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Apple shows thinner 24-inch iMac with M1 SoC and four USB-C ports

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Apple revealed some new hardware yesterday, but the company is still leaving us waiting for a more powerful version of the Apple Silicon. The company did roll out a new iMac, the first new Apple product that features both a new design and the M1 SoC.

The iMac has an aluminum shell and the Cupertino-based firm is bringing back color. The new iMac is offered in a silver version as well as six vibrant color options. Thanks to the adoption of the M1 SoC, Apple was able to make the iMac a lot thinner. The new all-in-one Mac is just 11.5mm thick -- the total volume has been reduced by 50 percent!

Only a 24" edition is offered, the screen has a 4480 x 2520 pixel resolution, 500 nits brightness, and TrueTone support. The device has an integrated 1080p Full HD webcam, three microphones with directional beamforming, and six speakers.

Just like the M1-based laptops, the iMac M1 doesn't have a lot of ports and both storage and RAM are pretty limited too. The $1,299 base model has a 256GB SSD and 8GB unified memory, and you get only two USB4 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt support plus a headphone jack. This model uses the same 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU configuration as the cheapest MacBook Air.

A $200 upgrade bumps the GPU to 8 cores and gives you an additional two USB 3 Type-C ports plus Gigabit Ethernet. If you want a 512GB SSD, you will need to cough up $1,699. Ethernet is not offered on the cheapest model, this will require the $1,499 model. Interestingly, Apple integrated the Ethernet port in the power brick. Another minor difference is that the Magic Keyboard that ships with the $1,299 base model doesn't have the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

Overall, another interesting product offering from Apple but with various compromises. Power users will want to wait for the upcoming iMac Pro -- which should get a more powerful SoC.

Apple iMac M1

AMD driver adds Radeon RX 6600M (Navi 23) support

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AMD
The newly released AMD Adrenalin 21.4.1 graphics driver hints at future Navi 23 video cards from AMD.

AMD confirms Navi 23-based Radeon RX 6600M

VideoCardz writes the driver files contain references to the unreleased Radeon RX 6600M, a mid-range offering for the laptop market.

Not a lot is known about the Radeon RX 6600M. The part is believed to feature 2048 stream processors at most, possibly with a 128-bit memory bus, and 8GB GDDR6 memory clocked at 12Gbps. These specifications are largely speculative and not based on firm leaks.

Navi 24 IDs also listed

Interestingly, the driver also features some device IDs of Navi 24 based video cards. A total of seven variants are listed, but that doesn't necessarily mean all seven will be released.
nterestingly, AMD also included Navi 24 IDs in the same driver, which further indicates that this GPU is coming soon. Seven sub-IDs (00-CF) suggest that AMD is developing at least a few mobile and desktop variants.

UMC targets 40 percent foundry price hike for 2022

1 hour ago
UMC
While a lot of gets written about TSMC and Samsung, there are also a lot of smaller semiconductor foundries that focus on more mature nodes. One of the biggest players here is UMC, a Taiwan-based company that's been in business for 41 years.

Last year, UMC pulled in over $6.2 billion in revenue. For comparison, TSMC generated about $47.6 billion in sales last year.

UMC aims at 40 percent price hikes

Now word is going around that UMC plans to hike its prices substantially in 2022. DigiTimes heard some foundry services offered by UMC will see a 40 percent price increase. The company is currently negotiating contracts with clients for next year, the the current chip shortages are giving UMC a lot more firepower to secure good conditions.
Taiwan-based pure-play foundry house UMC has told clients that it will raise manufacturing quotes in 2022. Some mature segments at UMC will see at least a 40% rise in foundry quotes. Some IC designers, such as Phison and Silicon Motion, who are keen on securing supply, have already placed orders with their foundry partners for 2022.

Discord says nope to Microsoft and aims at IPO

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Discord
A month ago, news hit the wire about Microsoft pursuing Discord. Word went around that the software giant offered Discord $10 billion for a takeover. Discord is a very popular IRC-style instant messaging service, primarily used for, but not limited to, gaming communities.

