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IoT chips keep 200mm wafer fabs running at full capacity April 23, 2018 - 14:09
AMD Combat Crates aim to give gamers a chance against cryptocurrency miners April 23, 2018 - 13:47
AMD adds Ryzen 5 2400GE and Ryzen 3 2200GE energy-efficient APUs April 23, 2018 - 13:26
Intel shuts down its wearables-designing New Devices Group April 23, 2018 - 11:46
Dell looking at 3:2 screens for future XPS laptops April 23, 2018 - 11:21
Windows 10 Lean aims to cut gigabytes of fat April 23, 2018 - 11:07
TSMC reveals more info about its 7nm nodes April 23, 2018 - 10:59
Tt eSPORTS Iris optical gaming mouse has fancy RGB lights April 21, 2018 - 09:38
Alibaba buys a chip design firm April 21, 2018 - 09:34
Gigabyte adds AORUS Z370 motherboards with 32GB of integrated Intel Optane April 21, 2018 - 09:27
AMD Ryzen 7 2800X will depend on Intel's response April 21, 2018 - 09:18
Apple Daisy robot recycles 200 iPhones per hour (video) April 20, 2018 - 12:37
der8auer clocks all Ryzen 7 2700X cores over 6GHz (video) April 20, 2018 - 12:26
TSMC sees lower growth on poor smartphone demand and cryptocurrency uncertainty April 20, 2018 - 12:02
EK becomes sytem builder with watercooled AMD Ryzen 2000 based gaming PCs April 20, 2018 - 11:34
G.Skill rolls out faster DDR4 kits for Ryzen 2000 April 20, 2018 - 11:28
AMD showed off a PowerColor Vega Nano at NY press event April 19, 2018 - 21:25
AMD second-gen Ryzen processors hit retail shelves April 19, 2018 - 20:38
Biostar X470GTN is a Mini-ITX motherboard for 2nd Gen Ryzen April 19, 2018 - 20:31
Sharkoon PureWriter RGB keyboards hit the market April 19, 2018 - 20:27

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Posted on Monday, April 23 2018 @ 14:09:52 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Industry sources told DigiTimes that production capacity at Chinese and Taiwanese 200mm wafer plans is expected to remain tight through the end of 2018. With an expected increase in demand for chips for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the production capacity is expected to fall short of demand by 2020. DigiTimes notes the uptick in 200mm wafer demand will be a boon to UMC:
Sources from Taiwan's IC design sector said that compared with TSMC, VIS and China foundry houses, UMC is in a better position to stand out in 8-inch wafer foundry business as it has fully depreciated the related equipment and can readily make profits for many years after landing orders. They indicated that UMC has a chance to see its market value expand 10-fold in three years, just as experienced by Yageo, as long as the company can dispose of its stakes in reinvested IC design houses and enforce an appropriate capital reduction.


Posted on Monday, April 23 2018 @ 13:47:39 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Over the last half year or so, one of the most common complaints of PC gamers was (and still is) that GPUs are too damn expensive. With demand from cryptocurrency miners being high, there wasn't a whole lot of supply to hit traditional retail shelves at or near the suggested retail pricing.

It's not a situation that AMD and NVIDIA preferred, but there wasn't a whole lot the companies could do about it. Now AMD is going to try something new by offering Combat Crates. This is basically a bundle with a CPU, GPU, and a motherboard.

The AMD Combat Create will feature a Ryzen 5 1600 or Ryzen 7 1700 processor, the MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor video card, and the MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard. Overall, this feels more like "meh". As VideoCardz points out, it looks like AMD and MSI are using this to get rid of some previous-gen inventory.
The AMD Combat Crate comes stocked with essential hardware you need to push your game to the next level and lay waste to the competition. With a lightning-fast Ryzen processor, powerful RX graphics backed by revolutionary Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition and a feature-ready MSI motherboard — the AMD Combat Crate is the ultimate arsenal for gamers.
AMD Combat Crate

Posted on Monday, April 23 2018 @ 13:26:56 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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AMD quietly added energy-efficient APUs to its portfolio.

The new Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE feature a TDP of just 35W, significantly less than the 65W TDP of the original models. With exception of the clockspeeds, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of difference versus the regular Raven Ridge desktop APUs.

The Ryzen 3 2200GE is a quad-core, quad-threaded part with a 3.2GHz base clock, 3.6GHz Turbo, and 8 Vega GPU cores clocked at 1100MHz.

Next we have the Ryzen 5 2400G, a quad-core, eight-threaded chip with 3.2GHz base clock, 3.8GHz Turbo, and 11 Vega cores clocked at 1250MHz.

