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Gigabyte sees big slide in motherboard orders January 24, 2018 - 11:01
Apple HomePod arrives on February 9 for $349 January 24, 2018 - 10:52
MSI preps a new custom Radeon RX 570/580 Armor MK2 series January 24, 2018 - 10:45
AMD Radeon Technologies Group gets new general manager and engineering head January 23, 2018 - 22:41
Samsung shows the fast 860 EVO and 860 Pro SATA SSDs January 23, 2018 - 19:57
AMD: Vega will not get Primitive Shader driver support January 23, 2018 - 17:13
Michael Bay to make a Duke Nukem movie with John Cena? January 23, 2018 - 15:47
Biostar H110MDE is a $54.99 budget mATX motherboard January 23, 2018 - 15:08
Irdeto buys DRM maker Denuvo January 23, 2018 - 14:28
Google and Mozilla-led alliance push AV1 image compression January 23, 2018 - 14:10
If other options fail, Toshiba could do IPO for its memory unit January 23, 2018 - 13:57
Photos leak of upcoming SAPPHIRE Radeon RX Vega 56 PULSE January 23, 2018 - 13:32
TSMC ground breaking ceremony for 5nm fab takes place this week January 23, 2018 - 13:20
Intel finds root cause of reboot issue introduced by CPU bug patches January 22, 2018 - 18:58
ASRock and Gigabyte reveal passively cooled Intel Gemini Lake based boards January 22, 2018 - 12:54
AMD details Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G and confirms DDR4-2933 support January 22, 2018 - 12:03
Bitmain is buying 20k 16nm wafers from TSMC per month (more than NVIDIA) January 22, 2018 - 11:51
Denuvo 4.8 falls victim to crackers after nearly three months January 22, 2018 - 11:40
Linus Torvalds: Intel patches are architectural garbage January 22, 2018 - 11:20
Navigant: Tesla ranks last in driverless car race January 22, 2018 - 11:09

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Posted on Wednesday, January 24 2018 @ 11:01:50 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Gigabyte is reportedly suffering from low demand for its motherboards. No specifics are mentioned, but DigiTimes heard that since the start of the year, the volume of orders is much lower than those received during the same period a year ago. The site explains part of the reason may be the departure of some of Gigabyte's top managers. Gigabyte China's former president now works at Acer, while the former head of Gigabyte Korea/Japan took up a position at Foxconn.

One bright light is that Gigabyte's video card sales are going very strong, but that's due to the unrelenting demand from cryptocurrency miners.
In 2017, Gigabyte's graphics card shipments reached a company record of 4.4-4.5 million units, thanks to cryptocurrency mining demand, boosting the firm's net profit to around NT$2 billion.

However, its motherboard shipments in the year shrank sharply by 3.6 million units to reach less than 13 million units due to the company's business re-organization and fierce competition from Asustek Computer and Micro-Star International (MSI).

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Posted on Wednesday, January 24 2018 @ 10:52:53 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
After some delays, Apple announced yesterday that its $349 HomePod device will start shipping on February 9th. Pre-orders for Apple's take on a smart speaker will open up this Friday, January 26th. The device was originally planned for "before the end of 2017" and even now some features are still missing.

Multi-room audio support for example will be added via a software update later this year, and Apple also said it's still working on an update that will add stereo playback, for when you have two HomePods present in the same room.

Amazon and Google recently flooded the market with relatively cheap smart speakers so it will be interesting to see if Apple can work its magic with its much more expensive premium version. The key focus of the device seems to be music and sound quality, with AI taking a step back:
Despite the delay, Apple doesn’t appear to have made any changes to the HomePod — the smart speaker appears to be exactly what was announced back in June, at WWDC. The focus here continues to be on music and sound quality, rather than the speaker’s intelligence, which is the core focus of many competitors’ products. The speaker will still have an always-on voice assistant, but Apple’s implementation of Siri here will be more limited than what’s present on other devices.
Apple HomePod

Via: The Verge
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Posted on Wednesday, January 24 2018 @ 10:45:23 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
MSI is working on a new line of custom-design Radeon RX 500 series video cards. The timing seems a little weird, all these GPUs are getting bought up by cryptocurrency miners so little supply will hit retail stores at affordable prices.