Discord ends negotiations with Microsoft

These plans come to an end as Discord has reportedly ceased talks with Microsoft. WSJ reports Discord wants to remain independent and is looking at an IPO to raise money.
Microsoft had been in advanced talks to acquire Discord for at least $10 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported last month. Those talks ended without a deal, though it is possible they could be rekindled in the future, some of the people said.

Microsoft, whose market value Tuesday stood at nearly $2 trillion, has been on the hunt for acquisitions that would help it reach more consumers. Last summer, it explored a bid to purchase parts of the video-sharing app TikTok amid a high-profile geopolitical standoff prompted by the Trump administration.
According to WSJ, Discord was in talks with three companies about a potential deal. None of these talks resulted in success. Meanwhile, Discord has hired Tomasz Marcinowski as the firm's new CFO. Presumably, one of Marcinowski's tasks will be to get the firm ready for a public offering.

BWIN partners with Acer on Predator gaming DDR4 and SSD

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BWIN closed a deal to make Acer-branded memory products. Besides mainstream products, BWIN also has a line of Acer Predator series DDR4 memory modules and M.2 PCIe solid state disks. With the Predator DDR4 products, BWIN aims at gamers with fancy heatsink designs and ARGB LED illumination.

The press release is sparse about performance -- it doesn't seem this is a priority. The fastest Predator SSD is the GM3500, a PCIe 3.0 model with a maximum read speed of 3400MB/s and maximum write speed of 3000MB/s.
BIWIN, a leading chip manufacturer for flash storage, reached an agreement with Acer to bring Predator-branded memory and personal SSD storage products to customers in the United States and Canada.

The product offerings will take advantage of BIWIN’s manufacturing capabilities and Predator’s global brand recognition to provide the latest memory and storage solutions for both casual and professional gamers.

The Predator brand is known for providing hardcore PC gamers and esports professionals with high-end gaming solutions that give them a competitive edge.

The new high-end flagship memory and storage portfolio under the Predator brand begins with state-of-the-art memory modules and blazing fast solid-state drives.

With a powerful “cyberpunk inspired” design to match the power of its performance, the new Predator Apollo memory module series offers speed, style and special lighting. Its ultra-high frequency, ultra-low timing, and overclocking capabilities will satisfy even the most speed-thirsty gamers.

The Predator Apollo series feature RGB lighting that synchronizes with most mainstream motherboard software to allow eight eye-catching independent lighting areas, 16 million RGB color values and 10+ light effects.

Built with the best components, the Predator Apollo memory modules come with an impressive 10-layer PCB, aluminum heatsink, 15?m gold-plated contacts and the highest quality B-dies to ensure top level performance. With Apollo as part of their gear (incorporating Intel XMP 2.0), gamers can now jump to overclocking with one click.

To complement the Predator Apollo series, a range of Predator Talos memory modules are built with an 8-layer PCB, ultra-low timing, and high-efficiency zinc-alloy heatsink to guarantee better performance, higher endurance, and an extremely satisfying experience for users.

In solid state storage, the new Predator GM3500 delivers faster load times for games, applications, and movies. It’s lighter than regular drives and better able to withstand movement and drops. It also uses less energy, allowing computers to run cooler.

This high-performance GM3500 model is PCIe Gen 3x4, NVMe 1.3 compliant with 3400/3000 MB/s read-write speeds while the Advanced LDPC (Low Density Parity Check) on-board improves performance using powerful error correcting code algorithms. More customers now realize the benefits of solid-state drives and want to upgrade their current desktop and laptop systems. Predator-branded SSDs bring them the speed (and capacity) they need to make their work run faster and their gameplay stress-free.

With the rapid growth in the gaming and esports industry, the Predator high-end storage and memory product lines will expand, providing consumers with even more options to upgrade.
BWIN Predator DDR4

AMD Adrenalin 21.4.1 packs new features but lacks FSR

19 hours ago
AMD
AMD published its Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.4.1, this is the yearly big feature update. Earlier this year, there were some rumors that this version would feature AMD's rival to NVIDIA's DLSS technology but this did not come to pass. AMD is still working on FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) and rumor has it that it may not be ready before sometime late this year. You can grab the driver over here.

