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Intel Broadwell and Skylake planned for mid-2015 January 30, 2015 - 17:59
SuperFlower debuts the first 2000W PSU January 30, 2015 - 15:09
AMD A8-7650K Black Edition shows up for 100EUR January 30, 2015 - 14:29
Astronomers discover 11.6 billion year old solar system January 30, 2015 - 14:14
Intel rolls out its fifth gen Core vPro platform January 30, 2015 - 13:58
Microsoft invests millions in Android-based Cyanogen OS January 30, 2015 - 13:47
MSI to refresh its X99S motherboard line with USB 3.1 January 29, 2015 - 18:13
Aluminium air battery to blow li-ion out of the water? January 29, 2015 - 18:00
Dark clouds gather for IBM employees as mass layoff looms January 29, 2015 - 17:17
UMC boosts capex by a third to grab more 28nm orders January 29, 2015 - 17:05
AMD cuts Radeon R9 290X pricing amidst GTX 970 controversy January 29, 2015 - 16:55
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Posted on Friday, January 30 2015 @ 17:59:25 CET by
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The Tech Report came across an updated Intel roadmap that shows the chip giant plans to launch its Broadwell and Skylake chips towards the middle of the year. The chart suggests unlocked 65W TDP Broadwell chips are slated for sometime around April whereas Skylake-S is scheduled for June. Skylake-S will arrive in an unlocked 95W TDP version, as well as in regular 35W and 65W models.

Broadwell should work in current 9-series motherboards while Skylake will likely require a new motherboard.
The mobile variant of Skylake will reportedly debut just before the desktop chip. 15W and 28W flavors of Skylake-U are on tap, both with BGA packages. There's no mention of a lower-power replacement for the Core M, though. The lowest-wattage chip on the roadmap is the Braswell replacement for Bay Trail-D, which is supposed to arrive early in Q2. That SoC is listed with a 10W thermal envelope, and it seems to be targeted at low-power desktops. Intel is already shipping Cherry Trail, its Bay Trail successor for tablets.
Intel roadmap
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Posted on Friday, January 30 2015 @ 15:09:10 CET by
Super Flower teamed up with overclocker 8Pack to introduce the first 2000W power supply. The Super Flower Leadex 80 Plus Platinum 8Pack Edition offers a maximum output capacity of 2000W, fully modular cabling, and 80Plus Platinum certification (94 percent efficiency). It's sold at Caseking.de for 369.90EUR.
Caseking is proud to announce that they are stocking the world's first consumer 2000W power supply unit on the market. Super Flower and Ian ‘8Pack’ Parry have collaborated to produce an extreme PSU that can handle 4-Way SLI and 4-Way CrossfireX with ease, and with efficiency levels of up to 94%. Offering extreme power without compromises, the 8Pack way!

8Pack is the world’s number one overclocker, with several hundred records broken and many competitions smashed, he is known for benching high end hardware, from processors to graphics cards, and also his ultra high-end systems range exclusive to Caseking Group.

8Pack draws huge amounts of power when benching and a powerful power supply is highly important. Multi Award winning Super Flower power supplies are renowned for being extremely reliable and stable, together with the knowledge of 8Pack, they have developed a unit that is the highest wattage power supply on the market with a platinum rated efficiency.

One of 8Pack's signature systems, the 8Pack Supernova has been updated with the addition of new 2000W Super Flower powersupply.

A fully modular design, with an 140mm DBB fan in conjunction with an ECO intelligent thermal control system, full Japanese 105°C capacitors, and a single rail design all covered with a 5 year warranty.