Anyway, VideoCards spotted photos of the RX 570 ARMOR MK2 series. This is a new card with a red/black Armor 2X cooler and a red/black backplate. There will be at least four versions; a Radeon RX 570, a Radeon RX 580 and overclocked editions.
The Armor MK2 has a new black and red design and fancy full cover backplate. No further changes to the design have been reported so far. The clock speeds are still being evaluated so no details here either.
MSI RX 570 ARMOR MK2
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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 22:41:32 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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AMD announced two new hires today, first up the company appointed Mike Rayfield as senior vice president and general manager of the Radeon Technologies Group. He will take care of all aspects related to the strategy and business management of AMD's GPU and semi-custom product business. Rayfield has over 30 years of tech industry experience and was general manager of the team that create NVIDIA's Tegra.

The other hire is David Wang, he will be in charge of the engineering side of RTG including aspects like technical strategy, architecture, hardware, and software. Wang is no stranger to AMD, he previously served as corporate vice president for SoC development.
AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) today announced the appointment of Mike Rayfield as senior vice president and general manager of AMD Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), and David Wang as senior vice president of engineering for RTG. Both will report to President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. Rayfield will be responsible for all aspects of strategy and business management for AMD’s graphics business including consumer graphics, professional graphics, and semi-custom products. Wang will be responsible for all aspects of graphics engineering, including the technical strategy, architecture, hardware, and software for AMD graphics products and technologies.

“Mike and David are industry leaders who bring proven track records of delivering profitable business growth and leadership product roadmaps,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “We enter 2018 with incredible momentum for our graphics business based on the full set of GPU products we introduced last year for the consumer, professional, and machine learning markets. Under Mike and David’s leadership, I am confident we will continue to grow the footprint of Radeon across the gaming, immersive, and GPU compute markets.”

Rayfield brings to AMD more than 30 years of technology industry experience focused on growth, building deep customer relationships, and driving results. Rayfield joins AMD from Micron Technology, where he was senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile Business Unit. Under Rayfield’s leadership, Micron’s mobile business achieved significant revenue growth and improved profitability. Prior to Micron, Rayfield served as general manager of the Mobile Business Unit at Nvidia, where he led the team that created Tegra.

With more than 25 years of graphics and silicon development experience, Wang brings deep technical expertise and an excellent track record in managing complex silicon development to AMD. Wang rejoins AMD from Synaptics, where he was senior vice president of Systems Silicon Engineering responsible for silicon systems development of Synaptics products. Under Wang’s leadership, Synaptics more than quadrupled its design team through acquisition and organic growth. Prior to joining Synaptics, Wang was corporate vice president at AMD, responsible for SOC development of AMD processor products, including GPUs, CPUs, and APUs. Previously, Wang held various technical and management positions at ATI, ArtX, SGI, Axil Workstations, and LSI Logic.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 19:57:50 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Samsung rolled out its 860 EVO and 860 Pro solid state disks, they ship in 2.5" and M.2 form factors. These new models feature Samsung's latest 64-layer V-NAND. The 860 Pro features MLC NAND flash memory, the in-house MJX SSD controller, and 512MB to 4GB LPDDR4 cache. The maximum read speed is 560MB/s, with a maximum 530MB/s write speed, 100k random read IOPS and 90k random write IOPS. Samsung offers the 860 Pro in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities. Pricing should start around $139.99, so just under 55 cents per gigabyte.

Next we have the 860 EVO, this cheaper model also uses the MJX controller but is equipped with TLC NAND flash memory, in combination with some SLC cache (aka TurboWrite) and LPDDR4 cache. The 860 EVO offers up to 550MB/s read speeds, 520MB/s write speeds, 98k random read IOPS and 90k random write IOPS. The 860 EVO disks will ship in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities. Pricing of these versions starts around $94.99, so 38 cents per gigabyte.

Samsung 860 Pro and Evo SSDs
Samsung Electronics today introduced the 860 PRO and 860 EVO solid state drives (SSDs), the most up-to-date additions to the company’s SATA interface lineup. The products are aimed at consumers who require fast, reliable performance across various applications, from everyday computing to heavy workloads and graphic-intensive operations. Building on the successful launch of the 850 PRO and 850 EVO – the industry’s first consumer SSDs with V-NAND technology – the 860 PRO and 860 EVO achieve industry-leading performance for SATA SSDs, offering enhancements in speed, reliability, compatibility and capacity.

