Intel introduced its Intel® Solid-State Drive (Intel® SSD) 310 Series, an ultra-small solid-state drive (SSD) that delivers Intel® X25-class award-winning SSD performance, but in one-eighth the size. Only 51mm-by-30mm-by-5mm thick, the on-board Intel SSD 310 is a fast, ultra-compact SSD that can enable highly responsive dual-drive notebooks, such as next-generation ThinkPads from Lenovo, or innovative single-drive tablets and low-power, rugged embedded industrial or military applications, like the upcoming ARMOR tablet PC from DRS Technologies. More information on Intel SSDs can be found on the multimedia press kit.

Ultra-Small Intel SSD 310 Enables Dual-Drive Notebooks, Innovative Tablets or Rugged Embedded Applications

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • New Intel SSD 310 Series delivers Intel X25-class performance, but in 1/8th the size.
  • Ultra-compact SSD enables the accelerated performance of an SSD with higher-capacity HDDs for dual-drive notebooks.
  • Intel SSD 310 is ideal for tablets, rugged, low-power military or industrial embedded apps, and was selected by DRS Technologies for its upcoming ARMOR™ tablet PC.

 

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 29, 2010 – Intel Corporation announced today the Intel® Solid-State Drive (Intel® SSD) 310 Series, an ultra-small solid-state drive (SSD) that delivers Intel® X25-class award-winning SSD performance, but in one-eighth the size. Measuring 51mm-by-30mm and only 5mm thick, the Intel SSD 310 is a fast, ultra-compact SSD that brings flexibility, ruggedness and scalability to innovative form factors and devices. It can enable highly responsive dual-drive notebooks, innovative single-drive tablets and low-power, rugged embedded industrial or military applications. When paired with a high-capacity hard disk drive (HDD) in a dual-drive system, the Intel SSD 310 can improve overall PC system performance by up to 60 percent.1

 

A solid-state drive uses no moving parts, and thus is more durable and reliable than a mechanical HDD, while using less power and providing better system responsiveness. The Intel SSD 310 Series contains 34 nanometer (nm) Intel NAND flash memory and is available in an  m-SATA form factor in 40 gigabyte (GB) and 80GB capacities.

 

The Intel SSD 310 supports SATA signals over a PCI Express (PCIe) mini-connector for on-board, compact storage in single-drive netbooks, tablets or handheld devices. Weighing just 10 grams, the compact size also enables dual drive all-in-ones, notebooks or small-form-factor (SFF) desktops to help accelerate boot time and access to frequently used applications or files.

 

“The Intel SSD 310 series will allow us to provide the advantages of a full-performance Intel SSD paired with the storage of a hard disk drive in a small, dual-drive system,” said Tom Butler, director of ThinkPad product marketing, Lenovo. “We’ve offered Intel SSD solutions for our highly innovative Lenovo ThinkPad laptops for some time, and now we’re looking forward to incorporating this new solution across our ThinkPad line.”

 

With its rugged design, the Intel SSD 310 Series has been chosen by DRS Technologies for a new ARMOR communications tablet PC to be unveiled at Storage Visions in Las Vegas. The ARMOR mobile and field unit tablet PC is certified by DRS to work in extreme temperatures and hold up to shock, vibration and drops, delivering up to nine hours of operating time.

 

“In order to meet the rigorous demands of our mobile users, we design for mission-critical tasks that require connectivity and handheld mobility in all-weather operations,” said Mike Sarrica, vice president and general manager for DRS Tactical Systems Inc. “The Intel SSD 310 Series fits the bill by offering a reliable and high performing memory solution.”

 

“The Intel SSD 310 Series is the first in a wave of SSD products we will introduce throughout the next year,” said Tom Rampone, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel’s NAND Solutions Group. “With this introduction, Intel is offering full SSD performance in a compact, ultra-small form factor.”

 

Already shipping to customers, the Intel SSD 310 is priced at $99 for the 40GB capacity and $179 for the 80GB version, both in 1,000-unit quantities. More information on Intel SSDs can be found at www.intel.com/go/ssd or by accessing the multimedia press kit at www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/ssd. Follow Intel SSDs on Twitter: @intelssd, Facebook: Intel Solid State Drive (Official) or communities.intel.com.

