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Leaving Las Vegas
Posted by Randy Copeland - Founder

I made the trip back from that diamond in the desert yesterday and have started settling back into the usual chaos and excitement that is Velocity.

It was a great trip, though I wish I had had more time to spend on the show floor. If you're a regular of this blog, you know that I'm a techie at heart. I could happily spend the entire four days scouring the show floor and getting up close and personal with the latest tech innovations. Alas.

Our meetings with vendors and the press were extremely satisfying. While all I can do is tantalize you at the moment with visions of things to come, I can promise you that you won't be disappointed with what you see coming from Velocity in 2008. Look for the benchmarks to be ridiculously surpassed in gaming - all shapes and sizes. And prepare for mobility to be redefined in the fall.

Resolutions for next CES? More time on the floor, more frequent updates on the blog, wowing you once again with what Velocity has up its sleeve.
[1.11.2008 @ 4:22 PM]  [0 comments]  [Digg it]

Inside the Velocity suite
Posted by Kate Ashley - Executive Director, Marketing & Retail Channel

We've received a lot of questions about what we've had on display during our CES sojourn. While some of it is still under NDA, I can tell you about the fun new stuff we were showing off (and then I'll have to kill you...)

First, it wouldn't be a Velocity Micro event without gaming. We had three gaming rigs out here in Vegas - the first is our Edge M40, an AMD-based system with NVIDIA graphics in a SLI-ready configuration. The new Spider version of this is still under development, but start looking for it early next month. The next two gaming PCs on display redefine the label. First up we had an Overdrive model featuring Intel's new Skulltrail motherboard, two quad core processors, tri-SLI (that's three 8800 series NVIDIA graphics cards) and two 64GB solid state hard drives in raid array with a back up 7200 rpm drive. When you see this come out in the coming weeks, expect to pay more for it than you did for your first car. But as Mario will tell you, as one of the fastest gaming systems in the world, it's worth every penny. And lastly, we debuted our latest version of the Raptor Signature Edition - founder Randy Copeland's blueprint for the absolute best gaming experience bar none. The Raptor features tri-SLI, quad core processing, solid state hard drives with a 1TB backup drive - everything you need for the most immersive, responsive gaming.

We also demonstrated our new MX2 chassis for our home and office PCs. The MX2 is a micro ATX case, which means it uses a motherboard that's significantly smaller than what you typically see from Velocity Micro. It fits perfectly under a desk or in a cabinet (though I'm sure I could never understand why you would want to hide beauty like that). We built a Vector Z20 in the new black MX2 with an Intel-based configuration. Starting at $899, the Vector Z20 is a great home office PC the whole family can use.

The CineMagix Grand Theater system was one of the most popular PCs we displayed in the suite, capturing everyone's attention and bringing some really interesting discussion to the challenge of accelerating the digital home convergence. The CineMagix acts as an entertainment server - streaming content throughout the house, with up to four cable cards - gaming PC (game from the comfort of your living room, on a display that's even bigger than your LCD (unless you're Randy and use a 60" display for everything), home office system, and control center for home automation. We're extremely excited by the growth we've experienced in this category and can't wait to unleash some of our new designs for this PC in the coming year.

Lastly, we populated the entire suite with notebooks - including some from our current lineup like the C90 and some new offerings that we expect to launch very soon. Gaming notebooks and performance laptops are a major focus for 2008 - look for amazing design, sleek performance, and the reliability you've come to expect from Velocity Micro.
[1.10.2008 @ 10:41 AM]  [1 comments]  [Digg it]

CES 2008 - Day 2
Posted by Ben Smelley - Manager, Product Development & Quality Control

There is really only one word for CES – wow! I haven’t even had a chance to drop by the convention center yet and I can’t get over how amazing everything is. We have seen everything from new HD monitors to the slickest notebook designs to some amazing gadgets and gizmos for home theater systems. We’ve had some extremely productive and interesting meetings with the press, industry analysts, and vendors.

There are a number of new ultra performance Velocity Micro products on the horizon that are debuting here that we can’t wait to unveil. From extreme gaming to the ultimate in mobile tech, these products are simply stunning. Hope you’re holding onto your socks, because they’re about to be knocked off.

I’m looking forward to today where I’m going to be spending a lot of time hitting the convention floor. Right now, my Geek Sense is just buzzing. Expect a lengthier update soon as I continue to check out more of the new products and gadgets that I can’t take my mind off of.
[1.09.2008 @ 11:24 AM]  [0 comments]  [Digg it]

CES 2008 - first day
Posted by Kate Ashley - Executive Director, Marketing & Retail Channel

Velocity Micro is at CES. My apologies to those who were checking in for the first post yesterday and were disappointed - after 11 meetings and then the vendor soirees, the window for witty cogent writing closed. But not to fear - you will be getting the latest from the show floor and environs throughout the rest of the show - please check back in for updates every few hours.

CES seems to get crazier every year. It's the industry's largest trade show with some 150,000 attendees cramming into over a million square feet of convention space, showing and checking out everything from the new Sony OLED (3mm thick) to car audio innovations and robotic gorilla heads. Then there's the meeting and greeting, wheeling and dealing, and wining and dining that really drive the show.

We're frequently asked why Velocity Micro does not have a booth on the show floor. It's a very simple answer - the primary reason to get a booth is to attract new customers. Given our outstanding partnerships with Circuit City and Best Buy, we're not interested in expanding our retail presence - and since the show is industry only, we're not seeing direct customers either. So for us CES is about meeting with the press and our vendor partners. To facilitate this, we've got a suite at the Bellagio where we are conducting meetings (the only reason we can get 12 meetings a day in - as any veteran can tell you, cab lines are not for the faint of heart and transportation time between the strip and the convention center can easily run over an hour). It gives us an opportunity to demo some of our most exciting products and have very meaningful meetings.

Up next - a word from our president and one geek's take on CES 2008.

*for more information about Velocity Micro at CES - including our contact information and the systems we're showcasing - please visit here.
[1.08.2008 @ 12:22 PM]  [0 comments]  [Digg it]

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