Apple has no plans for USB 3 anytime soon

October 31st, 2010 at 12:37 PM  3 Comments

Given the fact that Apple is still putting 3+ year old processor technology in their newest notebooks it should come as no surprise to anyone that they have no plans to incorporate USB 3 support into their products at this time.

In one of his famous email replies, Steve Jobs had this to say about it:

We don’t see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example.

Catch 22, they don’t see it taking off, yet they’re not doing anything to help it along.

While it leaves the door open for future implementation, it does seem to put some blame on Intel. It’s true, that Intel doesn’t support USB 3 in their native chipsets. However, it should be pointed out that their friends over at AMD… do.

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Microsoft highlights MED-V features for Windows 7

January 7th, 2010 at 1:33 PM  No Comments

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), is a component of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for Software Assurance customers. It allows administrators to provide a virtualized desktop image to users and manage them from a central console. The upcoming Service Pack 1 for MED-V will expand support for Windows 7 (both 32 and 64-bit) as a host platform. Considering most large companies held off on upgrading to Windows Vista and opted to wait for Windows 7, this technology will help boost the migration since they can do so and run older programs that may no longer be supported or have not been certified for Windows 7.

In V1 SP1, MED-V continues to employ Virtual PC 2007 as the virtualization engine but unlike the consumer “Windows XP Mode” it does not require hardware-assisted virtualization like Intel VT or an AMD-V to be present in the processor. This allows even those with lower end or older processors to take advantage of enterprise desktop virtualization.

Microsoft has put together a screencast demonstrating running a MED-V workspace using a V1 SP1 client in the Windows 7 environment.

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New business desktop PC portfolio announced by HP

September 15th, 2009 at 9:32 AM  1 Comment

HP-Compaq-6000-Pro-Desktop-PC-series-APJ_190x170HP today introduced the HP Compaq 6000 Pro and HP Compaq 6005 Pro desktop PC portfolio for businesses ranging from mid market, education and healthcare customers to corporate enterprises.

The portfolio offers proven technology, flexible productivity tools and security features that are easy to deploy and manage.

“HP continues to see strong and steady customer demand for reliable, secure and full-featured desktop PCs,” said Alan Reed, vice president and general manager, Desktop PCs, HP. “Featuring the right blend of productivity and manageability solutions, the HP Compaq 6000 Pro and HP Compaq 6005 Pro desktop PCs offer businesses the essential PC security, reliability and energy efficiency they need at a competitive price.”

The series features an array of energy-saving components to help businesses monitor and reduce energy use. Both models are EPEAT® Gold registered(2) and offer an optional(3) 89 percent efficient power supply –  the highest percentage of power savings HP offers on its desktop PCs – which helps lower energy consumption and costs. HP Power Manager software maximizes energy savings, default S3 sleep settings conserve power after periods of inactivity, and a holistic thermal design enables these PCs to last longer.

Both models include two independent audio streams that allow Voice over IP (VoIP)(4) calls to be routed to the headset while restricting other audio playback to PC speakers.

Featuring a new industrial design with a sleek black, modern chassis with silver accents, the HP Compaq Pro series boasts a 12 month-plus product lifecycle and global SKUs to meet global business deployment needs.  Available in a traditional microtower for expandability or the space saving small form factor, the series also features internal and external bays for removable media options or a second hard drive, and PCIe slots to expand capabilities. Simplified serviceability is a snap with a new, simplified tool-less hood removal, quick release latches, and color-coded connectors and wires. HP will also be the one of the first in the industry to offer 100 percent recycled single packaging expanded polyethylene (EPE) cushions across the 6000 Pro series, available in NA and LA.

HP Compaq 6000 Pro Desktop PC
The HP Compaq 6000 Pro now offers integrated dual-monitor capability and improved video and 3D graphics support with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500, which enables integrated graphics with Microsoft® DirectX-10 support. (5) High-definition multi-streaming and four-channel audio with echo-cancellation features provide rich sound quality with increased audio flexibility, performance and noise reduction. DDR3 SDRAM memory technology provides higher bandwidth and performance while using less power.

Equipped with a choice of Intel® processors(6) and the Intel Q43 express chipset, the HP Compaq 6000 Pro desktop provides solid computing for businesses that need flexible management capabilities for office and remote workers. Integrated Intel Standard Manageability enables remote PC access so IT departments can quickly identify and resolve issues. The Intel Stable Image Platform Program helps reduce costs by providing components that support a standardized, common and stable software image across the series.

HP Compaq 6005 Pro Desktop PC
New HP RapidDrive technology, which pairs a solid state drive and regular serial ATA hard drive, is an optional(7) configuration on the HP Compaq 6005 Pro that provides customers with quicker boot-up and response times with extended storage capability. High-end features such as integrated dual-display capability and DDR3 memory raise productivity while optional(3) RAID technology with data mirroring minimizes disruptions and protects critical business documents.

The HP Compaq 6005 features integrated DASH 1.1 for expedited remote access to security patches, troubleshooting, and automated system startup and shutdown. All HP Compaq 6005 Pro PC configurations are ENERGY STAR® 5.0 qualified, and a new integrated sideport memory interface helps reduce system power. Businesses will appreciate that the HP Compaq 6005 Pro PC idle quad core processor power measurements show an average of 25 percent improvement over the current HP Compaq dc5850 PC. In addition, a solenoid hood lock and sensor help protect the unit from theft or tampering.

AMD Business Class technology and the new AMD 785G chipset along with Athlon™ II Dual Core and Phenom™ II Dual/Triple/Quad Core processors(7) provide stability with  exceptional multi-tasking processing power and an excellent integrated graphics experience which supports Microsoft DirectX-10.1.

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Gearing up for VMworld, AMD demos 180 virtual servers on one physical server

August 28th, 2009 at 6:46 PM  2 Comments

Tim Mueting, Product Marketing Manager at AMD, is gearing up for VMworld, the only event completely dedicated to virtualization, which will be held in San Francisco August 31st through September 3rd. In preparation for the event, he’s been spending some time in the labs at AMD, and recently took part in an incredible demo of AMD’s virtualization powerhouse, the Six-Core Opteron 8400 Series processor. Running in an HP DL785 G6 server with VMware ESX 4.0 software they successfully operated 180 virtual machines on one physical server.

The video of Tim in the labs at AMD can be viewed below, as well as on his blog, where you can also find more info on AMD at VMworld.