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Next NVIDIA GPU Generation Rumored to be Ampere

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: November 14, 2017 01:15PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

We are looking at a rumor here that comes from Heise.de, but being a rumor hardly stops it from being interesting. According to Heise.de and Wccftech, sourced below, the next generation of GPUs from NVIDIA will be called Ampere, following in the line of other scientist names like Fermi, Maxwell, and Pascal. Supposed Ampere will be shown off at GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2018.

On its own, the next name being Ampere is not too surprising, but there is more to this rumor. Supposedly Ampere will be the successor to Pascal in the consumer space, meaning GeForce cards. One would expect Volta to be next, as has been shown in various roadmaps, especially as the architecture has already been shown off at events. Time will tell how much truth there is to this rumor; whether just the name is correct and what the next GeForce series contains.

Source: Wccftech

Samsung Reveals GDDR6 Memory Capable of 16 Gbps Among CES Innovation Award Winners

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: November 14, 2017 07:09AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While HBM1/2 has been of significant interest in recent years for its capabilities in GPUs, GDDR-based memory is hardly going away and the GDDR6 standard is coming and making strides of its own. Samsung, in its press release for its 36 CES 2018 Innovation Award winners, reveals it has GDDR6 memory capable of 16 Gbps with 64 GB/s I/O bandwidth. In the short blurb about the memory, which is a fair distance down the page (it starts "Samsung 16 Gb GDDR6 Memory" if you just want to search on the page), the company points out this is enough to transfer 12 DVDs per second. However, the detail that is equally important is the memory operates at 1.35 V. For comparison, GDDR5 typically takes 1.5 V for 8 Gbps, according to the same blurb.

It is hard to say when exactly we might see GDDR6 in consumer products, or what those products might be. AMD launched its Vega GPUs in recent months and they all use HBM2 while NVIDIA is using GDDR5 and GDDR5X across its consumer product stack. The current Vega GPUs are targeting the higher end though, so perhaps we will see GDDR6 used in future AMD mid-range GPUs. Only time will tell.

Source: Samsung

Raja Koduri Joining Intel as Company Wants to Enter High-End Discrete Graphics

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: November 8, 2017 04:49PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was just this morning I wrote and posted on Raja Koduri leaving AMD, where he had been the head of Radeon Technologies Group, and now we know where he is going, and some of the work he will be doing. Intel has hired him to be a chief architect and Senior Vice President of the Core and Visual Computing Group, a newly formed group within the company. With Koduri, Intel hopes to unify and expand intellectual property across computing, graphics, media, imaging, and machine intelligence, ultimately allowing it to lead in computing and graphics with new components.

This is definitely interesting news, as Intel has not had much luck previously with developing discrete graphic solutions, and is even more interesting with the recently announced AMD-Intel partnership. That partnership is to bring a semi-custom Radeon GPU with HBM2 onto the same package as an Intel CPU to make powerful, yet still thin laptops.

Raja Koduri will officially start at Intel in early December.

Source: Intel

Raja Koduri Leaving AMD

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: November 8, 2017 07:08AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back in September, Raja Koduri, the head AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, announced he was taking a sabbatical to spend time with his family but would be returning in December. That is no longer the case as he has sent another memo out at AMD, stating he has concluded it is time to leave the company. His sabbatical gave him the time to reflect and so he has decided he wishes "to pursue my passion beyond hardware and explore driving broader solutions."

As AMD CEO Lisa Su has been overseeing Radeon Technologies Group since the sabbatical began, she will continue to do so until a successor is found.

Here is the complete text of the memo HEXUS received and published:

To my AMD family,


Forty is a significant number in history. It is a number representing transition, testing and change. I have just spent forty days away from the office going through such a transition. It was an important time with my family, and it also offered me a rare space for reflection. During this time I have come to the extremely difficult conclusion that it is time for me to leave RTG and AMD.


I have no question in my mind that RTG, and AMD, are marching firmly in the right direction as high-performance computing becomes ever-more-important in every aspect of our lives. I believe wholeheartedly in what we are doing with Vega, Navi and beyond, and I am incredibly proud of how far we have come and where we are going. The whole industry has stood up and taken notice of what we are doing. As I think about how computing will evolve, I feel more and more that I want to pursue my passion beyond hardware and explore driving broader solutions.


I want to thank Lisa and the AET for enabling me to pursue my passion during the last four years at AMD, and especially the last two years with RTG. Lisa has my utmost respect for exhibiting the courage to enable me with RTG, for believing in me and for going out of her way to support me. I would also like to call out Mark Papermaster who brought me into AMD, for his huge passion for technology and for his relentless support through many difficult phases. And of course, I want to thank each and every one of my direct staff and my indirect staff who have worked so hard with me to build what we have now got. I am very proud of the strong leaders we have and I'm fully confident that they can execute on the compelling roadmap ahead.


