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TSMC confirms plan to invest $25 billion in 5nm June 22, 2018 - 10:56
Samsung 8TB NF1 workstation SSD is the first to use NGSFF form factor June 22, 2018 - 10:49
NVIDIA to reveal new mobile gaming GPUs in Q3 2018? June 22, 2018 - 10:37
Intel Core i7 8900K eight-core engineering sample spotted June 22, 2018 - 10:32
Windows 7 drops support for Pentium III June 21, 2018 - 19:59
Corsair also reveals the plastic STRAFE RGB MK.2 keyboard June 21, 2018 - 16:10
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 aluminium keyboards hit the market June 21, 2018 - 16:06
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich steps down after sexual spat with coworker June 21, 2018 - 15:29
NVIDIA gifted TITAN V CEO Edition cards to AI researchers June 21, 2018 - 14:20
Basemark offers a free GPU benchmark June 21, 2018 - 14:13
OpenBSD disables Intel Hyper-Threading due to security concerns June 21, 2018 - 13:55
Samsung says 7nm EUV will reduce costs June 21, 2018 - 13:35
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DRAM makers facing up to $8 billion in price fixing fines in China June 21, 2018 - 12:57
Samsung and SK Hynix having issues with 18nm server DRAM yields June 21, 2018 - 12:47
TEAMGROUP rolls out T-Force Vulcan SODIMMs for gaming laptops June 21, 2018 - 12:27
NVIDIA next-gen GeForce cards delayed due to crypto mining fallout? June 21, 2018 - 11:54
Fan maker Power Logic expects new AMD and NVIDIA GPUs in 2H 2018 June 20, 2018 - 12:39
Intel Larrabee architect joins the new GPU team June 20, 2018 - 11:30
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Posted on Friday, June 22 2018 @ 10:56:56 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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TSMC announced yesterday that it plans to invest $25 billion in 5nm manufacturing technology. With the big investment, TSMC hopes to secure future business from Apple, which is one of its biggest clients.

No further details were provided. According to earlier report, TSMC plans to offer 5nm risk production in late 2019. This process is aimed at high performance computing as well as mobile applications. Presumably, the process will be ready for mass production in 2020.

The 5nm process from TSMC promises 15 percent higher performance or 20 percent lower power connsumption, and a 1.8x greater density, in comparison with the firm's 7nm (non-EUV) process.

Posted on Friday, June 22 2018 @ 10:49:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Here's an interesting new datacenter product from Samsung; the 8TB NVMe NF1 solid state disk. This is the first SSD with the Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF) form factor, it enables the mounting of 72 of these SSDs into a single 2U-server, thereby creating a storage density of 576TB.

NF1 allows for twice the storage density of M.2, so definitely a big deal. JEDEC is expected to standardize NGSFF in October, this standard will succeed M.2. Samsung's name for NGSFF is NF1.

The disks are NVMe 1.3 and PCI Express 4.0 compliant and feature up to 3100MB/s read speeds, 2000MB/s writes, 500k random read IOPS and 50k random write IOPS.

Samsung 8TB NVMe NF1
Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has launched the industry’s highest capacity NVMe solid state drive (SSD) based on the incredibly small Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF)* – an eight-terabyte (TB) NF1 SSD. The new 8TB NVMe NF1 SSD has been optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications in next-generation data centers and enterprise server systems.

“By introducing the first NF1 NVMe SSD, Samsung is taking the investment efficiency in data centers to new heights,” said Sewon Chun, senior vice president of Memory Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to lead the trend toward enabling ultra-high density data centers and enterprise systems by delivering storage solutions with unparalleled performance and density levels.”

