Posted on Thursday, January 18 2018 @ 15:10:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Dutch semiconductor equipment leader ASML announced it shipped a record 10 next-gen extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography machines in Q4 2017. As you may know, EUV is the next big step in chip manufacturing. Traditional immersion lithography is hitting the limits of what's physically possible, so the entire industry will need to switch to EUV in the near future. EUV technology has been in the works for a long time, it turned out to be a lot more complicated than originally anticipated, and was delayed many times.
Now the technology has finally matured enough to be feasible for mass production. The first implementation of EUV is expected late this year or early 2019.
Peter Wennink, ASML's president and CEO, said "preparations for inserting EUV into high-volume chip manufacturing shifted into a higher gear" in 2017.
ASML's latest EUV machines are capable of hitting a throughput of 125 wafers per hour, the goal that was set to enable mass production.
Posted on Thursday, January 18 2018 @ 14:38:47 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
An engineering sample of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor popped up in the database of the SiSoft Sandra benchmark. The sample is named "ZD2600BBM68AF_38/34_Y", it appears to be a six-core, twelve-threaded processor with a 3.4GHz base clock, 3.8GHz Turbo and 65W TDP.
If the values are representative of the final retail version, it means a 200MHz increase versus the current Ryzen 5 1600 model.
VideoCardz notes the listing also reveals the ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero. Little else is known about this motherboard.
Posted on Thursday, January 18 2018 @ 13:56:33 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
HotHardware had the opportunity to test the new XPS 15 2-in-1 convertible laptop from Dell. What makes this machine special is that it's one of the first to feature the Intel Kaby Lake-G multi-chip module with AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics.
This test was performed at CES 2018 on a system with the Core i7-8705G processor (3.1GHz base, 4.1GHz Turbo), the Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU, 16GB DDR4, and a fast NVMe SSD.
In a Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark run, the Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU achieved almost 35 frames per second with image quality settings on High. For comparison, a comparable system with the NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 achieves just 23 frames per second. You can check the results over here.
Running at 1920x1080 resolution, the XPS 15 2-in-1 was able to maintain an average frame rate of nearly 35 frames per second with High image quality settings dialed in (29.69 on Very High in the video above). Not bad, for a roughly 4.5 pound machine that measures only 16 mm thick. Compared to a similar 8th generation Core system with Intel's own integrated UHD 620 graphics, it was no contest. Even on Medium quality settings, the Intel UHD 620 was only able to manage about 8 frames per second. In fact, Intel's own 8th Gen IGP can't even run the game on High IQ because it runs out of frame buffer memory.
Posted on Thursday, January 18 2018 @ 13:17:22 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gibson Research issued a free tool that provides a very convenient way to check whether your system is vulnerable to the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. After downloading it, the light-weight tool performs a check and provides text-based output. You can download it over here, it will immediately let you know whether you need further updates to protect yourself.
Protection from these two significant vulnerabilities requires updates to every system's hardware–its BIOS which reloads updated processor firmware–and its operating system–to use the new processor features. To further complicate matters, newer processors contain features to minimize the performance impact of these important security improvements. But older processors, lacking these newer features, will be significantly burdened and system performance will suffer under some workloads.
This InSpectre utility was designed to clarify every system's current situation so that appropriate measures can be taken to update the system's hardware and software for maximum security and performance.
While the software is safe, it appears the Windows Defender “SmartScreen” protection flags the tool as malware. You need to download it via a non-Microsoft browser like Chrome, Firefox or Opera.
Posted on Thursday, January 18 2018 @ 13:00:22 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The first Windows 10 on ARM devices are expected this Spring. These devices feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and it's definitely exciting. These ARM-based devices will use hardware-assisted emulation to run the "full-fat" version of Windows 10, and are fully capable of running traditional x86 software. There is no need to recompile any software, Microsoft and Qualcomm claim everything will just run.
One of the major concerns centers around performance. Emulation is usually a lot slower than the real thing but Qualcomm is making bold claims. Bit tech noticed the firm said users should expect the same performance and battery life as would be on an Intel-based PC:
Qualcomm has been quick to reassure users that the efficiency of the translation engine is high: Speaking to Neowin, a company representative claimed that 'performance and battery life impact should be the same as it would be on a PC with an Intel processor' - meaning, if the claim can be taken at face value, the x86-to-Arm hardware translation engine is efficient enough to have no discernible impact.
Posted on Thursday, January 18 2018 @ 12:42:31 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
More details emerged about the Intel SSD 760p, an upcoming NAND flash based SSD that uses the single-sided M.2 2280 form factor. These models use the PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe interface and will ship in capacities from 128GB to 2TB.
Tom's Hardware found a datasheet that reveals the advertised performance figures. The higher the capacity, the better the performance. The 128GB version offers 1500MB/s read speeds, 650MB/s write speeds, and 100,000 random read/write IOPS. This climbs to 3200MB/s read, 1670MB/s write, 350,000 random read IOPS and 280,000 random write IOPS for the 512GB version. The maximum write speed of the 1TB and 2TB models is still unknown, but we do know these versions offer read speeds of up to 3200MB/s, 350,000 random read IOPS and 280,000 random write IOPS.
The site also learned that prices will start around $90 for the Intel SSD 760p 128GB, which is similar to the pricing of Samsung's 850 EVO 120GB. Initial availability is expected in early February.
