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Disney Purchasing Significant Portion of 21st Century Fox

Category: General News
Posted: December 14, 2017 07:14AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There have been rumors of this possibility of late, but now it is official that The Walt Disney Company is purchasing a significant amount of 21st Century Fox's media assets, including film and television studios, Fox's stake in Hulu, and intellectual properties such as Avatar, National Geographic, Fantastic Four, and X-Men. This deal comes to approximately $52.4 billion in stock, though the value is subject to adjustment and Disney is assuming about $13.7 billion of Fox's debt. Disney is not acquiring all of Fox's properties though, and prior to the acquisition completing Fox Broadcasting networks and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2, and Big Ten Network will be spun off to a new company. It is anticipated that Fox will try to finish its acquisition of Sky, which will then go to Disney as part of this deal

Of course this deal will need to survive the scrutiny of regulatory bodies meant to prevent monopolies before it can close. According to Bloomberg, Disney expects the deal to close in 12 to 18 months.

Source: Bloomberg, The Walt Disney Company, and 21st Century Fox



President Trump Signs Law Banning Kaspersky Lab Software from Government Use

Category: General News
Posted: December 13, 2017 11:33AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

On Tuesday President Trump signed a defense policy spending bill that included a provision banning the use of Kaspersky Lab software on government computers. This follows a directive from September to remove the software within 90 days, and since then most have. This all stems from a concern Kaspersky Lab software can and has been used by Russian intelligence for cyber-espionage purposes. Kaspersky has repeatedly denied these claims and has even offered to have its source code audited, but has thus far failed to assuage the government's concerns.

Recently it was announced Kaspersky Labs would be closing its Washington D.C. office, which sold software to the U.S. government, but it is still opening new offices across North America. It will also be opening Transparency Centers for independent experts to analyze and verify Kaspersky code.

Source: Reuters



VESA Announces Fully Open HDR Standard for Displays

Category: General News
Posted: December 12, 2017 11:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When purchasing a new display today, there are a variety of specifications to consider, such as resolution, refresh rate, and more recently if it supports high dynamic range (HDR). While HDR displays have been available for some time now, there has been no actual agreement within the display industry for what counts as HDR, which can cover increased color gamuts, brightness, and supported bit-depth. To adres the confusion, VESA has announced DisplayHDR, a fully open standard with three levels of HDR support for testing the quality of current and upcoming displays.

The three levels within DisplayHDR are DisplayHDR 400, DisplayHDR 600, and DisplayHDR 1000. DisplayHDR 400 is the lowest, requiring luminance can reach 400 nits, which is as much as 50% more than standard dynamic range (SDR) displays, limits on the amount of light that can escape when the screen is black, and a minimum color gamut of 95% of ITU-R BT.709. DisplayHDR 600 bumps the peak brightness up to 600 nits, has even tighter limits of how much light can leak out, requires a minimum color gamut of 99% BT.709 and 90% DCI-P3 65, and actual support for 10-bit image processing and 8-bit pixel drivers. Most SDR panels do not use 8-bit color signals but 6-bit with dithering used to simulate 8-bit video. DisplayHDR 1000 has much the same requirements as DisplayHDR 600, but with a peak brightness requirement of 1000 nits and still tighter black level performance.

According to the VESA press release, we can expect to see DisplayHDR compliant products at CES next month. There are over two dozen active member companies that contributed to developing these standards, including AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, LG, and Samsung.

Source: VESA and DisplayHDR



China Allegedly Using LinkedIn to Recruit German Informants

Category: General News
Posted: December 11, 2017 01:37PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The German intelligence agency (BfV) has recently claimed Chinese intelligence is attempting to use the networking site LinkedIn to target thousands of Germans. Supposedly a minimum of 10,000 people were targeted by fake profiles, possibly with the intent to recruit them, in an effort to subvert German politics.

According to BfV, the plan involves making fake LinkedIn accounts for Chinese professionals that then make contact with German users. This contact could ultimately lead to them becoming informants and has apparently been targeting high-ranking politicians, in an attempt to infiltrate government bodies and agencies.

