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In an effort to rebuild its focus on R&D, Marvell announced that it is going to implement changes, including layoffs, that would drop its annual operating expenses from $1.08 billion to at least $820 million.
The company said that it would discontinue, consolidate, and streamline specific R&D programs, which would include eliminating 900 jobs worldwide. Marvell would also divest non-strategic business in order to cut additional operating expenses amounting to $60 million.
"These are difficult but necessary changes. I'm confident these actions will yield a greater return on our R&D investments, deliver the innovation our customers’ need, and generate the value our shareholders expect." Matt Murphy, Marvell CEO and President, said.
These changes are expected to be fully implemented by the end of October 2017.
The Wi-Fi Alliance introduced TimeSync at this year’s CES. Designed to deliver precise, sub-second time synchronization between Wi-Fi devices, TimeSync will play an important role in scenarios where timing is important and needs to be accurate. Initially targeting the home entertainment market, TimeSync would be used in Hi-Fi sound where wireless speakers come into play, as well as home theater environments. “The result is a wireless rendering – free from jitter, drift, or echo – that delivers precise video and audio,” according to the Wi-Fi Alliance’s announcement.
Other applications that the Alliance thinks could benefit from TimeSync include industrial, automotive infotainment, and IoT.
For more information about TimeSync, check out the Wi-Fi Alliance’s website.
Asking Alexa, Amazon Echo’s built-in voice assistant, to turn on your living room lights is now possible with D-Link’s Connected Home Smart Wi-Fi Plugs. D-link announced the new compatibility with Amazon’s Smart Home device as an additional feature that now exists alongside D-Link’s mydlink Home mobile app and IFTTT (if this then that) recipe support for customizing commands.
For the mydlink app functionality, Amazon Echo specifically works with the DSP-W110 and DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plugs.
The mydlink Home app is available for download and will include the new integrated support for Amazon Echo. For more information, visit the D-Link Connected Home page.
The Arris SURFboard SBG7580-AC Wireless Gateway, combines a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, AC1750 class Wi-Fi router with 4-port gigabit Ethernet switch and McAfee-powered security engine.
The McAfee security engine, called the Arris Secure Home Internet by McAfee, was designed to help deal with the growing number of IoT devices popping up in homes and residences. And similar to other devices on the market, security features are managed using the Secure Home Internet app, which also includes up-to-date monitoring and parental security settings.
The Wi-Fi router supports maximum link rates of 450 Mbps in 2.4 GHz and 1300 Mbps in 5 GHz and the 32x8 DOCSIS 3.0 modem supports a maximum download rate of 1.4 Gbps, that also serves up wireless link rates up to 1.75 Gbps.
Compatible with XFINITY by Comcast, Cox, Charter and other internet providing services, the...
D-Link announced that it is now shipping its latest HomePlug AV2 powerline kit, the DHP-P701AV. The new kit includes two MIMO powerline adapters that use a home’s electrical outlets to send data from point “A” to point “B” through a building’s built-in wiring.
Aside from a maximum link rate of 2000 Mbps, the new DHP-P701AV adapters’ features also include a pass-through electrical plug so customers don’t lose a power outlet when using an adapter, a power saving mode that drops consumption when the adapters are not being used, Plug-and-Play installation, and integrated noise filters to help improve network performance.
Priced at $119.99, the PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Passthrough Starter Kit (DHP-P701AV) is now available through D-Link and other online stores.
The first Arris product to get McAfee Secure Home Platform embedded is the SURFboard SBG7580-AC gateway. The Intel-owned McAfee security platform will protect home network products, including computers, mobile hardware, and IoT devices from viruses and malware.
Features of the McAfee Security Platform include:
- Cloud-based backend
- Device identification especially for IoT devices
- Internet pausing
- Real-time alerts
- Mobile app for remote management
- Parental controls that restrict and schedule access
Linksys' EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router is a less expensive two-stream, tri-band router that still delivers surprisingly good Wi-Fi performance.
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Asustor’s new desktop NAS line consists of the 2-bay AS4002T and the 4-bay AS4004T.
Targeting consumers, these new NASes debut two firsts from Asustor; integrated 10 GbE in a consumer NAS and first in-market to use Marvell’s Armada Cortex-A72 64-bit dual-core processor.
Additional hardware specs include 2 GB DDR4-2400 RAM, two GbE ports, and USB 3.1 ports. All three Ethernet ports can be aggregated to provide 3 Gbps total bandwidth for those who don't have 10 Gbps devices.