Features
• 100% Full Modular Cabling Design For Easy Cable Management
• 80 PLUS ® Platinum Certified, 92% 94% 90% Efficiency At 20% 50% 100% Rated Load
• Full Range Auto Voltage Detection Design 100V~240V (Active PFC)
• Comply With Energy Star Standard & EuP (Energy Using Products) Regulation
• Over Voltage Protection / Over Current Protection / Over Power Protection / Short Circuit Protection / Under Voltage Protection
• Support All Intel/AMD Multi-Core CPU & ATX/BTX Compatible Motherboards
• Support NVIDIA® SLI™ & ATI CrossFireX™ High Performance Graphic Card
• More than 2,000 times On/Off test
• Unleaded Green Materials with RoHS/WEEE Compliance
• Perfect For Professional & High Performance Gaming System

Specifications
• Dimensions: 150 x 86 x 220 mm (W x H x D)
• Fan: 140 mm DBB(automatic control)
• Colour: Black (power supply, fan)
• Fully Modular Design
• Efficiency: max. 94% (230V), 80 Plus Platinum certificate
• Form Factor: ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.92
• Power: 2000W
• Active PFC
• 3.3V: 24 A
• + 5V: 24 A
• + 3.3V & + 5V combined: 120 W
• + 12V: 1999.2 W / 166.6 A
• -12V: 6 W / 0.5 A
• + 5VSB: 15 W / 3.0 A

Connectors
• 1 x 20+4-Pin ATX12V/EPS12V
• 1 x 8-Pin EPS12V
• 1 x 4+4-Pin ATX12V/EPS12V
• 9 x 6+2-Pin-PCIe
• 5 x 6-pin PCIe
• 18 x SATA
• 5 x 4-Pin-Molex
• 2 x Floppy
• 5 Year Warranty
SuperFlower 2000W PSU

SuperFlower 2000W PSU
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Posted on Friday, January 30 2015 @ 14:29:45 CET by
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FUD Zilla noticed the unannounced AMD A8-7650K APU has shown up in the European e-tail channel for just over 100EUR. This new 28nm Black Edition chip has a 3.3GHz core, 3.7GHz Turbo, 95W TDP, and Radeon R7 integrated graphics. The core and turbo clockspeeds are 100MHz less than that of the similar A10-7700K, which costs 10-15 percent more.
In case you were wondering, the GPU spec is identical too, so you get 384 shaders clocked at 720MHz, and capable of pumping out 553GFLOPS. If this is not enough, you can invest in a discrete Radeon R5 for some Dual Graphics Crossfire fun, which should be enough to run most games in 1080p with plenty of eye candy.

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Posted on Friday, January 30 2015 @ 14:14:34 CET by
Researchers have discovered one of the oldest solar systems known to date. Called Kepler-444, this newly discovered solar system is about 11.6 billion years old and contains five plants in sizes between Venus and Mercury.
NASA’s Kepler spacecraft carried out observations of the system, named Kepler-444, which resides in the Lyre Constellation, over a period of 4 years. The 5 planets discovered in the system range in sizes between Venus and Mercury making their orbit around the star in less than 10 days at a distance of less than 1/10th Earths distance from our own sun.

Scientists believe that the age of the system and its time of creation may represent the possibility of ancient life in our galaxy as well as marking the beginning of the planet-forming era for our galaxy.
Artist rendering of Kepler-444

Source: DailyTech
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Posted on Friday, January 30 2015 @ 13:58:07 CET by
Intel announces its fifth generation Core vPro platform for businesses. It includes interesting new features like on-chip Intel Pro Wireless Display and 60GHz Wireless Docking technology to cut cables as Intel pushes forward its "no wires workplace" vision.
Intel Corporation today announced the availability of its 5th generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor family that provides cutting-edge features to enable a new and rapidly shifting workplace. To meet the needs of a more mobile and dynamic workforce, the latest iteration of Intel Core vPro processors offer wireless innovations, built-in security, faster performance and improved manageability that will allow workers and companies to improve their productivity and stay competitive.

With the new 5th generation Intel Core vPro processors, Intel addresses three specific areas to enable a better way to work and provide a better experience for users and companies: PC design innovation, wireless display and wireless docking.

Businesses can choose from a variety of never-before-seen PC designs across 2 in 1s, Ultrabooks, ultrathin clamshells and mini PCs that offer up to twice the battery life1 and more than twice the performance1, enabling form factors that are up to three times thinner2 and 50 percent lighter2 than a laptop PC from just four years ago.

