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Google drops Huawei support, Intel, Qualcomm and others cease shipments May 20, 2019 - 13:04
Minecraft sales hit all-time record of 176 million May 20, 2019 - 12:06
Colorful reveals $5,000 All-in-One PC with GeForce RTX 2080 May 20, 2019 - 10:40
Gigabyte issues updates to support Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 CPUs May 17, 2019 - 22:18
Some AMD Ryzen Picasso APU clockspeeds leak May 17, 2019 - 11:49
TSMC sees path to 1.4nm and below May 17, 2019 - 11:22
AMD talks about Navi and Zen 2 at Hot Chip in August May 17, 2019 - 11:21
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2019 Consumer Tech Trends are Family-Friendly May 17, 2019 - 11:16
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Ballistix Elite DDR4 hits world record of 5726MHz May 17, 2019 - 11:06
Samsung sampling DDR4 memory chips with 32Gb capacity May 17, 2019 - 11:01
Apple: Up to 40 percent reduction in performance due to Intel MDS issues May 17, 2019 - 10:38
NVIDIA CEO praises energy efficiency of Turing, stays quiet about 7nm May 17, 2019 - 09:39
NVIDIA sees 31 percent drop in first-quarter revenue May 17, 2019 - 08:52
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NAND makers make the shift to 90/96-layer tech May 16, 2019 - 13:44
TSMC earmarks $4 billion for advanced nodes May 16, 2019 - 13:37
AMD confirms next-gen Ryzen and Navi for Q3 2019 May 16, 2019 - 13:16
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Posted on Monday, May 20 2019 @ 13:04:21 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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The trade war between the US and China reaches a new peak as the U.S. Department of Commerce put Huawei on the "Entity List", which prevents US firms from selling parts to Huawei without approval from the US government.

As a result, tech firms are dropping Huawei like a rock. The first big news item was Google revoking Huawei's Android license and halting its access to Google Play Services and the Play Store. Huawei will still be able to use the open-source version of Android, and existing devices will continue to be able to use Play.

The Verge adds that Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom are also cutting ties with Huawei, and even German chipmaker Infineon Technologies adopted a cautious attitude:
According to Bloomberg’s sources, employees across the major US chipmakers have been informed that their companies will freeze their supply deals with Huawei until further notice. Intel provides Huawei with server chips and the processors for its laptop line, while Qualcomm figures less prominently in providing modems and other processors. Huawei’s actually quite well insulated from the Qualcomm impact, as it builds its own mobile processors and modems. Another Bloomberg report suggests Huawei has also been preparing for this eventuality by stockpiling chips from US suppliers to last it at least three months, which should be enough time to tell if the current measure is a scare tactic or a permanent imposition from the US government.

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Posted on Monday, May 20 2019 @ 12:06:58 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Microsoft announced sales of Minecraft have hit the 176 million mark, making it the most-sold game ever. According to Wikipedia, the second place is held by Tetris with 170 million copies sold, while Grand Theft Auto V ranks third with 110 million units.
Microsoft announced that it has sold 176 million copies of Minecraft, quite a big hop over the 156 million figure they revealed just seven months ago. Despite more buzz around games like Fortnite, Microsoft has kept the game fresh with things like the Dungeons online co-op, a free browser version, a forthcoming movie and now, an augmented reality version called Minecraft Earth. Microsoft added that it has passed 200 million registered users of the Microsoft China edition and completed 130 million Minecraft "Hour of Code" sessions.

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Posted on Monday, May 20 2019 @ 10:40:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Colorful reveals the iGame G-One All-in-One PC, a new high-end model with the GeForce RTX 2080 and the Intel Core i9-8950HK. All this high-end hardware comes at a price of $5,000!
Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and high-performance storage solutions is thrilled to announce its latest AIO creation for gamers featuring the latest in gaming hardware for the most unrivaled gaming experience in an AIO PC yet. The new COLORFUL iGame G-One All-in-One PC packs powerful hardware in a slim display removing the need for a dedicated tower for your components. The iGame G-One AIO PC features a stylish yet aggressive design which is sure get attention whatever the setting whether it be work or play.

The COLORFUL iGame G-One All-in-One PC is expected to to have an MSRP of around $5000.

PERFORMANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL
The new iGame G-One AIO PC features the latest in COLORFUL engineering to make this feat possible and its performance is on the next level. A 9th-generation Intel Core i9-8950HK powers the G-One with a GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. Both key components are cooled by an efficient but high-power cooling system so it keeps the CPU and GPU running in top condition. Play the latest titles at high-resolution and details thanks to the powerful CPU/GPU combo and never bother about slowing down when the action heats up.

eSport-ready Display with HDR and HiFi Audio
The COLORFUL iGame G-One’s display is aimed at those that see high-performance and great image quality. The iGame G-One features a 144hz refresh rate on its 2560x1440 resolution screen with certified HDR 400. The display is an IPS panel with a 95% DCI-P3 rating and 99% sRGB rating. The IPS panel allows vibrant colors as well as great viewing angles up to 178*. COLORFUL uses ESS SABRE9018C2M SABRE32 reference DAC for lifelike audio.

Connectivities include both WIFI 2.4G and 5G dual channel support for wide compatibility.
Colorful highend AiO
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Posted on Friday, May 17 2019 @ 22:18:04 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Gigabyte issued BIOS updates that add Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 series processor support to its existing X470 and B450 motherboards. The company says updates for X370 and B350 based motherboards will follow later this month.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has released BIOS updates for X470 and B450 AMD motherboards. With a simple update of the BIOS, users will get full support for next gen. AMD Ryzen™ processors. BIOS updates for the X370 and B350 AMD motherboards will be released before the end of the month.

In anticipation of the release of next gen. AMD Ryzen™ CPUs, GIGABYTE engineers have successfully tested and validated GIGABYTE AMD motherboards with the newest BIOS to ensure that users have full support for their new CPUs with top notch compatibility. Users can visit the official GIGABYTE website to download the newest BIOS version (F40 and later versions), so that they can fully unleash the power of these next gen. CPUs.

“As advancements are made in semiconductor technology, microprocessors are becoming more powerful and offer better performance levels. For users looking to upgrade their systems, the compatibility between these new CPUs and their original platforms is an important concern,” said Jackson Hsu, Director of the GIGABYTE Channel Solutions Product Development Division. “Before the release of this new generation of AMD Ryzen™ processors, GIGABYTE wanted to make sure that our motherboards were ready from the start to address this concern. We’ve done our homework and put in the time and dedication to ensure that users will enjoy the very best PC experience.”

The newest GIGABYTE AM4 motherboard BIOS updates have been uploaded to the GIGABYTE official website. Users can upgrade the BIOS on their GIGABYTE AM4 motherboards to the F40 BIOS and later versions to get full support for the next gen. AMD Ryzen™ processors. For more information on BIOS updates, please visit the official GIGABYTE website or the following links to their corresponding motherboards listed:

AMD X470: https://www.gigabyte.com/Search?kw=AMD+X470+Chipset
AMD B450: https://www.gigabyte.com/Search?kw=AMD+B450+Chipset

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Posted on Friday, May 17 2019 @ 11:49:16 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Some fresh leaks were discovered by Twitter user APISAK, this time he discovered clockspeeds of two AMD Ryzen "Picasso" APUs. There's the Ryzen 5 3400G with a 3.7GHz base clock and 4.2GHz Boot, and the Ryzen 3 3200G with a 3.6GHz base frequency and 4.0GHz Boost.

These are 12nm parts based on the Zen+ architecture and with Vega-based integrated graphics. For Zen 2-based APUs you'll have to wait until the next generation.


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Posted on Friday, May 17 2019 @ 11:22:54 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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At the Hot Chip symposium in August, TSMC corporate research VP Philip Wong will be giving a keynote about the future of process technology. Scheduled for August 20th, this talk will discus the scaling to 5nm, 3nm, 2nm, 1.4nm, and even below a nanometer:
Abstract: The power-performance-area (and cost) advances in the last five decades have mostly been achieved through dimensional scaling of the transistor. What will the semiconductor industry do after dimensional scaling of the silicon transistor crosses the nanometer threshold, from 16/12 nm, 10 nm, 7 nm, 5 nm, 3 nm, 2 nm, 1.4 nm to sizes below a nanometer? Will these advanced logic technologies continue to provide the energy efficiency required of future computing systems? Will new applications and computation workloads demand new device technologies and their integration into future systems? These are some of the most pressing questions facing the semiconductor industry today.

The path for IC technology development going forward is no longer a straight line. The need for out-of-the-box solutions ushers in a golden age of innovation. I will give an overview of the memory and logic device innovations that are in the research pipeline today. Future electronic systems require co-innovation of the computing architecture and device technology. I will speculate on how they will be integrated into future electronic systems.

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Posted on Friday, May 17 2019 @ 11:21:11 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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At this year's Hot Chips symposium in August, AMD will be giving several interesting talks.

