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AMD Hires Mike Rayfield and David Wang to Lead Radeon Technologies Group

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 23, 2018 02:49PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It came as something of a surprise last year when Raja Koduri first announced his sabbatical from Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), the graphics side of AMD, followed by his resignation and then hiring by Intel. Lisa Su, the CEO and President of AMD, took over his duties in leading RTG when the sabbatical started in September, but this was always meant as a temporary role for her, ending when Raja returned, or as we now know his replacement is found. Today the company has announced industry leaders Mike Rayfield and David Wang are joining AMD, with Rayfield as a senior vice president and general manager of RTG and Wang as senior vice president of engineering for RTG.

Mike Rayfield is coming from Micro Technology, where he was senior president and general manager of the Mobile Business Unit, which achieved significant growth and improved profitability. Prior to working at Micro he was the general manager of the Mobile Business Unit at NVIDIA where he led the team that created Tegra. At AMD he will be responsible for all aspects of strategy and business management for consumer graphics, professional graphics, and semi-custom products.

David Wang is coming back to AMD from Synaptics, where he was the senior vice president of Systems Silicon Engineering. Synaptics better than quadrupled its design team under Wang, through acquisition and natural growth. Prior to Synapics Wang worked at AMD as a corporate vice president and was responsible for SOC development of the company's processors. In his new role he will be responsible for all aspects of graphics engineering, including technical strategy, architecture, hardware, and software for AMD graphics.

Source: AMD

TSMC 5 nm Fab Construction Starting Soon

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 23, 2018 12:44PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

We do not have many, if any, 7 nm-based products available on the market yet, but to keep ahead of competition, TSMC is expected to break ground for its 5 nm fab sometime this week. This new fab will be located in the Southern Taiwan Science Park, which is also the location the company will build its 3 nm fab in 2020. As TSMC currently has a lead in 7 nm production orders, even managing to outbid Samsung on Apple's order for iPhone processors, it is certainly eager to press its advantage to maintain dominance. Samsung is continuing to work on its 4 nm process and only time will tell how it will compare to TSMC's 5 nm node.

Source: DigiTimes

Mass Production of 16 Gb GDDR6 Started by Samsung

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 18, 2018 02:31PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While a lot of attention has been paid to both generations of High Bandwidth Memory since AMD launched its R9 Fury GPUs with HBM1, and then RX Vega with HBM2, the way HBM is used can make it more expensive to work with compared to the aging GDDR5 of most video cards today. While HBM will still offer some important advantages, GDDR6 is coming, especially now that Samsung has begun mass production of the next generation memory.

The chips Samsung are working now are 16 Gb GDDR6 chips, made using Samsung's 10 nm class process. The company's GDDR5 chips are based on a 20 nm process and are only 8 Gb, so this offers double the density while also increasing performance. Up to 18 Gbps pin speed and transfers of 72 GB/s is possible with these GDDR6 chips, compared to the 8 Gb GDDR5 chips' 8 Gbps pin speed. With its low-power circuit design, these chips will achieves this speed at just 1.35 V, which is appreciably lower than the 1.55 V used by most implementations of GDDR5.

Last I saw, there is no word on when AMD or NVIDIA will adopt GDDR6.

Source: Samsung

Samsung Begins Mass Production of Improved HBM2

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 11, 2018 10:54AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As graphics and other workloads move more and more to using large amounts of data, the need for faster memory and more efficient will grow. This is why new memory technologies have been and continue to be developed, such as High Bandwidth Memory, HBM, with HBM2 being used in some devices today. Samsung is among the companies developing and producing HBM2 and announced today it is starting mass production of its second generation HBM2, called Aquabolt.

Samsung's first generation HBM2 is called Flarebolt and is able to achieve 1.6 Gbps per pin at 1.2 V and 2.0 Gbps at 1.35 V. Aquabolt surpasses both values, reaching 2.4 Gbps pin speed at 1.2 V, which translates to 307 GB/s bandwidth for a single 8 Gb package on a 1024-bit bus. For comparison, an 8 Gb GDDR5 chip can provide 32 GB/s bandwidth, using a 32-bit bus.

Source: Samsung

Deepcool Shows Off New Cases and Coolers at CES 2018

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 10, 2018 01:37PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking to put together a new build, or transplant an old one to a new case, Deepcool has a couple cases to consider. First up is the QUADSTELLAR with its interesting four-compartment design. This allows components to be separated, preventing heat dissipation interference. It is also a smart PC case, allowing its RGB lighting and heat dissipation system to be controller through an APP. It supports up to an E-ATX motherboard and will be available in an Electro Limited Edition. This limited edition will only see 100 units made available in May.