The biggest new features are a couple of enhancements for AMD Link. Other than this there are various improvements for the Radeon Software, some new recording & streaming features, fresh performance tuning options, and a lot of bug fixes.

Also worth noting is that this release adds custom installation options, allowing you to disable the installation of some parts. AMD allows a driver-only installation, a minimum install with the bare basics in the Radeon Software tool, and a full install with all the extras like AMD Link, Record & Stream, Performance tuning, etc.
Support For:

AMD Link
  • A brand-new AMD Link for Windows client is now available that allows you to stream your games and desktop to other Radeon graphics enabled PCs.
  • New "Link Game" feature that allows you to easily connect with a friend to play games together on a single PC or even help them troubleshoot a PC issue or problem.
  • Redesigned streaming technology for better visuals and lower latency.
  • New quality of service feature that dynamically adjusts your streaming settings based on your internet connection.
  • Now supports up to 4k/144fps streaming.

    Radeon Software
  • Customized user interface options are now available in the Radeon Software installation to modify the user interface. Options exist for a Full Installation, Minimal Installation and Driver only installation.
  • Vivid Gaming Display Color Enhancement GD-187: A new color profile that allows users to enable a more vivid look for their display color.
  • Color Deficiency Correction GD-187: A new feature that allows users to adjust their display colors for all three major color deficiency types with strength sliders.
  • Improved search bar functionality.
  • Stats information for games is now available in the games tab.
  • Historical navigation buttons added to easily move back and forth between tabs.
  • Toggle added to enable or disable the built-in web browser.
  • Settings option added to enable or disable all hotkeys in a single click.

    Record & Stream
  • Recording and streaming settings have been consolidated into one easy to use tab.
  • A new Streaming Wizard is now available which helps users configure their recording and streaming settings for the first time. A new ‘adaptive’ quality setting is available in the wizard that allows Radeon Software to monitor your stream and make changes to quality based on your stream’s performance.
  • Improved scene editor usability for creating and editing scenes.
  • An option is now available to select which display you would like to record or stream from in multiple display system configurations.

    Performance Tuning
  • Introduced CPU metrics and monitoring to the performance metrics tab in Radeon Software.
  • Improvements made to the performance metrics tab including design updates to the graphs for metrics, more performance readouts, improved logging controls and improved performance overlay controls and graphs.
  • AMD Crash Defender
  • Preserves data and keeps your system running in some cases where your system may have otherwise experienced a crash or hang.
  • Microsoft® PlayReady AV1 Decode Support
  • AMD Eyefinity support extended to Ryzen™ Mobile 4000 and Ryzen™ Mobile 5000 series.

    Fixed Issues
  • Brightness flickering may intermittently occur in some games or applications when Radeon™ FreeSync is enabled, and the game is set to use borderless fullscreen.
  • SteamVR™ may experience an application crash when a VR headset is connected on Radeon RX 500 series graphics products.
  • Some high refresh rate, high resolution TV displays may experience corruption when connected via HDMI on Radeon RX 6000 series graphics products.
  • Applying changes in Radeon Performance Tuning may sometimes fail to take effect for changes made to power tuning.
  • Lower than expected performance may be experienced in some CPU intensive workloads or games.
  • Global performance tuning overclock profiles may sometimes override game specific performance tuning profiles or cause game specific performance tuning profiles to fail to load on a games launch.
  • Radeon Chill may experience lower than expected performance when a game is left idle for an extended period with Radeon Chill enabled.
  • Flickering may be observed in Radeon Software performance overlay while playing Cyberpunk 2077™ on Radeon RX 6000 series graphics products.
  • DDR4 pricing could soar over 25 percent in Q2 2021