First up, CEO Lisa Su will host a keynote on Monday, 19 August about the future of high-performance computing with sytem, software, and silicon co-optimization:
Abstract: From medicine to the frontiers of scientific research, manufacturing and entertainment – the demand for computing and graphics technologies continues growing. While we are entering a golden age of high-performance computing, it is increasingly clear that the techniques the industry has used to reach this point will not deliver similar advances over the coming years. As the gains from Moore’s Law have slowed in recent years, the industry has begun to focus on new areas of innovation to maintain the historical pace of performance improvements. AMD CEO Lisa Su will discuss new techniques in system architecture, silicon design and software that will enable future generations of computing and graphics products to deliver more performance with greater efficiency.
On the same day, AMD will also be holding a talk about it Zen 2 architecture, and on the next day the firm will reveal technical detail about its Navi GPU architecture.
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Posted on Friday, May 17 2019 @ 11:06:27 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Ballistix announced overclockers managed to hit a new DDR4 world record with its Elite DDR4 3600MHz modules. Overclockers Stavros Savvopoulos and Phil Strecker took these modules to 5726MHz with the help of LN2 cooling.
Ballistix®, Micron’s leading global brand of gaming memory, today announced that its Elite DDR4 3600MT/s memory was used to set a new overclocking world record for the fastest DDR4 memory frequency at 5726MT/s. The world record was set on May 13, 2019 by Stavros Savvopoulos and Phil Strecker, members of the Overclocked Gaming Systems (OGS) team, using liquid nitrogen (LN2) cooling and the following system set-up:

  • Intel® i7-8086K CPU
  • ASUS® Maximus XI Apex Motherboard
  • Ballistix Elite 3600MT/s 8GB module

    “We were blown away by how surprisingly easy it was to overclock these Ballistix Elite DDR4 3600MT/s modules. Other modules we’ve overclocked can be temperamental and need to train at temperatures lower than the one required for stability; but we didn’t experience that with Micron’s E-die, which scaled much better with both extreme voltages and temperatures,” explained Savvopoulos. “Overall, it was easy enough to call the whole experience plug and play!”

    “Breaking this world record reinforces our commitment to the enthusiast community. Our Ballistix product lineup provides the high-speed, low-latency and overclock headroom that gamers, content creators, and enthusiasts crave,” said Teresa Kelley, Vice President of Micron’s Consumer Products Group. “We will continue to focus on offering an exceptional high-performance memory and storage portfolio, with Micron, Crucial, and Ballistix engineers striving to deliver leading-edge technology that redefines the performance boundary.”
  • Crucial Ballistix DDR4 Elite
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    Posted on Friday, May 17 2019 @ 11:01:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Samsung is now sampling DDR4 memory chips with a capacity of 32Gb (4GB), these enable the creation of memory modules with a higher density. These chips fall outside the DDR4 specification, which only describes 4Gb, 8Gb, and 16Gb memory chips. As such, memory makers like Samsung have to get more creative.
    Samsung’s 32 Gb A-die DDR4-2666 chips are comprised of two stacked 16 Gb DDR4 dies produced using the company’s 10 nm-class process technology. Samsung offers two versions of 32 Gb DDR4 packages: one featuring a 2G x8 organization, another featuring a 1G x16 organization. The former is seen by memory controller as two memory devices, whereas the latter is considered as one DRAM device. The DDPs (dual die packages) come in standard 78 or 96-ball FBGA form-factor and use the industry-standard voltage of 1.2 V.
    Via: AnandTech
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    Posted on Friday, May 17 2019 @ 10:38:53 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    While Intel tries to downplay the performance hit of the software-based mitigation for the newly discovered MDS vulnerabilities in its processors, some vendors are painting a more dire picture. Apple for example has acknowledged that a small number of Mac owners may see performance drops of up to 40 percent due to the new patches. This only applies to full mitigation, which involves the disabling of Hyper-Threading.
    A full mitigation could be applied, eliminating any possibility of the issue affecting a Mac, but in the process it disabled hyper-threading and, by Apple's estimates, reduce system performance by as much as 40%. This reduction only applied to anyone who enabled the full mitigation in the Mojave update, as well as those who installed Security Update 2019-003 for High Sierra and Sierra and similarly enabled it.

    This potential loss of performance immediately caused uproar from concerned users, though the anger is overblown, and not specific to the Mac.
    Windows users are also affected, but Microsoft doesn't recommend the disabling of Hyper-Threading due to the big performance impact. Basically, all these CPU vulnerabilities are a giant mess and it will take a couple more years until this is all patched on the hardware-level. This type of security has been neglected for too long, and now Intel and its users are bearing the brunt.
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