I will continue to be an ardent fan and user of AMD technologies for both personal and professional use.


As I mentioned, leaving AMD and RTG has been an extremely difficult decision for me. But I felt it is the right one for me personally at this point. Time will tell. I will be following with great interest the progress you will make over the next several years.


On a final note, I have asked a lot of you in the last two years. You've always delivered. You've made me successful both personally and professionally, for which I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I have these final requests from you as I leave:


. Stay focused on the roadmap!

. Deliver on your commitments!

. Continue the culture of Passion, Persistence and Play!

. Make AMD proud!

. Make me proud!





Source: HEXUS

Samsung HMD Odyssey Announced for Windows Mixed Reality Platform

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: October 3, 2017 10:32AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Currently VR is dominated by Oculus and HTC Vive headsets, but thanks to Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform, we should be seeing many more headsets in the near future. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo are all working on WMR headsets and now Samsung has joined the list with its HMD Odyssey. This headset differs from the others by having AKG headphones built in and it also features dual 3.5 in AMOLED displays. Like the other headsets though, it has inside-out tracking, so special tracking devices are not needed.

Pre-orders for the US are to begin today with the headset being available later this year.

Source: Samsung

AMD Releases NVMe RAID Driver for Threadripper X399 Platform

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: October 2, 2017 09:39AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today AMD has released the driver and management software needed for its Threadripper X399 platform to create an NVMe RAID. This is for those HEDT users that need the resilience, speed, or both that RAID 0, 1, and 10 can offer. There are no activation keys, license fees, or SSD restrictions, so if you have the hardware, you can just download and install the latest AMD DRAIDXpert2 package, update your BIOS, and build a very fast RAID.

To show off what is possible with this driver on its platform, AMD had its performance lab test up to six 512 GB Samsung 960 Pro NVMe SSDs. Without adapters, the platform only supports up to seven simultaneous PCIe devices, which is why they tested up to six drives, assuming the seventh PCIe device would be a GPU. With a six of the drives in RAID 0, AMD reached 21.2 GB/s for read (6x scaling) and 11.5 GB/s write (5.38x scaling). You can see the results in the chart below.

Source: AMD

Raja Koduri Taking Sabbatical from AMD, Returning in December

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: September 13, 2017 07:24AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This news was somewhat surprising to see today as Raja Koduri, the head of Radeon Technologies Group, the GPU division of AMD, is going to be taking a sabbatical from September 25 into December. This follows closely behind the release of the RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 GPUs, but as Raja notes in the email he sent to RTG colleagues, the last quarter of the year is the best time to take off, before there is new excitement over what 2018 will bring. He also explains he has been considering taking this time off for a while, so he can spend more time with his family, instead of working on Vega.

Until Raja's return, Lisa Su, the President and CEO AMD, will be heading RTG. Interestingly, one line in the email does state he will be shifting his "focus more toward architecting" and "rebalancing my operational responsibilities," so perhaps when he returns his role might be different.

Here is the email for you to read:

RTG Team,

You haven't heard from me collectively in a while - a symptom not only of the whirlwind of launching Vega, but simply of the huge number of demands on my time since the formation of RTG. Looking back over this short period, it is an impressive view. We have delivered 6 straight quarters of double-digit growth in graphics, culminating in the launch of Vega and being back in high-performance. What we have done with Vega is unparalleled. We entered the high-end gaming, professional workstation and machine intelligence markets with Vega in a very short period of time. The demand for Vega (and Polaris!) is fantastic, and overall momentum for our graphics is strong.

Incredibly, we as AMD also managed to spectacularly re-enter the high-performance CPU segments this year. We are all exceptionally proud of Ryzen, Epyc and Threadripper. The computing world is not the same anymore and the whole world is cheering for AMD. Congratulations and thanks to those of you in RTG who helped see these products through. The market for high-performance computing is on an explosive growth trajectory driven by machine intelligence, visual cloud, blockchain and other exciting new workloads. Our vision of immersive and instinctive computing is within grasp. As we enter 2018, I will be shifting my focus more toward architecting and realizing this vision and rebalancing my operational responsibilities.

At the beginning of the year I warned that Vega would be hard. At the time, some folks didn't believe me. Now many of you understand what I said. Vega was indeed hard on many, and my sincere heartfelt thanks to all of you who endured the Vega journey with me. Vega was personally hard on me as well and I used up a lot of family credits during this journey. I have decided to take a time-off in Q4 to spend time with my family. I have been contemplating this for a while now and there was never a good time to do this. Lisa and I agreed that Q4 is better than 2018, before the next wave of product excitement. Lisa will be acting as the leader of RTG during by absence. My sincere thanks to Lisa and rest of AET for supporting me in this decision and agreeing to take on additional workload during my absence.

