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July 31, 2012

Did Apple just Osborne its iPhone Sales?

News recently is that Apple just announced a press event on 12 September 2012 which everyone thinks is going to be the big iPhone 5 launch among other products. I have to believe Apple just Osborned (past tense verb of Osborne for those wondering) their iPhone sales for the next month and a half (or longer.) For those wondering, Osborne Computer was a very prosperous computer firm in the early days of PCs and is known in the Silicon Valley as the example of why companies need to be careful pre-announcing their products.

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July 31, 2012

Intel Xeon Processor E5-1650 Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon Review 6C/12T 3.2GHz

Today we are looking at the Intel Xeon Processor E5-1650 which is perhaps the sweet spot for LGA 2011 Xeon processors. With 6 cores, 12 threads running at 3.2GHz base and 3.8GHz max 12MB of cache, the Intel Xeon Processor E5-1650 is a more than capable CPU for multi-threaded workloads. For those wondering, the LGA 2011 Xeon E5 series CPUs have 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes each. That is how dual socket systems get 80 lanes. Compare this to the desktop Core i7-3930K and one will note that the Xeon E5-1650 supports ECC DDR3 and up to 375GB of ram compared to the Core i7-3930K’s 64GB maximum memory support. With quad channel memory support the Xeon E5-1650 supports up to 51.2GB/s of memory [...]

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July 30, 2012

New Supermicro Quad Intel Xeon E5-4600 LGA2011 MP Motherboards

Supermicro has just released a couple of Quad Xeon E5-4600 based motherboards. These boards are behemoth in size, much like quad AMD Opteron G34 motherboards, for obvious reasons. Packing Quad Intel Xeon E5-4600 CPU’s, 32x DDR3 DIMM slots capable of up to 1TB ECC memory and a few expansion slots to boot makes these new Supermicro Quad Intel Xeon motherboards very tightly packed despite their gargantuan size. They have options for built-in LSI SAS2208 RAID controller, Intel X540 Dual 10GbE LAN and  IPMI v2.0. Strangely enough, there are only two PCIe 3.0 x16 and two PCIe 3.0 x8 slots for a total of 48 PCIe lanes from a total of 160 (40×4) available through the CPUs. Clearly [...]

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July 27, 2012

Western Digital Earnings Blowout. Oligopoly Benefiting

Western Digital released earnings that absolutely blew out analyst estimates this week. Analysts are expecting Seagate to follow suit next week. This makes a ton of sense. With the Western Digital – Hitachi GST merger and the Seagate Samsung merger, there are effectively three hard drive players with Toshiba being number three. The hard drive industry has essentially has two titans like the US non-alcohoholic beverage market, Western Digital (large share like Coca Cola), another large competitor Seagate now with Samsung (like Pepsi) and everyone else making up a small percentage (e.g. Toshiba.)

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