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Intel working on a Bitcoin mining ASIC?

21 hours ago
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Is Intel getting into the cryptocurrency mining market? At next month's International Solid-State Circuits Conference, the chip giant will take part in a session titled "Bonanza Mine: An Ultra-Low-Voltage Energy-Efficient Bitcoin Mining ASIC." Seeking Alpha writes there's speculation that Intel will release a Bitcoin mining ASIC.

There are no further details yet so we can only speculate whether this will be an actual product that will be sold or little more than an interesting research project.
Intel, one of the world's largest chip makers, is likely to unveil a specialized crypto-mining chip at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in February, according to the conference's agenda. -- Coindesk

Sharkoon TG7M RGB packs three RGB LED fans in the front

21 hours ago
A new somewhat more premium case from Sharkoon. The German firm showcases its TG7M RGB, this model comes with four RGB LED fans preinstalled. The MSRP is 109EUR.
Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals. Now, with the TG7M RGB, Sharkoon is introducing a PC case that should match up to cases of a higher class. In addition to an air-permeable mesh front panel, the case has four pre-installed 120-millimeter RGB PWM fans. As the first case in the series, a 360-millimeter radiator can be installed not only behind the front panel of the TG7M RGB, but also under the top panel. Graphics cards can be installed vertically in the case using a separately available kit. In addition to two USB 3.0 ports, the I/O panel also has a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port.

Built for Convincing Cooling Results
According to the manufacturer, the TG7M RGB is especially designed for efficient cooling: In addition to a mesh grille on the front panel, four 120-millimeter PWM RGB fans have been pre-installed in the case: three at the front and one at the rear of the case. Three fans with an edge-to-edge length of 120 millimeters can also be installed under the top panel. The TG7M RGB is the first case of the TG series where a 360-millimeter radiator can be installed either behind the front panel or under the top panel. Depending on the installed hardware, the size of the mainboard and the height of the RAM, there is at least 5 centimeters of space available under the top panel. Behind the front panel there is space for a radiator with a height of up to 6 centimeters.

Tidy Presentation of Hardware
Like the previous models of the series, the TG7M RGB has a side panel made of tempered glass on the left. To ensure a tidy presentation of the built-in components, the screws of the panel are not directly visible from the outside. The front panel is framed on its left and right by a light-grey metal wing which rounds off the sharp edges of the casing. The cable management inside the case with several cable pass-throughs should ensure an unobstructed view of the installed hardware. By means of an RGB control on the mainboard with a pinout of 5V-D-G or 5V-D-coded-G, the illumination can be personalized as desired. Behind the tempered-glass side panel there is also a power supply tunnel with a window for the constant view of the power supply unit.

Spaciously Built
Despite its compact design, the TG7M RGB has plenty of space, even for large hardware components. For example, a graphics card 38 centimeters long can also be installed vertically using an optionally available graphics card kit. Power supply units with a length of up to 22 centimeters can be installed in the power supply tunnel on the underside of the case. The case also has space for up to four 2.5-inch and two 3.5-inch data storage drives.
TG7M RGB

ARCTIC issues MX-5 thermal compound recall

22 hours ago
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Cooling firm ARCTIC send out a warning that some subpar quality batches of MX-5 thermal compound hit the retail channel. The firm says the affected products have increased separation of oil within the paste, which results in premature hardening. ARCTIC offers some instructions on how you can return affected product:
For ARCTIC, it has always been a top priority to supply customers only with products of the best quality and durability. Should there ever be any doubts about products we’ve delivered, we stand by our responsibility to our customers.

Current findings from our permanent quality assurance tests show that certain batches of our MX-5 thermal compound contain anomalies in consistency and shelf life. The affected products show an increased separation of oil within the paste, resulting in premature hardening. This can lead to adverse effects and application difficulties.

Affected batches have already been identified and recalled from circulation so that no further affected product can enter the market. We regret that this quality defect could not be detected before delivery to distributors and customers, despite constant quality controls and diligent care during production.

Affected MX-5 thermal compounds can of course be returned without exception, and we will offer a replacement product. For this purpose, we ask you to contact us and provide proof of purchase via the form support.arctic.de/de/menu/support.

Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

22 hours ago
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Microsoft is spending about half of its cash reserves on its biggest acquisition to date. In a deal valued at around $68.7 billion, the Redmond-based software giant aims to buy video game maker Activision Blizzard. Microsoft offers shareholders $95 per share, a significant premium over Friday's $65.39 closing price.