 

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Lenovo Chooses Intel® 310 SSD Series for Next-Generation ThinkPads

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Ultra-small Intel® SSD 310 Series -- The new Intel SSD 310 Series delivers Intel X25-class performance, but in 1/8th the size. The ultra-compact SSD enables accelerated performance in dual-drive notebooks, innovative single-drive tablets or low-power, rugged embedded industrial or military applications

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Intel® SSD 310 Series --The new Intel SSD 310 measures only 51mm-by-30mm and only 5mm thick and weighs about the same (10 grams) as two U.S. nickels.

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Intel® SSD 310 Series is ultra-small, compact -- Measuring 51mm-by-30mm and only 5mm thick, the Intel SSD 310 is a fast, ultra-compact SSD that brings flexibility, ruggedness and scalability to innovative form factors and devices. It weighs just 10 grams and ships in an m-SATA form factor in 40-gigabyte (GB) and 80GB capacities.

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The Very Thin Intel® SSD 310 Series -- This is a side view of the ultra-small compact Intel SSD 310.  Only 5mm thick, the Intel SSD 310 supports SATA signals over a PCI Express (PCIe) mini-connector for on-board, compact storage in single-drive netbooks, tablets or handheld devices.

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Intel® SSD 310 Series faster and more rugged than an HDD -- A solid-state drive uses no moving parts, and thus is more durable and reliable than a mechanical HDD, while using less power and providing better system responsiveness. Compared to an HDD, the Intel SSD 310 is smaller and provides up to 60 percent faster system responsiveness than a 5400RPM HDD.1


1 Based on Intel research and benchmarking utilizing PCMark Vantage on a Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 and 5400RPM HDD.

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ARMOR* rugged tablet PC -- With its rugged design, the Intel SSD 310 Series has been chosen by DRS Technologies for a new ARMOR* communications tablet PC to be unveiled at Storage Visions in Las Vegas. The ARMOR mobile and field unit tablet PC is certified by DRS to work in extreme temperatures and withstand shock, vibration and drops, delivering up to nine hours of operating time.

 

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

 

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1 Based on Intel research and benchmarking utilizing PCMark Vantage on a Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 and 5400RPM HDD.

Tune into the holiday spirit with these social music players on the Intel AppUpSM center. TuneWiki plays your favorite music with timed, subtitled lyrics translated to over 40 languages for that impromptu eggnog-fueled karaoke session. Songbird is an app devoted to music discovery that’s part music player, part Web browser. If that’s not enough, put this Christmas Tree on your desktop and click on it to listen to a Christmas song.  Jam to your holidays tunes with these apps.

The Intel Premier IT Professional's online community is bringing together IT professionals via Twitter and a discussion forum to share how Windows 7 has helped their organizations. To share your Windows 7 insights with your colleagues – and earn a chance to win 1 of 3 HP ENVY 17 laptops – simply register in the Windows 7 discussion forum.

What cool technologies will 2011 bring?  Check out Intel’s predictions including from CTO Justin Rattner and CIO Diane Bryant and share some of your own.

Interested in working with the Intel® Atom™ processor? Want to build the next hot gadget? Curious about the complex task of architecture migration? Break Away with Intel Atom Processors: A Guide to Architecture Migration, a new title from Intel Press helps software developers solve those, and many other problems, with real world case studies. Authored by Lori Matassa and Max Domeika the book is available at Click.Intel.com, Amazon.com and technical bookstores.

Intel confirmed the appointment of Doug Davis, an Intel vice president and former general manager for the Intel Embedded and Communications Group (ECG), as the lead for a new business unit, the Netbook and Tablet Group (NTG). Ton Steenman, also a vice president for the Intel Architecture Group, has been named as the new general manager of the Embedded and Communications Group, a division that focuses on bringing intelligence and connectivity to amazing applications, such as agriculture devices, cars, retail systems, energy management appliances and fitness equipment.