The new SSD is built with 16 of Samsung’s 512-gigabyte (GB) NAND packages, each stacked in 16 layers of 256 gigabit (Gb) 3-bit V-NAND chips, achieving an 8TB density in an ultra-small footprint of 11cm x 3.05cm. This is twice the capacity offered by the M.2 NVMe SSD (11cm x 2.2cm) commonly used in hyper-scale server designs and ultra-slim laptops. The NF1 SSD is expected to quickly and easily replace conventional 2.5-inch NVMe SSDs by enabling up to three times the system density in existing server infrastructure, allowing for an unprecedented 576TB of storage space in the latest 2U rack servers.

The NF1 SSD features a brand new, high-performance controller that supports the NVMe 1.3 protocol and PCIe 4.0 interface, delivering sequential read speeds of 3,100 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write speeds of 2,000MB/s. These speeds are more than five times and three times that of a typical SATA SSD, respectively. Random speeds come in at 500,000 IOPS for read operations and 50,000 IOPS for writes. Utilizing the new NF1 storage solution, an enterprise server system can perform over one million IOPS in a 2U rack space, significantly enhancing the return on investment for next-generation large-scale data centers. The SSD also includes a 12GB LPDDR4 DRAM to enable faster and more energy-efficient data processing.

To ensure long-term data reliability, the NF1 NVMe SSD has been designed with an endurance level of 1.3 drive write per day (DWPD), which guarantees writing an entire 8TB of data 1.3 times a day over its three-year warranty period.

Samsung plans to accompany its 256Gb 3-bit V-NAND-based SSD with a 512Gb version in the second half of this year to accommodate even faster processing for big data applications, while also accelerating the growth in next-generation enterprise and mid-market data centers.


Posted on Friday, June 22 2018 @ 10:37:45 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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The rollout of NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce gaming GPUs is still a big mystery. We don't know the exact codename, we know very little about the specifications and we have no idea when they're supposed to hit the market. Yesterday word on the street was that the cards got delayed due to fallout from the cryptocurrency mining bust, but now there's an article over at DigiTimes that talks about a late Q3 2018 launch for the laptop parts:
Industry watchers said that most gaming notebook makers are optimistic about the market demand in the second half of 2018, particularly with the rollout of Nvidia's new-generation GPU platform probably in late third quarter expected to fuel replacement demand for gaming PCs in the fourth quarter.
I guess time will learn. For now, the whole next-gen GeForce situation looks very cloudy.

Posted on Friday, June 22 2018 @ 10:32:09 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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An entry in the SiSoft Sandra benchmark database reveals what is possibly the Intel Core i7-8900K. This isn't the official name, as the device ID is empty, but it seems like a good fit for this eight-core, sixteen-threaded processor.

This chip will likely require a motherboard with the new Z390 chipset. The benchmark entry reveals the chip ran at 2.6GHz and that it features 16MB L3 cache. The low clockspeed is likely because this is an engineering sample. You can expect it later this year, it will be Intel's first mainstream series eight-core CPU.

iNTC 8900K listing

Via: TweakTown

Posted on Thursday, June 21 2018 @ 19:59:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Bad news for the small number of people running Windows 7 on a Pentium III or older, these systems are no longer getting security updates from Microsoft. The software giant promised extended support until January 14, 2020 but now it seems that it will not fix a bug that popped up some time ago.

After promising a resolution in a future release, Microsoft later backtracked and changed the language of its KB articles to include the following message "Upgrade your machines with a processor that supports SSE2 or virtualize those machines."

So instead of providing a fix, Microsoft is unilaterally cutting of Windows 7 support 1.5 years before the official deadline.
To recap: Up until June 15, Microsoft was promising that it would fix the bug that prevented Win7 Monthly Rollups and Security-only updates from installing on older pre-SSE2 machines. After June 15, Microsoft wrote off the pre-SSE2 population, without notice or fanfare, and retroactively changed the documentation to cover its tracks.
Does it really matter? I guess not considering the last Pentium III chips were sold in 2002. The number of machines still in operation, and running Windows 7, is bound to be very low.