Intel® Pro Wireless Display (Intel® Pro WiDi) makes every presentation and conference room a cable-free zone. While delivering enhanced usability for business users with flexible presenter controls and privacy, it also supports key IT requirements such as wireless channel management to mitigate network congestion risk and security vulnerabilities, and the ability to efficiently update and manage adapters remotely.3

Intel® Wireless Docking allows users to be connected and ready to work the moment they walk up to their desk. This secure and manageable, wire-free technology based on Intel Wireless Gigabit technology enables systems to automatically dock to monitors, keyboards, mice and USB accessories and eliminates the need for traditional mechanical docks.3

"Our goal is to enable all users to simply work better by offsetting the growing challenges of today's businesses," said Tom Garrison, vice president and general manager of Intel's Business Client Platforms. "With new devices based on 5th generation Intel Core vPro processors, we aim to transform the user experience by helping them compute from virtually anywhere without the clutter and burden of wires."

New 2 in 1s, Ultrabooks, ultrathin clamshells and mini PCs based on 5th generation Intel Core vPro processors are available now from 12 leading PC manufacturers with more expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

"There is a long history of technology-led, workplace transformation," said Genevieve Bell, vice president and Intel Fellow. "Innovations in form factors, design, and infrastructure has shifted not only the way we work, but the kind of things we can do at work."

In addition to device innovation and workplace productivity improvements, 5th generation Intel Core vPro processors provide hardware-enhanced security and manageability capabilities. When paired with the Intel® Solid-State Drive Pro 2500 Series, IT departments can implement built-in data encryption capabilities, while users enjoy protection so smart, they'll never feel the difference. Intel® Identity Protection helps to simplify authentication and helps ensure the right people have access to the right information at the right time.3

As workplace needs become increasingly mobile, it's even more critical for IT to be able to keep devices healthy and protected while not impacting user productivity. Remote management over wired and wireless networks and across all device types is made possible with Intel® Active Management Technology, even if the operating system is down or the device is powered off.3

The 5th generation Intel Core vPro processor family enables workplace transformations that can result in hundreds of billions of dollars of productivity enhancements to businesses of all sizes. By removing the wires, delivering outstanding performance and battery life, and choosing the optimized form factor to meet the needs of each employee across the spectrum of innovative designs, Intel is delivering a truly optimized business platform that will change the way work is done.
Intel Core vPro 5th gen
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Posted on Friday, January 30 2015 @ 13:47:39 CET by
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A recent $70 million round of funding has plaes a "high hundreds of millions" range valuation on Cyanogen, an Android-based mobile operating system that has set it as a goal to take Android away from Google. WSJ writes Microsoft was one of the minority investors in this new round of equity financing and notes the financing could grow further with other strategic investors that have expressed interest in Cyanogen in an attempt to diminish Google's control over Android.

Cyanogen is used by over 50 million mobile devices, it started as a small open source project in 2008 and was turned into a commercial product in September 2013. CyanogenMod gained popularity as users flashed their phones to this alternative OS to get rid of bloatware, receive more frequent security updates, get extra features and better performance. The firm is currently working on deals with hardware makers to install the software on their devices, touting Cyanogen as a restriction-free and improved version of Android.
Android was intended as an “open source” operating system that hardware makers can deploy in their devices for free. Yet Google has frustrated manufacturers in recent years by requiring them to feature Google apps and set Google search as the default for users, in exchange for access to the search engine, YouTube, or the millions of apps in its Play Store.

Such restrictions make it harder for apps that compete with Google’s to win distribution on Android devices. For Microsoft, that means less exposure for its Bing search engine, which is up against Google search. It also could limit growth of other Microsoft software products.

Cyanogen offers an alternate version of the Android mobile operating system free of such restrictions. The 80-person company claims to have a volunteer army of 9,000 software developers working on its own version of Android.