“The new 860 PRO and 860 EVO SSDs combine the latest 512Gb and 256Gb 64-layer V-NAND, up to 4GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM and a new MJX controller to elevate the user experience for both consumers and businesses,” said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to fuel meaningful innovations in the consumer SSD space and drive growth of the overall memory industry for years to come.”

As file sizes continue to increase with high-resolution photos and 4K videos, the need for faster data transfers and sustainable high performance over a longer period of time has become paramount for users. To address this need, Samsung’s 860 PRO and 860 EVO support up to 560 MB/s read and 530 MB/s write1 speeds and offer unmatched reliability with an upgraded five-year limited warranty2, or up to 4,800 terabytes written (TBW)3 for the 860 PRO and up to 2,400 TBW4 for the 860 EVO. The new MJX controller also enables faster communication with the host system. The controller is powerful enough to handle workstation storage, while improving Linux operating system compatibility.

The 860 PRO are available in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB5 capacities, with the 4TB memory storage holding up to 114 hours and 30 minutes of 4K Ultra HD video. The 860 PRO is available in a widely compatible 2.5-inch form factor, which is ideal for PCs, laptops, workstations and NAS.

The 860 EVO come in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities, in a 2.5-inch for PCs and laptops, as well as mSATA and M.2 form factors for ultra-slim computing applications. The 860 EVO has up to six times longer sustained performance than its predecessor due to enhanced Intelligent TurboWrite technology, with read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 520 MB/s8, respectively.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 17:13:53 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Primitive shaders were one of the supposed killer features of AMD's Vega architecture, this new shader promised performance gains by automatically discarding the calculation of unnecessary and hidden geometries. Anyway, that's no longer relevant today as AMD has officially cancelled this long-delayed feature. This news was communicated by AMD to certain members of the press at a CES 2018 event.

There's no word about the rationale behind this decision. AMD still plans to offer an explicit API path to code primitive shaders, but without an implicit driver path this means a lot more effort is required from game developers (aka dead on arrival).
The move was revealed by Golem.de editor Marc Sauter, commenting as "y33H@" on 3DCenter.org forums. In layman's terms, AMD at its Vega graphics architecture reveal, promised a driver that would sense where primitive shaders would benefit unoptimized games and automatically develop primitive shaders for them. That plan has been scrapped. What AMD is now offering is an API so developers can make primitive shaders on their own dime.
Before the launch of Vega, former AMD RTG head Raja Koduri promised programmers wouldn't need to do anything special to take advantage of the improvements in Vega. Koduri is now working at Intel, to enhance the chip giant's future GPUs.

Vega Primitive Shaders Canned

Via: TPU
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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 15:47:46 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Here's some explosive news! Word is going around that a Duke Nukem movie is in the works. The project is reportedly set up at Paramount-based Platinum Dunes, which is operated by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller. No director or writer has been picked yet, but news along the grapevine is that WWE wrestler John Cena has been approached for the Duke Nukem role.
Cena made his name as a WWE star before starting another career as a movie actor more than a decade ago with “The Marine” in 2006. His credits include “12 Rounds,” “Legendary,” “The Reunion,” “Trainwreck,” “Sisters,” “Daddy’s Home,” “Daddy’s Home 2,” and “The Wall,” along with voicing the lead character in the animated comedy “Ferdinand.”
We have a feeling this could be a pretty fun movie!

The Duke

John Cena

Via: Variety
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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 15:08:47 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Biostar sends out word about the H110MDE, a new Micro-ATX motherboard for Intel 6th and 7th Gen Core processors. This is a pretty basic model, it only costs $54.99 so don't expect a lot of features or fancy stuff. You can check the full specs at Biostar.

Biostar H110MDE
BIOSTAR presents another entry-level micro-ATX form factor motherboard – the BIOSTAR H110MDE. This motherboard sports the entry-level Intel H110 chipset that supports the Socket LGA 1151 7th and 6th generation Intel Core processors. The BIOSTAR H110MDE is the perfect solution for desktop users on a tight budget by opting for Kaby Lake and Skylake processors. The compact micro-ATX form factor ensures high compatibility with most desktop cases in the market today. It also comes bundled with a free BullGuard Antivirus Software, another instant saving for builders.