    19 hours ago
    TrendForce has issued a new report about the DRAM market. The research firm now expects the market will heat up more than it previously expected, due to an uptick in demand. Both PC and server DRAM is expected to see big price increases in Q2 2021, at least 23 percent for PC DRAM and possibly as much as 28 percent based on current projections:
    TrendForce’s investigations find that DRAM suppliers and major PC OEMs are currently participating in the critical period of negotiating with each other over contract prices for 2Q21. Although these negotiations have yet to be finalized, the ASP of mainstream DDR4 1G*8 2666Mbps modules has already increased by nearly 25% QoQ as of now, according to data on ongoing transactions. This represents a higher price hike than TrendForce's prior forecast of “nearly 20%”. On the other hand, prices are likewise rising across various DRAM product categories in 2Q21, including DDR3/4 specialty DRAM, mobile DRAM, graphics DRAM, and in particular server DRAM, which is highly related to PC DRAM and is therefore also undergoing a higher price hike than previously expected. TrendForce is therefore revising up its forecast of overall DRAM price hike for 2Q21 from 13-18% QoQ to 18-23% QoQ instead. However, the actual increase in prices of various DRAM product categories will depend on the production capacities allocated to the respective products by DRAM suppliers.

    PC DRAM prices are now expected to undergo a 23-28% QoQ growth in 2Q21 due to the increased production of notebook computers
    PC DRAM contract prices are rising by a higher margin than previously expected for 2Q21 primarily because major PC OEMs are now aggressively expanding their production targets. Furthermore, as second quarters are generally peak seasons for notebook production, PC ODMs are now estimated to increase their quarterly production of notebook computers by about 7.9% QoQ in 2Q21. Finally, with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination rates remain relatively low across the globe, meaning WFH and distance education are likely to persist and create continued demand for notebook computers, thereby further expanding the hike in PC DRAM prices.

    DRAM Suppliers will enjoy increased bargaining power in price negotiations as server DRAM prices are expected to increase by 20-25% QoQ in 2Q21
    Apart from the issue of short DRAM supply, server DRAM procurement in 2Q21 has benefitted from the positive turn in the view of enterprises toward IT investments as well as the stronger-than-expected demand related to cloud migration. There was already a supply gap in 1Q21, and these developments will further drive up demand in 2Q21. Hence, difficulty has increased for buyers and suppliers in reaching an agreement on price. Suppliers are in a more advantageous position in contract negotiations since the DRAM market is an oligopoly. Therefore, compared to the previous forecast of nearly 20%, TrendForce is now expecting server DRAM contract prices to increase by 20-25% QoQ in 2Q21. -- TrendForce
    TrendForce DRAM price prediction

    AOC launches gaming keyboards, mice, and mousepad

    20 hours ago
    Are you ready for another gaming peripheral maker? Display company AOC announced they're introducing a line of AGON gaming peripherals. The firm has launched two gaming keyboards, two gaming mice, and an RGB mousepad. The mice and keyboards are differentiated using "performance" and "everyday gaming" tiers. AOC says these products are immediately available in North America.
    AOC, a global leader in high performance gaming monitors, today adds true mechanical keyboards, gaming mice and mousepads to its eSports and gaming line-up in North America. The new products include:

    1. Gaming Keyboards: the AGON AGK700 tournament-grade mechanical keyboard for eSports, and the mid-level AOC GK500 gaming mechanical keyboard
    2. Gaming Mice: the AGON AGM700 tournament-grade RGB gaming mouse for eSports, and the mid-level AOC GM500 RGB gaming mouse
    3. Gaming Mouse Mat: the AGON AMM700 RGB mouse mat

    The product launch is set for April 19, 2021.

    In competition, the right equipment often makes all the difference. AGON and AOC gaming monitors with have set a standard, enabling fast and accurate visual feedback to gamers, allowing their unhindered skill to determine their performance. AGON and AOC peripherals similarly enable competition-level performance, while providing complimentary design for a striking desktop system look.

    “Ever since AOC entered the gaming market, we have strived to put the best-performing, feature-rich, and most reliable products in the hands of our fans. As we continue our growth in the eSports and gaming space, adding these high performance and highly customizable products to our gaming arsenal is a seminal moment,” says David Ray, Director of Marketing at AOC North America.