Source: BBC



Kaspersky Labs Closing Washington DC Office

Category: General News
Posted: December 8, 2017 10:55AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Kaspersky Labs Inc., the company behind products the U.S. Department of Homeland Security banned, is closing its Washington D.C. office, which was selling it software to the government. The company is not pulling out of the country though, as it intends to open up new offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Toronto next year. To counter claims its products can be used for espionage, the company is also going to open its source code up for third-party review. To help facilitate audits of its code, the Kaspersky is also going to open Transparency Centers with SCIF-class (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) facilities for independent experts to analyze the code and question Kaspersky employees.

Source: Bloomberg



Canadian Media Companies and ISPs Apparently Developing Plan for Blocking Pirate Sites

Category: General News
Posted: December 6, 2017 09:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Piracy is an issue many want to address, which is why there are many laws and methods in many countries to stop it and prosecute those guilty of it. Documents obtained by Canadaland indicate some Canadian companies, both media companies and ISPs, are developing a proposal to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to develop a blacklist of pirate sites the ISPs must then block. This blacklist would be maintained by a non-profit organization called Internet Piracy Review Agency, which would be formed as a result of this plan, and enforcement would come from the CTRC. If you notice something missing there, that is because the judicial system is not involved in this process, at least not until after a site has already been blocked. Blocking pirate sites is not a new tactic to counter piracy, but it has involved the judicial process previously, and at least this draft does not appear to involve that kind of oversight.

While there might be a number of companies willing to sign on in support of this plan, there are reasons to believe the CRTC and Canadian government would not be willing to enact and enforce it. Only time will tell where this will go, but it seems unlikely it will be this draft that would be adopted, if proposed in its current form.

Source: Canadaland



Microsoft Azure Deploys AMD Epyc Processors for Upcoming Lv2-Series Virtual Machines

Category: General News
Posted: December 5, 2017 10:28AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When AMD launched its Ryzen processors in the beginning of the year, many praised the CPUs and the company for returning competition to the industry. It was later that AMD released its Epyc processors to challenge Intel in datacenters and other professional settings, where it has been successfully gaining clients. The most recently announced client is Microsoft for it Azure Lv2-Series virtual machines.

Microsoft Azure is an enterprise-grade cloud computing platform, and its L-Series VMs are specifically optimized for storage. Microsoft chose to use Epyc 7551 processors because of the high I/O bandwidth they provide and 128 PCIe lanes each CPU offers, which surpasses available two-socket solutions. The Lv2 VMs Azure will offer will span from 8 to 64 vCPU sizes, with the largest offering direct access to 4 TB of memory.

Source: AMD and Microsoft



To Test Atari Dragster Record, Ben Heck Builds RAM Analyzer

Category: General News
Posted: December 4, 2017 09:48AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In September 1982 a record of 5.51 seconds was set on the Atari 2600 version of the game Dragster, an Activision title released in 1980. In the decades since, this record has yet to be beaten, or even matched, so many wonder if Todd Rogers, the record holder actually cheated. To determine if this time was even possible, some in the spreedrunning community decided to analyze an emulator of the game, and came away with the best possible time being 5.57 seconds. This has led to a dispute being field with Twin Galaxies, the video game racing organization, for the record to be removed, but software analysis based on an emulator is not necessarily ideal. To provide third-party, independent analysis on actual Atari 2600 hardware, Twin Galaxies turned to Ben Heck who at last has an excuse to build a RAM analyzer for an Atari 2600.

The RAM analyzer is the featured build on a recent episode, embedded below, of the Ben Heck Show, and is fairly interesting to watch as quirks of the old hardware are discovered. It does not include if the 5.51 seconds record is possible, but that is the next step. With the RAM analyzer it will be possible to have the game play itself, making decisions at the best possible time. Will the record stand, or will this expose a decades-long fraud? It seems we will have to wait to find out.

