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GlobalFoundries Announces 22FDX Milestone: 2 Billion in Design Wins

GlobalFoundries on Monday announced a milestone concerning its 22FDX-branded fully-depleted SOI low-power planar transistor platform. The company initiated volume production using the technology with yields and performance meeting expectations of its clients. So far, the company has gained over 50 client designs and has booked contracts worth 2 billion. GlobalFoundries‘ positions its 22FDX manufacturing technology as a cheaper alternative

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Intel‘s High-End Cascade Lake CPUs to Support 3.84 TB of Memory Per Socket

While Intel has yet to detail its upcoming Cascade Lake processors for servers, some of the key characteristics are beginning to emerge. According to a new report from ServeTheHome, some of the new chips will support up to 3.84 TB of memory per socket, double the amount supported by contemporary Skylake-based Xeon Platinum M-series CPUs that support 1.5 TB of DDR4, due to combining 512 GB Optane DIMMs and 128GB DDR4 DIMMs. For a dual socket syst

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ASRock Expands Phantom Gaming Lineup with Radeon RX Vega Cards

ASRock has expanded its Phantom Gaming lineup with AMD‘s Radeon RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 GPUs running at reference clock rates. This launch allows ASRock to move into AMD‘s top-of-the-range offerings. ASRock‘s Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 graphics cards are based on AMD‘s reference design with air cooling featuring a composite vapor chamber and a high-performance blower. ASRock‘s Phantom Gaming X Ra

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A DIY Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD with the TEKQ Rapide and SanDisk Extreme Pro

The emergence of NVMe SSDs in the compact M.2 form-factor, coupled with the rising popularity of Thunderbolt 3, has enabled a new class of portable high-performance flash storage devices. External SSDs with a Thunderbolt interface have been around for a few years now, but, the price to performance ratio had prevented them from getting wide acceptance. Things are changing with the portable Thunderbolt 3 SSDs, and wallet-friendly choices are emerg

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Lenovo‘s Miix 630 Snapdragon 835-Based 2-in-1 Now Available

Lenovo has started to sell its Miix 630 always-connected PC based on Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 835 SoC and Microsoft‘s Windows 10 S. The system weighs around 1.4 kilograms yet promises up to 20 hours of battery life with a perminent connection to the internet when in cell-tower coverage. Lenovo‘s Miix 630 is a 2-in-1 detachable notebook with a 12.3-inch FHD+ display and a 15.6 mm z-height when equipped with a keyboard. The system

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Cooler Master Releases CM310 Gaming Mouse: 10000 DPI Sensor, RGB Illumination, 30

Cooler Master has announced the release of a new gaming mouse in the CM310. The mouse includes a 10000 DPI gaming grade optical sensor, RGB illumination, and is designed to be ambidextrous. The new peripheral, according to Cooler Master, is designed as a mouse for gamers of all calibers and is designed to be comfortable, reliable, and doesn‘t break the bank. The outside of the mouse is made of a matte black plastic and rubber and includ

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Lian Li‘s Strimer RGB PSU Cable Now Available: 40 For A Limited Time

Lian Li has started to sell its new PSU cable featuring addressable RGB lighting. The cable is now available on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean at an introductory price below 40/40. Going forward, the unit will get a bit more expensive, but will stay below 50/50. Announced at Computex last month, the the Lian Li Strimer (pronounced Streamer) is a light emitting module featuring RGB LEDs that can be attached to Lian Li‘s white PSU cable a

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The ASRock Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Review: Mini-ITX with Thunderbolt 3

Theres a lot of love for mini-ITX, and our next review is the ASRock Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac. This gaming-centricboard offers users a number of features which make it highly competitive in the small-form-factor overclocking space at 180. Despite the small size, the board includesThunderbolt 3, Intel-basedWi-Fi and LAN, USB 3.1 support, M.2 storage, and six SATA ports - a rarety on a small motherboard. If everything else goes right, it could be a good

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Toshiba‘s 14 TB HDDs Now Available from Supermicro

