Posted on Saturday, July 21 2018 @ 17:01:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Former AMD/ATI executive Godfrey Cheng recounts the tale of how the ATI Radeon video card series was conceived. Basically, it was Phil Eisler, currently the General Manager of NVIDIA's GeForce NOW Cloud Gaming, who came up with the name.
At the time, Eisler was the director of component marketing for ATI. Because a graphics chip emits "rays" of light, he wanted to use "Radium" as the name of the new product category. However, this idea got shot down due to the association with radiation and nuclear weapons.
Interestingly, Eisler discussed the idea with his mom, and she came up with the "eon" part, which she borrowed from the name of Raytheon, the defense company.
Posted on Friday, July 20 2018 @ 17:32:45 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
VideoCardz spotted evidence of the existence of the AMD Radeon Picasso. According to a previously leaked roadmap, Picasso is a Raven Ridge successor. Other than a device ID, there are no further details at the moment.
Interestingly, Radeon Picasso has been discovered by the 3rd software recently and is currently listed at UserBenchmark database under 15D8 Device ID. Sadly, no benchmark results are available right now, but that ID is enough of a reason to consider this leak plausible. Current Raven Ridge APUs are carrying 15DD ID.
Picasso is said to be an improvement of Raven Ridge, it's expected in 2019 and promises better power/performance. It will have Socket AM4 desktop variants as well as Socket FP5 laptop editions.
Posted on Friday, July 20 2018 @ 12:30:16 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
ThermalTake showcases the Riing Trio 12 RGB, a new fan with three independent 16.8 million colors LED rings. This fan will ship later this quarter and will be the first cooling product with support for Amazon's Alexa. Basically, you will be able to control the lights and fan speeds by talking to an Alexa-enabled device. Alternatively, you can also use the ThermalTake AI Voice Control if you don't have Alexa.
Thermaltake launches the latest Riing Trio 12 LED RGB Radiator Fan TT Premium Edition (3-Fan Pack) today. A brand new flagship fan series and newly added member of the TT RGB PLUS Ecosystem. The Riing Trio provides LED lighting and fan speed customization via Thermaltake’s patented TT RGB PLUS Software and TT AI Voice Control. Starting from the end of the third quarter of 2018, the Riing Trio will be officially Amazon Alexa supported. With the support of the Amazon Alexa Voice Service, users can sync the Riing Trio RGB lighting effects with local or international weather conditions. In terms of the fan structure, the Riing Trio features a PWM controlled 120mm high-static pressure fan and 3 independent 16.8 million colors LED rings that are pre-installed with 30 addressable LEDs in total. Furthermore, the long-life hydraulic bearing and compression fan blade design guarantees excellent cooling performance and quiet operation.
Thermaltake TT RGB PLUS Ecosystem
TT RGB PLUS Ecosystem is the intelligent lighting system for PCs that combines the most advanced addressable LED lighting with Thermaltake’s patented TT RGB PLUS Software. TT RGB PLUS ecosystem provides nearly unlimited possibilities for playing with colors, synchronizing lights to games, music, CPU temperatures or other TT RGB PLUS products, including case fans, CPU/VGA waterblocks, AIO CPU coolers, PSUs, LED strips and peripherals. The patented software allows users to change the light modes, colors, speeds, brightness, fan speeds, and even supports AI voice control in iOS and Android devices.
Features of the Thermaltake Riing Trio 12 LED RGB Radiator Fan TT Premium Edition (3-Fan Pack):
Patented TT RGB PLUS Software & App
Monitor the fan performance, adjust the fan speeds, and customize the lighting effects for Thermaltake RGB PLUS series products with the patented TT RGB PLUS Software and an exclusively designed mobile app.
*TT RGB PLUS App will support Riing Trio Series from the fourth quarter of 2018.
SyncALL, Say “Hello TT” – Thermaltake AI Voice Control
Talking to the TT RGB PLUS App is an easier, faster way to set lights for your systems. You can ask it to turn the lights on or off, switch lights modes, dim the lights, change light colors, or adjust lights speeds or fan speeds.