Posted on Thursday, January 18 2018 @ 10:46:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
If you want a fancy gaming keyboard with RGB LEDs and don't need mechanical switches, the new Ozone Alliance may pique your interest. The Alliance keyboard comes with semi-mechanical CrossTech Blue Switches, RGB LEDs with 9 lighting effects and sound reactive technology, macro support, and 25 key anti-ghosting.
Ozone will ship Alliance by the end of the month, the expected retail pricing is 49.90EUR.
Alliance brings fresh new features to the hybrid keyboards category. With innovative technology that delivers advantages such as multicolored backlighting, semi-mechanical CrossTech Switches, and sound-reactive lighting effects.
"We had to end this myth that a hybrid keyboard is low quality. Alliance boasts such desirable features that it wouldn't surprise me to see it in the best competitive leagues," said Rojo Galvín, International Marketing Manager at Ozone Gaming
From a quiet room to the most frenetic competitive environments, with sound reactive technology the keyboard itself will program, configure, and run light effects based on ambient sound detected in real time.
Ozone Alliance brings you features such as multicolored lighting with 9 effects that will be shown at the pace of environmental sound, anti-ghosting in 25 keys in order to ensure the kind of performance and effectiveness demanded by any experienced gamer, alongside multimedia control and an extremely intuitive analogue configuration. All of these features are brought together within an attractive and antisplash (splash-resistant) design.
CrossTech Blue Semi-mechanical Switches
The feel of this keyboard gives you the sensation of using a mechanical keyboard. It's equipped with CrossTech semi-mechanical switches, designed to ensure optimal speed of response and accuracy, as well as a touch and durability very similar to mechanical keyboards.
Alliance is the keyboard that brings together all the features you've been looking for, and eliminates the uncertainty and indecision that can happen while you are choosing a new keyboard. Alliance is, simply, the perfect union.
Posted on Thursday, January 18 2018 @ 10:21:55 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Samsung kicked off mass production of world's first 16Gb GDDR6 memory chips! The 2GB GDDR6 memory runs at 1.35V, it's made on a 10nm-class process and offers a bandwidth of 18Gbps. The chips offer data transfer rates of 72GB/s, twice as much as 8Gb GDDR5 with a 8Gbps speed. Basically, this further reduces the need for HBM2 for high-end video cards.
Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has started mass production of the industry’s first 16-gigabit (Gb) Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) memory for use in advanced graphics processing for gaming devices and graphics cards as well as automotive, network and artificial intelligence systems.
“Beginning with this early production of the industry’s first 16Gb GDDR6, we will offer a comprehensive graphics DRAM line-up, with the highest performance and densities, in a very timely manner,” said Jinman Han, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering at Samsung Electronics. “By introducing next-generation GDDR6 products, we will strengthen our presence in the gaming and graphics card markets and accommodate the growing need for advanced graphics memory in automotive and network systems.
Built on Samsung’s advanced 10-nanomter (nm) class* process technology, the new GDDR6 memory comes in a 16Gb density, which doubles that of the company’s 20-nanometer 8Gb GDDR5 memory. The new solution performs at an 18-gigabits-per-second (Gbps) pin speed with data transfers of 72 gigabytes per second (GBps), which represents a more than two-fold increase over 8Gb GDDR5 with its 8Gbps pin speed.
Using an innovative, low-power circuit design, the new GDDR6 operates at 1.35V to lower energy consumption approximately 35 percent over the widely used GDDR5 at 1.55V. The 10nm-class 16Gb GDDR6 also brings about a 30 percent manufacturing productivity gain compared to the 20nm 8Gb GDDR5.
Samsung’s immediate production of GDDR6 will play a critical role in early launches of next-generation graphics cards and systems. With all of its improvements in density, performance and energy efficiency, the 16Gb GDDR6 will be widely used in rapidly growing fields such as 8K Ultra HD video processing, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence.
With extensive graphics memory lineups including the new 18Gbps 16Gb GDDR6 and recently introduced 2.4Gbps 8GB HBM2, Samsung expects to dramatically accelerate growth of premium memory market over the next several years.
Posted on Thursday, January 18 2018 @ 10:06:21 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A week ago, news hit the web that the patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in Intel's processors cause unexpected reboots. At the time, it seemed the problem was limited to certain Broadwell and Haswell processors but now the chip giant confirms the updates also cause issues with newer processors.
Basically, the patches can cause issues with all of Intel's latest generations:
Intel confirmed that patches for the security flaws can cause higher-than-expected reboot rates in Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake and Kaby Lake processors, said Navin Shenoy, general manager of the data center group, in a statement on Intel’s website.
The Kaby Lake chips are the company’s most recent offering.
At the same time, Intel also disclosed internal benchmark figures that lay out the expected performance hit. The chip maker downplays the issue and says web servers can expect a slowdown of about 2 percent, while online transactions at a stock brokerage may show a 4 percent hit.
However, Intel acknowledges that certain use cases will get a much more severe performance hit. For servers that store large amounts of data and need to retrieve it quickly, the performance slowdown can be as high as 18 to 25 percent. That's an awful performance hit, not in the least because of all the effort Intel has been making recently to pump its big data efforts. Bundle that with unscheduled reboots and this is definitely a giant mess for Intel.
Posted on Wednesday, January 17 2018 @ 13:09:35 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Here's a kickass project from Mr Creative, the video below teaches you how you can make a car racing game from cardboard. It doesn't serve a whole lot of purpose, but it's definitely a great way to waste your time:-)
Similarly, the YouTube channel also has a video that shows you how to make a cardboard jet fighter game.