A more conventional looking case, the ARK 90 is meant to make custom water-cooling easier as it supports E-ATC motherboards and has a variety of mounting options for your cooling system. Its front panel features an external transparent water-tube with flow rotor, so you can easily observe the dynamic flow rate. Its front and top panels have tempered glass sections while the whole left side panel is tempered glass, and all with a black obsidian texture. The integrated RGB lighting system makes showing off your components easier. Like the QUADSTELLAR, there will be an Electro Limited Edition and only 100 of them will be available in May.

If you have or a building an AMD Ryzen Threadripper build, Deepcool has also announced a pair of coolers targeting this large and powerful processor. A TR4 (the Threadripper socket) version of the Captain 240EX RGB AIO cooler has been launched, and the company states it is compatible with other processors as well. As the name suggests it also features an RGB lighting system and it can be controlled with a connected controller or through software via a motherboard header. An Electro Limited Edition will be available in May.

If all you want is an air cooler, the FRYZEN air cooler is going to be available in April, supporting all AMD sockets, including TR4 and the AM4 socket of the consumer Ryzen processors. With an ultra large copper base featuring mini-bumps and a parallel arrangement of six heat pipes, it will cover Threadripper processors to dissipate the heat they can put out. With inverse double-bladed fans it offers double the air pressure and double the performance of other coolers. It too has an RGB lighting system and it supports Addressable RGB for sync-control with motherboard lighting, but has built-in effects as well.

Source: Deepcool

Mushkin Announces Multiple New Products at CES 2018

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 10, 2018 12:45PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Mushkin has announced a number of products at CES 2018, so it is probably best to just jump right into them.

Three new M.2 2280 SSDs are coming from Mushkin: the Pilot; Pilot-E; and Helix-L. The Pilot has capacities ranging from 120 GB and 2 TB with max sequential read of 3.2 GB/s and sequential write of 1.9 GB/s. The Pilot-E SSDs cover from 250 GB to 2 TB and have a max sequential read of 3.5 GB/s and sequential write of 3 GB/s. The Helix-L is a lower cost SSD as it drops DRAM from its build, improving the price to GB ratio. Its capacities reach from 120 GB to 1 TB and the drives have a max sequential read of 2.4 GB/s and max write of 1.7 GB/s. All three of these SSD series offer end-to-end data path protection, LDPC ECC, global wear-leveling, and a 3-year warranty backing them.

Also in the M.2 2280 form factor are new Triactor SSDs, which target more budget-conscious consumers. The Triactor 3DL M.2 2280 SSDs will come in capacities from120 GB to 1 TB and have a max sequential read of 550 MB/s and sequential write of 505 MB/s. These SSDs uses the SATA Revision 3.1 interface and not NVMe 1.3 like the three mentioned above.

Mushkin is also launching it first external SSD, the CarbonEXT. It will use the USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface and achieves a maximum throughput of 450 MB/s over its ASMedia ASM1153E USB controller. Both Type-A and Type-C cables are included with the drives that will come in capacities from 120 GB to 1 TB.

They will not offer the same capacity, but Mushkin is also launching new SWAP OTG USB 3.1 flash drives. These will be available in both 32 GB and 64 GB capacities and use USB 3.1 to connect with the ability to swap between Type A and Type C connectors. They are USB On-The-Go compatible, which means supporting smartphones and tablets can directly connect to them. The read speeds can reach up to 225 MB/s and write up to 65 MB/s.

In addition to all of these SSDs and flash drives, Mushkin has also revealed a new, refreshed Silverline DDR4 heatsink. The new heatsink uses aircraft-grade aluminum to dissipate heat and features a diamond cut design to offer a refined, industrial look that will still turn heads. You can expect to see it on new Silverline DDR4 memory SKUs in Q2 2018.