 

 

Source: Element 14 [1] and [2]



Anonymous Cellular Network, Sopranica, Being Developed

Category: General News
Posted: December 4, 2017 08:39AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For many people a substantial part of their lives runs through their smartphones, and as amazing of tools they are for the user, some dislike their potential for tracking us. To combat that, a programmer in New York City, Denver Gingerich, decided to work on an open source, DIY cell network that offers anonymity. This network is called Sopranica and it was in January when Gingerich published the first code called JMP. This is what allows the network to use XMPP, a secure instant messaging protocol better known as Jabber so users can enjoy voice and text from an anonymous phone number. All of the data is also encrypted, so it is not possible for someone to listen in, but currently it also means an Internet connection is required. The next phase of Sopranica, called WOM, is meant to tackle this requirement by allowing people to attach a small and inexpensive radio to their routers, providing Sopranica access in the area. None of the process involved with setting up Sopranica requires any identifying information, so if someone tried to find you from your JMP phone number or the Jabber ID you are using, the search will stop there.

After the writer at Vice set up his own phone to use Sopranica, he used it to call Denver Gingerich and got an interview you can read at the source. If you are interested in Sopranica and its future, hit the link and read some more about its future and the challenges it is facing.

Source: Vice



TechCrunch Finds, Interviews Former Twitter Employee Who Deactivated President Trump's Account

Category: General News
Posted: November 30, 2017 09:19AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At the beginning of November, President Trump's Twitter account was deactivated for about 11 minutes, which almost immediately sparked response, media coverage, and questions concerning how this happened. It was not long before Twitter stated it was an accident and the person responsible was a contractor on his last day. TechCrunch start looking for this contractor and finally found Bahtiyar Duysak and spoke with him in Germany, where he was raised. His work in the United States was part of a work and study visa and included time working with Google and YouTube through the contractor Vaco. His work with Twitter was through Pro Unlimited.

By Duysak's account of the day, it was uneventful work in the Trust and Safety division, which is alerted of reports of bad behavior on Twitter and triages the complaints. Many have reported President Trump's tweets as violating the platform's terms of service, and one such report came in at the end of his day. As, what the TechCrunch article describes as "a final, throwaway gesture" Duysak started the process to deactivate the account before closing the computer and leaving the building. It was not until hours later that he even learned the account was deactivated for a time, which is something he did not expect would happen. It was explained by Twitter previously that while some tweets can appear to violate its TOS, 'newsworthiness' plays a factor and so if it is in the public interest to keep the tweet up, it will remain up. Being the leader of a nation, it would seem President Trump's tweets would be protected under this consideration, but for eleven minutes that proved to not be the case.

For Duysak, his interest now is just moving forward, and escaping media attention. Not only himself but family, friends, former employers, and associates have all been subjected constant requests by reporters and he hopes by stepping forward he can help bring this to an end. He wants to clear the air, get a new job, and move on with his life.

Source: TechCrunch



HDMI 2.1 Specification Released

Category: General News
Posted: November 28, 2017 12:23PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today the final specification for HDMI 2.1 has been released, and its capabilities are fairly impressive, especially if you are still using 1920x1080 displays and media. For comparison, the HDMI 2.0b spec allows for 4K video at 60 Hz and a bandwidth of 18 Gbps. This new spec supports up to 48 Gbps and this much bandwidth can be put to use for 4K at 120 Hz and 8K at 60 Hz without compression. With VESA DSC 1.2a compression, you can go as high as 10K at 120 Hz. While the spec is backwards compatible, you will need a new Ultra High Speed HDMI cable to achieve the 48 Gbps bandwidth, thanks to the better shielding such cables have. The eARC feature for simplifying connectivity and superior audio formats and quality can be enjoyed with current HDMI and High Speed HDMI cables that support Ethernet.

Along with those features, HDMI 2.1 also has support for Dynamic HDR, Variable Refresh Rate, Quick Frame Transport and Auto Low Latency Mode for reduced lag, and Quick Media Switching to eliminate delays before content is displayed. It also supports color spaces with 10, 12, and 16 bits per color component and up to BT.2020, a color space that covers more than twice BT.709, the HDTV color space.

HDMI Forum expects to have the Compliance Test Specific published in the first half of next year, which will be necessary to start seeing Ultra High Speed HDMI cables come to market.