The Intel AppUpSM developer program continues to expand opportunities for developers by offering a choice of multiple operating systems, runtimes and application stores. The program now supports Java* apps, expanding the program’s reach to the strong community of Java developers. New developer resources include a software development kit along with a Plug-In for Eclipse* Software and the Intel AppUpSM Software Packaging Utility for Java, which includes the Software Package Validation Tool. The program also supports Microsoft .NET and Adobe AIR.  In addition, the program is expanding into France by accepting apps in French.

Electronic Design magazine has awarded Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2011 and Intel® Cluster Studio 2011 the Best Electronic Design award for 2010 in the embedded – parallel programming category. The publication recognized the products’ significant upgrades and broad range of parallel processing tools. Both high-end software development products deliver improved parallel performance and ease-of-use for developers. Get more information here.

Intel CISO Malcolm Harkins recently sat down to talk with CIO magazine (page 13) about his “run-toward-risk” security philosophy that embraces social media and has been key to Intel IT department’s success in safely championing the Web 2.0 trend among employees.

Planning the ultimate menu for your holiday party? The Fine Cooking Menu Maker app from the Intel AppUpSM center brings the best of Fine Cooking’s recommended recipes and how-to videos. Just choose your recipes and the menu-maker will automatically generate a customized shopping list and cooking schedule based on what you choose. Let Intel AppUp center help you improve in the kitchen this holiday season.

Today, Intel® AppUpSM center, a software app store for netbooks, is available for web download at retailers CompUSA, TigerDirect and Best Buy Canada. With Intel AppUp center, consumers can access nearly 2,000 free and paid applications for social networking, gaming and productivity, entertainment and travel. Additionally, the app store has a try-before-you-buy feature for all paid applications to encourage consumers to discover new apps. The Intel AppUp center continues to gain momentum having announced agreements with other retailers including Best Buy, UK-based Dixons and India-based Croma.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 8, 2010 – AMD, Dell, Intel Corporation, Lenovo, Samsung Electronics LCD Business and LG Display today announced intentions to accelerate adoption of scalable and lower power digital interfaces such as DisplayPort and High-Definition Multimedia Interface® (HDMI) into the PC.

 

Intel and AMD expect that analog display outputs such as Video Graphics Array (VGA) and the low voltage differential signaling technology (LVDS) panel interface would no longer be supported in their product lines by 2015. HDMI has increasingly been included in new PCs for easy connection to consumer electronics devices. DisplayPort is expected to become the single PC digital display output for embedded flat panels, PC monitors and projectors.

 

DisplayPort and HDMI allow for slimmer laptop designs, and support higher resolutions with deeper color than VGA – a technology which is more than 20 years old. Additionally, as laptops get smaller and their embedded flat panel resolutions increase for more immersive experiences, the power advantages, bi-directional communications and design efficiency benefits of DisplayPort make it a superior choice over LVDS, the previous standard for LCD panel inputs.

 

Intel plans to end support of LVDS in 2013 and VGA in 2015 in its PC client processors and chipsets.

 

“Modern digital display interfaces like DisplayPort and HDMI enhance the consumer visual PC experience by immersing them with higher resolutions and deeper colors -- all at lower power -- to enhance battery life for laptops,” said Eric Mentzer, Intel’s vice president of Strategy, Planning and Operations for the Visual and Parallel Computing Group. “By moving to these new interfaces, Intel is able to focus investment on new innovations to enhance the PC experience rather than having to solve challenges of supporting legacy analog interfaces on our latest silicon process technology and products.”

 

AMD plans to begin phasing out legacy interfaces, starting with the removal of native LVDS output from most products in 2013. The company also plans to remove native VGA output starting in 2013, with expansion to all AMD products by 2015. This would mean DVI-I support will be eliminated in the same timeframe.

 

“Displays and display standards are rapidly evolving, with new features such as multi-display support, stereoscopic 3-D, higher resolutions and increased color depth quickly moving from early adopter and niche usage to mainstream application,” said Eric Demers, AMD’s chief technology officer, Graphics Division. “Legacy interfaces such as VGA, DVI and LVDS have not kept pace, and newer standards such as DisplayPort and HDMI clearly provide the best connectivity options moving forward. In our opinion, DisplayPort 1.2 is the future interface for PC monitors, along with HDMI 1.4a for TV connectivity.”

