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News for 2011-02-23

* Ready. Willing. And Stable. Get AMD Now. AMD posts a helpful table suggesting parts to buy in place of Sandy Bridge parts if you want to avoid the SATA recall issues.

* Intel 510-series SSDs willreportedly arrive on March 1 2011

* CEA Study finds dramatic increase in TV energy efficiency. The full report (PDF) is at

    # LCD active power use fell 63 percent from 2003 to 2010.
    # LCD standby power use dropped 87 percent from 2004 to 2010.
    # Plasma TV active power use dropped 41 percent from 2008 to 2010.
    # Plasma TV standby use fell 85 percent from 2008 to 2010.

    # Figure 6 in the full report shows that even in the same model year there is a wide variation in power from one TV to another. The data for 2010 has a TV that draws 75W and a TV in the same category that draws 200W. Buyers will still have to put some effort in to be sure they are buying an efficient model. Power Density (W/in^2) should be below 0.20 to be considered above average efficiency. ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 40% less energy than standard units in all modes of operation (stand-by and active). Lists of Energy Star TVs are available in Excel and PDF formats. If you want the most efficient TV look for one introduced after May 1, 2010 using the Energy Start 4.1 certification method. Version 5.1 will become effective May 1, 2012.

* SSD manufacturers line up to tell you they will label 25nm SSDs differently. Not wanting to follow in the footsteps of OCZ, manufacturers are going out of their way to pre-announce 25nm SSDs and make sure there is no confusion over model numbers, pricing, capacity, performance, or reliability.

    # Micron (Micron C400 / Crucial m4) update Micron and Crucial will be marketing drives as the true user supported capacity. They also discuss drive lifetime in terms of total bytes written (TBW). Intel has talked about TBW for their SSDs for a while and last year Western Digital joined the party by listing the amount of data a user could write to the SiliconEdge SSD.

    # Corsair (Force F115-A and others). Plus a blog about 25nm and a promise that "All Corsair 25nm-based Force SSDs will have a part number that ends in "-A". And, if the same capacity is already offered in 34nm technology, we will be very clear about noting any lowered specifications."

    # Mushkin avoiding 25nm for now but will be sure to "release products that meet our standards which are accurately described as being different than their 34nm counterparts."

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