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UPDATE: Scythe Group Denies Plans to Shut Down Operations.

Scythe USA, a supplier of Scythe products in the U.S., said on Thursday that it would close the operations because of the closure of its parent company. The reasons for the move are unclear since Scythe made world-class coolers that did not cost too much and were quite popular among enthusiasts not only in the U.S., but also around the world.

“Scythe USA has been a supplier of Scythe products for the past several years. In November 2012, Scythe USA had to make a difficult decision to end its operations as a result of the closure of its parent company. We greatly appreciate your business and support over the years,” said Masahiro Sakai, chief executive officer of Scythe, at the Scythe USA page.

While Scythe’s web-site in the U.S. informs about the closure of the company, web-sites in Japan and Europe continue to operate and at press time did not contain any information about the decision to shut down operations.

Scythe is a leading supplier of not only various high-quality PC coolers, but is also a leading maker of accessories for a variety of electronics in Japan. In the rest of the world the company is primarily known for its legendary cooling systems for microprocessors and graphics cards.

The reasons behind the decision to shut down the operations are unknown. However, generally slow economy amid crisis on the market of PCs and prolonged upgrade cycles most probably lowered demand for premium cooling systems as well. On the other hand, besides coolers, Scythe also sold other PC components as well as accessories for gadgets in Japan, which should have probably helped to keep the company afloat. Unfortunately, no exact details are known.

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The canary in the desktop industry. Sales are down. PC upgrading cycle is delayed. Intel is fixing the problem - They will solder their own CPUs to their motherboards that lack solid state capacitors, resulting in a max lifespan of 5 years.
15 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/29/12 04:28:39 PM]
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Pretty much correct! but we do have PC's in my office over 8 years old and going strong with P4's on them from dell... as a matter of fact we haven't had 1 single PC fail.. out of 32 thats not bad
2 3 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 11/29/12 09:06:24 PM]
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LinuxLowdown blame Microsoft for the slow death of the PC, not Intel, Intel's decisions are built around where the industry is headed.

it's not Intel's fault desktop is dying.
0 1 [Posted by: clone  | Date: 11/30/12 01:38:08 AM]
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Well no. I wasn't blaming Intel for slow demise of desktops. I was suggesting how they will fix the upgrade cycle problem. The Japanese were pioneers in this area - built in obsolescence.

Now in relation to demise of the desktop - the rapid pace of development of the CPU (aka Moore's Law) has lead to hardware outpacing everyday software (like word processors - which are limited by humans ultimately) in terms of compute requirements. By 2025 a CPU will have as much processing power as the human mind. By 2045 a CPU will have as much processing power as all the human minds in the universe. Intel could have slowed this development on purpose but they were kept in check partly by AMD's competition but mainly by the threat of other CPU architectures gaining the upper hand (wider competition). History will tell that powerful desktops fell out of favour by, in no specific order (a) Environmental concerns/ high power prices (b) "Good enough computing" - RISC architecture becoming powerful enough to run everyday software that the majority of people want to use (c) Wireless telecommunications leading to demand for mobile internet devices.

It's got nothing to do with anything Microsoft did or didn't do. If you want to blame anyone for speeding up (not causing) the demise of desktops, it is of course Apple.

Does anyone want to add to this?
12 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/30/12 04:42:48 AM]
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claiming a cpu will have the processing power of a human mind is like claiming a submarine can swim... the two aren't related nor are they tangible, going just a tiny bit further claims that we'd have flying cars in the mainstream consumer market were made back in 1918 and yeah.... not so much, talking up predictions with any degree of accuracy regarding 2025 let alone 2045 is just a horrible way to start a conversation.

history will not tell that it was anything to do with the environment that killed desktops, history will not tell that it had anything to do with electricity costs, history will not talk about "good enough computing."

what History will indeed claim overwhelmingly was that the demise of desktop PC's was decided by both the industry in general & consumers due to it's lack of convenience, it's bulky & primitive nature and inherently tight margins.

and lastly don't blame Apple, Apple was given the window by Microsoft to succeed, when MS chose to lose focus and chase Xbox as a living room PC, desktops days were numbered.

Apples end to end integration only works when others fail miserably, had MS kept a tight reign on vendor apps and updated Windows ahead of the curve Apple would be dust.
0 0 [Posted by: clone  | Date: 11/30/12 10:03:00 AM]
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This timeline is well held in artificial intelligent circles. You are obviously not read on the subject. I disagree with most of your arguments. Btw, outside USA energy prices are a concern the world over. USA goes to war in the Middle East to protect their energy resources. In my country (Western) electricity prices have skyrocket over 200% in the last 5 years (and my country's currency is currently worth more than US dollar). But our prices are not as high as Northern Europe yet.
12 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/30/12 05:56:14 PM]
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no, I have read on the subject... "well held in intelligence circles" is a non committal, it's dreck / physicist speak for "we'll get there eventually."

their once was a "well held" belief that the world was flat, dinosaurs were cold blooded, jupiter was frozen, true AI was be achieved before the year 2000, 10ghz cpu's would be the norm by 2005, dual core processing isn't needed in the mainstream, computers would need no more than 640kb's of graphics memory.

anyone claiming they will be "here" in 13 years is offering up worthless data regarding intangibles, more often than not looking for funding and little more.

regarding desktop PC's demise due to power consumption...... it's absurd, 1st desktops consumption levels are falling, typically they sit at idle for 98% of their lives and more to the point your view regarding power consumption does not explain desktops accelerated demise in markets where power consumption is not a concern like the U.S.

convenience is killing desktop PC because desktop PC's are by nature inconvenient, they made it into the market only because of their exorbitant cost back in the 70's $5000 in adjusted dollars per unit.... now that PC like devices are a commodity selling for sub $500 their is no reason for desktop PC to exist save for the tiny market of power users who can't sustain it.
0 0 [Posted by: clone  | Date: 12/01/12 11:14:29 AM]
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