 

While the large installed base of existing VGA monitors and projectors will likely keep VGA on PC back panels beyond 2015, leading PC makers are in strong support of this transition.   The DisplayPort connector interface provides backwards and forwards compatibility by supporting VGA and DVI output via certified adapters, while also providing new capabilities such as single connector multi-monitor support.

 

Moving to the latest digital standards like DisplayPort enables customers to preserve backwards compatibility with installed equipment while taking full advantage of the latest advances in display capabilities, configuration options, and features,” said Liam Quinn, chief technology officer, Dell Business Client.

 

“We live in a digital-rich world and display technology must keep up with the explosion of digital content,” said George He, chief technology officer, Lenovo. “By transitioning to digital display technologies like Display Port and HDMI customers can not only enjoy a better computing experience, they get more of what’s important to them in a laptop: more mobility, simplified design with fewer connectors, and longer battery life.“

 

Leading display panel manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics LCD Business and LG Display also are in strong support of this transition.

 

Samsung Electronics LCD Business is already supporting this transition with embedded DisplayPort notebook panels, which we have been shipping since March of this year,” said Seung-Hwan Moon, vice president of engineering, LCD Business, Samsung Electronics.

 

“LG Display is fully prepared for this future transition. We already have different sizes of LCD panels with eDP out in the market to fulfill various needs of customers.“ said Michael Kim, vice president of IT Product Planning Department at LG Display.

 

The strong value proposition of scalable and low power digital display interfaces for PC users coupled with industry innovation around these interfaces should accelerate overall adoption of the newer display technologies for PCs.

 

About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and technology partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit AMD.

 

About Dell
Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to its customers and uses that insight to make technology simpler and create innovative solutions that simplify daily activities and help people stay entertained, connected and in touch. Learn more at www.dell.com.

 

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

 

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

 

About LG Display
LG Display Co., Ltd. [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220] is a leading manufacturer and supplier of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, OLEDs and flexible displays. The company provides TFT-LCD panels in a wide range of sizes and specifications for use in TVs, monitors, notebook PCs, mobile products and other various applications. LG Display currently operates eight fabrication facilities and five back-end assembly facilities in Korea, China and Poland. The company has a total of 44,000 employees operating worldwide. Please visit www.lgdisplay.com for more information.

 

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

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Congratulations to Bio-Oil from Tsinghua University in China for winning the Intel+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge (IBTEC) People’s Choice Awards! IBTEC rewards business plans that have great potential for improving our world. After the judges voted, we hosted our own contest on Inspire so you could vote for your favorites. See the full results and learn more about the teams of entrepreneurs and their game changing innovations.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2010 – Intel Corporation today announced that Paul Otellini, Intel’s president and chief executive officer, will present at Barclays Capital 2010 Global Technology Conference in San Francisco. Otellini will keynote at 7:40 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

 

A live webcast and replay of the presentation will be available on Intel's Investor Relations website at www.intc.com.

 

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

 

Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

 

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

According to a study released today workers have up to a 1 in 10 chance of having their laptop PC lost or stolen, the same odds that New York City will have a white Christmas. The study also revealed that the 300-plus participating companies and other organizations lost more than 86,000 laptops costing them a staggering $2.1 billion. Yet, as explained by Intel’s Anand Pashupathy, two-thirds of these systems were not equipped with even basic features to protect confidential data.

Intel AppUp developer program is looking for developers to share their best tips and experiences creating apps for mobile MeeGo. To enter the contest, apps developers must submit an summary by Monday, Dec. 6 and send in a completed article by Dec. 27. The first 50 developers to submit valid abstracts will win an Intel-powered solid state drive (SSD) and five developers who submit the best articles will receive a $2,000 cash prize. Developers can share their best coding examples, experiences porting apps to MeeGo, observations implementing touch and gesture and more. Visit the contest page for more.

Study Finds Missing-Laptop Costs Staggering to Businesses; Few Take Precautions

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • According to a new study, more than 300 businesses and other organizations lost more than 86,000 laptop PCs worth a staggering $2.1 billion.
  • The majority of these companies with significant amounts of confidential data on their mobile PCs do not take advantage of even basic security practices.
  • Transportation venues, such as airports and train stations are not the riskiest places; seemingly safe locations, such as homes and hotel rooms account for more than 40 percent of laptop disappearances.
  • Workers face up to a 10 percent chance of losing their laptops, depending on the industry they work in.

