Sean Portnoy

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

Sean Portnoy is a freelance technology journalist; currently, all work that Sean does is on a contractural basis. Sean has also written corporate communications documents for CA.Sean does not accept gifts from companies he covers. All hardware products he writes about are purchased with his own funds or are review units covered under formal loan agreements and are returned after the review is complete.

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Are SSDs doomed? Researchers say "yes" -- by 2024

Are SSDs doomed? Researchers say "yes" -- by 2024

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have discovered that shrinking solid-state drives results in severe enough performance degradation that they doubt the flash-based storage will have much of a future once the manufacturing process gets down to 6.5nm.

February 18, 2012 by in CXO

AMD's tablet strategy: Hondo chip, Windows 8

AMD's tablet strategy: Hondo chip, Windows 8

AMD missed the boat on smartphone processors, and like rival Intel, has fallen behind in the tablet chip wars. But with Windows 8 right around the corner, the company hopes to cash in with a new part that can power slates running the new OS.

February 4, 2012 by in CXO

AMD Radeon HD 6970, 6950 benchmarks: Good, but can't beat Nvidia GeForce GTX 580

AMD Radeon HD 6970, 6950 benchmarks: Good, but can't beat Nvidia GeForce GTX 580

The long-awaited launch of AMD's new high-performance desktop graphics cards -- the Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 -- has just occurred, but they're not quite the Nvidia beaters that many had hoped for. While they are superior to their Radeon HD 5870 and 5850 predecessors, their performance according to benchmarking is mixed when it comes to the latest GeForce GTX 580 and 570 boards.

December 15, 2010 by in CXO

Upgraders' Utopia: Maingear Shift now available with Super Stock options

Upgraders' Utopia: Maingear Shift now available with Super Stock options

The Maingear Shift performance desktop is already a beefy machine with a starting price tag of over $1,500, but for some with deep enough pockets, you can never upgrade your system enough. So the company is now offering what's it's calling a "Super Stock" option, in the form of both performance-boosting components and aesthetic customizations.

October 9, 2010 by in CXO

Intel buys Texas Instrument's cable modem business as part of set-top box strategy

Intel buys Texas Instrument's cable modem business as part of set-top box strategy

Intel has made it clear that it wants in on the market for consumer electronics devices that connect to your HDTV, and it's made a major move towards its goal with the announcement today that it's purchased Texas Instrument's cable modem product line, which includes the Puma 5 platform. It's not a sexy acquisition, but it's a pivotal one for getting Intel inside cable TV providers' future set-top boxes.

August 16, 2010 by in CXO