    AGON Performance Gaming Peripherals Suite

    AGON Competition-Grade Mechanical Keyboard with MX Cherry Blue Switches (AGK700)
    The premium AGON Tournament Grade Mechanical Keyboard with MX CHERRY Blue Switches (AGK700) includes 115 high-quality double injection molded keycaps, with CHERRY MX Blue switches for better audible and tactile feedback, and also features n-key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting. It offers a USB pass through (1x USB 2.0), as well as a sleek, circular volume wheel in the aggressive red that gamers know from AOC’s AGON monitor line-up. The aluminum body of the AGK700 is built tough for high-energy competitions. All keys are programmable and the custom keyboard layout can be recorded on-board. Users can save up to 5 profiles via AOC G-Tools software. Once set-up, the profiles can be selected on-the-fly without the need to access AOC G-Tools.

    The AGK700 also comes with a magnetic, detachable wrist rest with a leather finish for a premium feel. Dedicated macro keys allow the keyboard to control gaming modes (RTS, FPS, Racing) and RGB illumination on supporting monitors, bringing the whole AGON ecosystem together. The light synchronization allows the entire set up, from the monitor to the mouse, keyboard and mouse mat, to pulse with color in unison. Users can choose from lighting effects that include breathing, radar, fireworks, wave, or W wave. The AGK700 includes an extra set of W, A, S, D keys and a braided USB cable with a gold-plated connector (USB 2.0 Type A).

    AGON Tournament-Grade RGB GAMING MOUSE (AGM700)
    AGON tournament-grade gaming mouse AGM700 is a right-handed mouse with features that allow increased customization. The Pixart 3389 sensor is capable of 16,000 Real DPI resolution, a 400 inches/sec tracking speed and 50G acceleration to easily match competitive gamers’ swift movements. The left and right buttons feature OMRON switches with a lifetime of 50 million actuations. With the on-the-fly DPI switch, users can switch between DPIs easily. Additionally, with the dedicated DPI sniper button, a lower DPI can be selected with a single button to track opponents more precisely, especially helpful when sniping in shooter games. The weight of the mouse can be fine-tuned with five included weights (1g per unit) to achieve optimal tactility and traction. AGM700’s customizable RGB LED offers 16.8 million colors, which can be synchronized with other AOC peripherals. All eight buttons of the AGM700 are customizable via AOC G-Tools software, and three custom profiles can be recorded on-board through the mouse so it can be used in other PCs without the software. The AGM700 comes with a 1.8m braided USB cable and gold-plated connector.

    AGON Mouse Mat (AMM700)
    The AGON AMM700 mouse mat rounds out the AOC AGON gaming suite. Its micro-textured cloth surface allows mice to glide smoothly over its surface, while providing accurate tracking feedback. Its anti-slip rubber base ensures the mouse pad stays fixed, even under vigorous and extended mouse movement. The surrounding RGB LED can be customized with 16.8 million colors, features four lighting effects, and can be synchronized with the other AOC peripherals/ monitors via the G-Tools software, thanks to the 32-bit micro-controller unit.

    AOC Everyday Gaming Peripherals Suite

    AOC Gaming Keyboard GK500
    The Gaming Keyboard GK500 is equipped with Outemu Blue mechanical switches, n-key rollover (no limit on simultaneous key presses) and 100% anti-ghosting. All 104 keys are programmable via the included AOC G-Tools software. The GK500 also boasts five macro keys for gamers to bind their custom keys for quick access and a magnetic, detachable wrist rest to increase comfort for long gaming sessions. The aluminium top cover and switches guarantee this piece to be a durable companion in battles. The keyboard is also equipped with RGB illumination, supporting 16.8 million colors and a wide variety of lighting effects, all customizable through the AOC G-Tools software. The GK500 also includes an extra set of W, A, S, D keys and a braided USB cable with a gold-plated connector (USB 2.0 Type A).

    AOC Gaming Mouse GM500
    The AOC Gaming Mouse GM500 is ambidextrous (suited for left or right-handed use) and features a Pixart 3325 sensor supporting 5,000 Real DPI resolution, 100 inches/ sec. tracking speed and 20G acceleration to be able to track fast movements precisely. For increased durability, high-quality OMRON switches with a 50 million actuations lifetime are built into the left and right buttons. All eight buttons of the GM500 are programmable though AOC G-Tools software. With this software, the built-in RGB LED is also fully customizable (16.8 million colors, three light speed options, four light effects) and it can be synchronized with other AOC gaming devices. The GM500 comes with a 1.8m braided USB cable and gold-plated connector.