Intel H110 Chipset: Highly Capable yet Affordable
The BIOSTAR H110MDE features the entry-level Intel H110 chipset for the 7th and 6th generation Intel Core processors offering builders instant savings by opting for the previous generation Intel processors. Still, the H110MDE offers the essential features and performance you need for daily computing with its dual DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory and a single PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot that supports high-end graphics card and NVMe solid-state drives if desired. As for connectivity, the H110MDE packs a Realtek RTL8111G offering up to 100MB/s Ethernet connectivity along with two USB 3.1 Gen1 ports and a USB 3.1 Gen1 header offering high-speed data transfers for portable storage drives.

BIOSTAR 6+ Experience
BIOSTAR’s exclusive set of features that ensure performance and stability.

Speed+: USB 3.1 Gen1, SATA3, Smart Speed LAN, Charger Booster
The BIOSTAR H110MDE features high-speed connectivity options from 6gbps SATA3 ports for internal drives to USB 3.1 Gen1 ports for portable media storage.

Audio+: HD Audio
Audio+ ensures high-definition audio with minimal loss of audio fidelity with the help of AudioArt Capacitor.

Durable+: Moistureproof PCB, Low RdsOn P-Pak MOS
Durable+ is a set of premium features that ensures longevity of the motherboard such as resistance against natural elements, moisture and electric shocks.

Protection+: ESD Protection, USB Polyswitch, OC, OV, OT Protection, Super LAN Surge Protection, Super Anti-Surge Protection
A set of protective features against current overvoltage, overload, over temperature along with anti-surge protection. Iron Heart Protection on the other hand offers support for heavy CPU coolers to avoid PCB bending.

DIY+: HeaderZone, GUI BIOS, Bio-Remote2
Set of user-friendly features that help builders navigate through the BIOS, install or swap disks and accessories, and control your system remotely via an Android or iOS app.

Rear I/O Ports
The BIOSTAR H110MDE rear I/O ports have the legacy PS/2 connector support 1 x PS/2 Mouse, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x DVI-D Connector that supports up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz, 1 x VGA Port, 1 x RJ-45 Port and 3 x Audio Connectors.

The BIOSTAR H110MDE is the perfect budget motherboard offering instant savings by opting the previous generation Intel Core processors and its highly compatible micro-ATX motherboard form factor. Built with the H110MDE with ease with or without a discrete graphics card for your daily computing needs without the hefty price tag.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 14:28:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Media software company Irdeto has acquired Denuvo, the creator of world's most successful anti-tamper technology. Doug Lowther, Irdeto's CEO, says the deal is part of a move to provide better anti-piracy and anti-cheat solutions for PC, mobile, console and VR games.

Lowther points out the partnership "brings decades of security expertise under one roof to better address new and evolving security threats." Besides focusing on anti-piracy, Denuvo is also increasingly focusing on technology to prevent cheating in online multiplayer titles.
"Hackers and cybercriminals in the gaming space are savvy, and always have been," said Reinhard Blaukovitsch, managing director of Denuvo, Irdeto. "It is critical to implement robust security strategies to combat the latest gaming threats and protect the investment in games. Much like the movie industry, it's the only way to ensure that great games continue to get made.

"In joining with Irdeto, we are bringing together a unique combination of security expertise, technology and enhanced piracy services to aggressively address security challenges that customers and gamers face from hackers."
Denuvo's 4.8 protection recently got cracked so the firm will have to cook up something new to keep games safe from pirates.

Via: GamesIndustry.biz
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Posted on Tuesday, January 23 2018 @ 14:10:07 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Many new picture formats have come and gone, but the reality is that JPEG is still one of the most commonly used photo compression methods in the world. This is not because it's the best, JPEG was invented in the 1990s and there are better alternatives these days.

That may change in the near future as some are trying to change things for the better. Google, Mozilla and others in the Alliance for Open Media are pushing a photo technology based on the new AV1 video compression technology. The AV1 photo format project promises to be even better than Apple's new HEIC photo format, by offering 15 percent smaller file sizes.
JPEG isn't just limited by needlessly large file sizes. It's also weak when it comes to supporting a wider range of bright and dark tones, a broader spectrum of colors, and graphic elements like text and logos. On top of that, photos these days are bursting beyond the rectangle-of-pixels limits, but JPEG can't handle new photo technology like bursts of shots, panoramas, live photos and 3D scene data.
The main benefits of AV1 will include lossless compression and high dynamic range support. In comparison with JPEG, the new format will also be much better suited for logos, text and charts. More at CNET.
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