I am looking to start my time-off on Sept 25th and return in December.

Thank you, all of you, for your unwavering focus, dedication and support over these past months, and for helping us to build something incredible. We are not done yet, and keep the momentum going!

Regards, Raja

Source: Tweak Town

AMD Announces Threadripper 16 Core/32 Thread HEDT CPUs and More

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: May 17, 2017 05:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Yesterday, May 16, AMD held its Financial Analyst Day where the company talked about its long-term strategy for delivering products and technologies to various compute markets. It also announced made some product announcements, such as revealing the Zen-based Naples CPUs for the server market are going to be named EPYC and Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPU for machine learning and advanced visualization. Little was said about the gaming version of Vega, but consumers were not forgotten as both the high and low-end of the CPU market, and the mobile APU market had announcements.

On the high-end, AMD formally announced its Ryzen Threadripper Zen-based CPU with up to 16 cores and 32 threads targeting the HEDT market. We have been seeing some information on what appears to be these chips leak for a bit now, including some engineering samples last week. The Threadripper CPUs will have expanded memory and I/O bandwidth to satisfy the needs of the HEDT market and will be coming this Summer. There will also be Ryzen PRO desktop CPUs targeting commercial, enterprise, and the public sector launching in H2 2017, with Ryzen PRO mobile CPUs coming H1 2018.

On the lower end, AMD announced the Ryzen 3 desktop CPUs are scheduled for Q3 of this year. For mobile, AMD confirmed its Ryzen Mobile APUs (the Raven Ridge APUs) will combine a 4 core/8 thread Zen CPU with Vega GPU cores to deliver 50% improved CPU performance and 40% improved graphics performance at half the power. These APUs will be launched in the second half of 2017 and should be found in premium 2-in-1s, ultraportables, and gaming form factors.

One last thing probably worth mentioning is that while 14 nm only just seemed to arrive, AMD revealed its intent to go to 7 nm with the Zen 2 CPU architecture and the Navi GPU architecture, which follows Vega.



Source: AMD

Saitek Line Sold to Logitech

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: September 16, 2016 10:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those of you who are familiar with the Saitek brand and its line of simulation game controllers, it has a new owner. Mad Catz has sold the brand and it assets to Logitech for a price of $13 million dollars. The CEO of Mad Catz has said that they are happy to see a company like Logitech make this purchase, as it will lead the brand into its next phase. This purchase will also enable Mad Catz to continue to advance its other products that Saitek's success enabled the company to produce, since Mad Catz purchased the brand in 2007.

Source: GlobeNewswire

AMD Announces Several New Professional Cards at SIGGRAPH

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 26, 2016 01:14PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At SIGGRAPH yesterday, AMD showed off a number of new professional-level products as part of its Capsaicin presentation, all featuring a special blue color, instead of the customary AMD red, including the new Radeon Pro WX series based on the Polaris architecture. Like the Polaris-based RX 480, these new cards are meant to bring high-level performance at low cost and creating "the art of the impossible." The largest of the three cards, the Radeon Pro WX 7100 GPU will cost under $1000 and is meant for design engineering as well as media and entertainment workflows. It will use 32 compute units for 5+ TFLOPS and has 8 GB of VRAM on a 256-bit interface. The WX 5100 GPU is targeting product development and can leverage the power of game-engines in design visualization. This GPU has the same memory as the WX 7100 but only has 28 compute units and 4+ TFLOPS of compute power. The WX 4100 GPU is a half-height card for small form factor workstations, and is actually so small Raja Koduri pulled it from his pocket on stage (21:05 in the video below). Naturally with the smaller size comes lower specs at just 16 compute units, 2+ TFLOPS, and 4 GB of memory on a 128-bit interface. All of these GPUs though are able to drive up to four displays at 5K 30 Hz and are expected to be available in Q4 of 2016.

These were not the only GPUs shown off as a prototype Radeon Pro card was not only held up and powered an impressive demo. This prototype is meant to address the latency issues all GPUs have when trying to work with large files that cannot be held in their local memory. Its solution is having 1 TB of flash memory connected directly to the GPU using the PCIe M.2 standard, giving it the name Radeon Solid State Graphics (SSG). The demo of this showed an 8K video being played back on a conventional workstation at just 17 FPS, and at over 90 FPS with the Radeon Pro SSG. (Skip at 59:45 to see this portion of the stream.) Believe it or not but this prototype is also going to be available for sale as a developer kit, which will cost $9999, with full availability targeting 2017.

