Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 18:38:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Hot on the heels of yesterday's massive Google fine, the European Commission is now accusing Qualcomm of predatory pricing in the UMTS baseband chipset market. The Commission says that between 2009 and 2011, Qualcomm sold certain UMTS baseband chipsets below cost, with the goal of driving segment market leader Icera out of the market. Icera got acquired by NVIDIA in 2011.
The European Commission has sent a Supplementary Statement of Objections to Qualcomm Inc. This is a procedural step in the Commission’s ongoing investigation under EU antitrust rules looking into whether Qualcomm engaged in ‘predatory pricing’. The Commission sent a Statement of Objections to Qualcomm in December 2015 detailing its concerns. In particular, the Commission’s preliminary view is that between 2009 and 2011 Qualcomm sold certain UMTS baseband chipsets at prices below cost, with the intention of eliminating Icera, its main competitor in the leading edge segment of the market at that time. UMTS chipsets are key components of mobile devices. They enable both voice and data transmission in third generation (3G) cellular communication. The Supplementary Statement of Objections sent today focuses on certain elements of the “price-cost” test applied by the Commission to assess the extent to which UMTS baseband chipsets were sold by Qualcomm at prices below cost. The sending of a Supplementary Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number AT.39711.
Qualcomm denies any wrongdoing and responds it's disappointed by the news and that it will immediately begin preparing its response to this supplementary statement of objections. Previously, Qualcomm got fined $1.23 billion in the EU over LTE chip deals with Apple. If the chip maker is found guilty, it faces an additional fine of up to 10 percent of its global revenue.
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 15:34:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Corsair updated its CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 watercooler. The new model has an improved cold plate and pump, and features a white LED-lit design. The cooler is offered via Corsair's webshop or $89.99.
Today also sees the release of a fully updated version of the popular CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 performance CPU cooler. A pair 120mm CORSAIR SP Series PWM fans, adjustable between 600 RPM to 1,900 RPM, provide powerful airflow either side of a slim 120mm radiator, while a distinctive white LED-lit pump adds a touch of brilliance to any system. Just as with H100i PRO, the H75 uses an updated cold plate and pump, stylish braided tubing and a modular tool-free mounting bracket that install in minutes to bring dependable high-performance liquid cooling to almost any PC.
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 15:28:43 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Corsair reveals the Hydro Series H100i PRO RGB 240mm, a new watercooling kit with RGB LED light effects. This is the third entry in the series, it follows the 280mm H115i Pro and the 360mm H150i Pro.
Corsair sells it via its webshop for $119.99.
CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today launched a new addition to its bestselling line of Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers, the CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i PRO RGB 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler. Equipped with a vibrant RGB LED-lit pump head and two high-performance ML120 PWM magnetic levitation bearing fans, the H100i PRO is ready to cool today’s most demanding high-performance CPUs, with precise fan and lighting control powered by CORSAIR iCUE software.
The H100i PRO’s pair of ML120 fans are tuned to produce the airflow and static pressure needed to excel when driving air through a radiator, in addition to boasting ultra-low friction magnetic levitation bearings that allow them to spin significantly quieter at higher RPMs. PWM connection allows for precise speed control across a wide range, from 400 RPM to 2,400 RPM, or even the ability to stop the fans entirely using Zero RPM fan profiles at lower temperatures.
Driving the H100i PRO’s performance is a redesigned cold-plate and adjustable low-noise pump, engineered to transfer heat away from your CPU into the coolant, and towards the radiator as efficiently and quietly as possible. Capped with aluminum trim and a vibrant zone of RGB lighting, the H100i PRO’s pump head sits at the heart of your PC with the performance to cool today’s fastest CPUs, finished with vibrant ring of RGB lighting.
With customizable fan speed, pump speed and RGB lighting, CORSAIR iCUE software powers the H100i PRO, allowing users to easily adjust performance and synchronize lighting across their whole system. Set up detailed fan curves to automatically adjust fans when CPU or system temperatures rise, set RGB lighting to indicate CPU temperature or match your setup, and adjust pump speed to prioritize peak flow-rate or minimal noise, all from a single intuitive interface.
Easy to install into almost any enthusiast case thanks to a standardized 240mm radiator size and a modular, tool-free mounting bracket, the H100i PRO is backed by a comprehensive five-year warranty, so you can be confident of worry-free CPU cooling for many builds and upgrades to come.
Boasting the best in CORSAIR customizable performance, the H100i PRO delivers powerful, low-noise cooling with a flash of RGB lighting, for liquid CPU cooling that’s seen, not heard.
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 13:54:58 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Is AMD going to heat up competition with Intel even more by increasing the core count of its Ryzen lineup? A new video from MSI seems to suggests this. The motherboard maker talks about its new B450 motherboards and hints that its upcoming products support eight-core "and up" AM4 processors from AMD.
Nothing is official yet, but perhaps chips based on the Zen 2 design can feature 12 or even 16 cores. According to MSI, these will be backwards compatible with the soon-to-be-out B450 motherboards.