    With the addition of its new suite of gaming peripherals, AOC now offers multiple solutions in one desktop gaming family, which will appeal to a broad swath of gamers ranging from mid-level users to eSports professionals.

    Prices and availability

    April 2021
    AGON AGK700 Keyboard: $179.99
    AGON AGM700 Mouse: $39.99
    AGON AMM700 Mouse pad: $29.99

    AOC GK500 Keyboard: $49.99
    AOC GM500 Mouse: $24.99

    All AOC gaming peripherals come with 2-year warranty. In North America, the blue switch variant for the GK500 and AGK700 mechanical keyboards will be available at launch.
    AOC gaming peripherals

    NVIDIA AI creates 3D model from 2D picture

    1 day ago
    NVIDIA illustrates the capabilities of GANverse3D, a machine learning-based tool that can transform 2D pictures into 3D objects. With a single picture, and without the need to perform any 3D modeling work, this automatic tool creates a 3D animatable model. NVIDIA explains how it works on its research blog.
    Fasten your seatbelts. NVIDIA Research is revving up a new deep learning engine that creates 3D object models from standard 2D images — and can bring iconic cars like the Knight Rider’s AI-powered KITT to life — in NVIDIA Omniverse.

    Developed by the NVIDIA AI Research Lab in Toronto, the GANverse3D application inflates flat images into realistic 3D models that can be visualized and controlled in virtual environments. This capability could help architects, creators, game developers and designers easily add new objects to their mockups without needing expertise in 3D modeling, or a large budget to spend on renderings.

    A single photo of a car, for example, could be turned into a 3D model that can drive around a virtual scene, complete with realistic headlights, tail lights and blinkers.
    This looks interesting for some quick prototyping but whether it has real-world applications beyond that remains to be seen. The example shown by NVIDIA looks pretty low-resolution.

    Raijintek ANTILA D5 EVO RBW-15 pump-reservoir packs ARGB

    1 day ago
    Raijintek introduces a new watercooling pump with a 200mm reservoir, the ANTILA D5 EVO RBW-15. This is a showcase product with see-through windows and ARGB LED illumination. The rectangle-shaped unit measures 80mm x 95mm x 242mm (W x D x H) and has a coolant capacity of 500ml. It's made from POM, glass, aluminum, and steel. It has G 1/4" threading and features a pump with a maximum discharge of 1500l/h.

    There are eight addressable RGB LEDs, which can be controlled via a 4-pin motherboard header or the Raijintek remote control. The pricing and availability are unknown.
    RAIJINTEK’S NEW ANTILA D5 EVO RBW-15 pump (with 200mm reservoir), integrated a Unique rainbow A-RGB ( 5V Addressable) LED light cap. The highest level solution for PC enthusiasts and custom PC Modder’s to create a super RGB LED light water cooling system. ANTILA D5 EVO RBW-15 features the maximum pressure of up to 50 PSI, and achieve a super flow discharge up to 1500L/hr & a Head-lift of 4 meter (13 feet) at maximum speed, thus it is the heart of your liquid cooling loop. Outstanding performance and reliability, ANTILA D5 EVO RBW-15 is manufactured from highest quality POM and PMMA material to provide a crystal clear, steadily, silently, high performance, durable solution. ANTILA D5 EVO RBW-15 allows PC enthusiasts not only to construct a remarkably superior liquid cooling system but also combine externally-modular upgrades for their chassis. A sturdy Bracket also provides users a reliable, direction options and friendly installation. ANTILA D5 EVO RBW-15 is the best showcase water cooling LED PUMP for your system!
    ANTILA D5 EVO RBW-15

    VESA clarifies DisplayHDR 2000 does not exist

    1 day ago
    VESA logo
    Last week, reports hit the web about the new Samsung Odyssey G9 2021 and Acer EI491CRG9 32:9 displays. Both are ultra-wide screens with a 5K resolution. According to specifications posted on Chinese marketplace Taobao, these displays have a peak brightness of 2000 nits and have DisplayHDR 2000 certification.

