Life Technologies has begun shipping the 316 chip for the Ion Torrent PGM, which, at 100 megabases, has a tenfold higher throughput than the previous 314 chip, according to the company (IS 6/28/2011). The PGM now also has run times of under eight hours. Additionally, the company is selling its 314 chip for $99, and plans to launch its 318 chip, which will have a throughput of 1 gigabase, in the fourth quarter of the year.
BGI has released an updated version of its Short Oligonucleotide Analysis Package, or SOAP, software. Improvements include increasing the speed of SOAP3 for aligning reads to a reference sequence, increasing the accuracy of SOAPdenovo for assembly, and increasing the speed and accuracy of SOAPIndel for calling long indels. The updated software is freely accessible via BGI's website here.