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TSMC Hit by WannaCry Attack After Installing New Machine

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: August 10, 2018 11:47AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

You may have heard last week that TSMC, the fab creating chips of the likes of NVIDIA and Apple, had its operations interrupted due to a virus. We now have some more information about the incident, including the identity of the malware; WannaCry. Apparently what happened was TSMC was installing a new tool and as it was confirmed to be malware-free, it was not isolated from the company's systems. 'Missoperation' while installing the software for the tool led to the virus spreading through TSMC's network, leading to several machines becoming unusable, which is going to cause some shipments to miss their original dates. The company expects its revenue to drop by as much as 2%, which works out to be around $169 and $171 million.

One somewhat interesting aspect about this episode is that it was WannaCry that caused the downtime, as this specific malware is a year old. If TSMC had installed the long-available patches to protect against the worm, this would not have happened, demonstrating that it is important to keep your system up to date. Additionally, even though WannaCry is well past its targeted window of effectiveness, it can still be a danger as it will move through unpatched systems. Luckily, as the patches are available, TSMC has been able to apply them and has gotten much of the affected up and running.

Source: Anandtech

Logitech Purchasing Blue Microphones

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 31, 2018 04:11AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Yesterday it was announced that Logitech will be acquiring Blue Microphones. Logitech makes a variety of devices, including computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and webcams. Blue Microphones is the company behind the Blue Snowball and Yeti microphones used by many streamers, but it also makes much higher-end, professional microphones for use in studios. With this acquisition, Blue gains access to Logitech's greater resources and Logitech sees it as a way to help it expand into still growing markets.

To purchase Blue Microphones, Logitech is spending approximately $117 million in cash and expect the transaction to close by the end of August.

Source: Blue Microphones, Logitech [1] (Blog) and [2] (Investor Relations)

AMD and Intel Release Q2 Earnings Report and Information Concerning Future Products

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 28, 2018 07:03AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It is that time of year when companies report how well the second quarter went for them, and for AMD, it apparently went exceptionally well. Last year the company's revenue for Q2 was $1.15 billion but this year it achieved $1.76 billion, which is an increase of 53% year-over-year. The company's net income for the quarter was $116 million, which is a significant improvement over last year when it lost $42 million in Q2.

Intel too posted a positive quarter, totaling $17 billion year-over-year improvement, with $8.7 billion coming from its PC-centric business. The remainder came from its data-centric groups, producing a 51%-49% split between the two.

Also coming out with these results are the earnings calls with some information about how the companies are operating and what we might expect in the future. AMD revealed it has increased its research and development budget by 25% since a year ago, which is interesting as the Zen architecture, fueling its increased revenue, was developed with such limited resources. Zen 2, the next CPU architecture coming from the company will be produced on a 7 nm manufacturing node, which is something we have known for some time, but what is interesting is that it has been TSMC creating the Rome EPYC chips currently being sampled. GlobalFoundries has long been the manufacturer AMD has worked with, especially as it used to be AMD's manufacturing arm before being spun off. The target is to release Zen 2-based EPYC processors in the first half of 2019, potentially Q2.

For Intel the news for upcoming products and moving to a new manufacturing node is not so positive. For some time Intel has been working on getting its 10 nm process up and running, but it has been constantly running into issues. The new expectation is that mass production of 10 nm parts will begin in time for H2 2019, so we might be looking at Q4 2019 for availability in OEM systems. Until then, we can expect Intel to continue using its very successful 14 nm process.

What this adds up to is AMD is having significant success and it appears that next year will have its products on a new manufacturing node months ahead of Intel. Intel has been leading in manufacturing technologies for years, so it looks like 2019 will be a very interesting year for, at least, CPUs.

Source: AMD, Intel, Overclock3D (AMD R&D budget), AnandTech (Rome EPYC), Seeking Alpha (AMD earnings call transcript), and Intel Investor Relations (Earnings Presentation Q2)

ASUS, Philips, Pioneer, Denon & Marantz Fined $130 Million for Price Fixing

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 25, 2018 07:56PM
Author: Grilka8050

In four separate decisions, the European Commission fined the electronic manufacturers ASUS, Denon & Marantz, Philips, and Pioneer for breaching EU competition rules. Specifically, they set minimum or fixed prices on their online retailers. The total fined of all four cases totals over €111 million but were reduced due to their cooperation. 

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said, "The online commerce market is growing rapidly and is now worth over 500 billion euros in Europe every year. More than half of Europeans now shop online. As a result of the actions taken by these four companies, millions of European consumers faced higher prices for kitchen appliances, hair dryers, notebook computers, headphones and many other products. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. Our decisions today show that EU competition rules serve to protect consumers where companies stand in the way of more price competition and better choice.” 

