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Posted on: June 27, 2013

Information Systems & Computing (ISC) has developed this page to help Local Support Providers (LSPs) understand the many processor choices currently available. This guide does not cover enthusiast, workstation, or server processors.

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Posted on: June 27, 2013
Displays

For nine years, Information Systems & Computing (ISC) recommended a 17-inch cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor as the desktop standard. Beginning in 2007-2008 desktop recommendations the standard was changed to a 19-inch liquid crystal...

Posted on: June 25, 2013

In early June 2013 Intel revealed significant details of its next generation microarchitecture codenamed "Haswell". These dual and quad core processors are the fourth generation Intel Core processors. For desktops, notebooks, and tablets, Haswell...

Posted on: May 25, 2013

On May 31, 2012 Intel revealed full details of its next generation microarchitecture codenamed Ivy Bridge. These dual and quad core processors are the third generation Intel Core family processors.For desktops and notebooks, Ivy Bridge brings improved...

Posted on: April 17, 2013

RAID, which stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, is a method of aggregating together several disks to form a larger and/or more secure storage volume. There are many different types of RAID arrays, most of which fall into one of six...

Posted on: April 17, 2013

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Lithium ion (or Li-Ion) batteries are most often found in electronics such as laptops and PDAs. They are useful due to their high power density and ability to...

Posted on: April 16, 2013
Form factors

Solid state drives (SSD) are most commonly packaged into a standard 2.5 inch hard drive casing utilizing a SATA connection; however they are also available in a PCI Express card format. This format allows more data channels to be used,...

Posted on: April 5, 2013

Many vendors, including the University's preferred client partners (Apple, Dell, and Lenovo) have begun shipping enterprise-class desktop and notebook systems with Advanced Format hard drives. These hard drives are formatted with with 4096 byte blocks...

Posted on: April 1, 2013

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Introduction

On March 12, 2003 Intel formally released a new line of products (Pentium-M and Mobile 855 chipset) and debuted a new brand name (Centrino). Centrino is a new strategic...

Posted on: May 30, 2012

Lenovo's ThinkPad T431s is their latest high-end enterprise-class mid-weight notebook. It is rather light at 3.6 pounds with a 16:9 14-inch, 1600 x 900 (HD+) display and an Ivy Bridge chipset. Most notably, the T431s is the first mainstream T-series...