November 2016 9
EVENTS, ADVANCES, AND NEWS
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COMPUTERS and NETWORKING
Notebook Aims at Small to Medium
According to ABI Research and other research organizations, while the PC market rapidly evolves away from desktop computers,
laptop sales are remaining fairly steady. ABI predicts
that sales of ultraportable models (i.e., machines
that typically weigh less than 4 lb and are no more
than 1.5 in thick when closed) will shoot up from
27.1 million last year to 30 million this year, and
41. 2 million by 2021. Aimed squarely at that market
is Acer’s new TravelMate X3 lineup, the first of
which is the X349 — slated to hit the market by the
time you read this.
The X3 notebooks are designed to appeal to
professionals who work in small and medium size
businesses. The X349 — built on an all-aluminum chassis
— is less than 18 mm (0.7 in) thick, weighs only 1.53
kg ( 3. 3 lb), and provides up to 10 hr of battery life.
Inside the box you get a sixth-generation Intel Core
processor (unspecified as of this writing), up to 8 GB
of DDR4 memory, and up to 512 GB of SSD storage. It
comes with Windows 10 Pro and an integrated touch
fingerprint sensor for security. “Fine-tuned” speakers and
microphones are built in, along with a 720p webcam and
a 14 in HD IPS display. Optional is a USB type-C dock
which allows connection of up to two 4K displays.
The base price is $649.99. According to Acer, exact
specs, prices, and availability vary by region, so visit
www.acer.com if you want details. ▲
No Kidding, a 60 TB SSD
It probably will be of only theoretical interest unless you operate a high-level enterprise data center, but it is still worth noting the latest Flash memory innovations from
Seagate ( www.seagate.com). Most impressive is a serial
attached SCSI solid-state drive with a capacity of 60 TB.
Yes, that’s 60 terabytes — the highest capacity SSD ever
demonstrated. That’s enough to store 400 million typical
photos or 12,000 DVD movies. The unit is currently just
a demo technology, so it doesn’t even have a name yet.
However, Seagate says a commercial version should be
available sometime in 2017. Just pick up 17 of them, and
you’ll have a full petabyte of available storage.
A little more down to earth is the company’s 8 TB
Nytro@ XP7200 NVMe SSD. Like the 60 TB version, it
is designed to accommodate the hyperscale needs of
data centers that need to quickly access and process
huge amounts of data such as in scientific research and
weather modeling operations. It features a single PCIe
interface and four separate controllers that boost the
processing power up to four times faster than single-controller drives.
No prices were quoted for either drive, but “cheap”
isn’t a term that’s likely to be applicable in either case.
Just for comparison, we note that Samsung’s 15. 36 TB
unit went on sale a few months ago with a price tag just
north of $10,000. ▲
n Acer’s new TravelMate X349 notebook.
n Seagate will begin selling a 60 TB SSD next year.