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Philips 328P6VU Professional 4K Display: DisplayHDR 600, USB-C, GbE

Philips this week announced availability of its 328P6VU display formally introduced about a year ago. The new prosumer-grade P-line monitor brings together an Ultra-HD resolution, enhanced color accuracy, a USB Type-C interconnection with docking capabilities, an integrated 1 GbE controller, and a plethora of various features that are important for professionals in the SOHO (small office/home office) market segment. The Philips Brilliance 328P6

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Toshiba Memory and Western Digital Open Fab 6 and New Memory R&D Center

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital on Wednesday officially opened up their new Fab 6 and Memory RD Center. Both facilities are located at their Yokkaichi operations site that now hosts three major NAND flash production fabs and produces a significant share of the global NAND memory output. The new Fab 6 is already operational, a bit ahead of the original plan. Toshiba started construction of the Fab 6 in February 2017, and completed the buildin

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GIGABYTE Launches M.2 PCIe SSDs: Phison PS5008-E8T, Up to 512 GB

GIGABYTE this week expanded its lineup of SSDs with its new M.2 PCIe drives. The company keeps its cautious approach to the storage market and for now continues to aim at the entry level segment. The new drives are based on Phison‘s reference design and controller, and the new drives show that GIGABYTE is going to stick to its partnership with this vendor. GIGABYTE‘s M.2 PCIe SSDs will be available in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB conf

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KLEVV Launches NEO N500 SSDs Based on SK Hynix‘s 72-Layer 3D NAND

SK Hynix‘s subsidiary KLEVV has introduced its new client SSDs based on the manufacturer‘s 72-layer 3D NAND flash. The KLEVV NEO N500 drives are aimed at entry-level desktops and laptops that accept SATA drives. As entry-level products, the SSDs are priced low, and in fact are already available at retail. The KLEVV NEO N500 family consists of three models featuring 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB capacities, which are popular configurati

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Nubia‘s Red Magic: An RGB Gaming Phone

‘Ian, when are we going to see smartphones with RGB?‘ is a question I am never asked. The PC space has figuratively jumped in a barrel and fallen over Niagara Falls with its love of RGB and gaming, but the same excitement and thrill has not (yet) made it to the smartphone area. We saw ASUS‘ ROG Phone earlier this year with some RGB, and earlier in the year Nubia launched the Red Magic. I got some hands on time at IFA 2018. Nub

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A Quick Look at the Subor Z+ Console/PC Hybrid: A Custom AMD SoC Called FireFlight

One of the most interesting things in August (there were a lot) was that a company in China invested the best part of 400 million RMB / 60 million USD in a custom processor for its upcoming console and PC hybrid system. This processor comes from AMD‘s Semi-Custom Division, and uses four Zen cores paired with 24 Vega compute units, making a beefy APU for a console system and a sizeable performer as a PC. One of the unique parts about the ch

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The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 Founders Edition Review: Foundations For A Ray Traced Future

While it was roughly 2 years from Maxwell 2 to Pascal, the journey to Turing has felt much longer despite a similar 2 year gap. But finally, at Gamescom 2018, NVIDIA announced the GeForce RTX 20 series, built on TSMC‘s 12nm ‘FFN‘ process and powered by the Turing GPU architecture. Launching today with full general availability is just the GeForce RTX 2080, as the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti was delayed a weekto the 27th, while the GeFo

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Sony‘s 100 PlayStation Classic: Available December 2018 with 20 Games

Sony‘s PlayStation game console made a strong influence on the entertainment industry when it was launched in 1994. Having been sold in quantities of over 104 million units globally, the original PlayStation introduced video games to many people by offering them titles and even genres that have since become iconic. In an attempt to bring back good memories to owners of the first-gen PlayStation, Sony intends to release its PlayStation Clas

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Cadence Announces The Tensilica DNA 100 IP: Bigger Artificial Intelligence

Cadence is an industry player we don‘t mention nearly enough as much as we should - they make a lot of IP and specialises in accelerator blocks which augment camera and vision capabilities.The company‘s Tensilica IP offerings are still quite notable and are present in popular SoCs such as HiSilicon‘s Kirin lineup or MediaTek‘s chipsets. This week they have announced more ‘AI‘ centric product offerings which pr

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Cadence Announces The Tensilica DNA 100 - A Bigger NN IP

Cadence is an industry player we don‘t mention nearly enough as much as we should: The company‘s Tensilica IP offerings are still quite notable and are present in popular SoCs such as HiSilicon‘s Kirin lineup or MediaTek‘s chipsets. The Tensilica division specialises in accelerator blocks which augment camera and vision capabilities, and more recently, they have also announced more ‘AI‘ centric product offerin

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PNY Elite microSDXC UHS-I 512GB Memory Card Capsule Review

High-capacity microSDXC cards have started to appear in the market, thanks to the advent of 3D NAND. In August 2017, the400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card was introduced. At the 2018 Computex, we saw multiple vendors (ADATA, PNY, and Team Group) demonstrating 512GB microSDXC cards. Read on for our evaluation of the PNY Elite microSDXC UHS-I 512GB card.

