IBM and Hitachi announced plans to collaborate for a new mainframe computing environment that uses Hitachi’s operating system and IBM z Systems hardware technology. This partnership builds upon IBM and Hitachi’s long history of working together to expand computer technology and better serve their customer base.

The next generation of Hitachi’s AP series will only use the IBM z Systems high-performing mainframe hardware technology, which will effectively expand IBM mainframe development efficiency through IBM’s global capabilities in developing and manufacturing mainframe computing. The collaboration allows companies in Japan who already use the Hitachi VOS3 operating system and software to continue using them while taking advantage of the speed, scale, and security available through the latest IBM z Systems hardware technology.

IBM z Systems now has capabilities to support capabilities for speed, scale, and security to deliver cloud-based blockchain services for building new transaction systems and machine learning for analyzing large amounts of data. The IBM z Systems mainframe supports the z/OS, z/TPF and z/VM operating systems as well as the Linux operating system. Linux is installed by more than 40 percent of z Systems clients. The IBM z Systems mainframe is the core IT system for the world's leading businesses, including 44 of the top 50 global banks, ten of the top insurers and 18 of the top 25 retailers.

"We are pleased to have this agreement with IBM to strengthen our collaborative relationship," said Takeo Ishii, president of IoT & Cloud Services Business Division for Hitachi. "Hitachi has, for over fifty years, delivered its proprietary mainframe system offerings to various corporations and organizations as part of their mission-critical systems and has supported our customers' stable operations and materialization of innovations with a high standard of reliability. Hitachi will continuously provide highly reliable, high-performance mainframe systems to the customers in Japan utilizing IBM's most advanced mainframe technologies."

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The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) has fined ELNA, Nichicon, Rubycon, and SCC for colluding on pricing for aluminum electrolytic capacitors. The total amount fined adds up to $15 million, which is the most the CCS has ever penalized. Investigations were initiated after Panasonic applied for immunity under the CCS leniency program, which prevents companies that report illegal activity from being incriminated. As a result, Panasonic was the only manufacturer who did not get fined. 1

The five manufacturers are charged with forming a cartel and exchanging sensitive information, such as sales, distribution, and pricing. The companies agreed to set sales prices, including numerous price increases and refusal to accommodate to customers’ requests for price reduction. Investigations revealed that the involved parties met regularly, almost monthly at one point, to exchange confidential information. Activity started as far back as 1997.

Cartels prevent consumers from getting competitive pricing, effectively allowing for a pseudo-monopoly situation in which prices are not driven by the balance of supply and demand. The Competition Act, Chapter 50B of Singapore was enacted in 2004 and regulates cartel activities. The rules are strict, applying to even informal collusions, requiring only that parties arrive at a consensus to be punishable under the Competition Act as a cartel.

Each company was fined based on the proportion of the capacitor supply they controlled. ELNA, Rubycon, and SCC were also awarded discounts to their fines for their application for leniency under the CCS leniency program for coming forth with information on cartel activities.

ELNA was fined $650K, Rubycon was fined $3.6M, and Nichicon and SCC were each fined $5.3M.

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Semiconductor manufacturing company Microchip recently introduced a new Serial EEPROM. This new device is able to utilize a bus that is single-wired using only 2 pins in accessing the device: SI/O and GRN. SI/O, which is the 1st pin, features a line that integrates power and data, This provides the needed power towards the device and also to the management of the data.

The AT21CS11 is arranged as one block in the dimensions of 128x8. It may be used in reliable memory storage applications that are non-volatile. The Serial EEPROM features a pre-programmed and unique serial number or ID as well as a one-hundred twenty-eight bit tracking number that is user-programmable. The voltage range for operation ranges from 2.7 volts to 4.5 volts. This voltage range makes the chip compatible for use with lithium-ion batteries.