Source: HDMI Forum Inc. [1] and [2]



Lost Bitcoin Holding HDD Worth $71 Million Now

Category: General News
Posted: November 27, 2017 08:41AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When Bitcoin was still new, no one really knew what was going to come of the cryptocurrency and how many orders of magnitude its value could grow. Back in 2009 one person, James Howells, had acquired some 7500 Bitcoins and left them on his hard drive. He took apart that computer after spilling a drink on it, and in 2013 threw the hard drive out while clearing old IT equipment. It was only after this that he took an interest in Bitcoin and realized its value. He reached out to the dump and at the time was told it could be three to five feet down in the dump the size of a soccer field. Now with the value of Bitcoin around $9483, the contents of that hard drive come in at about $71,122,500.

Suddenly I do not feel bad about never throwing out my old computer components.

Source: TweakTown



Kaspersky Flagged by Defense Intelligence Agency in 2004

Category: General News
Posted: November 20, 2017 05:49PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A somewhat recent topic in the news has been concern over Kaspersky products, culminating in a ban on them by the Department of Homeland Security in September. Now it has been revealed by a memo sent to the Science, Space and Technology Committee of Congress that the Defense Intelligence Agency flagged the products as a potential threat back in 2004. At the time there were suspicions the Russian government could use it as an espionage tool, and so the Department of Defense ceased using its products. Other federal agencies continued to use them, however, and due to the ban they must remove the products by December 12.

Source: Wccftech



Wal-Mart Preordered 15 Tesla Tractor-Trailer

Category: General News
Posted: November 20, 2017 11:05AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At the end of last week, Tesla unveiled its plans to build electric tractor trailers and shortly thereafter other companies started announcing their preorders, including Wal-Mart. The retailer told CNBC it has preordered 15 of the Tesla tractor trailers to determine how well it might be integrated into its supply chain and meet long-term sustainability goals. Of the 15, five will be for Wal-Mart U.S. and the other 10 for Wal-Mart Canada. Wal-Mart's fleet currently consists of about 6000 trucks.

The Tesla tractor trailer is to have a 500-mile range on a single charge and the ability to connect to a fleet management system. It will also allow the driver to stand with the steering wheel in the center of the cab and touchscreens on both sides. It is expected to go into production in 2019.

Source: CNBC



X COMFORT AIR Gaming Chair Announced by Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS

Category: General News
Posted: November 14, 2017 09:52AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


If you spend hours sitting in front of a computer, having a comfortable chair is almost a necessity. To that end, Tt eSPORTS of Thermaltake Gaming have announced a new gaming chair, the X COMFORT AIR. This chair features high quality materials with anti-fatigue construction and an ergonomic and maximum function design. What will set this chair apart from others though, is its air-cooling design that will push air through the seat to cool it during long work or gaming sessions.

Moving the air are four 60 mm fans, which are controlled by a box mounted on the underside of the seat. The control box lets you turn the fans on and off and has Low, Medium, and High settings for the fan speeds, with Low at 1530 RPM, Medium at 3060 RPM, and High at 5100 RPM, the maximum speed of the fans. It naturally has other features one often finds on gaming chairs, including a backrest, adjustable armrests, and the ability to recline and tilt.

The X COMFORT AIR is available in either all black or a combination of black and red and can be purchased at the TT Premium USA store page.

Source: Press Release and X COMFORT AIR Black/Red Product Page




EA Purchasing Respawn Entertainment

Category: General News
Posted: November 10, 2017 11:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The developers of the Titanfall franchise are being purchased by EA, which published the same franchise. To make this purchase, EA will pay $151 million in cash and up to $164 million in long-term equity to the employees. There is an additional cash consideration that could add up to another $140 million, as a maximum, if certain performance milestones are achieved.

Respawn and EA have multiple projects currently in development, including a new Titanfall title, a game in the Star Wars universe, and a VR gaming experience.

Source: EA



Supreme Court Rejects Samsung's Appeal in Apple Suit

Category: General News
Posted: November 6, 2017 11:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Remember the Apple-Samsung lawsuit? It is in the news again as Samsung's appeal to the Supreme Court has been rejected. After a Federal Court's decision against the Korean company, only the Supreme Court was left to go to, but it is refusing to hear arguments, leaving the Federal Court's ruling in place. This ruling awarded Apple nearly $120 million.

