Shares technology with new MacBook, offers double current PCIe reads, writes
A teardown of the brand-new 2015 13-inch MacBook Air by iFixit has revealed a surprising difference between the 11-inch and 13-inch models -- the latter has also inherited the double-speed new PCIe flash storage system that is included in the new MacBook, which Apple says is up to two times faster than even the recent generation of PCIe flash storage seen in recent MacBook Air models, and in the refreshed 11-inch model. Preliminary testing has confirmed the claim.
Company shows off data center technology in a gaming application at PAX
Intel could be considering a move into a different class of data storage, one which is based on its existing solid state storage in data centers and other commercial areas. While there would still be a considerable time to get a product to the market, Intel is looking into the idea of moving its data center-class storage into the consumer retail space with PCIe solid state drives (SSD), similar to what Apple has done with the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro.
New devices capture up to six QAM broadcasts simultaneously
Ceton Corp has announced the new InfiniTV 6 product line of CableCARD multi-tuner devices for Media Center PCs. InfiniTV 6 is available in two models, which each incorporate six QAM tuners and require only a single CableCARD. InfiniTV 6 ETH is a powerful Ethernet-based network tuner that plugs into a router or wired home network. InfiniTV 6 PCIe connects to a PC via a PCI-E slot for configurations where all six tuners are available on a single PC.
xServe replacement and desktop breakout boxes debut the line
Peripheral maker Sonnet Technology has announced the imminent shipment of its trio of Thunderbolt PCIe expansion cases. The xMac mini server chassis mounts a (not included) Mac mini inside of a 1U tall case and provides two PCIe 2.0 slots for expansion. The Echo Express and Echo Express Pro are smaller cases intended to provide a single half-length or a pair of full-length PCIe 2.0 slots for any Thunderbolt equipped Macintosh computers.
Two-port card supports single disk and RAID
HighPoint Technologies is now shipping a USB 3.0 card designed specifically for Mac Pros and OS X 10.7 Lion, the RocketU Dual USB 3 for Mac. The two-port PCI-E 2.0 card supports both single disk and RAID configurations (0, 1 and JBOD) and is optimized for USB 3 hard drives and SSDs. The card features dual type-A ports, is fully backward-compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 2 devices and can be installed into any free PCI-E slot.
PCI Express 4.0 to hit 16GTps speeds, due 2016
The PCI Special Interest Group is working on the PCI Express 4.0 standard, which would double the maximum transfer rates to 16 gigatransfers per second. PCIe 4.0 would be the last standard based on copper, with a move to optical board superseding it. Detailed requirements are still up in the air, but the speed targets are thought to need new chips to properly feed boards longer than 10-12 inches.
Sonnet describes new gear at show, Sept. 8-13
Sonnet Technologies is announcing plans to preview a set of upcoming Thunderbolt-based storage products at IBC2011. The broadcast media tradeshow is in Amsterdam, September 8-13. On display, located at Sonnet's stand 7.G03, will be the Fusion D800TBR5 8-drive RAID 5 storage unit. Also at the show will be the Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Expansion Chassis, which allows users to plug in high-performance PCI Express 2.0 adapter cards to any Mac with a Thunderbolt port.
Up to 10X throughput improvement
Apricorn today debuted its SSD-based Mac Array, a turnkey virtual memory expansion kit that uses a single PCIe X4 slot and a total of 512GB of SATA SSD drives to dramatically outscore traditional 7200rpm SATA disk drives, and even more remarkable increases in video or graphic rendering times. The array takes moments to install and is preconfigured for Mac and RAID 0 (striping), including a custom SATA PCIe host card on board.
PCIe-SATA II host adapter
NitroAV.com on Friday released NitroAV SATAStar Plus, a new host adapter for Macs that delivers 3Gb/sec SATA II performance. The company says the card is "the industry’s first" native PCIe chipset based 4-Port external host adapter and that it is specifically designed for the ultra fast PCIe bus on Apple's high-end MacPro desktops and PowerMac G5 PCIe-based desktop computers (as well as compatible Windows and Linux systems). The 4-Port PCIe provides maximum bandwidth for data throughput with its native PCIe host connection. Leveraging the Silicon Image 3132 chipset, it is compatible with 4x, 8x and 16x PCIe slots.