Activision Blizzard is currently plagued by a number of scandals, including claims of workplace misconduct, but is behind some of the largest video game franchises. If the deal succeeds, Microsoft will add Call of Duty, Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, StarCraft, Candy Crush, and countless others to its portfolio. Microsoft Gaming instantly becomes the third largest video game company, behind Tencent and Sony.
With three billion people actively playing games today, and fueled by a new generation steeped in the joys of interactive entertainment, gaming is now the largest and fastest-growing form of entertainment. Today, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), a leader in game development and interactive entertainment content publisher. This acquisition will accelerate the growth in Microsoft’s gaming business across mobile, PC, console and cloud and will provide building blocks for the metaverse.

Microsoft will acquire Activision Blizzard for $95.00 per share, in an all-cash transaction valued at $68.7 billion, inclusive of Activision Blizzard’s net cash. When the transaction closes, Microsoft will become the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony. The planned acquisition includes iconic franchises from the Activision, Blizzard and King studios like “Warcraft,” “Diablo,” “Overwatch,” “Call of Duty” and “Candy Crush,” in addition to global eSports activities through Major League Gaming. The company has studios around the world with nearly 10,000 employees.

Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard, and he and his team will maintain their focus on driving efforts to further strengthen the company’s culture and accelerate business growth. Once the deal closes, the Activision Blizzard business will report to Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming.

“Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “We’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes gaming safe, inclusive and accessible to all.”

“Players everywhere love Activision Blizzard games, and we believe the creative teams have their best work in front of them,” said Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming. “Together we will build a future where people can play the games they want, virtually anywhere they want.”

“For more than 30 years our incredibly talented teams have created some of the most successful games,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard. “The combination of Activision Blizzard’s world-class talent and extraordinary franchises with Microsoft’s technology, distribution, access to talent, ambitious vision and shared commitment to gaming and inclusion will help ensure our continued success in an increasingly competitive industry.”

Mobile is the largest segment in gaming, with nearly 95% of all players globally enjoying games on mobile. Through great teams and great technology, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard will empower players to enjoy the most-immersive franchises, like “Halo” and “Warcraft,” virtually anywhere they want. And with games like “Candy Crush,” Activision Blizzard´s mobile business represents a significant presence and opportunity for Microsoft in this fast-growing segment.

The acquisition also bolsters Microsoft’s Game Pass portfolio with plans to launch Activision Blizzard games into Game Pass, which has reached a new milestone of over 25 million subscribers. With Activision Blizzard’s nearly 400 million monthly active players in 190 countries and three billion-dollar franchises, this acquisition will make Game Pass one of the most compelling and diverse lineups of gaming content in the industry. Upon close, Microsoft will have 30 internal game development studios, along with additional publishing and esports production capabilities.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and completion of regulatory review and Activision Blizzard’s shareholder approval. The deal is expected to close in fiscal year 2023 and will be accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share upon close. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.

Intel to expand US-based production with $20 billion Ohio plant

4 days ago
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Intel is reportedly further expanding its domestic chip production capacity via an up to $20 billion investment in a new New Albany, Ohio plant. Located in the Greater Columbus area, the facility will employ 3,000 workers according to The Dispatch. A timeline is unknown, it depends in part on the CHIPS bill that is still being debated in Congress. This bill could provide incentives to Intel, to make US-based chip production more profitable. There is no word about the process node technology that is expected to be used by the new Ohio fab.
The site Intel intends to build on appears to be 3,190 acres that have recently been annexed from Jersey Township in western Licking County to the Columbus suburb of New Albany.

The area is bounded by the Franklin-Licking County line, Green Chapel Road, Mink Street and Jug Street.

The land would become part of the burgeoning New Albany International Business Park, where tech giants Google, Amazon and Facebook have data centers.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti packs 24GB GDDR6X

2 weeks ago
NVIDIA reveals it will detail its GeForce RTX 3090 Ti later this month. This new flagship desktop card features 24GB GDDR6X memory with a 21Gbps bandwidth.
The RTX 3090 Ti will pack 24GB of GDDR6X running at 21 Gbit/s, the fastest memory ever. The GPU will crank out 40 teraflops for shaders, 78 teraflops for ray tracing and a whopping 320 teraflops of AI muscle. More details will be coming later this month.
RTX 3090 Ti

New laptop cards too

Furthermore, NVIDIA released the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti mobile video cards:
NVIDIA’s launch of the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptop GPU brings the flagship 80 Ti class of GPUs to laptops for the first time. Featuring 16GB of the fastest GDDR6 memory ever shipped in a laptop, the RTX 3080 Ti delivers higher performance than the desktop NVIDIA TITAN RTX™. RTX 3080 Ti laptops start at $2,499.

