Sunday, April 10, 2011

Matrox announces 7 Thunderbolt products

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image via Allan Tepper

We’re getting some information out of NAB that Matrox just announced it will be first to market with 7 products on built on Thunderbolt including an adapter that will allow all older MXO family products to work with Thunderbolt enabled Macs.

Update: Matrox just updated its Facebook Page with this:

Exiting News from Matrox just released at NAB: Thunderbolt support for all existing and new MXO2 Products! Full Connectivity with all platforms for video playback, capture and streaming, on laptops or desktops (PC & MAC). Thunderbolt adapter can be purchased separately for existing MXO2 Owners, or can be bundled with any new MXO2 Product.

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Hire indicates Apple shift from aluminum to composites?

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Kevin Kenney has spent most of the last 14 years building carbon fiber bicycles as the President and CEO at Kestral Bicycles. This month, he became an Senior Composites Engineer at Apple after consulting for the past few years.

What does Apple want with an expert in carbon fiber and other composite applications? iBikes? No.



Kenney has been working indirectly with Apple for years. Apple filed a Carbon fiber patent with his name on it in 2009 (image of back panel below).


Apple is likely looking at materials besides aluminum, stainless steel and glass to build their iOS devices and Macs.

Imagine a carbon fiber iPhone or iPad which weighs significantly less than the current models, yet stays as strong. There have been rumors of carbon fiber Apple products previously, but they proved wrong, or at least premature.

Kenny’s skill set is below and notably he’s not just an materials engineer with a background in aerospace but he’s also versed in management and supply chain logistics.


20 years experience in design and manufacturing high performance consumer products using composite and other advanced materials.
Established reliable and competent global supply chain for design and manufacturing of high performance consumer products.
Developed custom manufacturing processes for volume production of advanced composite products.
Specialties
Global logistics, purchasing, planning,and supply chain management
ERP implementation
Full P&L responsibility
Created benchmark consumer products






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Maine is an Apple utopia for students and teachers

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If you are a public school student, it is hard to beat Maine when it comes to getting Apple products. Every middle school student got a MacBook starting in 2009 (and their 1-to-1 program started in 2001). Now Kindergartners are getting iPad 2s. Seems like the Apple thing is working out for them.

Where are the iPhones for High Schoolers?






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Woz would consider return to Apple, if asked

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Steve Wozniak, the beloved geek and gadget lover, would consider a return to Apple, the company he co-founded 35 years ago with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, in an active role, if asked. He praised Apple’s string of smash hit products and opined that the company would benefit from being more open. He told Reuters this past Friday:

There’s just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning. They’re my own feelings, though.
Another quote from the 60-year-old engineer who created the original Apple computers, about why Apple should be more open, right after the break…



My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales. I’m sure they’re making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple.


Wozniak is currently involved with storage startup Fusion-io where he works as chief scientist. The ramifications of his potential return to Apple could be long felt. His presence would assuredly breathe new life into the company at a time when Steve Jobs is on an indefinite medical leave, his third.

The Woz, still an Apple employee, hasn’t participated in day-to-day decisions or product development since 1987.

The gadget expert is due to give a commencement address at the Michigan State University’s convocation next month. He will speak alongside TIAA-CREF president and CEO Roger Ferguson Jr. and both will receive an honorary degree. At a Storage Networking World keynote last week Wozniak said that the tablet is for “the normal people in the world” rather than geeks and hoped Android-driven slates never take the wind out of the iPad’s sails.


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