*TT AI Voice Control will support Riing Trio Series from the end of Q3 2018.
Sync with Razer Chroma Lighting
All Thermaltake TT RGB PLUS products are able to connect into the Razer Chroma ecosystem. Users who have installed both the TT RGB PLUS Software and Razer Synapse 3 can experience synchronized gaming and RGB lighting effects on their TT RGB PLUS liquid cooling system and gaming gear! From cool down timers, health bars, and flashy ultimate indicators, to subtle ambient lighting that sets the perfect mood for each game, Razer Chroma provides an experience that transcends the screen and into your full setup, for a truly immersive experience.
*TT RGB PLUS Ecosystem and Razer Chroma Lighting synchronization will be enabled in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Works with Amazon Alexa
All Thermaltake TT RGB PLUS products support Amazon Alexa Voice Service, allowing you to control the lights or fan speeds by talking to the Alexa-enabled device. With the support of Amazon Alexa, TT RGB PLUS products also offer an additional visual cue for checking current weather condition in your location or anywhere in the world. All you have to do is simply starting the sentence with “Alexa, tell Thermaltake”, then the lighting color will correspond to the weather condition in the location.
*Amazon Alexa Voice Service will support Riing Trio Series from the end of Q3 2018.
The World’s 1st Three Independent 16.8 Million Colors LED Ring Design
Featuring 30 addressable LEDs (front: 12; middle: 6; back: 12), great light coverage, and uniform color and brightness, the built-in LED ring can paint your build with 16.8 million colors.
Digital Lighting Controller
The controller is designed with a DIP switch on the back. Hence, you can set a number for each controller easily. You can add up to 5 devices to one lighting controller and up to 16 controllers to the software. The controller and the coding guide are included in all packs.
PWM Controlled Fan with 9 Fan Blade Design
120mm PWM controlled fan with unique 9 blades design is engineered to generate higher airflow without compromising on ultra-silent operation.
Hydraulic Bearing with Low-Noise Design
The hydraulic bearing self-lubricates with a high-quality, friction-reducing substance, which lowers operation noise while improving thermal efficiency. The seal cap prevents lubricant leakage and extends the lifespan of the unit.
Anti-Vibration Mounting System
In-mold injection anti-vibration rubber pads provide a hassle-free usage with 80% protection coverage for all corners.
Posted on Friday, July 20 2018 @ 12:21:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AnandTech writes Intel kicked off production of its first PCIe datacenter SSD that uses the new QLC 3D NAND flash memory. Not a lot of details are known, the product is part of the new D5 datacenter product family, but we don't know the exact naming nor the specifications. More info will be presented at the Flash Memory Summit August 7-9, Intel VP Rob Crooke will be hosting a keynote speech at that event on August 8.
Earlier this year, Intel confirmed that they would be producing QLC SSDs in the second half of 2018, and that they were putting up to 20TB in a 2.5" U.2 drive, but it is not yet clear whether that configuration is one that's going into mass production at this time.
Intel is expecting this to be the first QLC SSD available for this market segment.
This is the first QLC NAND flash disk for the datacenter market. At the moment, the only other product is the QLC NAND enterprise SATA SSD from Micron. Other firms have been talking about this for over a year, but nothing has materialized yet. It's unknown when we can expect consumer disks based on this technology.
Posted on Friday, July 20 2018 @ 11:40:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
TSMC revised its revenue growth forecast downwards. The Taiwanese foundry now anticipates a 5 to 9 percent growth in revenue, versus a previous estimate of 10 percent. The main reason for the adjustment is the weaker demand from the cryptocurrency mining market. There was a big boom in this segment but the crash of the market is resulting in a lot less demand for mining GPUs and ASICs.