Of course these GPUs are not meant for we normal consumers, but for the professionals and those wishing to become the professionals that create the content we so eagerly consume. AMD also showed off several software solutions, including Radeon ProRender, which will soon be open source in September, and Project Loom, which can stitch together up to 24 cameras to create a 360 video in real time.

Full Capsaicin SIGGRAPH stream, with all of the demoes and announcements:



Source: AMD [1], [2], and [3]

Corsair Launches Fans With Magnetic Levitation Bearing

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 11, 2016 09:58AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Corsair has today launched its new ML Series of cooling fans that stand out from other fans by featuring a magnetic levitation bearing and custom rotor design. When powered, the bearing suspends the fan blades from the motor housing, significantly reducing friction. This, along with the customizable rubberized damping corners on some versions, allows the fans to produce very little noise even at high RPMs. The fans have a wide PWM control range, from 400 RPM to 2000 RPM for the 140 mm versions and 2400 RPM for the 120 mm versions. The noise level spans 16 dBA to 37 dBA at those RPM extremes, for both sizes.

In total, there are ten options in the ML Series; five 120 mm fans and a similar five 140 mm fans. First are the ML120 and ML140, which come in a two pack and lack the rubber corners. These packs are $34.99 and $39.99 for the 120 mm and 140 mm versions, respectively. The PRO versions features the rubberized, replaceable, color coordinated corners, but only come in single packs. These cost $24.99 and $28.99. Finally there are the PRO LED White, Red, and Blue versions, which also have LEDs mounted on the center rotor to light up the fan. These cost $27.99 and $30.99 for the 120 mm and 140 mm versions respectively. All of the fans are backed by a five year warranty and are available immediately.

Source: Press Release and Corsair

NVIDIA Giving Away $100,000 Worth of Prizes in E3 #GameReady Contest

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: June 10, 2016 11:27AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In anticipation of E3 starting, NVIDIA has unveiled a contest it will hold during the convention, where you can enter to win prizes from game keys and Steam gift cards, to a GTX 1080 and a complete PC with SLI GTX 1080, Surround setup, and HTC Vive. All it takes to enter is posting to Twitter or Instagram with a mention of a game at E3, tagging @ NVIDIA and using #GameReady. You can also follow the NGN, NVIDIA Gaming Network YouTube channel and leave a comment on any E3 video.

The entry period started 9 AM PST on June 6 and ends 6 PM PST June 17 and winners will be announced on or around June 30.



Source: NVIDIA

New Motherboards and BRIX Systems Presented by GIGABYTE

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: May 31, 2016 01:06PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With the recent release of Intel's 10-Core CPU, the Core i7 6950X Extreme Edition, GIGABYTE has announced new motherboards using the X99 chipset that will allow consumers to put the CPU's power to use with the latest technologies.

The new Ultra Gaming Motherboards are meant for gamers and have features like Ambient Surround LED, Hybrid Fan Control, and M.2 & U.2 support. The Ambient Surround LED allows gamers to control the lights on the motherboard and those connected by the LED Strip Pin Headers, setting the color of the lights and the lighting method. Hybrid Fan Control enables the user to control aftermarket fans and pumps, whether they use Voltage Calibration or Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). The M.2 & U.2 support means the latest NVMe PCIe SSDs can be connected to the motherboard, so you can take advantage of the nearly four-times greater transfer speeds these technologies allow.

For those less concerned with the type of motherboard they are using, but instead that they work and work well, GIGABYTE has created the Designare Motherboards. These are meant for content creators, designers, and artists, allowing them to take advantage of the latest technologies, such as USB 3.1 and the ability to run three NVMe SSDs in RAID 0, to quite effectively remove load times.

Finally GIGABYTE has debuted some new additions to its BRIX offerings. The BRIX Gaming UHD is a small system that weighs less than 2 KG and takes up less than 2.6 liters of space. It is a barebones system and can come with either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. The GIGABYTE PC is a larger offering, but still only takes up 10 liters of space. That extra volume allows it to be upgraded with a discrete graphics card.