The new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is up to 70 percent faster than RTX 2070 SUPER laptops and can deliver 100 frames per second at 1440p resolution. RTX 3070 Ti laptops start at $1,499.

Laptops powered by both of these new GPUs will be available starting on Feb. 1.

NVIDIA also introduced the fourth generation of Max-Q technologies, which have revolutionized laptop performance since their introduction four years ago. These features include CPU Optimizer, Rapid Core Scaling and Battery Boost 2.0, which further enhance efficiency, performance and battery life.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 rears its head on January 27 for $249

2 weeks ago
Another new budget series card. NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3050 will hit the market on January 27th -- this card has a MSRP of $249. The RTX 3050 packs 8GB GDDR6 memory and includes second-gen RT cores, as well as third-gen Tensor cores.
NVIDIA further expanded its family of NVIDIA Ampere architecture-based GPUs with the GeForce RTX 3050.

Bringing the performance and efficiency of the architecture to more gamers than ever, the RTX 3050 is the first 50-class desktop GPU to power the latest ray-traced games at over 60 frames per second. RTX 3050 makes ray tracing, which is the new standard in gaming, more accessible than ever before.

With 75 percent of gamers still playing on GTX GPUs, the 3050, which also includes second-generation RT cores as well as third generation Tensor cores for DLSS and AI, represents a compelling upgrade opportunity to step up to RTX.

The RTX 3050, which comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, starts at just $249 and will be available on Jan. 27 from NVIDIA’s worldwide partners.
GeForce RTX 3050

AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT hits market for $199 on January 19th

2 weeks ago
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It's been a while but a new budget card is expected to hit the market. AMD promises its Radeon RX 6500 XT will hit retail shelves on January 19th for $199 -- it will be interesting to see how much stock there will be. Another new AMD desktop card is the Radeon RX 6400 graphics card, that model is an OEM exclusive. Systems with the RX 6400 are expected to arrive sometime in the first half of this year.

Furthermore, AMD also teases the Radeon RX 6000M Series and Radeon RX 6000S for the laptop market. Systems based on these mobile GPUs are anticipated in Q1 2022.
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT and Radeon RX 6400 Graphics Cards The AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card delivers up to 35 percent faster gaming performance on average in 1080p resolution with high settings compared to the competitive offering, while the AMD Radeon RX 6400 graphics card is designed to offer incredible 1080p gaming in OEM systems. Built using 6nm process technology for exceptional performance and power efficiency, the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT and Radeon RX 6400 graphics cards bring incredible gameplay and advanced AMD Radeon features to legions of new and existing PC gamers.

AMD Radeon RX 6000M Series and Radeon RX 6000S Series Mobile Graphics The new AMD Radeon mobile graphics lineup is designed for high-performance gaming on the go. At the top of the AMD Radeon RX 6000M Series product stack is the new AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT GPU, delivering epic 1440p gaming performance for next-gen premium laptops. The fastest AMD GPU for extreme gaming laptops, it offers 7 percent faster gaming performance on average than the previous top-of-the-line AMD Radeon RX 6800M mobile GPU.

AMD Radeon RX 6000S Series mobile graphics offer an ideal blend of performance and efficiency for slim form factors, enabling gaming laptop designs that can weigh less than 4.5 lbs. and can be up to 20 percent thinner than existing devices. The high-end AMD Radeon RX 6800S GPU at 100W is projected to offer the ultimate in thin-and-light 1080p gaming by delivering up to 100 FPS in select titles with max settings, and is projected to offer 10 percent higher performance on average across select titles at 1080p than the competition.

AMD reveals 6nm Zen 3+ based Ryzen 6000 laptop APUs

2 weeks ago
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All-new from AMD today is the Ryzen 6000 and Ryzen 6000U series. These APUs are based on the 6nm Zen3+ design. New features include DDR5 support, PCI Express 4.0, USB4, AI noise cancellation to filter background noise, and Wi-Fi 6E. Laptops based on the Ryzen 6000 series are expected starting from February 2022.
It all starts with “Zen” architecture, and AMD Ryzen 6000 Series processors are built on the updated AMD “Zen 3+” core, optimized to deliver amazing performance-per-watt. These are the fastest AMD Ryzen processors yet, with up-to 5 GHz clock speeds, up to 1.3 times faster processing speeds, and up to 2.1 times faster graphics then the 5000 Series.