The companies were individually fined as follows:

ASUS: € 63.5 million, reduced 40%

Denon & Marantz: € 7.7 million, reduced %40

Philips: € 29.8 million, reduced %40

Pioneer: € 10.1 million, reduced %50

Fine reductions were determined by the extent of the company’s cooperation. Apparently, Pioneer was more cooperative than the other companies that were fined!

Source: TechPowerUp

Noctua Introduces More 5 V Fans

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 5, 2018 06:38AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

While we all know cooling is very important for getting the best from our computers, they are hardly unique in this need. In many cases though, these other technologies need fans designed for 5 V instead of the usual 12 V we use in our PCs, so now Noctua is offering versions of some of their fans, including a 200 mm and the new 120 mm NF-A12x25 models that will work on 5 V.

These are not the first 5 V fans from Noctua, as the Prusa i3 MK3 3D printer already uses NF A4x10 5V and NF-A4x10 FLX (12 V) models for cooling, but with these new fans you can replace or upgrade the cooling for many of your devices. There are now 5 V and 5 V PWM versions of the NF-A8 (80 mm), NF-A9 (92 mm), NF-A12x25 (120 mm), NF-F12 (120 mm), NF-A14 (140 mm), and NF-A20 (200 mm) fans, which clearly offer some steps up from the previous 40 mm and 60 mm fans from the company. These could be put to use in your own 3D printer along with other devices, such as home appliances, in your A/V cabinet, and even with devices with USB host ports. The fans come with a USB power adaptor cable so they can work with power banks and USB power supplies. Also an OmniJoin adaptor is included so you can connect these fans with proprietary fan headers, and with polarity protection you do not need to worry about reversing the polarity and damaging them.

The new fans range in price from $14.90 to $29.90 and will be available at Noctua's official Amazon and eBay outlets in the next few days.

Source: Noctua

NVIDIA and AMD Sending Out Press Invites for Events

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: July 3, 2018 12:53PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those looking forward to new hardware launches this year, both NVIDIA and AMD have been sending out press invites for upcoming events. NVIDIA's will be taking place at Gamescom on August 21, and naturally the expectation is the next GeForce series will be announced. After months of rumors, some reasonable and some less so, we may finally get the information we all want to see, including what the price will be for the GTX 11 series.

The event AMD has been sending out invites for is going to show off more than computer hardware though as a visit to a Maranello race track and Modena Ferrari factory are going to be part of the event. The expectation here is AMD will be showing off the 2nd generation Threadripper CPUs, which will have a 32-core/64-thread processor at its top. A premature listing for this Threadripper '2990X' put its price at 1509 EUR, which, if accurate, would be a very impressive price as it comes in just about 500 EUR/USD over the 1950X, the current Threadripper flagship with half the cores and threads (16-cores/32-threads). Of course, the 1950X can be found cheaper now than its original launch value of $999. It might be worth mentioning that the upcoming Threadripper CPUs can be dropped into existing X399 motherboards following a BIOS update, as the same socket is used between them. Overclocking might be limited, depending on the board's power capability, however.

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

Apple and Foxconn Use Lake Michigan Water in LCD Production

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: April 30, 2018 11:35PM
Author: Grilka8050

The Department of Natural Resources in Wisconsin has given permission to Foxconn (assemblers of iPhones and more) to use seven million gallons a day from Lake Michigan. This water will be used at a manufacturing plant being built in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. The water Foxconn has proposed to withdraw from the lake is a “0.07% increase to the total surface water withdrawals,” according to the DNR statement. Environmentalists are concerned with the precedent this is setting, which could lead to future depletion of water from the lake and encourage more plants to be built.

Source: Fudzilla

AMD has 7 nm Vega in Labs and AMD Will Use TSMC 7 nm First for Products

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: April 26, 2018 08:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

We have some news here about AMD's move to a 7 nm manufacturing process for its products. On the official @AMDNews Twitter account, the company has stated it has the 7 nm Radeon Instinct product running in its labs. This product has been announced before and will leverage the Vega architecture to accelerate machine learning. It will also be the company's first 7 nm product, but there is no word on if it may find some kind of move to a consumer product.

Referencing the AMD teleconference, Bob Marston has stated on Twitter that according to Lisa Su, AMD's CEO, the company will be using both GlobalFoundries and TSMC for manufacturing 7 nm products, and that TSMC will go first. Before splitting off, GlobalFoundries was the fabrication side of AMD and following the split the partnership between them had limited AMD's use of other manufacturers. This contact has since been revised, better enabling AMD to go to other manufacturers, such as TSMC, though as I recall it must pay GlobalFoundries for doing so. Apparently AMD has now found a case where the fee will be worth it.

