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March 2012

Compucon Channel Partner Newsletter Issue 1204
22 March 2012

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Solid State Disk- new releases of Hybrid and Incompressible

Solid State Disk (SSD) is a product category name of the integrated circuit version of hard disk drive (HDD).  HDD was invented around 1950 using magnetism to store data on a rotating disk.  Current products are still based on the same architecture although the storage density and capacity have greatly improved over the years.  As of March 2012, HDD with a SATA interface has reached 4TB of recordable size and 500GB is considered entry level.  SSD appeared about 50 years later.  It does not involve any rotation parts and therefore the initial applications were for satisfying computers in motion or adverse environments when HDD would fail almost immediately. SSD technology has improved over the last 10 years but is not ready to replace or take over HDD yet as of 2012.  It per GB price is about 8 times of HDD.   As such, SSD applications are still limited to adverse environments, small size (such as 60GB), and as cache for RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks).  This article looks at 2 SSD product releases from vendors for general use in the first quarter of 2012: Hybrid SSD from Seagate and MLC SSD based on SandForce.  Both were in their second generation.

High Quality Low Cost IP Camera T3111

Quality and Cost normally go in the same direction (higher quality incurs higher cost) but the relationship is not fixed in the market place due to involvement of numerous factors.  It is possible to obtain products and services of a reasonably high quality for a reasonable cost.  When we first released Megapixel IP cameras in 2009, customers were impressed with the high quality but were put back by prices that were 5 times higher than analogue cameras of a lower quality.  The quality gap and price gap between these 2 generations of camera technology have not really changed much over the last 3 years in general terms.  Being the new guy in the market, IP cameras should have more rooms for improving the quality upwards and price downwards than analogue cameras.  At last we obtained one good illustration of this prediction in a new model with a stock code of CAT3111.  It is a new model priced at 60% of an old model of similar quality from the same vendor.  We have installed many units of the old model in commercial environments and all have worked well.  This price drop is therefore meaningful and is good news.  Please check the spec of the new model here:

Compucon II Resolution

Compucon New Zealand will complete 20 years of operation by 1 May 2012.  We have taken time to revisit who we are and what we do.  At a staff meeting in March, we established a new set of priorities for the company and will work towards the new goals.  The top goal is to operate Compucon New Zealand perpetually!  How long can a technology business last in a competitive high tech industry segment?  For a business to last long, it must be loved by the society and patrons.  For a business to be loved, it must do a lot of good things to the society.   Compucon II Resolution is an attempt to define what we do, how we can help New Zealand and all stakeholders, and how to achieve sustainability.  It is a bold resolution.

Help University of Auckland

Compucon New Zealand has helped the University of Auckland for nearly 10 years as an industry supervisor for their 4th year BTECH students and has produced visible benefits for students.  The title of the BTECH project for Year 2012 is CUDA Computing. CUDA is a new computing scheme that has shown high potentials for both fast and green computing. Supervisors involved are TN Chan, Edmond Chan and Matthew Ng on the industry side, and Dr Mano and Professor Reinhard Klette on the academic side.  Dr Mano is the overall coordinator and he makes sure that all project design and execution satisfy the teaching learning and research goals of the university.  Read the project outline here:

Celestino and Conrad in TSD …

Joseph in our Technical Service Department (TSD) has gone to the university at the end of February 2012.  No wonder you have not heard from him on the phone or via email recently.  In his place are Conrad Villamara who attends TSD from 9am to 3pm and Celestino Legaspi from 2pm to 6pm.   You will win a small prize if you are the first two persons to know their original nationalities without asking them or anyone in Compucon.  Email your answers to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   to claim a prize.  Conrad has been in Auckland for nearly 3 years and Celestino for over 10 years.  Celestino has worked in Auckland in a management position for several years before changing his interest to IT.  Owing to his industry experience, Celestino has taken up a higher level of responsibility than Conrad in TSD and he makes sure that all TSD service tickets are attended to.  Being new in this position, they will take a while to be 120% competent like Joseph.  Please be patient with them, and talk with Edmond for technical support if you want to.  They will do their best to win your top score when we carry out our next survey in June.

Next Seminar is CAST on Monday 16 April 2012

CAST is Compucon Authorised Service Technician Seminar.  It starts at 11:00am and finishes at 6:00pm followed by wine and cheese.  There is a small fee for attending CAST which will cover lunch, muffin break and a seminar manual.  We will publish the seminar outlines and invitation message by 6 April the latest.  Please block your calendar now for CAST!