Thermaltake Announces New Tower, Radiator Fan, and PSU

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: May 31, 2016 10:18AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Thermaltake has announced a number of new products at Computex already, including a new case, Project The Tower. Originally it was an entry in the 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational, but the company decided to work with its original creator, Mathieu Heredia, who is also co-owner of WaterMOD France, to bring it to mass production. Some changes were made to the original design, for example the original had an open front, so to prevent dust from collecting, a clear acrylic panel has been added, so you can still easily look into and show off your hardware. The design was also modified to provide plenty of space for cable management and system expansion. It has two 3.5/2.5 in and two 2.5 in drive trays visible in the front-center of the case, with two more 3.5/2.5 in trays hidden in the back panel. It also has room for up to three dual-slot GPUs as much as 400 mm in length, a 260 mm CPU cooler, and a power supply as long as 220 mm. Naturally it also has various mounting points and brackets for AIO and DIY liquid cooling systems, and supports 120 mm and 140 mm fan sizes. It even supports dual liquid cooling systems. Project The Tower will be available soon.

In addition to the new case, Thermaltake has also announced new Riing 12 LED RGB radiator fans. When connected to a Digital Fan Hub and Riing RGB Software, the fans can be lit up in 256 colors, or put in an RGB Cycle mode that moves between colors. The fan hub supports up to 48 Riing RGB fans and by manipulating the FAN MODE bar in the software, they can be switched between Performance and Silent operation. The fan has been designed to move a large air volume but also features hydraulic bearings and anti-vibration pads to keep things quiet.

Thermaltake has also released two new series of power supplies; the Toughpower DPS G RGB Titanium Series (850W/1000W/1500W) and Toughpower DPS G RGB Gold Series (650W/750W/850W). These PSUs all feature an ultra-quiet 140 mm RGB fan, which makes them the first PSUs in the world to do so. They also sport high quality components and a 10 year warranty. The Titanium series has a 32-bit microcontroller unit (MCU) from STMicroelectronics, while the Gold series get its 32-big MCU from Microchip Technology, but they are all compatible with the Thermaltake Smart Power Management platform. The Titanium series meets the 80 PLUS Titanium efficiency requirement of 94% efficiency at expected load conditions, while the Gold series achieves the 80 PLUS Gold requirement of 90%. All of the power supplies are fully modular with individually sleeved, flat cables.

Source: Thermaltake (Project The Tower), Thermaltake (Riing 12 LED Radiator Fan), and Thermaltake (Toughpower DPS G RGB Series)

Robots Replace 60,000 Workers at Foxconn Factory

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: May 25, 2016 05:20PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Foxconn, a motherboard manufacturer that is also the supplier for Apple products, has announced that it has cut 60,000 employees at a factory located in Kunshan, a Chinese manufacturing hub. The job cuts are due to the implementation of robots at the factory, as Xu Yulian, a Foxconn spokesperson, revealed that "The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots." The news comes a little less than a year after 146 workers lost their lives in an explosion at the Taiwanese-owned metalwork factory in Kunshan, which prompted the government to pledge 2 billion yuan per year in subsidies for the implementation of industrial robots. The move for Foxconn to replace more than half of its workforce at the Kunshan factory was also to reduce its overall costs, as many jobs within the area are being lost to other countries like India, which feature low labor costs that compete directly with China. The robots at the facility should allow for continued growth of Foxconn's operations within Kunshan.

Source: The Stack

Intel is Reportedly Cutting Thousands of Jobs This Year

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: April 18, 2016 04:09AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to multiple sources within the company that are familiar with its plans, Intel is looking to cut thousands of jobs throughout this year in an effort to reorganize its business objectives and maintain its healthy profit margins. While the job cuts have not been officially announced within the company or even publicly disclosed, those familiar with the matter note that the reduction in employment at Intel will decrease numbers in some parts of the business by double digits. Additionally, the next round of job cuts at Intel is expected to be larger than the layoffs that occurred last year in which more than 1,100 jobs were eliminated. The reduction in Intel's workforce is supposedly due to the shifting business market as more consumers purchase mobile devices and prolong upgrading their current personal computers. The company is also facing increased costs that are associated with manufacturing more complex and smaller chip designs.

With the recent change in top-level executives at Intel, and the refocus the company is taking on longterm growth, the thousands of job cuts that are expected throughout this year seem rather unsurprising.

Source: Oregon Live

NVIDIA HairWorks Source Code Released to GitHUB

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: March 23, 2016 11:48AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

NVIDIA has released the source code of its HairWorks technology to GitHUB. HairWorks is part of the company's GameWorks program, which provides easy-to-use solutions for various visual effects; in this case, the simulation of hair and fur. One of the games that uses HairWorks is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which had some issues with the technology on AMD GPUs.

Other GameWorks libraries have had their source code released, including PhysX, PhysX Clothing, PhysX Destruction, volumetric lighting, and the FaceWorks demo. The next library to have its code released will be HBAO+, according to the press release. This is an ambient occlusion technology that debuted in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist and does (I believe) a very good job of accurately rendering environmental shadows at full resolution, without the usual hit to performance.

