Micron presented a next-generation 768Gbit triple-bit-per-cell (TLC) NAND flash memory design at last week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The 768Gb 3D NAND device from Micron has a density of 4.29Gb/mm2 compared to 2.6Gb/mm2 for the most dense 256Gbit 3D NAND chips that Samsung ships today, and four times as much as most planar devices available on the market today.
The company has not yet decided whether it will commit to manufacturing the design as a product. The product would have a chip die size of 179.2mm², read speeds of up to 800MB/s and write speed of 44MB/s. This compares to a die size of 97.6mm² for the Samsung device, which has a read speed of 178MB/s but a write speed of 53MB/s.
Given the four-to-one ratio of Micron’s density compared to today’s planar devices, the company can afford to spend a lot on the new product and still make a profit, Harari said. However, he noted it may require the equivalent of a new fab.
The Micron part gets its density from a technique of tucking control circuitry under the array pioneered years ago by Matrix Semiconductor and used by several companies including SanDisk, he added.
“Micron is bold in designing this chip whether they can yield it is another matter,” Harari said.
Toshiba/SanDisk plan on offering 768Gb TLC 3D BiCS by late 2017 and promise to offer 1Tbit chips in 2018.
ASUS shows off its ROG Horus GK2000, a new gaming keyboard with Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, a red LED backlight and built-in memory for profile and macro management. The keyboard features an aluminium enclosure and offers a detachable palm rest and a removable stand for your smartphone. Pricing and availability is unknown.
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Horus GK2000 mechanical gaming keyboard. It has a built-in 32-bit micro-programmed control unit (MCU) and 4MB of onboard memory, plus an intuitive ROG user interface that allows users to customize macro and function keys for complex multi-key commands with just a single keystroke. ROG Horus GK2000 has a premium, high-quality feel and has CNC-processed aluminum accents with a special topcoat finish. It also features a removable palm rest, 2-way adjustable feet, and a detachable stand for mobile devices
Built-in 32-bit control unit
ROG Horus GK2000 has an embedded 32-bit MCU and 4MB of onboard memory that processes and stores macro functions as well as lighting and profile settings. Users can program up to 80 macro commands for mouse, PC, and media-control functions. They can also program the keyboard to initiate complex multi-key commands with one keystroke. A total of 10 user profiles can be stored in the onboard memory, and users can simply drag and drop profile settings saved on their PCs to transfer them to the keyboard.
Horus GK2000 utilizes Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, and features 4mm of key travel for tactile, responsive keystrokes. It is durable too, and has an expected lifespan of 50-million keystroke lifespan. Each individual key is backlit by red LEDs, and features ergonomically-shaped keycaps that are ideal for gaming or typing.
Horus GK2000 features 100% anti-ghosting with N-Key rollover (NKRO) technology to ensure each keystroke is detected no matter how many other keys are pressed. The N-Key rollover function can easily be switched on or off via its own hotkey.
Distinctive ROG engineering
ROG Horus GK2000 has a premium, high quality feel and features CNC-processed aluminum accents with a special topcoat finish. It has intricately-engineered ‘wings’ and an anodized keyboard plate with a brushed finish to give it an aggressive appearance.
Horus GK2000 has LED-backlit keys with five preset default lighting modes and a sixth for user-customized settings. Users have the option to light up the entire keyboard, or limit the lighting to specific keys.
Horus GK2000 has dedicated multimedia controls that put everything at the user’s fingertips — they can simply turn a dial to adjust volume, or change LED illumination effects without having to lift their hands off the keyboard.
Horus GK2000 was designed with user ergonomics in mind, and has a removable 47 x 83mm palm rest to support gamers’ wrists during marathon gaming sessions. The angle of the keyboard can be adjusted too, thanks to two-way adjustable fold-out feet. Horus GK2000 even comes with a detachable stand for mobile devices, allowing users to place them on the top left or right wing of the keyboard for easy viewing.
There are two USB ports situated at the rear of the keyboard for easy connections to external flash drives and other peripherals; there is also a built-in audio port for headsets
Take it to LAN parties
ROG Horus GK2000 has its own specially designed neoprene carry case. This unique case has a prominent ROG logo and features a soft inner lining to protect Horus GK2000 from scratches. It even has internal compartments for users to store peripherals and other accessories.