Via: ComputerWorld

Posted on Thursday, June 21 2018 @ 16:10:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Besides the K70 RGB MK.2, Corsair also ships the STRAFE RGB MK.2. This is a slightly cheaper model with a plastic construction, Corsair sells it via its webshop for $139.99. This keyboard also has 8MB onboard memory for all your macros and profiles, and sports the same per-key RGB LED light system. Other special features include dedicated media keys and a volume scroller.
The STRAFE RGB MK.2 and STRAFE RGB MK.2 MX Silent offer a low-noise mechanical keyboard option for those who demand silence. Cherry MX Silent keyswitches reduce noise by as much as 30%, helped by a durable casing and internal steel construction. Low noise doesn’t mean less features, with STRAFE RGB MK.2 boasting vivid per-key RGB backlighting, 8MB of onboard profile storage, a detachable wrist rest and dedicated media keys. Powered by CORSAIR iCUE software, STRAFE RGB MK.2 synchronizes amazing lighting effects across your iCUE setup, wields powerful macros and remaps with ease and includes a host of extras to help make it your own. Whether you’re streaming, playing games late into the night, or just don’t want to disturb those around you, STRAFE RGB MK.2 is the strong silent type you’ve been looking for.
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Posted on Thursday, June 21 2018 @ 16:06:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Two new keyboard announcements from Corsair today. First up we have the K70 RGB MK.2 this mechanical gaming keyboard features an aluminium chassis and has the usual RGB LED light effects. It's offered in various versions, with MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue, MX Speed, or MX Silent switches. These models go for $159.99 ($169.99 for MX Silent) on Corsair's website, while the K70 RGB MK.2 SE is sold for $179.99. The difference is that the latter has a silver anodized aluminium frame and white keycaps. All versions feature 8MB onboard memory, dedicated media keys and a volume scroller.
With durable aluminum construction and vibrant RGB lighting, the K70 RGB MK.2 continues the formula that has made the K70 a favorite with gamers around the world, while offering more Cherry MX mechanical keyswitch choices than ever before. Alongside the linear movement of Cherry MX Red, the tactile feedback of Cherry MX Brown, and the Rapidfire Cherry MX Speed, K70 RGB MK.2 see the return of Cherry MX Blue, and for the first time, the low-noise keystroke of Cherry MX Silent*, giving gamers more choice than ever when equipping their setup.

The K70 RGB MK.2’s solid brushed aluminum frame is ready to withstand a lifetime of gaming, while keeping styling simple and refined, and every key is individually backlit with stunning individually addressable RGB backlighting, allowing for nearly limitless customization. New for the K70 RGB MK.2, you can now take lighting profiles and key macros or remaps with you thanks to 8MB of onboard storage and hardware playback or use CORSAIR iCUE software to synchronize lighting across your entire CORSAIR setup with a single click. Loaded with extras, from textured FPS and MOBA keycaps, to an included soft-touch wrist rest and USB pass-through port, the K70 RGB MK.2 combines the features and choice gamers demand.
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Posted on Thursday, June 21 2018 @ 15:29:51 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Today's unexpected (and quite entertaining) news is that Intel will be getting a new CEO! The company send out a press release that it's ousting Brian Krzanich due to an undisclosed, past consensual relationship with an Intel employee. Intel has a strict non-fraternization policy for its managers, so the company had no choice but to ask for Krzanich's resignation. Until Intel finds a new CEO, Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan will serve as Interim CEO.

Investors seem pleased with Krzanich's departure, as Intel shares are trading up 2.32 percent in pre-market trading. The announcement below also includes raised guidance for Q2 2018.
Intel Corporation (INTC) today announced the resignation of Brian Krzanich as CEO and a member of the Board of Directors. The Board has named Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Intel was recently informed that Mr. Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee. An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Given the expectation that all employees will respect Intel’s values and adhere to the company’s code of conduct, the Board has accepted Mr. Krzanich’s resignation.