Designed to be tool-less, the AS4002T and AS4004T are hot-swappable NAS, using caddies to facilitate drive swaps when needed. The chassis’ internal honeycomb structure adds an additional layer of security by protecting data from physical impact.
Handling disk drives up to 12 TB in capacity, both NAS support JBOD, single drives, and RAID levels 0 and 1, while the 4-bay AS4004T adds RAID 5, 6 and 10 to it list of redundant drive configurations.
Available on Amazon,...
For busy households, the battle over who can watch recorded Sling TV content, whenever or whenever they want, may end in peaceful accord now as Sling TV announced a new multi-stream service. Available for $20 a month, the new beta can stream up to 3 devices, mobile or not, at the same time.
In addition to the new multi-streaming service, Sling TV also announced it is including live and on-demand content from Fox Network Group, as well as broadcasts from other multi-stream programmers, including AMC, HBO, Turner and Univision.
For new Sling TV customers, they can try out the multi-stream service for free for seven days without having to sign up for an annual contract or longer term commitment, though a credit card is still required in the four step sign up process.
Sling TV’s single-stream service will still be available for $20 a month as well.
For more information on the multi-stream service and the added channels, check out...
Amazon today significantly expanded its options for getting its Alexa AI terminals into every room of your home. Aside from adding several new Alexa features, Amazon is also introducing a whole set of Echo-related smart home products, including the Echo Spot, Echo Plus, all-new Echo, Echo Connect, and Echo Button.
Already at over 25,000 skills, Alexa is getting updated with several new features to help smoothen out its operations and interoperability with other smart home products.
- New Alexa Routines lets owners create an automated series of actions issued from a single voice command. For example, “Alexa, good night” can initiate several devices to respond in an orchestrated fashion, turning off lights, setting alarms, and locking doors.
- The Smart Groups feature logically combines devices so they all work under a single command, as opposed to having them triggered separately, one at a time.
- The recently introduced Alexa...
Dropbox Business recently announced Project Infinite, a future offering that fixes the problem of using Dropbox on end-user devices with limited storage space.
Being cross-platform compatible, Project Infinite works like traditional Dropbox Business, but adds the option to store data in the cloud, looking as if though your files are sitting on your local disk or SSD drive. Similar to the green checkmark you get when a local file synchronizes with Dropbox’s cloud storage, Project Infinite-stored files are marked with a small cloud image embedded in the files’ Windows Explorer or OS X Finder icon when synched.
Aside from being able to drag-and-drop these cloud-stored files using your chosen OS platform’s file manager, important properties, such as file size and creation/modification dates, are also be available upon a click of a cursor.
Release dates for Dropbox...
The AC2300 Nighthawk R7000P is a 3x3 Broadcom-based version of NETGEAR’s classic Nighthawk R7000, supporting MU-MIMO and maximum link rates of 1625 Mbps at 5 GHz and 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz.
Running off a 1 GHz dual-core processor, the R7000P wireless router also includes five GbE ports (four LAN and one WAN), for physical networking, and two USB ports (one 3.0 and one 2.0) for adding storage and backup using Netgear’s ReadyCloud and ReadyShare applications, respectively.
Other features include Dynamic QoS for prioritizing network traffic, Smart Connect for automated band selection, Beamforming+ helps target wireless devices for stronger connections, and VPN support for secure remote access to the router and the home network.
Netgear also adds several apps to Nighthawk R7000P’s package. Netgear Up helps optimize router placement during installation, while Netgear genie provides remote access management when R7000P owners are away from...
QNAP has announced three AMD Ryzen based NASes. The TS-x77 series includes the 12-bay TS-1277, 8-bay TS-877 and 6-bay TS-677.
All are based on AMD’s Ryzen multi-core processors, use DDR4 memory, support two M.2 SSD modules for internal cache, and have eight USB (six 3.0 and two 3.1) ports.
With their three PCI-e expansion slots, the TS-x77 series can support AMD Radeon and Nvidia graphics cards and QNAP’s QM2 10 GbE/ 40 GbE network cards for faster network throughput.
Storage expansion for the TS-x77 series includes VJBOD, hot-swap RAID upgrades to larger drives, and hardware expansion using one of QNAPs own expansion enclosures.
The larger TS-1277 can house eight 2.5”/3.5” and four 2.5” drives and is available in three models:
- TS-1277-1700-64G: AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700 8-core / 16-thread 3.0 GHz processor, Turbo Core 3.7 GHz and 64GB DDR4 UDIMM (4 x 16GB)
- TS-1277-1700-16G: AMD...
Linksys has announced the 130W eight POE+ port LGS308MP and 384W twenty-six POE+ port LGS326MP, which includes two gigabit SFP/RJ45 combo ports.