The AT21CS11 makes identifying and tracking possible to any kind of product that is detachable or replaceable. This means that plastic disposables, cartridges, and user-specific attachments can relay unique identification details and also utilize information over a simple 2 point clip or connection that is plugged in. Additionally, the evaluation kit, which is dedicated by Microchip for the AT21CSxx, supports this new device (it is a single-wire family).

The AT21CS11 has many great features. It is one Kbit, features a single-wire compatibility, has the potential of communicating through one, possess’ a single I/O pin, has a high-speed mode of 125 kbps and attributes self-rimed erase and write cycles. The chip also attributes low power consumption (it’s read current is 0.8 mA, write current is 0.2 mA, and it’s standby current 0.7 uA). It boasts software write protection, includes more than one-million erase and write cycles, and factory programming is available.

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motherboard for gaming
When PC gamers are building computers, many forget the importance of choosing a good motherboard to go along with their electronic Frankenstein’s monster. Motherboards can go for anywhere from $50 to $900 for the ROG Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly by Asus. Here are the best gaming motherboards for three price ranges to choose from, according to Digital Trends.

1.       X299 Aorus Gaming 9
2.       X399 Aorus Gaming 7
3.       Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming

The X299 Aorus Gaming 9 from Gigabyte is the best motherboard for about $500. It features Intel Core i9 compatibility, eight RAM sockets, and supports up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory and up to 512GB of Registered DDR4 quad-channel memory. It also features support for both Nvidia’s and AMD’s multi-GPU setups. It also features a robust lighting setup with a huge capacity for customization options.

The X399 Aorus Gaming 7 from Gigabyte comes in at a slightly more affordable $390. It features support for AMD’s Threadripper series, which allows for a slightly smaller investment in a slightly cheaper processor for around $750 than the Intel Core i9 processor, which goes for $970. The X399 has the same RAM capacity as the X299 and features three M.2 ports, eight SATA 3 connections, four PCIe expansion slots, and the same Nvidia and AMD multi-GPU setups. It features the same array of lighting options as the X299.

The Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming motherboard is the winner for the budget category, priced at $120. It supports AMD’s Rysen processors with an AM4 socket and a standard ATX form factor. It features four RAM slots and supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, capable of storing one M.2 slot, two SATA ports, and two PCIe expansion ports. For visual effects, AURA Sync RGB lighting plus additional 4-pin RGB headers provide a spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across AURA Sync enabled products. 

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When building an extremely well-built computer many aspects contribute to its maximum potential. From the components being installed to the screws binding everything together. Besides the smaller components, the real aspect behind a great computer is the motherboard. Motherboards are designed to fit many different users’ needs and tend more centered on a group of tasks ranging from gaming to downloading at faster speeds.  Often times users believe that looking for the right motherboard could be nerve wrecking but are quite simple when educated on the right ones. 

On Buying a motherboard, it is best to know what other factors contribute to the motherboard's functions such as the processor. Many different models of motherboards require different types processors to be able to handle and operate its functions. Planning accordingly could be a major part of purchasing a motherboard due to the quickness of products being outdated. 

Different types of motherboards offer different features and may be a deciding factor when having to choose. These different types of features consist of different types of USB port varying from Type C port to On- Board USB headers. 

Ranging from the type of graphics cards that one would like to add is also another deciding factor. Standard boards will come with one PCI- Ex 16 slot for the implementation of a graphics card. Additional ports can be added for other cards such as a “Wifi Card “when the motherboard has not been built in WIFI.  

The UEFI allows for “low-level settings “ to choose what drive one would like to open them with. More Complex users would need a more “user-friendly” UEFI appose to a user that would only need to work with the word or browse the web using almost any. 

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sound blaster
Creative Labs just recently released the Sound BlasterX AE-5. This is the most recent PCIe sound card. This sound card includes a high-quality DAC (digital-to-analog converter), RGB (red, green, blue) lighting controls, a headphone amp, as well as a radiant finish. Just like the Recon3D and Z-series, the Sound Blaster AE-5 contains the in-house Sound Core3D DSP (digital signal processor). The Sound Core 3D is updated with support for 44.1 and 88.2 kHz playback in direct mode and virtual 7.1 support. What has not changed is the similar silicon. This is also programmed differently in terms of the volume control. The volume control on the Sound BlasterX AE-5 is mapped to the DAC volume.

