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Edge at CES 2017

Edge is a new company to us here at BCCHardware, but they've been around for quite a few years actually. They are a subsidiary of Avant Technology (as is Mushkin), but Edge products are geared more toward business users and high-reliability operations. While the DRAM chips, basic design and controllers are often identical between Mushkin products and Edge products, Edge focuses their firmware and power regulation toward higher reliability rather than raw performance. Don't get me wrong, their performance is still excellent, but with power-fail capacitors on board as well as better provisioning and wear leveling algorithms, Edge certainly is geared toward the business user.


Edge PFX3

 

At CES, Edge showed off their new PFX3 drive that includes power failure protection and still offers capacities up to 1TB. Not only do these drives offer 256-bit AES encryption, they also come backed with a 5-year warranty - not many SSDs offer that long of a guaranteed service life. On the 3D-NAND side of the 2.5-inch form-factor coin are the eMerge 3D SSDs. They have two different versions of this drive with the eMerge 3D-V using 3D TLC NAND flash while the non-V version using 3D MLC NAND. The non-V drive also has a slightly slower speed, but a longer warranty.

eMerge

 

Their "NextGen" M.2 PCIe SSD is a beast. It uses 3D MLC NAND flash and an external DRAM module for buffering. It's a full double-sided 2280 module that uses 4x PCIe 3.0 lanes to make things happen rather quickly. While other companies have a very similar drive for their enthusiast systems, Edge caters once again to their business customers and offers a few of their features to keep the product more reliable. Still, the drive is rated at a mere 2.5GB/sec read speed with a 1.1GB/sec write speed. Keep in mind that this drive supports ECC functions, StaticDataRefresh and is also backed with Edge's 5-year warranty. 

NextGen

 

If you want to check out more images from our Day 3 coverage at CES 2017, please be sure to check out the gallery here, as well as our entire coverage of CES 2017 right here.

Also, you can check out Edge Memory's site here.

Driving and Pokemon Go Don't Mix

There have been a few augmented reality games that have been designed to get people out walking. Ingress and Pokemon Go are the first two that pop into my mind. The idea is great. Put objects around different areas and people are encouraged to go walking and find them. We live in a lazy, lazy world though and people take to their automobiles to play these games. The result is a lot of vechicle crashes. In one county in the state of Indiana, two lives were lost and $20 million in damages have resulted because of this "game". Maybe people should walk more.

To understand how they figured this out, it’s important to remember that in the world of Pokémon Go, there are pokéstops and there are gyms. Pokéstops are where you can get more pokéballs and pick up supplies; gyms are where you battle. You’re supposed to walk around to hit all these spots, but plenty of people cheated by driving to the various stops, then hopping out of the car and picking up some supplies or going for a quick battle.

Source: TheVerge

Western Digital @ CES 2018

One of the new updates from Western Digital is to their My Cloud Home devices that will allow you to backup all your music and movies but the updates will allow you to use Amazon Alexa to access and play them. If that's not enough of an update, they've also build Google Chromecast into the device which gives you even more playback options.


 

600 Bitcoin Mining Machines Stolen

If you don't have the knowledge on how to steal Bitcoin virtually, you can always steal a huge bunch of hardware dedicated to mining said coins. That's what a group of people have pulled off in Iceland. They've stolen a total of 600 machines that include pretty sweet graphics cards and solid processors. The Icelandic police are sitting back and watching power meters. If they are plugged in, some landlords electricity bill is going through the roof. Also, there will be a warm spot visible from space.

The thefts, which occured between late December and early January, were reportedly captured on surveillance cameras by Advania, the server company hit by two of the three thefts. (The graphics cards, processors and so on were allegedly stolen from a home.) Advania had been offering its customers access to bitcoin-mining rigs, and it sounds like those were the type that were stolen. The Associated Press reports that the stolen computers are worth nearly $2 million.

Source: CNET

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