Source: Press Release

MSI Shows Off New Monitors, Desktops, Motherboard, GPU, and Laptop at CES 2018

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 9, 2018 12:03PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

MSI is at CES 2018 as well and brought a number of products with it, including two new Optix gaming monitors. These are the Optix MPG27C and MPG27CQ, with the difference being the 27C is 1080p while the 27CQ is 1440p. What they have in common though is an 1800R curved VA panel with a 1 ms response time and 144 Hz refresh rate. These are the first gaming monitors with Steel Series GameSense built in, which means they have five RGB zones on the front that can be configured to notify you of various events, such as in-game times, Discord notifications, and more. The backs of the monitors also have RGB lighting. The VA panels off 100% coverage of the NTSC gamut and 115% coverage of sRGB. For ports the monitors have two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2, one USB 3 Type B, a headphones out, mic in, audio combo jack, two USB 3 Type A ports, and a Kensington lock. If the adjustability of the stand is not enough, the monitors support VESA mounting.

Coming to the desktops, the Trident 3 Arctic has been upgraded to include an Intel 8th Generation CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU. The Infinite X desktop uses a more traditional case design than the Arctic and has either dual steel or dual tempered glass side panels along with Mystic Light RGB LEDs. Inside you can find MSI GPUs, an Intel 8th Generation CPU, and MSI's Silent Storm Cooling 3 Pro liquid cooling. The Aegis Ti3 desktop will also be available later this year.

If you would rather build your own desktop, the Z370 Godlike Gaming motherboard was shown off with features like Killer xTend for improved connectivity. Killer xTend combines a built-in switch and wireless extend. The motherboard also has support for Triple Turbo M.2 with M.2 Shield V2, Turbo U.2 with Steel Armor, Xtreme Audio DAC with Nahimic 2, and Steel Armor for its DDR4 RAM slots.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z is also at CES with its Tri-Frozr thermal design using three TORX 2.0 fans. Between the fans and close quarters heat pipe cooling, with those heat pipes infused into the heatsink and backplate, the GPU should stay cool as you play.

Finally, MSI is also unveiling a new GT75VR Titan Pro laptop, which features the new Killer Wireless-AC 1550. Developed with Intel, this is the world's fastest 2x2 11ac wireless adapter as it reaches 1.73 Gbps throughput. It features 160 MHz channel support, allowing it to double the throughput of standard 2x2 11ac adapters.

Source: MSI

Corsair Announces Multiple Wireless Peripherals

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 8, 2018 06:38PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today Corsair announced more than a new PSU, CPU coolers, and cases but also a selection of wireless peripherals using of the company's UNPLUG and PLAY technology. The K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard, K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard, Dark Core RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse, and MM1000 Qi Wireless Charging Mouse Pad have also been revealed today, but those of you who wish to unplug when using your computer.

The K63 Wireless keyboard features Cherry MX Red switches and a gaming-optimized, ultra-fast 1ma 2.4 GHz connection or low latency Bluetooth wireless connection. To secure your keypresses, 128-bit AES encryption is used. The rechargeable battery will give you up to 75 hours of life and there is per-key customizable blue LED backlighting too, controlled via the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) along with the macros and programmable keys. It is also possible to connect a USB connection, if you want to go wired. As you can guess, the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard allows you to comfortably keep the keyboard on your lap with a lightweight surround and memory foam cushion. The lapboard also has a full-size replaceable mouse pad.





Speaking of mice, the Dark Core RGB wireless gaming mouse also features three connectivity modes, like the K63: 2.4 GHz; Bluetooth; and wired USB. The mouse has a couple interchangeable magnetic side grips so you can change the feel it has in your hand, to match your preferred fit, and three-zone RGB lighting, to match your taste. Its battery will last up to 24 hours and it has nine programmable buttons.



Charging the Dark Core RGB requires connecting it with USB, but if that is not wireless enough for you, you may want to look at the Dark Core RGB SE that features Qi wireless charging. Combined with the MM1000 Qi wireless charging mousepad, you can power the mouse by placing it in the Qi wireless charging spot. You can also use the MM1000 to charge any Qi compatible device, and as it includes USB Micro-B, Type-C, Lighting Qi charging adapters, and USB 3 pass-through, you are hardly limited to Qi devices only. The mousepad is 260 mm x 350 mm, has a non-slip rubber base, and LED charging indicator as well.



Both the K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard and Gaming Lapboard are available immediately from authorized retailers, while both versions of the Dark Core RGB mouse and MM1000 mousepad will be available later this month. All of these products have a two-year warranty.