Interestingly, TSMC also revealed it's now mass producing 7nm chips. Sales of 7nm products are anticipated to take up 10 percent of TSMC's third-quarter revenue, and 20 percent in the fourth quarter:
In addition, TSMC has entered volume production of 7nm chips. Sales generated from 7nm process technology will account for about 10% of the foundry's total revenues in the third quarter, and the proportion will climb further to 20% in the fourth quarter, according to Wei.
TSMC has started taping out chips built using an enhanced 7nm node with EUV in July, which is ahead of schedule, Wei noted. The company is scheduled to move the node to volume production in the second quarter of 2019, Wei said.
TSMC will see 7nm chip sales account for over 20% of its overall revenues in 2019, Wei indicated.
Tape outs of chips using TSMC's 5nm EUV process are anticipated in early 2019, with volume production currently slated for late 2019 or early 2020.
Posted on Friday, July 20 2018 @ 11:28:07 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Toshiba sends out word it created a prototype of 96-layer 3D flash memory with four-bit-per-cell (QLC). Jointly developed with WD, the new chip offers an industry-leading capacity of 1.33 terabits (166.25GB) for a single chip. Toshiba expects to put this in mass production in 2019.
Toshiba Memory Corporation, the world leader in memory solutions, today announced that it has developed a prototype sample of 96-layer BiCS FLASHTM, its proprietary 3D flash memory, with 4-bit-per-cell (quad level cell, QLC) technology that boosts single-chip memory capacity to the highest level yet achieved.
Toshiba Memory will start to deliver samples to SSD and SSD controller manufacturers for evaluation from the beginning of September, and expects to start mass production in 2019.
The advantage of QLC technology is pushing the bit count for data per memory cell from three to four and significantly expanding capacity. The new product achieves the industry's maximum capacity of 1.33 terabits for a single chip which was jointly developed with Western Digital Corporation.
This also realizes an unparalleled capacity of 2.66 terabytes with a 16-chip stacked architecture in one package. The huge volumes of data generated by mobile terminals and the like continue to increase with the spread of SNS and progress in IoT, and the need to analyze and utilize that data in real time is expected to increase dramatically. That will require even faster than HDD, larger capacity storage and QLC products using the 96-layer process will contribute a solution.
A packaged prototype of the new device will be exhibited at the 2018 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, USA from August 6th to 9th.
Looking to the future, Toshiba Memory will continue to improve memory capacity and performance and to develop 3D flash memories that meet diverse market needs, including the fast expanding data center storage market.
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 18:38:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Hot on the heels of yesterday's massive Google fine, the European Commission is now accusing Qualcomm of predatory pricing in the UMTS baseband chipset market. The Commission says that between 2009 and 2011, Qualcomm sold certain UMTS baseband chipsets below cost, with the goal of driving segment market leader Icera out of the market. Icera got acquired by NVIDIA in 2011.
The European Commission has sent a Supplementary Statement of Objections to Qualcomm Inc. This is a procedural step in the Commission’s ongoing investigation under EU antitrust rules looking into whether Qualcomm engaged in ‘predatory pricing’. The Commission sent a Statement of Objections to Qualcomm in December 2015 detailing its concerns. In particular, the Commission’s preliminary view is that between 2009 and 2011 Qualcomm sold certain UMTS baseband chipsets at prices below cost, with the intention of eliminating Icera, its main competitor in the leading edge segment of the market at that time. UMTS chipsets are key components of mobile devices. They enable both voice and data transmission in third generation (3G) cellular communication. The Supplementary Statement of Objections sent today focuses on certain elements of the “price-cost” test applied by the Commission to assess the extent to which UMTS baseband chipsets were sold by Qualcomm at prices below cost. The sending of a Supplementary Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number AT.39711.
Qualcomm denies any wrongdoing and responds it's disappointed by the news and that it will immediately begin preparing its response to this supplementary statement of objections. Previously, Qualcomm got fined $1.23 billion in the EU over LTE chip deals with Apple. If the chip maker is found guilty, it faces an additional fine of up to 10 percent of its global revenue.