    VESA says there is no such thing as DisplayHDR 2000

    Now VESA has issued a statement that the logos soon on Taobao are fake because there is no DisplayHDR 2000 certification, or at least not yet. The highest possible tier that exists is DisplayHDR 1400.
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — During the past week, the Chinese retail website Taobao has listed two display products that have a VESA certified “DisplayHDR 2000” logo — an updated Samsung Odyssey G9 monitor as well as a new Acer EI491CRG9 monitor. In addition, several media outlets have reported that these monitors have received “DisplayHDR 2000” certification from the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). VESA wishes to set the record straight on this development. There is no “DisplayHDR 2000” tier in the VESA DisplayHDR specification and logo program at this time.

    VESA has no knowledge of the origins of the DisplayHDR 2000 logo currently posted on these display listings on the Taobao website. However, VESA takes any misuse of our trademarks and logos seriously. VESA does not endorse the use of this logo unless and until a DisplayHDR 2000 tier has been officially announced by VESA, and any products claiming to meet this tier level have been officially certified by VESA and are listed on our website at https://displayhdr.org/certified-products/.

    Until the displayhdr.org website displays DisplayHDR 2000, any such logo usage should be assumed to be unapproved and deceptive. -- VESA
    Via: VideoCardz

    UK investigating NVIDIA-Arm deal on national security grounds

    1 day ago
    NVIDIA logo
    It's been over a half year since NVIDIA revealed its plan to take over Arm for a massive $40 billion. The acquisition would give NVIDIA the final piece of the puzzle it needs to offer fully vertically integrated solutions for the datacenter market. But a takeover of Arm is no easy deal. A lot of current Arm licensees object the deal and it's subject to regulatory approval in various countries.

    NVIDIA CEO confident about completion of Arm acquisition in 2022

    In an interview at last week GTC 2021, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told VentureBeat he's still confident that the deal will clear in 2022. According to Huang, that's what NVIDIA expected in the first place, that it would take about 18 months for the deal to move through all hurdles.
    Huang: ARM and Nvidia are independently and separately excellent businesses, as you know well. We will continue to have excellent separate businesses as we go through this process. However, together we can do many things, and I’ll come back to that. To the beginning of your question, I’m very confident that the regulators will see the wisdom of the transaction. It will provide a surge of innovation. It will create new options for the marketplace. It will allow ARM to be expanded into markets that otherwise are difficult for them to reach themselves. Like many of the partnerships I announced, those are all things bringing AI to the ARM ecosystem, bringing Nvidia’s accelerated computing platform to the ARM ecosystem — it’s something only we and a bunch of computing companies working together can do. The regulators will see the wisdom of it, and our discussions with them are as expected and constructive. I’m confident that we’ll still get the deal done in 2022, which is when we expected it in the first place, about 18 months.

    UK invokes national security concerns

    The latest roadblock for the NVIDIA-Arm deal involves national security concerns from the UK. Arm is based in Cambridge, UK, and is currently owned by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. Reuters reports UK digital minister Oliver Dowden issued a so-called intervention notice over the sale of Arm. NVIDIA issued a statement claiming it does not believe the deal poses any material national security risks.
    "As a next step and to help me gather the relevant information, the UK's independent competition authority will now prepare a report on the implications of the transaction, which will help inform any further decisions," he said.

    Nvidia said it does not believe the deal poses any material national security issues.

    "We will continue to work closely with the British authorities, as we have done since the announcement of this deal," said Nvidia, the biggest U.S. chip company by market capitalisation.

    Windows 10 updates causing a bunch of issues again

    2 days ago
    MSFT logo
    It's becoming an all too common subject, after Microsoft's Patch Tuesdays far too often we see reports popping up about significant bugs. This time it happened again, the new mandatory KB5001330 and KB5001337 cumulative updates for Windows 10 seem to be causing a bunch of issues for at least a select group of users.

