News Bits: Samsung Reveals 1.8 Inch 64GB Flash SSD, Bluetooth SIG Enhances User Experience, Gateway Releasing New Tablet PC?

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Samsung Reveals 1.8 Inch 64GB Flash SSD

Samsung announced it has developed a 1.8-type 64GB flash-solid state drive (SSD). The new flash-SSD is based on an eight gigabit single-level-cell (SLC) NAND, which provides significantly higher performance over conventional SSDs.

The read and write performance of the new SLC flash-SSD have been increased by 20 percent and 60 percent respectively over the 32GB flash-SSD Samsung introduced last year, meaning that the new SSDs ability to outperform conventional rotating-media hard drives is even greater than had been anticipated.

No word yet on what these will cost, but Samsung plans to start mass production of the 1.8 64GB flash-SSD in the second quarter of this year.

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Bluetooth SIG Enhances User Experience

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), announced recently at CTIA details of a new specification, which will continue the evolution of the short-range wireless technology and enhance the consumer experience.

Bluetooth Core Specification Version 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) will soon be ready for members to develop products that take advantage of numerous enhancements. The new version of the specification adds:

  • Improved Pairing– Makes the initial connection of Bluetooth devices easier for all users by reducing the number of steps in the pairing process. This enhancement will appeal to Bluetooth technology’s broad range of users, from the technically savvy to the technically adverse.
  • Lower Power Consumption Further reduces the already extremely low power consumption in many scenarios to increase the battery life of devices like mice and keyboards by up to five times, optimizing Bluetooth technology for consumer devices where ultra low power is an important consideration.

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Sprint Launches Rev A in More Markets

Sprint launched Rev A in several more markets today including Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN, Chicago, Orlando, Richmond and Cleveland.  With today’s announcements Sprint’s coverage now reaches more than 140 million people with their upgraded Sprint Mobile Broadband network.  By the end of April, they expect to launch more than two dozen additional major markets that will bring the Rev A populations covered to approximately 190 million.

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HP Voids Warranty if Users Install Linux

Linux.com has been working with a user to find out why HP will not except her warranty on her Compaq Presario notebook, when it still is well within warranty coverage. It seems that HP will void your warranty if you install Linux on your notebook or Tablet. Supposedly HP is still trying to fix this woman’s notebook since her problem was related to the keyboard and not the OS. Linux.com also reports that Dell and Gateway declined to comment on their warranties given the same scenario.

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Gateway Releasing New Tablet PC?

It seem the folks over at Engadget discovered some photos of this new Gateway Tablet. There isn’t any details on specs right now except for the basics, which are shown in the PDF, and the screen shots of the machine running Vista. No word on a release date, pricing or even if production has started.

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