The “Zen 3+” core delivers power and efficiency, through new adaptive power management features that adjust speed quickly, and new deep sleep states that help save on power. Compared to last-generation AMD Ryzen processors, the AMD Ryzen 6000 Series processors can use up to 30% less power for video conferencing. This results in incredible battery life with Ryzen 6000 Series processors achieving up to 24 hours of movie playback on a single charge, all in a cool, quiet laptop.

Featuring up to eight high-performance cores, each one capable of handling multiple tasks at the same time to deliver 16 threads of processing power, AMD Ryzen 6000 Series processors bring ultimate performance to ultrathin laptop PCs, with up to 11% more single-threaded performance and up to 28% faster multithreaded performance over the previous generation.
Here are the specifications. This list also includes a couple of refreshed Zen 3-based parts.

Model Cores/Threads Boost/Base Frequency Cache TDP
AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX 8C/16T Up to 5.0 GHz 20 MB 45W+
AMD Ryzen 9 6980HS 8C/16T Up to 5.0 GHz 20 MB 35W
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX 8C/16T Up to 4.9 GHz 20 MB 45W+
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS 8C/16T Up to 4.9 GHz 20 MB 35W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H 8C/16T Up to 4.7 GHz 20 MB 45W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS 8C/16T Up to 4.7 GHz 20 MB 35W
AMD Ryzen 5 6600H 6C/12T Up to 4.5 GHz 19 MB 45W
AMD Ryzen 5 6600HS 6C/12T Up to 4.5 GHz 19 MB 35W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U 8C/16T Up to 4.7 GHz 20 MB 15-28W
AMD Ryzen 5 6600U 6C/12T Up to 4.5 GHz 19 MB 15-28W
AMD Ryzen 7 5825U 8C/16T Up to 4.5 GHz 20 MB 15W
AMD Ryzen 5 5625U 6C/12T Up to 4.3 GHz 19 MB 15W
AMD Ryzen 3 5425U 4C/8T Up to 4.1 GHz 10 MB 15W

AMD Ryzen Ryzen 7 5800X3D arrives in Spring, Ryzen 7000 series later this year

2 weeks ago
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AMD shared details about its upcoming enthusiast chips. First up, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D with AMD 3D V-Cache will hit the market in Spring. The firm promises this chip will deliver world's fastest gaming performance. Furthermore, AMD confirmed the 5nm Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series will arrive in the second half of this year.

The Ryzen 7000 series will use the new Socket AM5, with support for DDR5 and PCI Express 5.0.
Showcasing the progress made within the desktop space, AMD revealed its 2022 enthusiast desktop roadmap.

  • The new Ryzen 7 5800X3D desktop processor, featuring AMD 3D V-Cache technology, provides the world’s fastest gaming experience and will be available for AMD’s Socket AM4 this spring.
  • AMD also provided the first look at the Ryzen™ 7000 Series processors, the next-gen “Zen 4” core based processors built on 5nm process node and new Socket AM5, which will deliver unparalleled processor leadership beginning in the second half of 2022.
  • The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is an eight-core, sixteen-threaded chip with up to 4.5GHz Boost, 100MB cache, and 105W TDP.

    AMD Radeon Super Resolution (RSR) arrives later this quarter

    2 weeks ago
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    AMD teases Radeon Super Resolution (RSR), an upcoming spatial upscaling technology that will be released via a new Radeon Software update:
    AMD has continued to enhance its expansive software suite, offering features that enable responsive, low-latency gameplay and high-fidelity visuals. The next release, expected to be available in Q1 2022, includes AMD Radeon Super Resolution (RSR), a new driver-based spatial upscaling technology. Built on the same algorithm as AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution, RSR unleashes new levels of performance with near-native resolution gaming experiences in any game that runs in exclusive full screen mode on AMD RDNA-based and newer graphics.

    Additional features of the forthcoming AMD Software release include updates to the AMD Link application (AMD Link 5.0), which allows users to play their PC games on a phone, tablet or a Windows PC from virtually anywhere. AMD Privacy View technology, powered by Eyeware, is a new feature expected to be available in 1H 2022 that uses Eyeware’s cutting-edge head- and eye-tracking technology to deliver increased levels of privacy. Learn more about the latest AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition release here.

    Gigabyte teases its B660 and H610 motherboard lineup

    2 weeks ago
    Gigabyte send over some details about its B660 and H610 based motherboards:
    GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, today announced the B660 and H610 motherboards which deliver formidable and flexible platform to users. Featuring up to 16+1+1 phases DrMOS VRM design with each phase holding up to 60 amps and fully covered thermal design, GIGABYTE B660 and H610 lineup can perfectly support the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. The two memory configuration of DDR4 and DDR5 with exciting XMP functions delivers remarkable performance, as well as superior storage performance, expansions, and flexible network, GIGABYTE B660 and H610 lineup brings incredible performance beyond users’ expectation.