Source: Corsair

Corsair Launches PSU, Coolers, and Computer Case

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 8, 2018 04:29PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Are you considering a monster computer that needs a lot of power to feed everything? If you are, Corsair has announced a new power supply you might want to consider as it can provide 1600 W and does so with better-than 80 Plus Titanium efficiency. The AX1600i achieves while being just 200 mm long, thanks to a move to Gallium Nitride (GaN) transistors instead of silicon transistors, which can be made smaller. It also supports CORSAIR LINK software, allowing control of various settings, and as the pictures show, comes with a lot of cables.



Corsair is not just launching the AX1600i, but also two new coolers, the H115i PRO and H150i PRO. Both of these have 360º RGB lighting on the pump cap and sport CORSAIR ML Series cooling fans, which can actually be completely stopped when the CPU is at low temperatures, further reducing noise. The H115i PRO has a 240 mm radiator while the H150i PRO has a 360 mm radiator.



If you are getting a new PSU and cooler, you will need a case to stick them in and Corsair has also launched the Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA mid-tower cases. The asymmetrical design comes in white, black, or red and features tempered glass side and front panels. SPEC-OMEGA can hold up to a 360 mm radiator, like the H150i PRO, and has an internal layout to help with cable management through tie-downs, routing holes, and grommets.



All of these products are available immediately from Corsair authorized retailers.

Source: Corsair

Cooler Master Announces New Coolers, PSUs, Peripherals, and Software at CES 2018

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: January 8, 2018 03:59PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Cooler Master has announced a slew of new products for our computers at CES 2018 today, so time to dive in. First up are the new CPU coolers the company announced, including various liquid coolers and new air coolers. The standout liquid cooler is the MasterLiquid ML2400 SMART that features addressable RGB lighting that will work with ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and Asrock motherboards. What makes it SMART is its ability to monitor temperature and change the RGB lighting accordingly. The MasterAir MA410M is an air cooler that also features this SMART capability. If you do not need temperature to influence the lighting, the MasterLiquid ML240R, ML120R, Master Fan MF120M and MF122R-Addressable RGB all lack that feature.

On the air-cooling side, the company also revealed its MasterAir G100M that uses custom Heat Column technology. This technology increases direct surface contact, improving heat transfer and cooling performance. The block of the Heat Column is 46.3 mm and allows the low-profile cooler to reach a TDP of 130 W. It does sport an RGB ring and fan.

To power all of the coolers, the MasterWatt V and MasterWatt Maker with Cooler Master Connect v2.0 power supplies have been announced. The MasterWatt V series are all 80 Plus Gold rated and has 550 W, 650 W, and 750 W models. They also feature 16AWG PCIe cables and EPS connectors that are thicker and more heat resistance, improving efficiency, and the maximum operating temperature has been upped to 50 ºC for extreme conditions. The 135 mm FDB fan will keep the system cool while you push your system, and the 10-year warranty will protect the PSUs.

The MasterWatt Maker with Cooler Master Connect v2.0 is a mouthful, but it is also 80 Plus Titanium, with the 1200 W and 1500 W models offer 94% efficiency. The 3D circuit design improves airflow though, to keep the temperatures low. With Cooler Master Connect v2.0, users will be able to monitor the PSU's performance in real time, and even store the data in the cloud.

Also on the software front, Cooler Master announced its new software division, MasterPlus+. It is working on an application to allow users to manage and monitor their PCs and devices that can connect to it. The first of the features it is getting though is lighting, and it will allow users to sync lights between the PC components, peripherals, the monitor, and even wall lighting.

Lastly, Cooler Master announced the M800 series of gaming peripherals, which covers the MK850 and MK851 keyboards, MM830 mouse, MP860 RGB mousepad, and MH850 headset. The MK851 features Aimpad technology, giving analog control to eight keys, including WASD, for more precise control than traditional on/off keyboard switches. The MK851 will only come with Cherry MX Red switches, while the MK850 offers Cherry MX Blue and Brown switches, but lacks Aimpad support. The MM830 mouse has four low-profile buttons forming a D-pad under your thumb, a 96x94 OLED screen for customization, and its Pixart 3360 sensor can reach up to 24,000 DPI. The MP860 RGB mousepad has two sides, with one being hard for precision and speedy movements and the other softer, for daily tasks. The MH850 headset has virtual 7.1 audio and uses FocusFX technology to isolate mid and high tones, to pick out subtle sounds during competitive play. Without FocusFX, the bass is elevated. The MH850 has cloth and leather ear pads for comfort, on-cup controls, detachable 3.5 mm and USB-C cables, a removable boom mic, and a flood flat design for storage.

The M800 series of peripherals are set to launch in Q2 and Q3.