Patriot announced a new firmware update for its V560 gaming mouse that adds new functionality and improvements:
Patriot, a leading manufacturer of computer memory, SSDs, flash storage solutions, mobile accessories and gaming peripherals has released a new version of its V560 gaming mouse software.
The V560, Patriot’s first offering in the gaming mouse market and part of the company’s Viper line, made its debut to the public in early November. Initially featuring 8200DPI, five customizable profiles with color indicator, nine programmable buttons, up to 29.4g of adjustable weights and two interchangeable grips for even more customization, the V560 was set at a starting MSRP of $49.99.
Patriot’s latest updates to the Viper software give the V560 new features making it one of the most versatile mice available on the market. The new Zero Delay feature, which increases response time from click to computer, propels the V560’s button response time to the top of the market. After a comparative test, the V560 returned an MCU response time of 1.17ms while the average response time from competing mice was 13.77ms. An added Lift Feature allows the mouse to adapt to any surface it travels upon, accounting for wide movements and the possibility of leaving the surface of the mousepad without disrupting any activity the user is engaged in.
In addition, Patriot has further expanded the functionality and customization of the V560 to better support the needs of gamers everywhere by incorporating an Auto DPI function that can be set to detect the speed of the mouse’s acceleration and adjust the DPI accordingly. This makes the Auto DPI setting an advantageous tool to utilize while battling in the latest FPS game where accuracy is the key to success.
Patriot has also increased the DPI range of the V560 to a minimum of 50 and a maximum of 12,000 and added RGB profile settings for even more customization. The update to the color profiles also gives users the option to turn off the breathing light of the mouse to remove any potential of distraction during intense gaming or work moments.
Dresden Boy put together a table with details of AMD's upcoming Bristol Ridge laptop processors. The source of the data is the USB.org product catalog, as well as some previous leaks.
Using the mobile Carrizo SKUs, the leaked A10-9600P clock, and some sorting, it was easy to map the SKUs to the leaked slide's data. Kristian Gocnik tried it independently and we got the same mapping, except for a consumer A8-9500P he speculatively derived from the pro model, but which is missing on usb.org. So the resulting table likely represents what AMD is going to release as mobile Bristol Ridge chips for the FP4 socket later this year.
The model numbers likely simply jumped by one thousand from Carrizo's and an additional thirty points for the 35W variants. Carrizo's wide TDP ranges got split into 15W and 35W TDPs. This might help to avoid the confusion about 15W and 35W Carrizos laptops. The CPU base clocks jumped significantly, while CPU Turbo and (maximum) GPU clocks kind of matured with the fab process.
Bloomberg wrote on Friday that NVIDIA won the memory chip patent infringement case brought by Samsung. This trial is part of the ongoing patent war between the two firms, which was started a couple of years ago as NVIDIA demanded graphics licensing fees from Samsung.
This particular case involved four Samsung patents, but whittled down to just one as Samsung dropped one patent before the trial and the jude ordered a mistrial on two others.
Nvidia fended off a claim that it infringed a patent owned by Samsung, in a federal jury trial in Richmond, Virginia, said Friday. The case had originally started with four Samsung patents and was whittled down to just one after Samsung dropped one patent before trial and the judge ordered a mistrial on two others.
“We are pleased with the outcome of this case, which reflects the jury’s careful attention to the facts and the law that applied,” said Hector Marinez, an Nvidia spokesman.
In December, Samsung lost its ITC case against Samsung, and a trade judge ruled that NVIDIA infringed three Samsung patents. NVIDIA is appealing both decisions.
While the USB Type-C standard sounds great in theory, it seems you need to be careful as there are a lot of cables out there that do not meet the official specifications. For several months now, Google engineer Benson Leung has been on a quest to review USB Type-C cables because he discovered that a lot of the cheaper cables are poorly designed and don't meet specifications, which can result in weird behaviour or make them dangerous to use.