“The Board believes strongly in Intel’s strategy and we are confident in Bob Swan’s ability to lead the company as we conduct a robust search for our next CEO. Bob has been instrumental to the development and execution of Intel’s strategy, and we know the company will continue to smoothly execute. We appreciate Brian’s many contributions to Intel,” said Intel Chairman Andy Bryant.

Intel expects to deliver a record second quarter, with revenues of approximately $16.9 billion and non-GAAP EPS of approximately $0.99. With accelerating data-centric revenue, the company is off to an excellent start in the first half of the year and expects 2018 to be another record year. Intel will provide full second quarter results and an updated outlook for the full year on the second quarter earnings call on July 26.

As Interim CEO, Swan will manage operations in close collaboration with Intel’s senior leadership team. Swan has been Intel’s CFO since October 2016 and leads the global finance, IT, and corporate strategy organizations. He previously spent nine years as CFO of eBay Inc. Earlier, he was CFO of Electronic Data Systems Corp and TRW Inc. He has also served as CEO of Webvan Group Inc.

Swan added, “Intel’s transformation to a data-centric company is well under way and our team is producing great products, excellent growth and outstanding financial results. I look forward to Intel continuing to win in the marketplace.”

The Board has a robust succession planning process in place and has begun a search for a permanent CEO, including both internal and external candidates. The Board will retain a leading executive search firm to assist in the process.


Posted on Thursday, June 21 2018 @ 14:20:17 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
At yesterday's Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Salt Lake City, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang handed out free TITAN V CEO Edition cards to 20 of world's premier AI researchers. This isn't the first time the company gave free cards to AI researchers.

AI is a market in which NVIDIA sees a lot of promise, the company is the world-leader in AI hardware and it hopes this market will grow tremendously over the next couple of years. Handing out a couple of free cards here and there seems like a good way to make researchers happy, and potentially score a huge ROI.
At the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Salt Lake City Wednesday, NVIDIA’s Jensen Huang told top AI researchers he wanted to help them achieve a very different kind of peak performance — before unveiling a big surprise.

“The number of problems you guys are able to solve as a result of deep learning is truly amazing,” Huang said, addressing more than 500 guests at NVIDIA’s “best of Utah” themed CVPR bash at the Grand America Hotel. “We’ve dedicated our company to create a computing platform to advance your work. Our goal is to enable you to do amazing research.”
There are no photos of the actual card, so we don't know if it looks different than the regular TITAN V. We do have a box shot, it features a band with CEO Edition printed on it. Perhaps these limited edition cards are autographed by NVIDIA's boss.

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Posted on Thursday, June 21 2018 @ 14:13:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
There's a new cross-platform GPU benchmark in town. Finnish developer Basemark just rolled out the free Basemark GPU test. This benchmark is available for Windows, Linux (Ubuntu/Debian), and Android.
Basemark launched today Basemark GPU, a new graphics performance evaluation tool for systems with Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL 4.5 or OpenGL ES 3.1 graphics APIs. This tool enables the industry to objectively and reliably quantify and compare graphics performance of next generation mobile, automotive and desktop processors.

"We have poured all of our soul and expertise in making this product. The work started two and half years ago and this massive project has culminated in today's launch of a true state-of-the-art product," said Arto Ruotsalainen, CEO of Basemark. "We believe Basemark GPU will become an essential tool for anyone tasked to evaluate graphics performance in systems ranging from smart phones, smart TVs and cars to PCs."

Basemark GPU supports multiple operating systems with Android, Windows and Linux support released today. Support for additional graphics APIs such as Metal and DirectX 12 and operating systems such as Apple iOS will be added in the coming months. The product uses Rocksolid Engine by Basemark, which enables the tester to execute identical workloads across many different devices and technologies, thus enabling advanced GPU profiling from many angles.

Basemark GPU is developed in close cooperation with key player semiconductor companies, such as Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Renesas within Basemark's benchmark development program. This close cooperation with the leading GPU and CPU companies of the world ensures that the benchmark will be extremely reliable and also represent the utmost in objectivity.
You can download it over here.

Basemark GPU benchmark

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