Source: Press Releases

Samsung Announces Mass Production for 2nd Generation Process for 10 nm DRAM

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: December 20, 2017 10:29AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today Samsung announced it has begun mass production of its second generation 10 nm class 8 Gb DDR4 DRAM. These new DRAM chips feature better performance and efficiency than current chips, such as up to 3600 Mbps connections per pin, compared to the maximum 3200 Mbps for the previous generation from Samsung. This is combined with a 10-15% increase to energy efficiency, thanks to the use of advanced circuit design technologies, which have been applied without the use of a EUV process. An example would be an air spacer scheme that decreases parasitic capacitance between the bit lines.

Following this work, Samsung is accelerating its plans for introducing next generation DRAM technologies, including DDR4, HBM3, LPDDR5, and GDDR6.

Source: Samsung

AMD and Qualcomm Partnering for Always Connected PCs

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: December 6, 2017 10:04AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was back in October AMD launched its Ryzen Mobile APUs that combine four Zen CPU cores with Vega compute units, and we are finally starting to see it in new laptops, but if connectivity is important for you, you might want to wait to see what is coming. AMD and Qualcomm are working together to connect Ryzen Mobile processors with Snapdragon LTE modem solutions, to create premium platforms with Always Connected, Gigabit LTE speeds. With Ryzen Mobile offering a powerful CPU and GPU in a package small and efficient enough to fit in ultrathin notebooks, and Snapdragon LTE modem solutions offering some of the latest wireless technologies and fast download speeds without draining your battery, the Always Connected devices this partnership will produce could be an interesting option for those that always need to be online.

Source: AMD

AMD Working on GDDR6 Memory Controller

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: December 4, 2017 10:04AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This might not be surprising to anyone, but it is still nice to see it confirmed that AMD is working on a GDDR6 memory controller for future GPUs. Initially this leak came from an image of a LinkedIn page for an AMD technical engineer listing the work in his portfolio, but finding the LinkedIn profile has proven difficult, at least for Wccftech. Instead of stopping there, Wccftech reached out to its sources and was able to confirm AMD is working on the necessary controller for bringing the next generation memory to future GPUs.

Currently AMD uses HBM2 in its Vega GPUs, and it is very likely HBM will continue to be the company's preferred memory for its high-end GPUs in the future. This will leave GDDR6 for the mid-range and lower GPUs, which go into less expensive graphics cards. Since the launch of the Fiji-based Fury cards, it has appeared the use of HBM 1 and 2 increases the cost of the parts, as it not only requires HBM but special packaging onto an interposer with the GPU itself. While prices will likely be high at first, like any technology when it is new, GDDR6 may come to be a better fit for less expensive graphics cards, while still offering much higher bandwidth at lower voltages than GDDR5. It was just a couple weeks ago Samsung revealed it has GDDR6 memory capable of 16 Gbps with 64 GB/s I/O bandwidth, while using just 1.35 V.

Source: Wccftech

Intel Plans to Remove Legacy BIOS Support in 2020

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: November 20, 2017 07:11PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It appears that legacy BIOS support will be coming to an end in a few years as Intel has started guiding its motherboard partners to end its support in UEFI firmware by 2020. More specifically, the chip-maker's products will cease having the compatibility support module (CSM) in that year, and it is what allows BIOS-based devices and operating systems to work with UEFI-based hardware. Among the system classes of UEFI, this is UEFI Class 3, and newer versions of Windows Secure Boot will require UEFI Class 3 devices to function.

With the loss of CSM will come the loss of 32-bit operating systems, at least on newer machines, as these OSes require it to function. We will not lose 32-bit applications of course, as they are handled through a translation layer already, and this is essentially what will be required of old hardware. Instead of devices being able to work directly with UEFI through CSM, OS-based programs will be required to properly configure them. As TechPowerUp points out, this could manifest itself as one's main display not booting up with your computer, if the GPU is from 2013 or older, when video cards lacked UEFI-ready BIOS.

Source: TechPowerUp

Next NVIDIA GPU Generation Rumored to be Ampere

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: November 14, 2017 02:15PM
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 08:09AM
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 05:49PM
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 08:08AM
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 11:32AM
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 10:39AM
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 08:24AM
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 06:50AM
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 11:36AM
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 02:14PM
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 10:58AM
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 12:27PM
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 02:06PM
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 11:18AM
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 06:20PM
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 05:09AM
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

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