Source: Press Release and NVIDIA Developer Zone

Apple and Samsung Headed to the Supreme Court

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: March 21, 2016 10:13AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back in 2012, Apple won a lawsuit against Samsung, claiming that its patents had been infringed and it was ruled that Samsung should pay $1.05 billion. A lot has happened since then, including the damages being reduced to $548 million, Apple losing other patent infringement cases, and Apple's pinch-to-zoom patents being deemed invalid by the USPTO, though Apple has appealed that decision to the Federal Circuit court.

In December Samsung finally paid Apple the damages the courts set, but with the condition it is returned if the patents were deemed invalid or if Samsung won the case on appeal. While Samsung lost its petition for a new trial, its appeal to the Supreme Court has succeeded as today it announced it will hear the case in the next term, which starts in October.

Obviously Samsung is pleased with this decision and hopes the ruling will not only be in its favor, but also set a new precedent for how patents are interpreted. Many other companies have expressed similar concerns that Apple's 2012 victory could allow others to use patents to stifle innovation and the development of modern technologies.

Source: Fortune

Thermaltake Launches Professional Liquid Cooling and Modding Online Shop

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 28, 2016 02:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Thermaltake has officially launched its TT Premium website, which is the most comprehensive and professional liquid cooling and modding online shop available, according to the company. The website boasts four categories of items, which include products, liquid cooling kits, chassis, and digital power supplies. Consumers who visit the website will be able to order items that are already available, as well as those that will be released in the near future. TT Premium features a new logo design and follows Thermaltake's core values of excellent quality, unique design, diverse combinations, and boundless creativity, ensuring a stellar experience when shopping on the website. Thermaltake has revealed that TT Premium features global shipping as an option, and notes that customer service is standing by if any issues or questions arise in regards to product availability, product fit, payments, shipping, and more.

Source: Press Release

Pascal GPUs May Have Been Found on Shipping Manifest

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 13, 2016 09:24AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This is definitely a rumor, but one many people have likely been looking forward to. It appears some of NVIDIA's Pascal GPUs have been found on shipping manifests on Zauba, which is a typically accurate source of such information. If correct, the manifest appears to describe the GP104 chip and it will be 35 mm2 in size with 2152 pins. The GP104 is expected to replace the GM204 chips found in the GTX 980, which are about 40 mm2 and have 1745 pins. The manifest also lists water cooling, which suggests the upcoming NVIDIA GPUs may have that as a stock feature, like some AMD GPUs.

Of course this is just a rumor because the manifest does not specifically identify the parts as being the GP104 or even for NVIDIA. In order to protect against leaks, companies will try to obfuscate the information by scrambling codenames and ship from different ports than they normally do. Apparently the source of this rumor has some inside information to positively identify the parts listed on the manifest, or this, like other rumors, may be a false lead. Only time will tell.

Source: WCCFtech

AMD Moving to Unified Socket with Zen

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 8, 2016 02:42PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A lot of people are already looking forward to the release of the Zen architecture by AMD later this year. It is expected to come with a significant performance improvement over current AMD processors and include support new technologies like DDR4. Now it has been confirmed that it will be on a unified socket named AM4.

Currently AMD employs three sockets and each covers a different platform class. The AM3+ socket is the one used by the company's high performance CPUs, with FM2+ for the APUs, and finally the AM1 socket is for entry level platforms. Going to a single socket will tremendously simplify things for many people as all Zen-supporting motherboards will be able to accept any Zen-based processor. This does also mean that anyone wanting to upgrade to Zen, when it launches, will also have to upgrade their motherboard, so you will have to save up a bit more to make the move.

Source: Legit Reviews

MSI Showcases Plenty of Products at CES

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 6, 2016 01:56PM
Author: Brentt Moore

MSI, a worldwide leader in computer components that was founded in 1986, has chosen to unveil a wealth of different products at this year's CES. In terms of laptops and mobile computing units, MSI is showcasing the GS40 Phantom, the GT72S Tobii, the GS72 Stealth Pro, and the WS72 Workstation. The company is also showing off various desktop units, such as the Cubi 2 Plus, the Vortex Gaming Tower, and the Nightblade X2/MI2. The Gaming 27XT is also on display at CES, which is the world's first all-in-one computer that is capable of supporting an external desktop graphics card. Motherboard wise, MSI is revealing the Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON Edition, the X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON Edition, and the B150M GAMING 3X. While the company is not showing off any new graphics cards at CES, it is showing off various accessories such as three-way and four-way SLI bridges, as well as technology advances and partnerships..

Interested CES attendees can take a look at all of the aforementioned products and more at the MSI booth, which will be available from today until January 9.