 

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 2, 2010 –A new survey shows that U.S. businesses and other organizations are losing billions of dollars due to lost and stolen laptop computers. Yet, two-thirds do not take advantage of even basic security practices, such as encryption, back-up and anti-theft technologies.

 

"The Billion Dollar Lost-Laptop Study," conducted by Intel Corporation and the Ponemon Institute, analyzed the scope and circumstances of missing laptop PCs. The survey found that the 329 organizations polled had collectively lost more than 86,000 laptops worth a staggering $2.1 billion.

 

"Looking at these results, you can barely fathom the significant financial impact of missing laptops," said Anand Pashupathy, general manager, Intel Anti-Theft Services. "More astonishing, considering the vulnerability of laptops and their data is that the majority of these companies aren't taking even basic precautions to protect them."

 

Intel commissioned the study to aid in developing and improving its security technologies, including Intel® Anti-Theft Technology, that help protect laptops and their data, but also to help advance industrywide efforts among others with a stake in the problem.

 

The losses resulted from data breach, lost intellectual property, reduced productivity and legal and regulatory charges, among others.

 

The study lays the chance of workers misplacing their laptops or having them stolen at somewhere between 5 and 10 percent, depending on the industry that the company is in, during the PCs' expected 3-year lifespans. Of the 11 industries surveyed, educational and research institutions reported the most lost or stolen laptops – at just under 11 percent of their mobile fleets. Financial institutions scored the best, losing only a little over 5 percent of their mobile PCs.

 

Major Gaps in Protecting Data

"While organizations may be aware of the lost-laptop problem, it became clear as we conducted our research that most organizations, including workers, IT and CFOs, do not fully understand the adverse affect it can have on their bottom line," said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "If they did, they'd be much more diligent in protecting their laptop fleets."

 

The primary methods of keeping mobile PC fleets safe – hard disk encryption, data back-up and anti-theft technologies – are far from pervasive. While 46 percent of the lost systems contained confidential data, astoundingly only 30 percent of those systems were encrypted, and only 10 percent had any other anti-theft technologies. Possibly most surprising, 71 percent of laptops lost were not backed up, meaning not only did organizations lose sensitive data, but any work in progress was gone as well.

 

Where Did Those Laptops Go?

Somewhat surprisingly, the study confirmed that thieves made off with only 25 percent of the missing laptops, though they were suspected in another 15 percent of cases. The rest – 60 percent – were logged as simply missing.

 

The study analyzed the three major environments where workers most often part company with their laptops: transportation sites, for example, in airports, train stations or taxis; seemingly safe off-site locations, such as homes, other companies' conference rooms or hotel rooms; and their own offices. While most might suspect that transportation venues see the biggest toll in missing laptops, only one-third go astray there. It is the commonly considered benign off-site locations where the most – a little over 40 percent – laptops are lost or stolen. Workers' offices are the sites for 12 percent of laptop disappearances. Another 12 percent vanished without explanation. Only 5 percent of all lost laptops are ever recovered.

 

However, while only second in the total number of missing laptops, transportation locations are thieves' venue of choice. For companies reporting the highest theft rates among their missing laptops, thieves pilfered 48 percent at transportation venues, while only 27 percent at off-site locations.

 

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About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

 

Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

 

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Today, Intel released the Intel® Media Software Development Kit 2.0 (MSDK), giving media application developers access to hardware acceleration through a single API. Hardware evolves quickly and with MSDK, developers can take advantage of the media acceleration capabilities of future graphics-processing solutions without having to rewrite the code. The release features include enhanced CPU/GPU load balancing, constant QP encoding and additions to video pre-processing. Get more information here.

The Intel Museum, which attracted 136,000 visitors in 2009, is profiled in November/December 2010 issue of the American Association of Museums magazine. The article Corporate Culture? One Part Education, One Part Sales: This is the Corporate Museum by Joelle Seligson explores Intel's world of silicon technology, including the display on the first 4004 microprocessor, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year.

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