AMD will get its next opportunity to tinker with key aspects of its CPU micro-architecture with "Zen 2," being built on the 7 nm silicon fabrication process. If it decides to stick with the CCX approach to multi-core processors, the company could increase per-CCX core counts. A 50 percent core-count increase enables 12-core processors, while a 100 percent increase brings 16-cores to the AM4 platform. MSI video confirms that these >8-core processors will have backwards-compatibility with existing 400-series chipsets, even if they launch alongside newer 500-series chipset.
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 13:48:04 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Dutch semiconductor production equipment maker ASML is making progress with the manufacturing of its extreme ultraviolet (EUV) systems. The company shipped four EUV machines in Q2 2018, one more than expected, as production is getting a bit easier. ASML expects to ship 20 EUV systems in 2018, a number that's anticipated to climb to 30 in 2019. Current demand is primarily driven by the memory market:
ASML says it has now demonstrated four-week availability of well above 85% on a number of its new NXE:3400B EUV systems and is executing several programs to improve consistent availability to over 90% in 2019.
Wennink said ASML's deep-ultraviolet lithography business continues to thrive, driven largely by the memory market, which continues to require a significant number of lithography systems at least throughout this year and into 2019.
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 13:29:29 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Thurrott reports Microsoft is adding support for leap seconds to Windows 10 Redstone 5 and Windows Server 2019. The newest versions of the company's desktop and server operating systems will now deal with leap seconds in an accurate, UTC-compliant, and traceable way. Interestingly, this will make these two operating systems the first in the world to have full support for leap seconds.
The GIF below illustrates how Windows will deal with leap seconds, which are added approximately every 18 months to synchronize clocks with the Earth's slowing rotation. Instead of jumping straight to the next second, Windows 10 will now display the leap second:
Right now, Windows 10 directly jumps from 16:59:59 to 17:00:00 without a leap second, but it will now include 16:59:60 when there is an actual leap second. That one extra second is quite important for time accuracy, especially with increased demand for higher accuracy time from government regulations, according to Microsoft. The company says it will not include an option for leap second smearing where the extra second would be split up into smaller units and added throughout the day as it will prevent the OS from meeting accuracy requirements.
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 13:10:02 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
DigiTimes has a little update about TSMC's revenue forecast for the remainder of the year. The foundry expects sequential revenue increases in the third and fourth quarter, mainly due to a boost of smartphone SoC orders.
Interestingly, the article also contains a snippet about NVIDIA. DigiTimes heard from its sources that NVIDIA's next-gen GPUs are expected to be another driver of TSMC's revenue growth in the final quarter of this year. In the previous month, revenue was down 13 percent, for a large part due to lower orders from mining ASIC makers and NVIDIA.
In addition, shipments for Nvidia's new-generation GPUs will play another driver of TSMC's revenue growth in the fourth quarter, the sources identified.
TSMC saw its June revenues decline 13% sequentially, dragging down its overall revenues for the second quarter by nearly 6% on quarter to arrive at NT$233.28 billion (US$7.63 billion). Market watchers attributed the revenue drops to a slowdown in orders for mining ASICs from Bitmain and graphics card processors from Nvidia.
Posted on Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 12:46:17 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The 3D XPoint joint venture between Intel and Micron will end next year and it appears Intel is significantly more bullish about the technology than its former partner. EE Times had an interview with Bill Leszinske, vice president of Intel's non-volatile memory solutions group, and got to hear that Intel believes in the technology. The biggest change due to the wind-down of the joint-venture is that each company will have to completely fund its own technology development.
It's been 3.5 years since the initial reveal of 3D XPoint and so far the technology hasn't really lived up to the hype. For solid state disk it's not as compelling as hoped, and the DIMM versions haven't materialized yet.
Objective Analysis analyst Jim Handy notes that Micron's Lehi, Utah facility is idle, which suggests there's a big oversupply of 3D XPoint as that's the only thing that fab was making the past six months. It appears Intel is willing to lose money on the technology, whereas Micron is getting more conservative:
"Micron's in an interesting place because they know exactly what it cost to make 3D XPoint memory and they have chosen not to introduce SSDs," said Handy. "Which, to me, says that they don't want lose money on it like Intel is." Micron would have to answer to investors if they lose money on the technology, but for Intel, losing money is fine as long as 3D XPoint helps with its Xeon sales, Handy said.
That being said, Intel's storage unit has been underperforming while everyone else in the NAND flash business "has been reaping in gobs of money," said Handy. And although Intel may optimistic about the opportunities for 3D XPoint, Intel being the only supplier of the technology might put a damper on plans by OEMs such as Dell or HP to build a product line around Optane. "How warm and fuzzy would you feel about your source of supply?"
The oversupply bit isn't really news as we've seen that Intel is teaming up with motherboard makers to bundle Optane memory with motherboards as the chip giant seems to have a hard time clearing inventory. No one really wants it as the price/performance ratio isn't interesting enough.