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Intel Unveils ‘Engineered for Mobile Performance‘ Badge for Project Athena Program

With the release of the first Ice Lake-U laptops, Intel has announced that there will be a badge/visual identifier for laptops that comply with Intels Project Athena standard. The ‘Engineered for Mobile Performance‘ label will be used for online listings, product pages, on in-store display systems, on packaging, and for demonstrations. Do note, however, that there wont be any ‘Engineered for Mobile Performance‘ badges on

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Micron‘s Fab 10 Expansion Completed: 96-Layer 3D NAND Production Starts in 2019

Micron this week hosted a grand opening ceremony of its Fab 10 Expansion in Singapore. The new cleanroom is not expected to increase the company‘s production capacity in terms of wafer starts per month, but will enable Micron to continue adopting more advanced 3D NAND process technologies with a higher number of layers and bit density. The new Fab 10 Expansion is an integral part of Micron‘s Fab 10 complex that was previously compri

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SMIC: 14nm FinFET in Risk Production; China‘s First FinFET Line To Contribute Revenue by Late 2019

SMIC, the largest contract maker of semiconductors in China, announced this month that it would start commercial production of chips using its 14 nm FinFET manufacturing technology by the end of the year. This is the first FinFET manufacturing line in China, making it a notable development for a country that already houses a significant number of fabs, as the worlds leading-edge manufacturers never installed FinFET technology in China for geopol

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Micron: Mass Production of 16 Gb DDR4 & LPDDR4X Chips Using 1z nm Technology

Micron announced on Thursday that it had started volume production of memory chips using its 3rd Generation 10 nm-class fabrication technology (also known as 1Z nm). The first DRAMs to be made using Micron‘s 1Z nm process are 16 Gb monolithic DDR4 and LPDDR4X devices, with Micron expected to broaden their portfolio over time. Micron‘s 3rd Generation 10 nm-class (1Z nm) manufacturing process for DRAM will allow the company to increas

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Marvell at FMS 2019: NVMe Over Fabrics Controllers, AI On SSD

Prior to Flash Memory Summit, Marvell unveiled their first generation of client SSD controllers supporting PCI Express 4.0. During the show itself, their focus was much more on the datacenter. Marvells recent history of buying and selling various business units has made it clear that datacenter networking is one of their highest priorities, and thats affecting their strategy for datacenter storage. They are strong proponents of the NVMe over Fab

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Samsung Mulls Suspending South Korea LCD Plant Due to Oversupply

Samsung Display is considering to suspend one of its LCD panel production facilities in South Korea because of oversupply, the company said this week. There is no final decision yet, but falling profitability and lowering demand could trigger the company to halt manufacturing. LCD panels for various applications including computer displays, televisions, smartphones, digital signage, and other are produced at dozens of factories in China, Japan,

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FMS 2019: EDSFF Form Factors Update - Long, Short, & Everything In-Between

What began as Intels Ruler concept for a new SSD form factor blossomed into the Enterprise and Datacenter Small Form Factor family of standards, with the version 1.0 specs published in early 2018. Those standards have since been put into production by enough vendors to generate a lot of real-world feedback, and its starting to become clear how the numerous options will fare in the long run. At Flash Memory Summit several companies shared their e

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NVIDIA Q2 FY 2020 Earnings Report: Continuing Crypto Disruption

Today NVIDIA announced their earnings for the second quarter of their 2020 fiscal year, which ended on July 28. NVIDIA made tremendous gains during the cryptocurrency boom, and as we saw in Q1, the company has had to deal with the loss of the crypto sales which contributed a lot of revenue to their bottom line in the last year or two. Revenue for Q2 2020 came in at 2.579 billion, which is down 17% from a year ago, and while gross margin was also

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GlobalFoundries Sells Off Photomask Assets to Toppan

Following its decision to focus on specialized process technologies last August, GlobalFoundries has been consolidating its assets as well as selling off businesses and facilities that are not essential for its current strategy. To that end, this week the company announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell off its Fab 9‘s photomask operations and IP to Toppan Photomasks. The latter will, in turn, provide photomask production se

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SMART Modular Shows Off 256 GB Gen-Z Memory Module

SMART Modular this month demonstrated one of the industry‘s first prototypes of a EDSFF 3-inch DDR4 Gen-Z memory module. The ZMM supports advanced functionality enabled by the new interface and offers throughput akin to that offered by today‘s DDR4-4000 memory modules. SMART Modular‘s 256 GB ZMM uses Samsung‘s 32 Gb 4-high DDR4 DRAM devices as well as IntelliProp‘s Gen-Z Mamba memory controller ASSP, which supports

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SK Hynix Re-Enters Retail SSD Market, Launches Gold S31 SATA Drives

Coming off of the heels of last week‘s Flash Memory Summit, today a familiar entity is throwing its hat back into the ring for retail SSDs: SK Hynix. This morning the company is announcing a new line of SSDs, the SuperCore series, which will be sold directly at retail. Kicking off the family will be the Gold S31, a 2.5-inch SATA drive with capacities ranging from 250GB to 1TB. At a high level, the retail SSD market has remained an odd hod

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Huawei Delays Launch of Foldable Mate X to Q4

Huawei‘s Mate X garnered quite of attention at Mobile World Congress earlier this year as one of the industry‘s first foldable 5G smartphones. Unfortunately for those looking to get one of such handsets, it will only be available in the fourth quarter, months later than expected originally. Featuring an 8-inch foldable display with a 2480x2200 resolution and an 8:7 aspect ratio, the Huawei Mate X was expected to be released in the m

