AMD has launched a new processor that was mentioned in its roadmaps two months back and which is part of the Athlon II range. The X 240 comes just beneath the X2 250 and the X2 245, clocked at 3 and 2.9 GHz respectively. The X2 240 is clocked at 2.8 GHz and has the same spec as these two others: 117.5 mm² die engraved at 45 nm, two cores with a total of 234 million transistors, 2 MB L2 cache, a DDR2/DDR3 memory controler and a 2 GHz HT link. It should be available at around 50 euros.
Kingston have launched the first 256 GB USB key. The DataTraveler 300 comes in a compact format (70.68 mm x 16.90 mm x 21.99 mm) and has a storage space equal to slimline hard drives. The manufacturer announces a capacity for 10 Blu-ray films. You would however need to allot 426 minutes for such an operation as the key has theoretical writes of 10 MB/s and reads of 20 MB/s. The key is in the USB 2.0 format (how long for an eSATA version?). Another weak point: it costs around $900. This is no doubt why the DataTraveler 300 will only be available as a Built To Order.