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Posted on Thursday, January 29 2015 @ 18:13:10 CET by
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MSI is planning to refresh its X99S series with the X99A lineup, which will introduce support for USB 3.1. This new USB standard offers a bandwidth of up to 10Gbps.
One confirmed model from the new lineup is the X99A Gaming 9 ACK. This board offers two USB 3.1 type-A ports, which are 100% backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, and are driven by an ASMedia ASM1352R controller. This chip is wired to the X99 PCH over PCI-Express 2.0 x2, which is just enough bandwidth for 10 Gb/s downstream.
AnandTech did some preliminary testing with the MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK motherboard and reports the new standard offers big performance increases versus USB 3.0.
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Posted on Thursday, January 29 2015 @ 18:00:09 CET by
ExtremeTech writes about promising battery research from Fuji Pigment on aluminium-air batteries that could result in phones running up to two weeks on a single charge and a much better range for electric vehicles. One of the big problems with aluminium-air is the rapid degradation of the anode but Fuji Pigment claims its technology can be deployed within the next couple of years.
New battery technologies and announcements are a dime a dozen, but there’s reason to think that a workable Al-air technology could deploy within the next 2-5 years. Multiple manufacturers are working on commercializing designs (Alcoa partnered with Phinergy in 2013 with plans for a 2017 debut), and aluminum is abundant and relatively cheap. Al-air batteries have actually been used in specialized military applications for years, which is important — it means there’s some pre-existing expertise and known characteristics that can be leveraged to create additional capacity.
Battery energy density chart
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Posted on Thursday, January 29 2015 @ 17:17:02 CET by
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Rumors are spreading across the web that IBM is preparing a massive round of job cuts. Forbes wrote earlier this week that Big Blue is considering to lay off up to 26 percent of its 435,000 employees. IBM denied the suggestion, saying in a statement that the idea of cutting more than 100,000 jobs was "totally ludicrous", but The Register reports something is definitely going on.

IBM hasn't made an official statement yet regarding how many people it plans to fire but it will be at least in the thousands as the company plans to take a one-time restructuring charge of around $580 million.
Still, IBM's disappointing fourth-quarter earnings report and rumors of a major re-org have had Big Blue sites around the globe bracing for layoffs. Australia's Technology Spectator speculated that as many as 400 positions may potentially be affected there. Meanwhile, India's Economic Times reported that IBM's total headcount on the subcontinent is expected to shrink to around 100,000 by the end of March, down from 165,000 in 2011.

If India has been particularly hard-hit by recent layoffs at IBM, however, US employees won't escape this latest round unscathed. On Wednesday, the Alliance@IBM website, a forum for unionized IBM employees in the US, began receiving its first reports of "Resource Actions" – sugarcoated IBM-speak meaning someone got the axe.

"The cuts have started in the US and are quickly spreading," griped one commenter. "I received my call this morning. I received a 3 rating for the first time in my entire career. It was completely unfounded with no documentation to substantiate. 18 years with the company and they totally betray and demoralize before they let you go."

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Posted on Thursday, January 29 2015 @ 17:05:31 CET by
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UMC announced it's going to increase its capital expenditure by close to a third this year as the firm aims to grab more 28nm orders. The world's third-largest chip foundry has budgeted $1.8 billion for capex this year, up from $1.4 billion in 2014. The firm expects 28nm will account for 15 tp 20 percent of its total revenue towards the end of the year.
The Hsinchu, Taiwan company said it has earmarked $1.8 billion for capex this year compared with the $1.4 billion it spent during 2014. During the fourth quarter of last year, UMC increased its sales revenue from 28nm chips, the company’s most advanced technology node, to 7 percent, up from 3 percent during the third quarter of 2014. The doubling of 28nm revenue was in line with the company’s expectations three months ago.

“We are getting more traction on 28nm,” UMC CEO Po-Wen Yen said on a conference call, announcing results for the final quarter of last year. “More than five customers are in production on 28nm. We have over 20 customers engaged and more than sixty 28nm tapeouts.”
Source: EE Times
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