Showing posts with label Mac book. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mac book. Show all posts

Monday, March 14, 2016

Intel's new Optane memory technology could lead to 1000 times faster MacBook storage


Optane Launching New Ultra-Fast Memory Technology

In 2017, Intel and Micron branded as Optane would be launching a new ultra-fast memory technology which would overlay the way for a much faster storage on Apple’s MacBooks. Optane is said to be compatible with the NVMe storage procedure which Apple tends to use in some of the MacBook, known by Macworld, which means that it can be relatively easy for Apple to change and benefit from the new technology. Optane is considered to provide speeds 1,000 times faster as well as more durable than the common flash storage on using 3D Xpoint technology which is due to its 10 times denser than DRAM.

The Non-volatile Memory Express support in new 12-inch MacBook had been launched by Apple enabling it with a software update to OS X last April. NVMe is destined to replace old AHCI technology that had been designed for maximum performance in systems utilising spinning hard drives. NVMe is adjusted for operation of lower latency provided by solid state media or non-volatile memory. NVMe, when compared to AHCI tends to reduce latency by around 50%. Intel for instance puts latency overhead in SCSI/SAS systems at 6 nanoseconds at 19,500 cycles though quotes NVMe at 2.8 nanoseconds at 9,100 cycles – PDF link.

NVMe – Designed to Scale over Next Decade

Moreover, NVMe is designed to scale over the next decade, a lifecycle which is comparable to AHCI that had been introduced in 2004. Since 2011, Apple had been using the PCIe transport procedure; the company seems to be in a good position to expeditiously extend support over the complete line-up of Mac. Regarding the super-fast Optane memory and SSD products, Intel had been silent, though some emerging details could hit at how they could be utilised in products such as Apple’s MacBooks. Optane is said to be a brand name for the latest kind of memory and SSD based on 3D Xpoint, which is a jointly developed technology by Intel and Micron that is 10 times denser than DRAM and 1,000 times faster as well as more durable than flash storage. The 3D Xpoint technology is likely to be released soon would be compatible with NVMe, which is a super-fast storage protocol that could be helpful for Optane in attaining its intense speeds.

Apple – First to Implement The Latest Laptop Technologies

Some of the MacBooks already tend to have NVMe based SSDs with Optane providing a further speed enhancement. Among the first vendors in implementing the latest laptop technologies is Apple and it could take the opportunity of putting Optane in its MacBooks. Apple had been the first to implement Thunderbolt as well as processor technologies from Intel. The first products of Optane would be SSDs; reaching supporter’s PCs next year and later would spread to the other desktops as well as mobile products. Optane memory DIMMs that can be plugged in prevailing memory slots would also be coming along. Optane products would first be based on Intel’s Skylake architecture and if Intel tends to ship memory DIMMs, they would need to be compatible with the DDR3/4 DRAM bus which is in most of the present PCs. Some of the Windows laptops also tend to have NVMe storage though most of them depend on the older and slower SATA interface. Fanatic desktop users like the gamers tend to be early adopters of the new technology and several of them would probably move over to Optane.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Apple quietly released new MacBook Pro

The new MacBook Pro were not expected until next week, but they are already available in the Apple Store. Apple has not even closed its online store for the occasion: this update is pretty minor in the program with new processors, hard drives slightly larger and more powerful graphics cards for the 15 and 17 inches. The previous models were dated February if we forget the change of keys on the occasion of the release of OS X Lion. This review is timely appointed to the holiday season and it can wait before the release of Ivy Bridge, the new platform that Intel is behind schedule and will not be available until early spring 2012 .

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Virtualization with Parallels Desktop Lion 7

First, it will be recalled with Leo, Apple allows users to virtualize its system software provided of course that it is run from a Mac. Previously, the Apple brand store for this possibility to edit "Server" Mac OS X Parallels Desktop is the first virtualization solution to allow it (without having to tinker) but there is no doubt that VMware and Oracle exploit this feature very soon in their respective software. Installing OS X Lion is simple, but slow. Parallels Wizard starts the recovery partition and prompts you to install Mac OS X 10.7 on your virtual machine. The biggest problem with this approach is that it is better not to hurry. The installer must before starting his work to recover the archive to install OS X Leo. It is not without problems for those who have acquired the USB Mac OS X 10.7. Despite a good ADSL connection, the installation process has taken two to three hours. After the installation is completed, the virtual machine restarts. Then, like any virtual machine, you are prompted to install the Parallels Tools. The application mounts a disk image on your desktop. You just have to start the installation as with any software. As with any virtual machine, Parallels allows you to set a range of parameters: amount of memory, graphics acceleration, storage ... As with any Windows virtual machine, you can also exchange files between your Mac and Mac virtualized. In performance, the results are quite honest. Your Mac is more powerful and more RAM you have, the better it will be. It should be noted that the coherence mode that allows you to melt the windows of Windows applications on your Mac can not be activated, but the interest of this feature with Mac OS X is very limited. 2010 on a MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz with 4 GB of RAM, performance is completely honest. As always with virtualization, we feel the limits of this process as soon as you begin to make sustained use of the graphics processor. On the other hand, the fan of the MacBook Air can be heard more than usual. Out of curiosity, we tried to install Snow Leopard in a virtual machine. In this case, the application displays a short message reminding that Apple does not allow the virtualization of this version of Mac OS X. It is not officially unofficially making do, it is always possible. In any case, it is unfortunate for those who depend on it for one reason or another Rosetta. Recall that a demo version of Parallels Desktop 7 [260 MB] functional for 15 days is available for download.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Was MacBook Stopped?

Recently, it has often been a matter of renewal of the range MacBook Air. But the ultra-portable Apple is not the only model to be rare in the store shelves, the Mac mini and MacBook are no longer in stock in several stores in the United States. The break is far from complete, the Apple Store shows a shipping time of 24 hours for both models. While it is rumored for months that the Mac mini could in turn pass Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge architecture, the projects on his Apple laptop white are much more obscure.

Apple might be tempted to give this machine to make room for the MacBook Air; the price could drop to the passage of the $ 100 entry level. An $ 899, the ultraportable Apple would probably forget its few flaws, including its storage space reduced. The white MacBook is somehow in the same position as the Mac minis there are three or four years. Apple should probably question the follow-up to this model. One thing is certain; it is no longer the priority.

If the theory of abandonment is credible, it is not the only one. The Cupertino company may very well propose a revision to the minimum with a slightly more powerful processor, more RAM or a bigger hard drive so ... Finally, note that the July 19 return more often regarding the launch of Mac OS X Lion and the new MacBook Air.