    Bleeping Computer writes the patches are resulting in DNS resolution issues that prevent access to shared folders on servers when a user tries to access the folder by the server's name. This problem seems to occur primarily on systems with disabled multicase name resolution (LLMNR):
    After users began reporting the issue on BleepingComputer's forum, users determined that many affected users are using the Dentrix Dental Practice Management software in their offices.

    A longstanding support recommendation for Dentrix customers to reduce network lag has been to disable multicase name resolution (LLMNR) on Windows workstations. This is done by enabling the 'Turn off multicast name resolution' group policy under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > DNS Client. -- Bleeping Computer

    Gaming problems too

    Beta News writes the patches are also linked to video gaming issues. Reported issues include game crashes, performance issues, error messages, screen flickering, etc. Some Windows 10 users are also seen the screen flicker issue when resizing Edge or Chrome browser windows.
    As reported by Ghacks, many complaints can be found online in Microsoft's support forum and message boards, with Windows 10 users reporting various problems following the installation of the update. Some people have been plagued by bootloops and error code 0xc000021a after installing KB5001330, while others have encountered problems and error code 0x800f0984 when trying to install the update itself.
    As is typical, these issues don't occur in every system. Often, it's a combination of certain hardware and driver versions that contribute to at least some of the bugs. Some affected users were able to resolve issues by updating to a newer graphics driver, or rolling back to an earlier version.

    NVIDIA links KB5000842 to performance issues

    On a related note, NVIDIA posted a couple of days ago that KB5000842, a Windows 10 update that got pushed out in March, is also linked to performance issues in video games. The green team recommends rolling back Windows 10 update KB5000842 if you're suddenly seeing performance problems after the installation of this patch.

    NVIDIA RTX Direct Illumination adds a million dynamic lights

    2 days ago
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    Last week, NVIDIA revealed its RTX Direct Illumination technology. This new SDK for game developers promises to make it possible to integrate millions of dynamic, ray traced lights into game environments -- without having to worry about performance or resource constraints.

    RTXDI can make any object in a game emit light and cast dynamic shadows, it's a technique that replaces all other shadow and ambient occlusion techniques. The technique works on all video cards that support DirectX or Vulkan ray tracing, so at least theoretically, AMD or Intel cards could support it too. A plug-in for Unreal Engine 4 is on the way.

    NVIDIA promises RTXDI will remove the limit on the number of lights artists can use to author a real-time game environment. Allegedly, the performance cost between a couple of hundreds or several millions of light sources is very similar when using RTXDI:
    RTX Direct Illumination promises to forego the so-called 'hero lights' phenomenon in games, where only a few select light sources were actually casting shadows. This will enable much more realistic scenes. But what about performance? Well, according to RTX UE4 Game Engine Evangelist Richard Cowgill, with RTXDI it shouldn't really matter if you need dozens, hundreds, thousands, or millions of lights; the cost is expected to be about the same. As a result, the performance should essentially flatten and be more consistent, particularly with NVIDIA DLSS enabled. -- WCCF Tech
    Here are the main benefits, according to NVIDIA:
    True Geometry For Lights
    No more need for fake proxies. A more realistic simulation allows artists to create environments that approach photorealism. Lights with complex shapes, such as neon signs, work as they do in the real world.

    Works as an Oracle for Shadow Rays
    RTXDI tells the renderer where to send rays. Reducing the manual tuning required to light scenes will improve the efficiency of any art pipeline.

    No More Hero Lights
    Every light is a shadow caster. Scenes look richer and more grounded. Real-time renderings now reach the complexity level that only baked backgrounds previously allowed.

    Built to be Paired with RTXGI
    Can be combined with RTXGI for fast and scalable global illumination with many lights. RTXDI provides great results on its own, while amplifying the value of other NVIDIA ray tracing SDKs.


    There is also a new RTX showcase demo, you can get it over here. This tech demo uses the Unreal Engine 4 and incorporates RTX Global Illumination (RTXGI), RTX Direct Illumination (RTXDI), NVIDIA Real-Time Denoiser (NRD), and NVIDIA DLSS.



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