Actually this appeal was only for one part of the original case from years ago and concerns a ruling being reinstated. Previously a three-judge panel had overturned a verdict against Samsung concerning infringement of features such as slide-to-unlock, autocorrect, and quick links, but later a jury of 11 judges put it back in place. Samsung's appeal to the Supreme Court claimed this reinstatement was inappropriate, as additional legal papers were not considered and oral arguments were not heard. Samsung even claimed the judges had changed a law related to invalidating patents and awarding injunctions. Apple's stance was there was nothing "novel or important" to consider in Samsung's appeal.

Source: Reuters



AMD-Intel Partnership Will Bring Custom Radeon GPU and HBM2 to Intel CPUs for Mobile

Category: General News
Posted: November 6, 2017 08:07AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There have been rumors about something like this for months, but they were either unconfirmed or denied, but now, with actual press releases from both companies, we know AMD and Intel have formed a partnership to combine strengths in the mobile sector. Under this partnership, AMD has created a new, semi-custom Radeon GPU that will be combined with HBM2 and an Intel CPU to offer a new mobile package meant to bring more power to ever thinner laptops.

This multi-chip design will leverage Intel's Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) to allow high-speed connections between the different parts, without the height and manufacturing penalties that can come from other approaches. This will be the first use of EMIB, and another technology that covers the chips, with this other being a power sharing framework. This system allows system designers to balance the power ratio between the processor and graphics depending on workload. It will also allow for managing temperatures between the chips, which is going to be very important, especially as the laptops this is targeting get thinner.

A reasonable thought to ponder now is where laptops using this Intel+Radeon design will fall in price and performance, especially as this announcement has come so shortly after AMD announcing its Ryzen Mobile parts. One would not think AMD would want to enable Intel to better compete with its own parts, so it may be very interesting to see where things fall, once the products start coming out. According to the Intel release, we can expect more to come in Q1 2018, including systems from OEMs.

Source: AMD and Intel




AMD Introduces Ryzen + Vega APUs for Ultrathins

Category: General News
Posted: October 26, 2017 07:21AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This is something some of us may have been looking forward to for some months now, and that is AMD finally showing off new APUs based on Ryzen and Vega. The code name for these products had been Raven Ridge, but now they are officially AMD Ryzen mobile processors. Only two APUs have been announced today, both with 4 cores/8 threads and a nominal 15 W TDP. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700U has a max clock of 3.8 GHz on the CPU, 1300 MHz on the GPU, and 10 Vega compute units while the Ryzen 5 2500U has a max clock of 3.6 GHz on the CPU, 1100 MHz on the GPU, and only 8 compute units. These APUs will also feature Precision Boost 2, for accelerating performance depending on workload, and mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR) to raise performance when the cooling allows it.

Compared to the previous generation of AMD APUs, these give up to three times, the CPU performance, 2.3 times the GPU performance, while using as much as 58% less power. AMD also compared the Ryzen 7 2700U against the competition, with some of the results shown in the video below (along with the system configurations at the end), and claim up to 44% better multi-threaded CPU performance and up to 161% more graphics power.

AMD has also announced that systems using Ryzen mobile processors will be available in the coming weeks from Acer, HP, and Lenovo with more news coming from Dell and other OEMs in early 2018.

 

 

Source: AMD



Newegg Sued Over Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Category: General News
Posted: October 24, 2017 09:48AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Newegg Inc., the company behind the online computer parts and accessories store of the same name, has been accused along with ASI Corp., a computer wholesaler, of having been part a Ponzi scheme put together by Moneual, a Korean hardware manufacturer. Four South Korean banks have filed a lawsuit against the Newegg and ASI, claiming they were a part of the scheme to defraud them of hundreds of millions of dollars.

The alleged design of the Ponzi scheme was that Newegg and ASI produced fraudulent purchase order for Moneual hardware, which Moneual could then use to secure over $3 billion in loans from ten Korean banks. Moneual eventually defaulted on these loans, still owing about half a billion dollars, and its chief executive was has been sentenced to 15 years for financial fraud two years ago. According to the banks, Newegg and ASI were in on this scheme because the purchase orders were for computers at 300 times their market value.

