of a...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: OCZ Z-Drive R4 88, Eight SF-2281 Controllers in RAID-0

OCZ's consumer accessible PCIe SSD line is the RevoDrive, but if you're an enterprise customer and want a custom configuration OCZ will build you a Z-Drive. To show you...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: OCZ's RevoDrive 3 & RevoDrive 3 X2, Now With TRIM

There's a new PCIe SSD in town: the RevoDrive 3. Armed with two SF-2281 controllers and anywhere from 128 - 256GB of NAND (120/240GB capacities), the RevoDrive 3 is...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: Up Close with ASUS UX Series with SanDisk's U100 SSD

I met with SanDisk earlier today and to my surprise they had an ASUS UX Ultrabook in their meeting room. It turns out that at least one model in...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: Intel Mentions Haswell Will Support "Multiple OSes", But Why?

I hate that I didn't pull my camera out quickly enough to catch this slide, but Intel's Mooly Eden just mentioned an interesting feature of Haswell. He stated that...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Ivy Bridge: A Tick+ With Configurable TDP

With Turbo boost and power gating we took a step towards configurable CPUs. It didn't matter whether you needed one core or four, with power gating and turbo you...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Intel Integrates USB 3.0 into Ivy Bridge Platform, Thunderbolt Optional

We knew about the first feature on this list (USB 3.0) would come with Ivy Bridge's 7-series chipset, but the second one was something I just heard about today...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: Intel's Thin miniITX Sandy Bridge Platform

Intel's Mooly Eden just showed off its new thin mini ITX Sandy Bridge platform. The form factor is a standard mini ITX but with a low profile backplane so...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: Intel Demonstrates Fanless 95W TDP Sandy Bridge All-in-One System

That's right, what you're looking at is a 95W TDP Sandy Bridge All-in-One system that is cooled only via large heatsinks and no fan. Heat rises upwards and is...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: Zotac Z68 miniITX Motherboards

Zotac has two mini-ITX Z68 motherboards on display at Computex: the Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi A and B models (Z68ITX-A-E and Z68ITX-B-E). Both feature Intel’s Z68 chipset with all of...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

New Intel Marketing Terms: Smart Connect & Rapid Start Technology

In our Ultrabook article from earlier this evening I mentioned that Intel would be enabling a new technology with Ultrabooks that allows your applications that require real time updates...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

The Ultrabook: Meet the New Thin and Light Intel Notebook

It's too cliché to proclaim netbooks are dead. Perhaps the appropriate phrase is netbooks are no longer interesting to write about, but they do have a roadmap going forward...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

ASUS ET2700 All-In-One: Taking A Crack At the 27" iMac

Rounding out Asus’s Computex 2011 day one announcements is the ET2700, the company’s first 27 inch all-in-one PC. The prototype had previously been on display at CeBIT, but it’s getting...

40 by Ryan Smith on 5/30/2011

ASUS 2011 UX Series: Ultra Thin and Light Sandy Bridge

ASUS just unveiled its 2011 UX Series, which looks a lot like a MacBook Air: p.p1 span.s1 The new UX comes with a 6Gbps SATA SSD, although ASUS didn’t...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/30/2011

The ASUS Padfone: A Smartphone That Docks into a Tablet

A number of you have asked for this innovation over the past few months: a smartphone that docks into a tablet. Given that the two platforms generally share the...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/30/2011

ASUS Eee PC X101: Running MeeGo, Windows Optional - Starting at $199

It wouldn't be Computex without another Eee PC announcement and today's is a big one. ASUS officially introduced the next-generation of Eee PC, the X101: The X101 weighs...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/30/2011

Computex 2011: SandForce mSATA Drives & No More Supercap

I haven't been to Computex since 2005. I felt that for a while there the show had lost some of its appeal. Motherboards alone weren't all that interesting and...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/30/2011

Computex 2011: ASRock Llano, 990FX and Z68 Motherboards

Computex 2011 is officially underway. Although technically it started yesterday with informal meetings at LAX, Ian and I kicked off our plethora of meetings at the show today with...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Ian Cutress on 5/30/2011

CTIA Hands On Extravaganza: LG Optimus 3D and G2x, HTC Flyer, HD7S, EVO 3D, and Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9

It's been a busy yet incredibly productive second day at CTIA 2011, and we've been getting hands on with all the latest and greatest from LG, HTC, and Samsung...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/23/2011

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