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Best Android Phones: Q3 2019

It‘s past the middle of the year now, and every Android vendor has had the opportunity to release their devices. It‘s been a few months now since the flagship refresh cycle started and we‘ve reviewed the ups and down of this generation, even giving vendors enough opportunity to refine their software and fix any issues that may have plagued the phones in the first few months. It‘s this time of the year that‘s also th

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Phison Previews Next-Gen PCIe 4.0 SSD Controllers: Up to 7 GB/s, NVMe 1.4

At FMS 2019, Phison shared the specs for its next generation of client SSD controllers. The PS5018-E18 high-end controller will be made using a FinFET process technology and promises to boost sequential read and write performance of drives to 7 GB/s. The PS5019-E19T mainstream controller will be a quick follow-up to the E13T that is currently in production but has not yet shipped in retail products. With its PS5016-E16 chip, Phison was the firs

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Samsung Preps PM1733 PCIe 4.0 Enterprise SSDs For AMD‘s "Rome" EPYC Processors

With the launch of AMDs new second generation Rome EPYC processors, AMDs numerous hardware partners have been lining up to announce their own wares built around the new processors. And this doesnt just go for OEMs and integrators, but it also extends to component suppliers who have been eagerly awaiting the first x86 server processor with PCIe 4.0 support. To that end, yesterday Samsung sent out an announcement confirming that their previously a

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Japan‘s Ministry Approves Shipments of Industrial Chemicals to South Korea

Amidst the ongoing trade conflict between Japan and South Korea, there is some good news to close the week out. The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industryhas approved a new shipment of industrial chemicals to South Korea, which the latter countrys high-tech manufacturers rely on for the ongoing production of processors and other components. This is the first of shipment to be approved since early July, when a diplomatic conflict betwee

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Retailers Begin to Sell Pre-Binned AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs

For many PC enthusiasts, overclocking means a lot of fun, both in terms of process and the end result. To a large degree overclocking is a lottery that is never guaranteed, and when it comes to AMD‘s latest Ryzen 3000 processors, getting a CPU with high overclocking potential is not easy at the moment. This has left an opening in the market for retailers who are selling pre-binned chips with guaranteed overclocking potential. There are se

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Acer Launches Predator XN253QX Monitor with 240 Hz & 0.4 ms G2G Response Time

Acer has introduced its new Predator XN253QX display, which is aimed at professional gamers who are looking for top-tier response times. The Predator XN253QX has a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz, features a response time of 0.4 ms, and support NVIDIA‘s G-Sync variable refresh rate technology. The Acer Predator XN253QX monitor is based on an 8-bit TN panel featuring a 1920x1080 resolution, 400 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and

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The Biostar A10N-8800E Motherboard Review: Carrizo in 2019?!

The Biostar A10N-8800 motherboard is a mini-ITX SoC option with an integrated AMD FX-8800P processor. Also featured is support for up to 32 GB of DDR4-2133 memory, a single full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, and a Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit Ethernet port. The AMD FX-8800P is traditionally a mobile SKU with a TDP of 15 W and Biostar integrates into a small form factor package for desktop users with four CPU cores and eight Radeon R7 graphics cores.

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AMD Rome Second Generation EPYC Review: 2x 64-core Benchmarked

If you examine the CPU industry and ask where the big money is, you have to look at the server and datacenter market. Ever since the Opteron days, AMDs marketshare has been rounded to zero percent, and with its first generation of EPYC processors using its new Zen microarchitecture, that number skipped up a small handful of points, but everyone has been waiting with bated breath for the second swing at the ball.AMDs Rome platform solves the conc

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Samsung Announces Always-Connected Galaxy Book S Laptop with Snapdragon 8cx

Samsung has introduced its new always-connected PC based on Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon platform and featuring Microsoft‘s Windows 10 OS. This time around the company went with the Snapdragon 8cx SoC, a clamshell form-factor, and a 13.3-inch display, emphasizing that its Arm-powered computers compete against mainstream x86-based laptops in terms of performance and capabilities. Like other Snapdragon-based Windows machines, Samsung is aimin

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Lenovo Launches ThinkSystem SR635 & SR655 Servers with AMD‘s EPYC ‘Rome‘ CPUs

Lenovo on Wednesday introduced its first servers based on AMD‘s EPYC 7002-series ‘Rome‘ processors, which offer up to 64 cores and 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes. The single-socket ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 machines are designed for a wide variety of applications, including analytics, HPC, virtualized environments andscale-out software-defined storage. Lenovo‘s ThinkSystem SR635 is a 1U server featuring 16 DDR4 DIMMs supporting

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Dell‘s XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 Available: Intel‘s 10th Gen Core CPUs Inside

Being one of Intel‘s key partners, Dell is usually among the first PC makers to start selling computers based on the latest processors from the developer. On Thursday the company began to take orders for its new XPS 13 2-in-1 model 7390 convertible laptop, which is powered by Intel‘s Ice Lake 10th Generation Core processors. With shipping dates listed for early September, it looks like Intel and its OEM partners will not only meet th

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Samsung Unveils ISOCELL Bright HMX 108 MP Sensor for Smartphones

Samsung this week has introduced the industry‘s first 108 megapixel image sensor for smartphones. The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX promises to allow smartphones to take photos comparable to those from DSLR cameras. One of the first handsets to use the new sensor will be a phone from Xiaomi. Samsung‘s flagship 108 MP ISOCELL Bright HMX is a fairly large 1/1.33-inch image sensor for smartphones. Thanks to the combination of its sheer si

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