Source: Los Angeles Times



Humble Bundle Joins with IGN

Category: General News
Posted: October 14, 2017 05:34AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This is news I doubt many people were expecting, but yesterday Humble Bundle co-founder and CRO Jeffery Rosen shared that his company would be joining the IGN family. The CEO's post goes on to explain that the decision was made because Humble Bundle believes IGN understands the vision and passion of the company, and that IGN will help continue the mission of promoting digital content while also helping charity. Also the CEO states Humble Bundle will be keeping its own office, culture, and team, with IGN helping with future plans.

Source: Humble Bundle



PCI-SIG Expects to Ratify PCIe 4.0 This Year, PCIe 5.0 in 2019

Category: General News
Posted: August 29, 2017 12:11PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It is without question that PCIe is one of the most important technologies in modern computers as so much is run through this interface, from graphics to storage, networking, and more. As important as it is though, the current PCIe 3.0 standard has been out since 2010, much longer than the 4-year update cycle PCI-SIG, the organization that defines the standard, had previously tried to keep. To remedy the delay, PCI-SIG has apparently decided to accelerate the development and deployment of both PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 5.0, according to Tom's Hardware.

The plan is apparently to have the PCIe 4.0 standard defined by the end of the year. It is currently at revision 0.9, which some vendors are using to start developing products ready for the 1.0 release. Already vendors are offering 16 GT/s (gigatransfers per second) controllers, which is double what PCIe 3.0 offers, and putting PCIe 4.0 PHYs into their products.

It would appear PCIe 4.0 will be somewhat short lived though, as the target is for PCIe 5.0 to be ratified in 2019, and it will double what PCIe 4.0 offers. According to Tom's Hardware though, AMD is targeting PCIe 4.0 support for 2020, but with the plan now being for PCIe 5.0 to be ratified before then, perhaps this plan will change. Intel is being more tightlipped about its timeline, but it is hard to imagine it is not also deeply interested in moving to the next standard.

Source: Tom's Hardware



Corsair Launches T1 RACE Gaming Chair

Category: General News
Posted: May 16, 2017 08:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Expanding past PC components and typical peripherals, Corsair has launched the T1 RACE gaming chair. The design is inspired by racing to give people the desired comfort and lasting build quality, with a solid steel skeleton and dense foam cushions. It also has 4D-movement armrests that can raise, lower, shift, and swivel to one's desire. The T1 RACE is upholstered in PU leather with five colors available for the trim: yellow, white, red, blue, and black. The stitching is also color-matched, as are some accents on the base. The chairs use Nylon caster wheels, a steel construction Class 4 gas lift, and feature neck and lumbar pillows. It also has the ability to tilt the seat up to 10º and recline the seat back between 90º and 180º.

T1 RACE gaming chairs are available immediately and come backed with a two-year warranty. The Corsair shop has them listed at $349.99 USD for me currently.

Source: Corsair



Taiwan Semiconductor Engineer Accused of Selling Trade Secrets

Category: General News
Posted: May 5, 2017 12:22PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A former Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) engineer referred to as Hsu has been "accused of stealing proprietary information and other materials related to the foundry's 28nm process technology and passing them to China-based Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC)." The technology in question is believed to be designs for NVIDIA and AMD chips, as the 28nm process is used for GPUs of the two companies. Hsu was on his way to a new job with HLMC but was arrested before he could make it to China.

Source: Digi Times and PCGamesN



GDDR6 Wielding GPU Coming by Early 2018

Category: General News
Posted: April 25, 2017 08:57AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

SK Hynix recently introduced the world's fastest 2Znm 8Gb GDDR6 DRAM, which has an I/O data rate of 16 Gbps per pin. The GDDR6 standard is to be twice as fast as GDDR5 while operating at 10% less voltage, making it a very desirable product. What else makes this GDDR6 announcement interesting though is that the company also states it will be used in a "forthcoming high-end graphics card" and that it is working with a client to produce enough for a release by early 2018. While this client is not identified, it is still a clear indication that GDDR6 GPUs are coming possibly in less than a calendar year.