Source: Press Release

Consumer Files Class-Action Lawsuit Against AMD Over Bulldozer Core Count

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: November 9, 2015 04:46AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Tony Dickey has officially filed a class-action lawsuit against AMD in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division. The lawsuit, which features the case number of 5:15-cv-04922-PSG, has been filed on the behalf of himself and other consumers like him, and states that AMD claimed and advertised that it’s Bulldozer CPU had a total of eight cores, when in reality it only has four. Dickey notes that Bulldozer CPUs from AMD are not able to perform eight instructions simultaneously and independently, as normal eight core processors can, due to the manufacturing process where AMD stripped away components from two cores and combined them to make a single module.

Dickey notes that tens of thousands of consumers have been misled into buying Bulldozer CPUs, and the he claims that AMD violated the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, California’s Unfair Competition Law, false advertising, fraud, breach of express warrant, negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment. Dickey is suing for damages, including statutory and punitive damages, litigation expenses, pre- and post-judgment interest, as well as other injunctive and declaratory relief. 

Source: Legal News Line

Target OC: Open Target Competition Being Hosted by GIGABYTE

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: November 6, 2015 04:32AM
Author: Brentt Moore

GIGABYTE has officially revealed that it will be the host of the upcoming overlocking competition known as Target OC: Open Target. The competition, which will allow overclockers from across the world to compete with one another in different cooling and CPU categories, will run from November 8, 2015 until December 31, 2015 on HWBOT. Participants will have to utilize the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and Geekbench 3 to overcome various challenges, which happen to change each weak. A wealth of prizes are available to contestants, such as the GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 3, GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC FORCE, and GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboards, as well as $500 and $250 cash winnings.

For more information on the GIGABYTE hosted Target OC: Open Target challenge, to include a full list of rules and guidelines, please visit the competition’s official website.

Source: Press Release

Jim Keller Leaves AMD Amidst Zen Architecture Development

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: September 18, 2015 09:19PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Jim Keller, the microprocessor engineer at AMD that held the Chief Architect of Microprocessor Cores title and was involved with the creation of the K7 architecture and served as the lead architect on the K8 architecture, has officially left the company in order to pursue other opportunities. Keller has left AMD in the past, when he went to Apple to help develop the A4 and A5 SoCs, but rejoined the Intel rival in 2012 in order to work on the company’s Zen architecture. An AMD spokesperson noted that "Jim was responsible for overseeing the teams defining the roadmaps for AMD’s CPU cores, systems IP, and server and client SoCs." Despite the strong role that Keller held within AMD, the company revealed that "Jim’s departure is not expected to impact our public product or technology roadmaps, and we remain on track for "Zen" sampling in 2016 with first full year of revenue in 2017."

Mark Papermaster, the Chief Technology Officer for AMD, will take the place of Keller to oversee the continued development of the Zen architecture, which AMD is counting quite heavily on.

Source: HEXUS

AMD Supposedly Regains Slight GPU Market Share from NVIDIA

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: September 17, 2015 06:45PM
Author: Brentt Moore

It was reported just around a month ago that AMD lost considerable GPU market share to NVIDIA, with the company claiming only 18 percent of all add-in-board shipments in the second quarter of this year. It looks like AMD may be turning the unfortunate situation around, as Barron’s, an American financial magazine that provides in-depth analysis and commentary on the markets, has reported that AMD has regained a very small piece of the total market share concerning GPUs. Barron’s uses analysis that involves the tracking of discrete GPU prices over various time periods, and notes that concerning the third quarter of this year, AMD cards found within the $200 and $400 range are selling at or above MSRP. Meanwhile, NVIDIA cards are sold below their MSRP and generally feature rebate offers of up to $60. This analysis concludes that AMD is regaining market share over NVIDIA, since it is able to sell its cards to consumers at their suggest value instead of at deep discounts just to entice sales.

With the third quarter of this year still having around two weeks left, and no hard data being provided in terms of percentages, time will tell if NVIDIA market share is actually slipping as Barron’s analysis shows.

Source: WCCFtech

Radeon Technologies Group Formed by AMD

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: September 9, 2015 10:59PM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD ended up acquiring ATI roughly nine years ago for a whopping $5.6 billion, and since then has successfully offered a wealth of products in the graphics card realm by utilizing various company technologies. The company unfortunately has been failing to capture market share, as it was recently reported that AMD controls just 18 percent of the total GPU market, with NVIDIA obviously leading. Now, AMD has decided in a strategic decision to split off its GPU business from its CPU business and has formed the Radeon Technologies Group. President and CEO of AMD, Dr. Lisa Su, publically noted that "With the creation of the Radeon Technologies Group we are putting in place a more agile, vertically-integrated graphics organization focused on solidifying our position as the graphics industry leader, recapturing profitable share across traditional graphics markets, and staking leadership positions in new markets such as virtual and augmented reality."

