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Lilbits: PineBuds open source earbuds could come in October, Pixel 6a available now, Intel is winding down its Optane Memory business

Open hardware maker Pine64 already has a wide range of products including smartphones, laptops, single-board computers, smartwatches, and even a smart soldering iron. And they’re all designed to run open source software. Next up? A pair of true wireless earbuds that allow users to flash their own firmware. First announced in April, the upcoming PineBuds […]

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Lilbits 356: Huawei’s new smartphone camera can practically see in the dark

When Huawei unveiled the P30 Pro smartphone last week, the company spent a lot of time talking about its triple-camera system which supports long-exposure shots without a tripod, 5X optical zoom, 10X hybird zoom, and up to 50X digital zoom, and the ability to capture bright photos in the dark without turning on the LED […]

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Intel and Micron announce 2nd-gen 3D XPoint memory coming in 2019

Solid state drives tend to be faster than hard drives. And RAM (random access memory) tends to be faster still… but it’s “volatile” memory, which means that any data stored in RAM will disappear when you reboot or turn off a computer. A few years ago Intel and Micron teamed up to develop a new […]

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Intel unveils Optane 905p M.2 SSD for smaller spaces

Last month Intel launched the Optane SSD 905P, a solid state drive based on 3D XPoint technology that offered super-fast read and write speeds. At the time it was only available in a PCIe card form factor, which meant that you could use an Intel Optane SSD 905P with a desktop computer, but not in […]

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Intel unveils Optane persistent memory: 3D Xpoint DIMMs for data centers

When Intel first unveiled its Optane line of products based on 3D Xpoint technology, the company promised to blur the lines between traditional SSDs and RAM by offering non-volatile memory like an SSD, but read and write speeds that came close to what you’d expect from memory. So far Intel has primarily focused on the […]

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Intel Optane SSD 905P offers super-fast storage (super-pricey too)

Intel’s latest solid state drive featuring 3D Xpoint technology is the company’s fastest yet. The Intel Optane SSD 905P supports sequential read/write speeds up to 2600 MB/s and 2200 MB/s, respectively, and Random 4K read/write speeds of 575,000/550,000 IOPS. Real-world performance will likely be lower, but early benchmarks suggest the new SSD is the fastest […]

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Intel launches Optane 800P SSD for mainstream consumers (speedy, pricey storage)

It’s been about a year since Intel launched its first Optane storage for mainstream computers. But the first consumer solid state drives to use 3D Xpoint technology were pretty expensive when you looked at the price-per gigabyte, which is one of the reasons Intel decided to launch low-capacity drives meant to be used alongside a […]

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Intel’s Kaby Lake NUC mini PCs now available with Optane memory

Intel Optane memory is a new type of speedy, non-volatile solid state storage that can be used like an SSD… except that for now it’s way more expensive. So Intel’s first consumer versions of Optane memory are small modules meant to offer speedy cache performance when used alongside a larger hard drive or SSD. And […]

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Intel’s speedy Optane storage coming to consumer PCs next month (in small, affordable doses)

Intel’s Optane memory offers speeds that are almost as fast as what you’d expect from RAM. But unlike DRAM, Optane is non-volatile, which means that you won’t lose any data if you turn off your computer. Earlier this month Intel launched the first Optane solid state drive. But that 375GB SSD is designed for enterprise […]

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Intel launches its first Optane SSD with 3D XPoint memory (for enterprise)

Almost two years after Intel and Micron unveiled a new type of solid state storage said to be up to 1,000 times faster than flash, Intel is finally launching a commercial product that uses 3D XPoint technology. It’s called the Intel Optane P4800X, and it’s a solid state drive designed for enterprise applications. It’s also […]