Source: Twitter (AMD) and Twitter (Bob Marston)

Some Manufacturers Expect Graphics Card Shipments to Fall 40% in April

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: April 26, 2018 07:53AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For someone looking for a new graphics card, but would rather not spend potentially hundreds of dollars over the MSRP, this may be good news for you. It is being reported that three Taiwan-based graphics card manufacturers are expecting their shipments to drop 40% on the month of April. These companies are Gigabyte, MSI, and TUL and the reason is distributors and mining farm operators cutting orders for both the cards and mining motherboards. This follows a recent wane in the mining craze and the expectation of an Ethereum mining ASIC launching in Q3.

This precipitous drop in demand from miners may help other consumers purchase these cards and, as many are hoping, might bring the currently inflated prices down. The manufacturers are hoping market demand will rebound in May or June.

Source: DigiTimes

Intel Announces New Security Technologies and Methods

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: April 17, 2018 11:59AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This year did not start well for the technology industry, and especially for Intel, with multiple, serious security exploits being reported on, but now Intel has revealed some new security technologies that will be coming. Intel Threat Detection Technology (TDT) and Intel Security Essentials along with stronger relationships with academia to produce cybersecurity experts have been announced today.

Currently TDT consists of two things; Intel Advanced Platform Telemetry and Accelerated Memory Scanning. Advanced Platform Telemetry will first be seen in the Cisco Tetration platform for securing data centers and cloud workload. It uses platform telemetry and machine learning algorithms to do a better job catching advanced threats, reducing false positives, and reducing the performance hit of security systems. Accelerated Memory Scanning should also reduce the performance hit of security as it offloads the work of scanning the memory to the GPU built into many Intel CPUs. In early testing, this saw CPU utilization drop from 20% to 2%. Accelerated Memory Scanning will be integrated into Microsoft Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.

Intel Security Essentials does not provide new or faster means of protecting systems, but unifies security capabilities across Intel Core, Xeon, and Atom processors. Secure boot, hardware protections, accelerated cryptography, and trusted execution enclaves are examples of the platform-integrated technologies Intel Security Essentials includes.

Today a partnership with Purdue University was revealed, with the university's launch of its Design for Security Badge Program it developed with Intel. More academic partners will be announced at the RSA conference this week.

Source: Intel

AMD Appears to Respond to NVIDIA GPP and ASUS Launches AREZ Graphics Card Brand

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: April 17, 2018 11:22AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was a bit more than a month ago when Kyle Bennett at [H]ardOCP about the NVIDIA GeForce Partner Program, a program that, according to documents he has seen and unofficial interviews, would require the companies that join it to align their gaming brand "exclusively with GeForce," or risk the loss of marketing funds from NVIDIA, launch partner status, rebate programs, engineer engagements, and more. Since then some on the Internet took to searching for apparent 'evidence' of companies signing GPP by reporting on if AMD-based graphics cards or other gaming products lost the company's gaming brand. It looks like AMD has taken this time to prepare a response and have posted a statement at Radeon.com.

In this statement, AMD commits itself to freedom of choice and cites examples of its work with hardware standards bodies, API, and game developers to move the industry move forward as a whole, along with other open and free technologies. (The listed examples include HBM, HBM2, work on DirectX, work on Vulkan, the GPUOpen initiative, FreeSync coming to the Xbox One S or X, and Far Cry 5 supporting Vega features "without penalizing the competition.") What may be the most significant line in the statement starts the first paragraph:

Over the coming weeks, you can expect to see our add-in board partners launch new brands that carry an AMD Radeon product.

This has been expected by some as a means around the alleged exclusivity requirement of GPP, as these new brands would, theoretically, just need to not be labeled as 'gaming' to fall outside the requirement. And it looks like we do not need to wait weeks to see these new brands appearing, as ASUS has launched its new AREZ brand with AMD products. Presumably the Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand is now NVIDIA GeForce exclusive. Under AREZ we find the AREZ Strix, AREZ Phoenix, AREZ Expedition, and AREZ Dual. Perhaps important for some, these graphics cards do feature advanced cooling systems, which had previously been associated with gaming brands and left some concerned AMD GPUs could lose access to.

According to the ASUS press release shared by VideoCardz, we can expect AREZ-branded cards to be available in May, in selected markets.

Source: AMD and VideoCardz

Corsair Launches New iCUE Software in Early Access

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: March 27, 2018 09:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Many computer components and peripherals today offer the user some kind of customization, from configuring RGB LEDs and fan speeds to macros on keyboards and mice. Corsair makes a number of products that offer such control, and now has release iCUE, a unified software interface for managing all of its products.

From iCUE you can monitor and manage supporting keyboards, mice, headsets, fans, coolers, and even power supplies to match whatever you need. The settings profiles can even be set to activate with certain applications, so fan speeds can be raised for certain games and kept low for less demanding tasks. Also iCUE can connect to some games to produce in-game lighting effects on the Corsair products, and the first game to do so Far Cry 5, which released today.



Source: Corsair

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

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