Via: TPU

Posted on Monday, April 23 2018 @ 11:46:09 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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In recent years, Intel kinda lost its mojo. Manufacturing used to be one of the company's prides but at the moment it's becoming one of the firm's liabilities. The chip giant is still struggling with its 10nm process and various efforts to break into new markets haven't been successful.

The latest division to end up on the chopping block is the New Devices Group. Five years ago, CEO Bryan Krzanich envisioned Intel chips inside millions of emerging devices, but that never materialized. As a result, Intel is now shutting down its efforts to create wearable devices, which included smartwatches, health/fitness monitors, smart/AR glasses, etc.
Over the five-year history of NDG, Intel made two significant acquisitions to bring necessary expertise to the group: the company took over Basis (a maker of fitness watches) in 2014 and Recon (a maker of wearable heads-up displays) in 2015. Most recently, Intel’s NDG showcased their Vaunt (aka Superlight) smart glasses that looked like “normal” glasses, yet used laser beams to project information to retina justifying their “smart” moniker. While NDG had cutting edge technologies, the group has never managed to produce a truly popular product. Moreover, when problems with one of their Basis smart watches showed up on a limited number of devices, Intel preferred to stop their sales and refund their costs to the customers rather than fix the problems and replace faulty units.
Intel continues to research smart devices via its New Technology Group, as well as other divisions.

Via AnandTech

Posted on Monday, April 23 2018 @ 11:21:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Dell's Frank Azor revealed the company is looking at the 3:2 aspect ratio for future XPS laptops. At the moment, most of Dell's laptops use the 16:9 aspect ratio but the VP General Manager of Alienware, Gaming and XPS, said the company is investigating other aspect ratios. The 3:2 aspect ratio was specifically mentioned, but other aspect ratios are possible as well.

Each aspect ratio has its pros and cons. The widely used 16:9 for example is ideal for media consumption and gaming, but lacks vertical space for productivity.
The Verge's Vlad Savov echoes similar feelings feelings in his article and says, "lateral space is simply not as valuable as vertical space in desktop apps or on the web" as most of the user interface elements across Windows, macOS, and Linux are more vertically stacked than horizontal. He notes that, therefore, a 3:2 screen with the extra vertical space will offer enhanced enhanced productivity and still can be used for media consumption.
Via: NotebookCheck

Posted on Monday, April 23 2018 @ 11:07:11 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Word is going around that Microsoft is toying with a new slim build of Windows 10. MSPowerUser reports the Windows 10 Lean installer is about 2GB smaller than Windows 10 Pro.

It's not entirely certain what Microsoft plans to do with this new version. It may be aimed at low-power devices, or simply be designed for virtual machines.

To get the build smaller, Microsoft cut out of a lot of stuff including very basic things like the wallpapers, drivers for CD and DVD drives, and even utilities like RegEdit:
As spotted by Lucas on Twitter, Windows 10 Lean’s installer is 2 GB smaller than Windows 10 Pro and is missing basics such as wallpaper, drivers for CD and DVD Drives and even apps such as RegEdit. Interestingly these apps are however not restricted, and once imported you can run RegEdit without any issue, meaning while being smaller the OS is not restricted in any way.


Posted on Monday, April 23 2018 @ 10:59:42 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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TSMC released some more public details about its 7nm FinFET process technology. The Taiwanese foundry claims its 7nm node has the industry's most competitive logic density.

Test chips of 256Mb SRAM were manufactured in June 2016 with double-digit yield rates and risk production started in April 2017. Double digit customer tape-outs occurred in 2017 and the first products are expected later this year. Presumably, Apple's next A12 SoC will be made on TSMC's 7nm node, which means these chips will ship in iPhones within a couple of months.

TSMC has two 7nm FinFET nodes; one optimized for mobile chips and a second one for high-performance computing applications. The latter can be used for new NVIDIA and AMD GPUs.

Compared to TSMC's 10nm FinFET process, the 7nm FinFET node offers 1.6x higher logic density, ~20 percent higher performance, and ~40 percent power consumption reduction.

Posted on Saturday, April 21 2018 @ 09:38:42 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
This isn't the first time we've talked about the Tt eSPORTS Iris but apparently this optical gaming mouse is now available worldwide. It has a 5000dpi optical sensor, adjustable dpi, macro support, six buttons, and RGB LED light effects. It's basically an entry-level gaming mouse, with a MSRP of $29.99.
Thermaltake Gaming Tt eSPORTS, the energetic and powerful challenger is delighted to announce worldwide availability of the new Iris Optical RGB Gaming Mouse - a new high performance entry-level mouse equipped with customizable 16.8 million RGB color, 9 dynamic lighting effects and exclusive side aura illumination. The Iris Optical RGB also comes with a gaming grade sensor that supports up to 5000 DPI, 20-million-click gaming grade switches for maximum durability and new gen gaming software for macro, advanced performance, light and profiles settings. Light up the battlefield with the Iris Optical RGB and play with superior accuracy, tracking, and ergonomic comfort.