Designed for growing businesses, the two new switches operate according to the 802.3at IEEE standard, delivering up to 30 watts per port sending out power to networked business devices including IP cameras, VoIP phones, APs, and networked audio.
Key features for the new switches include Link Aggregation, IGMP snooping, port authentication, MAC-based security, DHCP snooping, IP-MAC binding, Spanning Tree Protocol and storm control.
Available now, MSRPs for the eight-port Business Smart Gigabit PoE+ Switch - 130W (LGS308MP) and the twenty-six port Business Smart Gigabit PoE+ Switch - 384W (LGS326MP) are $249.99 and $529.99, respectively.
ecobee has announced the ecobee3 lite smart Wi-Fi thermostat, priced at $169 - $80 cheaper than the ecobee3.
The lite shares several features with the older model, including Smart Recovery for quick and automatic adjustments; compatibility with other home automation solutions including Amazon Echo, Apple Home Kit, and IFTTT; Fan Dissipation to extend the cooling and dehumidification of a room; AC Overcooling to help dehumidify airspace; and Home IQ to help show the amount of energy conserved over time.
Items and features the ecobee3 lite will not come with include the external sensor normally packaged with the standard $249 ecobee3.
ecobee3 features excluded from the ecobee3 lite include Smart Home/Away for those times you to stay home longer than usual, Free Cooling automation that decides when a home should use outside air vs air conditioning, optional humidity functions, and Follow Me motion detection.
Available soon for both Apple...
Belkin announced its Wemo smart home switches will be compatible with Google Home and Google Assistant, giving voice control to their products. Supported Wemo products include Wemo Switch, Wemo Insight Switch and Wemo Light Switch.
Using Google’s natural language processing technology, Wemo customers can use the “OK Google” wake word to power up, or down, appliances attached to Wemo switches.
The necessary Google Home app update is coming soon, while Wemo’s firmware versions 10885 or higher are available now.
Soon be released alongside TP-Link’s new OC200 Cloud Controller, the Omada Business Wireless System will consist of the OC200, two 802.11n/ac access points, centralized controller software, and a mobile app. Designed for businesses, TP-Link mentions Omada would be a good fit for places “such as schools, resorts, retail stores and more.”
The included OC200 cloud controller uses auto-discovery to speed up the setup process and is manageable via mobile app or computer, while Omada’s pair of Wireless AC EAP200 series APs provide dual-band service to the office wireless network.
Other features mentioned include a customizable portal for easier guest sign-in via Facebook or SMS, and a limited lifetime warranty.
The TP-Link Omada Business Wireless System will be available in mid-November, along with the OC200. Pricing for both items hasn’t been...
Netgear introduced three new rack-mountable 2U ReadyNAS models for business. The ReadyNAS 3312, ReadyNAS 4312S, and ReadyNAS 4312X are each powered by a 5th generation Intel Xeon processor and have 12-bays that can provide up 120 TB of total capacity. The new ReadyNAS products run on Netgear’s ReadyNAS OS 6 offering data protection via RAID, anti-virus, incremental backups, bitrot protection, and cloud-managed replication.
Individual specs for each ReadyNAS includes:
- Intel Xeon E3-1225v5 Quad Core processor (3.3GHz base turbo frequency, 3.7GHz burst maximum)
- 8GB DDR4 of ECC RAM (expandable to 64GB)
- Up to 120 simultaneous users
- Intel Xeon E3-1245v5 Quad Core processor (3.5GHz base turbo frequency, 3.9GHz burst maximum)
- 16GB DDR4 of ECC RAM (expandable to 64GB)
- Up to 160...
The TS-x63XU series, available in hot-swappable 4, 8, and 12-bay designs with single or redundant power supply options, are rackmount enterprise NAS devices powered by AMD’s G-Series GX-420MC quad-core 2.0 GHz processor and dual channel 4GB DDR3LSO-DIMM RAM (upgradable to 16GB).
Aside from already having four GbE interfaces, each TS-x63XU model also includes a single 10 GbE NIC to help accelerate business-related operations such as virtualization and hi-res video production.
The TS-x63XU series supports storage features such SSD caching, tiered storage allocation, and block-based snapshots, and works with VMware, Citrix, MS Hyper-V virtualization solutions that use Windows, Linux, Unix, Android VMs, as well as Docker and LXC containers.
Running QNAP’s QTS OS, the TS-x63XU series supports a variety of apps available through the QTS App Center, including cross-devices file syncing with Qsync, QIoT for IoT app development, and...