Creative Labs is not only involved with the Sound BlasterX AE-5, but other developing audio noteworthy products including the AWE32, AWE64, Audigy, Extigy, EAX technology, Live!, Sound Blaster 16, and X-Fi. They have been able to identify the limitations with onboard audio. Solutions like USB DAC’s have been able to deliver advanced audio output although the internal sound card lineup has been at a standstill. Examples of the variation of USB DAC’s include the Sound Blaster E5, G5, and X7. On the other hand, the ZxR was the last Sound Blaster card that hasn’t been reviewed since 2014. Since the release of ASUS STRIX RAID DLX in 2015, there has not been any new sound card released until today.

The signal-to-noise ratio for Creative Labs is at 122 dB with 0.00032% THD (total harmonic distortion). This is 2 dB higher than enhanced onboard audio motherboards such as ASUS hardware part Crosshair VI Hero. Headphone outputs at Creative Labs have dual amps with audiophile-grade transistors and WIMA capacitors to achieve a THD of 0.0009% and 116dB SNR.

The Sound BlasterX AE-5 features the Xamp headphone amplifier. The Xamp amplifier divides the left and right channels. Usually, headphone amplifiers will only use one amp for both the left and right channels of the stereo headphone output. The Camp on the Sound BlasterX AE-5 amplifies the headphones individually for excellent audio quality. 

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Dell the world’s leading enterprise IT Infrastructure Company, recently celebrated twenty years of precision work stations by rolling out a brand new, updated workstation portfolio which includes a special anniversary edition of its precision 5520 mobile workstation laptop. Dell has been active in the PC industry for over three decades and is a company that does not show any signs of slowing down any time soon. The brand-new precision 5520m is the thinnest, lightest and overall smallest mobile workstation laptop in Dell’s history.

The anniversary model has been claimed as limited edition and has a new sleek design created with anodized aluminum, and a brushed metallic finish that comes in a special edition color called Abyss. The new workstation also included a finger-print resistant coat, leaving dirty screens a thing of the past.The Dell 5520 workstation is one of the highest end models that dell has produced. The price on this workstation ranges from 1,399.00- 2,279.00. It boasts a 15.6-inch screen with a 4k display, all inside a small 14-inch body. The workstation includes the Intel core processor i7-7820HQ. It also has 8GB of DDR-4-2400 RAM, 256GB M.2 PCle SSD, and windows 10 professional 64-bit.

The dell 5520 also includes three USB ports, a memory card reader, a security lock slot, a thunderbolt, an HDMI output and a headphone jack.  Along with the 5520 workstations, dell also rolled out brand new precision towers to its family. Each tower supports a brand new flexible chassis with the latest and greatest Intel core processor titled Xeon. This tower is fantastic for graphic chores because it uses the newest generation AMD Radeon pro professional graphics card. Over the past twenty years dell has provided customers with top of the line work stations, and they do not plan on skimping any time soon. Dell is constantly doing all they can to prepare its customers for the next big technology revolution. 

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Samsung Memory Card
Photographs are takin every second of the day all around the world. There are more photographs taken today than ever before. In the world of photography having the best memory card is essential. Samsung knew this and just released their new memory card that is going to throw all memory cards out of the game. Samsung just came out with a new memory card that is smaller and can hold more memory than the microSD cards. They are calling it the Universal Flash Storage UFS memory card. It can come with 256GB capacities and the size of a thumbnail.

