Dell Predicts 80% Market Share For Top Three PC Makers by 2020

Dell has predicted 80% of the dedicated PC market will be dominated by the top three hardware companies in the world. This includes Dell, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard Co. Currently, Lenovo controls 20.3% of PC shipments, followed by HP with 18.5% and Dell attained a figure of 14.5%. During a round-table with journalists in Bengaluru, India, Michael Dell claimed:

“In the first half of this year, we outgrew the two in notebooks and we have grown now 10 quarters in a row,”

“Being a private company has certainly allowed us to focus our future more on 3 years, 5 years, 10 years out and get away from the short-term orientation that public companies often find themselves in,”

“We have been able to grow even though the (PC) market is shrinking and of course our business goes well beyond the device into data center, software, services and security,”

“I think there are maybe only one or two companies who make a profit in the smartphone business today and there are quite a few companies that lose substantial sums of money in the smartphone business,”

“So, no thank you! I do not want to be in the smartphone business.”

The theory revolves around consolidating each company’s current market position as the competition struggles to extend their foothold in a very difficult sector. PC sales are dwindling, and at an alarming rate. Therefore, you need a significant market share to remain near the top. Dell is suggesting other companies with a reduced focus on the PC market will eventually give up and leave space for Dell to enhance their profile.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information. 

Drones to Take 80 Megapixel Photos Soon

PhaseOne announced today that it has developed the world’s smallest 80-megapixel medium format camera that is designed specifically for aerial photography.  The iXU 180 is a high-end low profile camera that weighs two pounds without a needed lens.

The camera has a tiny size, with a 3.8″x3.6″x4.3″ body that is gyro-mountable for steady shots.  With the camera and lens coming in at over three pounds it will take a decently powerful drone to serve as a base for using this camera. Along with the 80 megapixel version there will be two different 60 megapixel versions coming out, a black and white model and a color model.  The camera will start to ship in mid-April, but currently there is no word on pricing.

Source: Gizmodo

Seasonic Release ECO 430W Power Supply

Taiwan-based power supply manufacturer Seasonic has just announced their launch of two new skews – set to be on sale in mainland China in the coming weeks.

Their first announced product is the ECO430, being given a 80PLUS 230VEU certification, this PSU is marketed at those who are looking to save a little extra on their power bills. For those who are unaware, an 80PLUS Bronze rating means that the power supply efficiency rate is that of 85% or above – signifying that at least 85% of the power that is drawn in through the wall socket can be distributed throughout your PC components.

This unit comes with your standard 120mm FBD bearing fan alongside Rhine temperature control technology. By looking at the images provided, it doesn’t look like this model is modular (news sources were unable to confirm) – but modular capabilities is something that we don’t often see in a budget-level power supply. The ECO430 does however feature a flat 24-pin Motherboard cable to help a little with your cable management capabilities.

The announced release price for this product is 399 yuan ($65 US), which see’s it competing with budget ‘eco’ offerings including Thermaltake’s TR2, FSP’s 400w, The Corsair CX500 and Antec’s Neo.

There is no set plan of release in the Western world as of yet – we will report if the story develops. Looking at the links provided above, will this Seasonic unit be worth the extra $10 US for a 430w offering when compared to the Corsair CX500 which comes in at $55 US?

 

Images courtesy of Chiphell

EVGA Introduces 500W and 430W Power Supplies

Not everyone is on the market for a 1200w power supply for a gargantuan quad-SLI gaming system, but just because people want something cheaper, doesn’t mean they don’t want to buy from a top brand. EVGA are looking to entertain the more budget concious end of the market with the release of their new 500W and 430W power supplies.

Featuring an affordable price tag, 80 Plus certification, up to 80% efficiency under typical loads. They also offer a high amperage Single-Rail design for maximum power and efficiency, and a robust set of heavy-duty power protections built in to protect your investment. The 500W and 430W PSUs are sounding like a great choice for powering a basic, budget system build and if the rest of the EVGA product range is an indication of their performance and quality, these should be pretty awesome for those working on a low-mid range system.

  • Exceptional 3-Year warranty backed by EVGA’s legendary Customer Support
  • 80 Plus Certified, up to 80% efficiency under typical loads.
  • High amperage Single-Rail design for maximum power and efficiency
  • Quiet and Intelligent Auto Fan for near-silent operation
  • Over Voltage Protection, Under Voltage Protection, Over Current Protection, Over Power Protections, Short Circuit Protection, Over Temperature Protection
  • Fully sleeved cables

Thank you EVGA for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of EVGA.