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Sharp Aquos D10 Smartphone: Mid-Range with ‘Wide Color Gamut‘ Display

In the back of my mind I guess I had always assumed Sharp made some sort of smart device, but I was still taken aback at their booth at IFA, where the Sharp Aquos D10 smartphone was on display. This device is very much an attempt at a focused mid-range product, but it was the display panel that was attracting the most attention. Aquos. Ak-wos? A-cue-os? Truth be told, I‘m not a fan of the Aquos name. I‘m not even sure I pronounce i

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LR-Link Launches Intel X550-Based 10 GbE NICs: Starting at 155

LR-Link, a maker of networking solutions from China, has introduced two new 10 GbE NICs based on an Intel controller. The cards are priced about 30% below similar products by Intel and other makers, yet they are aimed primarily at entry-level servers. LR-Link‘s single-port LREC9811BT and dual-port LREC9812BT network adapters are powered by Intel‘s X550AT2 controller and feature a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. The cards feature one or two R

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ZTE is Back: The Axon 9 Pro at IFA 2018

ZTEs troubles as of late have been well documented. Following a substantial fine and a complete removal of the senior staff from SVP and above, the company is now allowed to continue selling in the US and receiving US technology, meaning it can once again focus on its product portfolio. With the upheaval, new and exciting devices from RD like the dual-screen Axon M are getting put on the back burner, while the company focuses on more mainstream

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AMD Launches Ryzen 7 2800H & Ryzen 5 2600H APUs for High-Performance Laptops

AMD has quietly added two new APUs into its lineup of products. Based on AMDs existing Raven Ridge silicon, the new Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H chips with integrated Radeon graphics consume up to 45 W and are aimed at high-performance laptops. AMD‘s Ryzen 5 2600H and Ryzen 7 2800H APUs pack four Zen cores with SMT enable, and run at 3.2 and 3.3 GHz base frequency (respectively). Meanwhile graphics is provided by the integrated Radeon

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MyDigitalSSD Introduces M2X USB Enclosure For M.2 NVMe SSDs

MyDigitalSSD is now shipping one of the first USB enclosures for M.2 NVMe SSDs. The new M2X enclosure is based on the JMicron JMS583 USB 3.1 Gen 2 to PCIe 3.1 x2 bridge chip. This bridge translates the SSDs NVMe storage protocol into standard USB Mass Storage protocol or USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP), allowing for a portable SSD with much higher performance than the majority of portable SSDs that use SATA SSDs internally, while also offering

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BlackBerry Key2 LE: A Competitive Android Offering

As a person who works on my phone during my commutes to write news and stories, I have always batted around the idea of picking up a BlackBerry with a keyboard. The BlackBerry name is synonymous with devices that offer a fully functional physical keyboard with the display, something that is very unique in this era of touchscreen-everything. But for multiple reasons, it has never worked out. Slowly but surely, however, the company is finally sta

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Renesas to Buy IDT, Expand Product Portfolio

Renesas this month has announced plans to acquire IDT, making the move as part of a larger bid to expand its product portfolio with IDTs analog mixed-signal capabilities. The takeover will enable Renesas to strenghten its positions in the automotive applications market while also entering brand new markets from where it traditionally has been absent. The transaction has been approved by boards of directors of both companies and is expected to be

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CUBOT‘s New 6000 mAh Smartphones: Who Calls a Smartphone King Kong?

Readers may remember that back in 2015, I wrote a review about a 150 smartphone I picked up from Amazon called the Cubot H1. This unit was a cheap Chinese phone, running a low-end quad core SoC and paired with a low resolution screen, which was designed to excel in a single area: battery life. Having a smartphone that could last almost a week was great. Since then, I had never come across the brand at a show, until this year at IFA, where they h

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SilverStone Launches SST-ECM23 Riser Card for M.2 SSDs

SilverStone has introduced its new PCIe x16 riser card for M.2 SSDs. The SST-ECM23 risers are aimed at those who want to maximize the efficiency of their SSD cooling, or just install more SSDs into spare PCIe x16 slots. As SSDs have transitioned from 2.5-inch drives to M.2 sticks, cooling high-end drives has been a sometimes uneasy prospect. The M.2 form factor along with NAND die stacking allows for a rather dense collection of electronics, an

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SHIELD TV Now Supports 120 Hz Refresh, Ups Wi-Fi Bandwidth for GeForce NOW

NVIDIA has released its SHIELD Experience Upgrade 7.1, adding numerous new features and fixing bugs with their popular STB. Among the new capabilities are added support for a 120 Hz refresh rate on appropriate TVs and monitors, as well as compatibility with non-QWERTY keyboards. The update also mproves mouse movement accuracy and increases Wi-Fi bandwidth significantly for GeForce NOW. The key feature that has made it to headlines is of course

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The ASRock B360M-ITX/ac Motherboard Review: Tiny Take on B360, Sub 100

Everyone likes a good analysis of a Mini-ITX sized board, but this time were looking at a B360 chipset version. This chipset offers users the ability to jump into Coffee-Lake based CPUs who do not plan on overclocking. The ASRock B360M-ITX/ac we have on the test bench is a fully featured board with a single M.2 slot, Intel Networking (LAN and Wi-Fi), along with USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) ports.

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Seagate Unveils 14 TB Consumer HDDs: BarraCuda Pro, SkyHawk, IronWolf, & IronWolf Pro

Seagate on Monday introduced a portfolio of consumer-oriented 14 TB hard drives. The new HDDs belong to the BarraCuda Pro, SkyHawk, IronWolf Pro, and IronWolf series, and rely on the same helium-filled platform that powers the datacenter-oriented Exos 14 TB HDD introduced earlier this year. As our review of the BarraCuda Pro 14 TB published earlier this week describes, all the new drives are based on Seagate‘s helium-filled platform featu

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Biostar‘s iMiner A578X8D Crypto Mining Machine Now Available

Just in time for this weeks dive in cryptocurrency prices, Biostar has started selling its specially designed all-in-one rig for mining. The iMiner A578X8D is a complete black box crypto mining solution for eight GPUs, and notably does not use any riser cards. As a result, thefully-integrated miner is touted as being extra-durable to ensure stable 24/7 operation and an equally stable hash rate. The Biostar iMiner A578X8D is based on the company

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