The latest group formed by AMD is being led by Raja Koduri, who will oversee all of the aspects of various graphics technologies used in the company’s APU, discrete GPU, semi-custom, and GPU compute products. Koduri, who will report directly to Dr. Su, has more than 20 years of experience in developing solutions for visual computing on personal computers and has been directly involved in development of the industry’s first graphics chip with integrated High-Bandwidth Memory as well as AMD’s LiquidVR initiative.

Source: Press Release

AMD Lowers Q2 Guidance Due to Poor Sales Performance

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 8, 2015 02:53AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD just cannot seem to catch a break when it comes to its own financial wellbeing. According to a press release recently published, AMD noted that investors should expect revenue to be down eight percent sequentially, which is two percent lower than its worst case scenario financial situation the chipmaker described in a conference call with financial analysts last April. As of right now, it is expected that AMD’s Q2 revenue will be roughly 34 percent lower than the same quarter last year. Additionally, AMD is now expecting its gross margin to be 28 percent, down from its 32 percent expectation that it previously set this year. Most of the blame regarding AMD’s poor results come from "weaker than expected consumer PC demand." While its enterprise, embedded, and semi-custom segment met company expectations, the computing and graphics reporting segment will take the largest losses. The Intel rival will also take a on a onetime charge of $33 million to transition some of its chip designs from the 20nm process to the latest FinFET node.

The lowered Q2 guidance announced by AMD pushed investors to sell a wealth of shares, and as a result, AMD’s share price dropped over 15 percent. AMD is expected to announce its Q2 2015 results on July 16.

Source: NASDAQ.com and The Register

Fractal Design Launches New Products at COMPUTEX 2015

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: June 2, 2015 05:27AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Fractal Design, which brings consumers products that feature Scandinavian design and quality, has launched a few new products at this year’s COMPUTEX in Taipei. The new products include the Node 202 chassis, the Node 202 with a bundled Integra SFX power supply unit, the Core 500 computer case, and updated Kelvin T12, S24, and S36 models.

The Node 202 is a highly versatile case that supports Mini-ITX motherboards and can be placed horizontally or vertically. The case provides consumers with separate motherboard and graphics card chambers and includes strategically placed air filters that help to ensure a dust free case interior. The Node 202 with the Fractal Design Integra SFX power supply offers consumers with all of the benefits of the Node 202 along with a 450W 80PLUS Bronze PSU that features specialized cables for the case as well as a three-year warranty. The Core 500 is a compact chassis that is roughly double the size of the Node 202, and while it only supports Mini-ITX motherboards, it does offer support for ATX power supplies, tall CPU cooler towers, and water cooling gear. The Kelvin series by Fractal Design has been updated with Dynamic GP-12 PWM fans, an included 9V speed adapter, and improved dedicated fill port design and quality.

The Node 202, the Node 202 with the Integra SFC 450W PSU, and the Core 500 feature an MSRP of $79.99, $139.99, and $59.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release

ECS Will Display New LIVA Mini PCs, LEET Motherboards, and DURATHON 2 Technology at COMPUTEX 2015

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: June 1, 2015 05:42AM
Author: Brentt Moore

COMPUTEX, which happens to be one of Asia’s largest trade shows that broadcasts technology from some of the most respected brands in the electronics industry, will go underway in Taipei, Taiwan very soon. ECS, a motherboard manufacturer which happens to be based out of Taiwan, has announced that it will show off a wealth of new products and offerings, to include new LIVA Mini PCs, LEET motherboards, and DURATHON 2 technology, at COMPUTEX 2015. 

The company has revealed that it will showcase the brand new flagship LIVA Core, the world’s first PC to include the Intel Core M 14nm processor, as well as the LIVA X2. According to ECS, both new Mini PC products are the world’s first Mini PCs to support Windows 10 Cortana voice assistance via native dual microphones. ECS has also revealed that it will be showcasing new LEET motherboards at COMPUTEX 2015. The motherboards, which are marketed towards gamers, provide Dragon gaming Ethernet, HDMI 2.0 video output, 10Gbps USB 3.0 ports, two-way graphics card support, and M.2 and SATA-Express connectors. Thanks to its research and development department, ECS will also showcase its DURATHON 2 technology at this year’s COMPUTEX. The technology ensures that motherboards are built with high-quality components, undergo strict environmental testing, utilize simple PCB printing, and feature an enhanced overclocking function in the BIOS.

Source: Press Release

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