    Started from B560 chipsets, Intel® brought into the memory overclocking feature to the latest B660 chipset with support of both DDR4 and DDR5 which earned user’s favor on B-series. To enable stable power for CPU under high-speed operation and to enhance XMP overclocking on memory, GIGABYTE B660 AORUS and GAMING series motherboards adopt up to 16+1+1 power phases with 60Amp each phase. AORUS lineup also equip full-covered heatsink and 5 W/mK thermal pad for advanced heat dissipation and improved stability on VRM area.

    GIGABYTE B660 motherboards continue the support of DDR4 and DDR5 from Z690 chipset. Enhanced by the exclusive layout design, DDR4 supportive models can reach impressive speed of 5600 MHz*, while DDR5 models benefit from the new memory architecture to provide high power efficiency, low latency, and low power consumption. In addition, GIGABYTE B660 DDR5 motherboards level up several advanced features from the Z690 lineup. The “DDR5 Unlocked Voltage” feature can unlock the adjustment range of DDR5 memory native voltage, which allows users to reach higher memory clock with more stability. Moreover, the BIOS setting is correspondingly optimized to a new level, which “DDR5 Auto Booster” can boost native frequency of DDR5 from 4800 MHz to 5000 MHz with a simple click and automatically boost your memories after Windows loaded. This allows the performance improvements exert in real computing usage. “DDR5 XMP Booster” allows users to choose quickly from multiple built-in and pre-tuned memory overclocking profiles. “XMP 3.0 User Profile” enables users to create and burn in XMP profiles on their own to unleash the extreme performance of memories. Enhanced by above all, GIGABYTE B660 DDR5 motherboards memory frequency can be boosted to XMP 6000 MHz.

    For users who plan to improve system performance by reinforce the access speed of storage devices, GIGABYTE B660 AORUS, GAMING M-ATX, and above models integrate two sets of PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots with least one thermal guard. This design not only extract maximum performance at 7000 MB/s of the latest PCIe 4.0 controller SSD, but users can also improve access speed by configuring RAID.

    As for connectivity, GIGABYTE B660 AORUS, and GAMING series motherboards equip with 2.5Gb Ethernet and 802.11ax WiFi 6/ 802.11ac network for the most flexible network. With proper configuration, users can enjoy hassle-free, high bandwidth network during the online battle or network storage. When it comes to external expansion, GIGABYTE select B660 motherboards adopt USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type C of 20 Gbps and front USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C design provides a faster and more efficient transmission speed of external storages.
     GIGABYTE B660 H610 Motherboards

    Rademacher addZ White + Colour RGB LED bulb reviewed

    2 weeks ago
    DVHARDWARE published a review of the Rademacher addZ White + Colour RGB LED bulb. You can read the review over here.
    The most well-known provider of smartbulbs is Philips Hue, but there are also plenty of other manufacturers. In this review, I'm taking a look at the addZ series from Rademacher. Launched a couple of months ago, these smart LED bulbs are offered with E27, E14, and GU10 fittings.
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    Intel ARC Alchemist video cards delayed to March 2022

    2 weeks ago
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    Some fresh rumors have emerged about the availability of Intel's upcoming discrete video cards. It appears the ARC Alchemist video cards will not make it to the market until at least March 2022. Intel promised the cards would arrive in Q1 2022 and it seems it will definitely not be in January or February.

    VideoCardz writes there's still some uncertainty about this date also applies for the desktop cards. The site says we can expect two SKUs initially; a 16GB model with 512 EUs and a 12GB variant with 384 EUs. Later on, a budget model with 128 EUs is expected.
    Intel is now expected to launch at least three variants of its discrete desktop Arc models. The flagship SKU now rumored to be called Arc A780 could feature as many as 4096 shading units and 16GB GDDR6 memory. This model with a power consumption estimated at 225W could compete directly with NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti, soon to be upgraded to 16GB memory as well. The 384EU model, possibly part of the Arc 500 series, would feature 3072 shading units and 12GB GDDR6 memory. This configuration would match Radeon RX 6700XT/RTX 3060 offering from Intel competitors.
    Intel is expected to provide a briefing about its ARC Alchemist GPUs at its CES 2022 keynote. This event is scheduled for January 4th.

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