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 15:34:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Corsair updated its CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 watercooler. The new model has an improved cold plate and pump, and features a white LED-lit design. The cooler is offered via Corsair's webshop or $89.99.
Today also sees the release of a fully updated version of the popular CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 performance CPU cooler. A pair 120mm CORSAIR SP Series PWM fans, adjustable between 600 RPM to 1,900 RPM, provide powerful airflow either side of a slim 120mm radiator, while a distinctive white LED-lit pump adds a touch of brilliance to any system. Just as with H100i PRO, the H75 uses an updated cold plate and pump, stylish braided tubing and a modular tool-free mounting bracket that install in minutes to bring dependable high-performance liquid cooling to almost any PC.
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 15:28:43 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Corsair reveals the Hydro Series H100i PRO RGB 240mm, a new watercooling kit with RGB LED light effects. This is the third entry in the series, it follows the 280mm H115i Pro and the 360mm H150i Pro.
Corsair sells it via its webshop for $119.99.
CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today launched a new addition to its bestselling line of Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers, the CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i PRO RGB 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler. Equipped with a vibrant RGB LED-lit pump head and two high-performance ML120 PWM magnetic levitation bearing fans, the H100i PRO is ready to cool today’s most demanding high-performance CPUs, with precise fan and lighting control powered by CORSAIR iCUE software.
The H100i PRO’s pair of ML120 fans are tuned to produce the airflow and static pressure needed to excel when driving air through a radiator, in addition to boasting ultra-low friction magnetic levitation bearings that allow them to spin significantly quieter at higher RPMs. PWM connection allows for precise speed control across a wide range, from 400 RPM to 2,400 RPM, or even the ability to stop the fans entirely using Zero RPM fan profiles at lower temperatures.
Driving the H100i PRO’s performance is a redesigned cold-plate and adjustable low-noise pump, engineered to transfer heat away from your CPU into the coolant, and towards the radiator as efficiently and quietly as possible. Capped with aluminum trim and a vibrant zone of RGB lighting, the H100i PRO’s pump head sits at the heart of your PC with the performance to cool today’s fastest CPUs, finished with vibrant ring of RGB lighting.
With customizable fan speed, pump speed and RGB lighting, CORSAIR iCUE software powers the H100i PRO, allowing users to easily adjust performance and synchronize lighting across their whole system. Set up detailed fan curves to automatically adjust fans when CPU or system temperatures rise, set RGB lighting to indicate CPU temperature or match your setup, and adjust pump speed to prioritize peak flow-rate or minimal noise, all from a single intuitive interface.
Easy to install into almost any enthusiast case thanks to a standardized 240mm radiator size and a modular, tool-free mounting bracket, the H100i PRO is backed by a comprehensive five-year warranty, so you can be confident of worry-free CPU cooling for many builds and upgrades to come.
Boasting the best in CORSAIR customizable performance, the H100i PRO delivers powerful, low-noise cooling with a flash of RGB lighting, for liquid CPU cooling that’s seen, not heard.
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 13:54:58 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Is AMD going to heat up competition with Intel even more by increasing the core count of its Ryzen lineup? A new video from MSI seems to suggests this. The motherboard maker talks about its new B450 motherboards and hints that its upcoming products support eight-core "and up" AM4 processors from AMD.
Nothing is official yet, but perhaps chips based on the Zen 2 design can feature 12 or even 16 cores. According to MSI, these will be backwards compatible with the soon-to-be-out B450 motherboards.
AMD will get its next opportunity to tinker with key aspects of its CPU micro-architecture with "Zen 2," being built on the 7 nm silicon fabrication process. If it decides to stick with the CCX approach to multi-core processors, the company could increase per-CCX core counts. A 50 percent core-count increase enables 12-core processors, while a 100 percent increase brings 16-cores to the AM4 platform. MSI video confirms that these >8-core processors will have backwards-compatibility with existing 400-series chipsets, even if they launch alongside newer 500-series chipset.