The press release provides some other information, including that the graphics card will have 384-bit I/Os, with the DRAM processing up to 768 GBps. SK Hynix is also working with the client to ensure timely mass production of GDDR6 for upcoming market demands.

Source: SK Hynix



Win a Custom Mass Effect: Andromeda PC from NVIDIA

Category: General News
Posted: April 18, 2017 02:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has announced the Shot With GeForce GTX contest, giving users the chance to win a custom Mass Effect: Andromeda PC. Entries can be made by taking a screenshot using NVIDIA Ansel and sharing it on Facebook or Twitter and tagging @NVIDIAGeForce with hashtags #SHOTWITHGEFORCEGTX and #MASSEFFECT. The grand prize features an Intel i7-7700, ASUS Strix Z270G, and GeForce GTX 1080. Full contest rules can be found here.

Source: NVIDIA



Apple Looking Into Investment in Toshiba

Category: General News
Posted: April 17, 2017 02:39PM
Author: Nick Harezga

According to public broadcaster NHK, Apple is considering teaming up with partner Foxconn for an investment in the semiconductor unit of Toshiba. The multi-billion dollar deal would grant the partnership more than 20% of the Toshiba unit. Toshiba isn't looking to sell outright in order to ease "the Japanese government's concerns over any transfer of sensitive technology to investors it deems a risk to national security." Apple and Foxconn join three other entities submitting bids for the Toshiba unit which includes Broadcom, SK Hynix, and Western Digital.

Source: CNBC



AMD Acquires 60 GHz Wireless IP and Talent from Nitero

Category: General News
Posted: April 10, 2017 09:32AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Possibly not the kind of news most people would expect, but today it was announced that AMD has acquired intellectual property of engineering talent from Nitero. Nitero is an Austin based company that has been creating millimeter wave solutions for use in wireless VR and AR headsets. Most of us are certainly familiar with the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum used in wireless technologies today. Millimeter waves, with their much shorter wavelengths, reach 60 GHz allowing for low-latency multi-gigabit transmission. Combined with beamforming and the line-of-sight requirement for previous mm-wave systems is solved. The ultimate hope is to use this technology to remove the cables from modern headsets, opening up room-scale VR and making but VR and AR more comfortable to use. Co-founder of Nitero, Pat Kelly, is also joining AMD as corporate vice president, Wireless IP.

Source: AMD



Mad Catz Voluntarily Enters Bankruptcy

Category: General News
Posted: April 4, 2017 10:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

On March 30, 2017, Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. voluntarily entered bankruptcy, with all of the directors and officers of the company resigning and the subsidiary Mad Catz, Inc. ceasing operations. This follows efforts by a special committee within the company to find strategic alternatives, such as selling part or all of the company. It appears none of these strategies would have satisfactorily solved the company's cash liquidity problems. Just a week before this announcement the process to delist the company from the New York Stock Exchange started after NYSE staff notified the company that stocks were at an "abnormally low trading price." Also, last year the Saitek brand of simulation game controllers was sold off to Logitech for $13 million, but apparently that infusion of cash was not enough.

Source: GlobalNewswire



JEDEC Working on DDR5 and NVDIMM-P Standards

Category: General News
Posted: March 31, 2017 12:58PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It may not seem like DDR4 RAM has been around for long, especially as AMD only just started supporting it with the launch of the Ryzen processors and AM4 platform, but already JEDEC has announced it is developing the DDR5 standard. The plan is for DDR5 to double the bandwidth and density of DDR4 while also improving efficiency, which are characteristics everyone wants but you do not need to worry about your new systems being outdated already. This announcement from JEDEC is just that this standard is being worked on, and publication of it is not expected until next year. It will take time after that before manufacturers will start supporting it.

Along with DDR5, JEDEC is also working on the NVDIMM-P design standard, a hybrid DIMM technology that is meant to offer a high capacity persistent memory module. Conventional RAM, like DDR4 and DDR5, is volatile memory so when power is lost so is the data, but NVDIMM uses non-volatile memory to protect against this loss. Chances are this technology is just intended for servers and not regular consumers.

Source: JEDEC



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