Last week Leung tested the Surjtech 3M USB A-to-C cable and it's just unbelievable what this cable did. After plugging it in, the cable fried not only the USB controller of his Chromebook Pixel laptop but also two USB power delivery analysers. Because the laptop uses Verified Boot tech, this unfortunately also meant it could no longer boot up:
Upon further analysis, Leung found that the cable had killed the Chromebook's embedded controller, a chip that manages tasks such as keyboard initialisation, USB charging, and reading temperature sensors. Unfortunately this meant that the laptop could no longer boot up: because Chrome OS's Verified Boot tech could no longer verify the embedded controller, it would only boot into recovery mode. (As far as Verified Boot is concerned, the controller might've been compromised in some way.)
Leung investigated the cable and discovered the manufacturer made four blatant mistakes in the design of the cable. The wires were completely miswired, they used a 10k ohm resistor instead of 56k ohm resistor, the resistor was hooked up as a pull-down instead of pull-up, and they also used wires that did not meet specifications. After his review, Amazon pulled the Surjtech cable from its webshop.
Phanteks announces its P400, a new line of mid-tower cases available in satin black, glacier white and anthracite grey color options. There's the regular P400, this version costs $69.99 for the black and grey version, while the white model commands a price tag of $79.99. Additionally, there's also a silent version of the case, called the Eclipse P400S Silent Edition, which you can get with or without case window. The black and gray models of the P400S cost $79.99, while the white version has a $89.99 MSRP. Availability is slated for March 2016.
The Eclipse Series P400 and P400s are
compact midtowers that are easy for
beginning PC builders that wants to create
a clean and beautiful build. The interior
chassis design of the Eclipse P400 and
P400S is based on the Enthoo Series and
offers user-friendly features. This includes
full metal exterior, RGB lighting system
with color control and optional RGB interior
lighting strips, equipped with dust filters,
all-in-one radiator mounting location in
front, power supply shroud, 2x 120mm fans,
and cable management tools.
Eclipse P400S (Silent Edition)
The Eclipse P400S (Silent Edition) available
in window version with soundproofing
layers or closed panels with soundproofing
layers. The P400S comes with all the
included features of the P400 but with
additional features for improved acoustical
performance. The P400S includes top
ventilation covers with soundproofing layer,
front and side panels with soundproofing
A couple of weeks ago Chinese game cracking group 3DM claimed new anti-piracy systems like Denuvo are making it much harder to crack games. In fact, the group's leader even predicted that game piracy may be coming to an end within a year or two as it may get too hard to crack games in a timely fashion.
Pirates had high hopes that 3DM would be able to crack Just Cause 3, which is protected by the advanced Denuvo anti-piracy system, but it seems the game may not get a crack at all as 3DM has ceased work on cracks for single-player games.
TorrentFreak reports 3DM is suspending cracks for one year, as part of an experiment to see how the lack of cracks impacts the legitimate market. Bird Sister explains they will look at the situation next year, to see if genuine sales have grown. The explanation seems quite odd so we wonder if there's an ulterior motive.
Taking to her personal blog once more, Bird Sister has just announced an immediate end to the cracking activities of 3DM.
“We just had an internal meeting. Starting at the Chinese New Year, 3DM will not crack any single-player games,” Bird Sister says.
For those wondering, the Chinese New Year is next Monday, February 8.
A couple of days ago there was a report about Intel working on a BIOS update to prevent baseclock overclocking of non-K series Skylake processors.
It didn't take long for this to materialize as ASRock rolled out a series of BIOS updates for its Z170 series motherboards that remove the recently introduced SKY OC overclocking functionality. Besides removing Sky OC support, these updates also feature a CPU microcode (0x76) update but it's not known what this microcode update fixes.
Presumably, other motherboard makers will follow soon.
Samsung showed off a 128Mb SRAM chip made on its 10nm FinFET process at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The South Korean conglomerate said its 10nm SRAM is 38 percent smaller than a similar part made on its 14nm process. Samsung plans to offer 10nm FinFET mass production by the end of the year. Full details at EE Times.
Overall, the most important thing chip designers need to know is, “the [10nm] fin improves performance, but the back-end resistance does not improve [compared to 14nm], that’s the most challenging aspect of our 10nm finFET process,” said Taejoong Song, lead author of the Samsung SRAM paper in response to a question from a Synopsys engineer.
Back-end resistance will continue to increase through the 7nm node, Song said in a brief interview with EE Times before his presentation. “You expect with a new process everything gets better, but this is not the case,” he said.