Samsung is painting these as the next evolution of ultra-fast, ultra-portable memory card. It reads with speeds that Samsung say are, “five times faster than that of a typical microSD card”. They have the speed of 530MB/s. Samsung revolutionized the photography world with ultra-fast speed and extremely portable memory card. Samsung also added,
“With these substantial performance improvements, the new 256GB UFS card significantly reduces multimedia data downloading time, photo thumbnail loading time, and buffer clearing time in burst shooting mode. Which, collectively, can be particularly beneficial to DSLR camera users.”
There are a few things you should know about this very new technology; unfortunately, no cameras support these cards just yet. Since they are the first removable memory cards based on the JEDEC Universal Flash Storage (UFC) 1.0 card extension standard. So, if this card starts to get popular among the camera and drone brands then the microSD cards could become obsolete. If the microSD does become obsolete everyone is going to need a reliable memory card and Samsung part distributor. Which falls on Just It Hardware.

At Just It Hardware you can get all your Samsung computer parts and much more. On their website you can order from in office, the job site and even in the comfort of your own home. Having the confidence of knowing you will get the right part for the right price with first class customer service that you can’t get anywhere else. 

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ARM processor

A group of ARM hardware enthusiasts gathered at Linaro Connect to conceptualize a powerful ARM PC. In the end the group settled on building a computer like the Intel NUC—a mini-desktop with a powerful board computer in it. The session that was held is available on Linaro’s site and highlighted issues involved in building and supporting an ARM-based PC. There were concerns about whether ARM risk chips would deliver performance adequate to run powerful applications. Also concerns about components and about providing a Linux user experience acceptable to users.

Yang Zhang, director of the technologies group at Linaro stated, “Based on a research and efforts today, building an ideal PC is going to be hard.” Attendees quickly agreed that the ARM PC would need an expandable x86-style board with DDR4 memory DIMM slot, and NVMe or SATA slots for plugging in SSDs or other drives. Other features would include gigabit slots and USB slots. Many ARM-based computer boards like Raspberry Pi 3 and Pine64 can be used as PCs. They do have limited expandability and components integrated on the board which are not ideal for PCs handling heavy workloads.

Zhang also pointed out that LPDDR4, which is used in such “mobile” chipsets, is slower than DDR4 memory. This is why the DIMM slots would be needed on the ARM PC. An interesting suggestion was Rockchip’s RK3399, which is being used in Samsung’s Chromebook Pro. It has PCI-Express and USB 3.0. Google and Samsung have been putting in a great deal of work for Linux support on the chip. But it still is a mobile chip, and not designed for full-powered ARM desktop.

“I have a 24-core Opteron right. To replace that I would need a 64-core Cortex A73 or something, which doesn’t exist,” said the attendee who suggested the RK3399.

The discussion later became a battle between server chips and mobile chips, which each had their issues. While the server chips have good software support, they are expensive. The mobile chips are cheap but have poor Linux OS support. Software support would need to be added by independent developers, and that can become an extensive amount of work. The initial PC might have a server chip with decent Linux kernel support, sufficient memory and standard interfaces. Decent graphics will matter more, as well as ensuring that standard components like heatsinks and memory DIMMs can be bought off the shelf. The initial reason for the meeting was to get the ideas started for the development of a real desktop based on ARM processor. The PC will likely be developed by 96boards, which implement specifications to build open-source development boards.

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Digital Trends by Jayce Wagner that talks how Toshiba just launched a new hard disk that has a storage space of 8TB which is on a 3.5 inch format. Within this series, there are also other storage amounts such as the 6TB and the 4TB. All of these spin at a rate of 7200RPM. The storage is great for the heavy computer user as well as being a solution for small businesses as well. Here is what Scott Wright, the director of HDD marketing for Toshiba America, has to say about the new hard disk launch.

“Many customers with predominantly file-oriented and fixed-content sequential write and read workloads are looking for cost-effective capacities for moderate workload storage applications.”

In summation, this means that these hard disks are meant to be for long term back up storage but more so to be installed into desktop workstations or a family computer. These are for more day to day use despite the large amount or storage normally found for long term back up.

Toshiba hard disk Manufacturer plans to have these hard disks installed into standard desktop very easily so that people can use the storage for whatever they choose to decide.

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