Tt eSPORTS Iris Optical RGB Gaming Mouse Features:

Customizable two-zone backlighting with 16.8 million RGB illumination and 9 unique lighting effects (Pulse, Spectrum Running, Snake Marquee, Wave, Reactive, Blink, Static, Sound Control, System Temperature) provides almost limitless color options and atmosphere to your preferred gaming style.

Powerful PIXART PMW-3325 Optical Engine provides superior tracking across the widest variety of surfaces up to 5000 DPI and supports on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment between 100-5000 DPI. Gaming grade switches come with a 20 million-click lifespan for maximum durability and reliability.

Ergonomically shaped for right-handed users, the 6 button design of the Iris Optical RGB Gaming Mouse provides comfort no matter your palm, claw, fingertip grip style and features a matte coating for soft-touch feel and textured side grips for total control and fast response.

Configure and customize macro keys, advanced performance, lighting options, and profiles with the easy-to-use gaming software.
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Posted on Saturday, April 21 2018 @ 09:34:49 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Earlier this week we wrote that Facebook is now making its own AI chips and now news hits the wire that Alibaba also has chip plans. The Chinese Internet giant bought C-Sky Microsystems, a Chinese firm that makes 32-bit embedded CPU cores.
As EE Times reported last year, even well before this acquisition was announced, C-Sky enjoyed a unique tie with Alibaba. As Xiaoning Qi, CEO of C-Sky, explained then, C-Sky was already the first chip company in the world to receive a sizable investment from Alibaba. C-Sky was founded in Hangzhou in 2001.
The firm's embedded CPU cores are aimed at the IoT market, and aren't intended for smartphones. Details about the financials of the deal or what Alibaba plans to do with the acquisition aren't known.

More at EE Times.

Posted on Saturday, April 21 2018 @ 09:27:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gigabyte expands its portfolio with the introduction of Z370 series AORUS motherboards that feature pre-installed Intel Optane memory. This basically serves as sort of a cache drive, the 32GB capacity is a bit too small to be useful for most other tasks. Overall, this is probably not that useful, unless you're still using a HDD.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announced the launch of Z370 AORUS motherboards with exclusive built-in 32GB Intel Optane Memory and support for Intel Core i7+/i5+ architecture. By also utilizing Intel Rapid Storage Technology, these motherboards provide users with accelerated read/write speeds for their storage devices, bolstering their data performance for incredible value.

Introducing GIGABYTE motherboards with built-in 32GB Intel Optane Memory, the four models in this series include the Z370 AORUS GAMING 7-OP, Z370 AORUS ULTRA GAMING WIFI-OP, Z370 AORUS ULTRA GAMING 2.0-OP, and Z370 HD3-OP motherboards, all of which are fully compatible with the newest Intel RST. In addition to adapting the performance enhancement technology from the previous generation, the newest generation of Intel Optane Memory technology is even more potent as it enhances high capacity HDD read/write speeds to match that of SSDs. Under the protection of GIGABYTE Ultra Durable Technology, these boards offer increased system stability as well as durability, making these motherboards a can’t miss choice for those seeking enhanced data performance at an unbeatable value.

Jackson Hsu, Deputy Director of the GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit remarked, “GIGABYTE continues to strive towards refining the user experience and maximizing performance for gamers.” Hsu added, “Many gamers use SSDs mainly for OS installation and high-capacity HDDs for data storage. GIGABYTE exclusive motherboards with built-in 32GB Intel Optane Memory allow users to utilize the latest Intel RST for more responsive data access even on data drives.”

Through GIGABYTE motherboards with exclusive built-in Intel Optane Memory, data transfer speeds for high-capacity HDDs is easily speed up. The Intel Optane Memory module comes pre-installed and when installing the software, the user just needs to select which SATA disk to accelerate. Existing data on any hard disk will not be compromised making it a convenient, safe, and economical option for a faster, more responsive system.

GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS GAMING 7-OP, Z370 AORUS ULTRA GAMING WIFI-OP, Z370 AORUS ULTRA GAMING 2.0-OP, Z370 HD3-OP motherboards with built-in 32GB Intel Optane Memory bring to the table exceptional data performance, responsiveness, and stability. For additional product information and news on these motherboards, please visit the official GIGABYTE website.
Gigabyte AORUS Z370 with Optane

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