Toshiba was the first maker of hard drives to announce a PMR-based 14 TB HDD last December and apparently it is the first company to start their commercial shipments. As of this week, Supermicro has qualified Toshiba‘s MG07-series HDDs with 12 TB and 14 TB capacities for use on select storage server platforms and is now offering the appropriate systems to customers. In addition to servers, the drives will be available from Supermicro&lsquo

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Intel To Acquire eASIC: Lower Cost ASICs in FPGA Design Time

Along with the other announcement today, Intel is also announcing that it will acquire a company called eASIC which develops FPGA-like design tools to roll out ‘structured ASICs‘. These structured ASICs an intermediary between a full FPGA and a full ASIC that allow for a quick roll out time and cheaper production cost. Technically Intel has been using eASIC technology since at least 2015 in its custom Xeons, however today‘s ann

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Aquantia‘s Gamer Edition AQtion AQN-107 10 GbE NIC Available

Aquantia on Wednesday started to sell the gamer edition of its AQtion AQN-107 multi-gig network card. As the name implies, the 10 GbE NIC is aimed at demanding gamers as well as enthusiasts who want to have a maximum network performance, but not at a cost of enhanced latency during gaming. Aquantia‘s gamer edition AQtion AQN-107 card is based on the company‘s AQC107 (10 GbE) network controller that supports various BASE-T standards,

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Sony Unveils Xperia XA2 Plus Mid-Range Phone: 6-Inch, 2160x1080, SD630

Sony has introduced its new Xperia XA2 Plus ‘performance mainstream‘ smartphone that is positioned above the rest of the Xperia XA2 series, but below the high-end XZ2 range. The new Xperia XA2 Plus is based on the same platform as other members of the family, the Snapdragon 630, yet it is outfitted with a large 6-inch 2160x1080 display featuring an 18:9 aspect ratio, and supports Sony‘s high-resolution audio. The Sony Xperia X

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Dell Announces Latest Precision Entry Level Workstations: Powerful 1U Rack and SFF Desktops

TodayDell has introduced new and updated lineups in their Precision entry-level workstation lineup. In this case, Dell has brought forth the Precision 3930 Rack (1U workstation), Precision 3630 (tower), as well as the Precision 3430 Small Form Factor Tower. The lineup will use i3/i5/i7 and Xeon E 8th Generation Intel processors as well as professional graphics from the NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro Graphics. Dell 3930 Rack To start, Dells w

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Intel Launches Coffee Lake Xeon E (Entry): The Next-Gen E3-1200

Today Intel is announcing the Xeon E family of processors. The Xeon E-2100 stack of CPUs will replace the previous generation E3 v6 processors, following Intels renaming of their whole Xeon stack, and in line with the workstation-focused Xeon W-2100 family, and the Xeon D-2100 family. The new processors mirror the current Coffee Lake Core processors on the market and will support up to 64GB of ECC memory, but require motherboards with a specaliz

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Lian Li PC-O11 Air Mid-Tower Chassis: Loads of Airflow and Radiator Capacity

The new Lian Li PC-O11 Air is an update to the PC-O11 series to allowmore airflow through the chassis. The PC-011 Air has five locations for air intake and exhaust and is able to accommodate a total of twelve120mm fans and multiple 360mm radiators inside the Mid-Tower sized case. Lian Li dubs the case as the ultimate platform for cooling. On the outside, the Lian Li PC-O11 Air changes some of its panels (compared to the PC-O11 Dynamic) in ord

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Apple Updates MacBook Pro Family for 2018: More CPU Cores, DDR4, & Same Form Factors

A surprising no-show at this year‘s Apple World Wide Developer‘s Conference was any kind of hardware refresh for Apple‘s Mac products. While WWDC is first and foremost a software development show, it‘s also been a convenient event for Apple to announce lower-key refreshes of their existing hardware platforms, as the press and developers are already there and paying attention. So with the MacBook Pro family all but guarant

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iBASE Lists C246 Motherboards for Intel Xeon E CPUs

iBASE has published specifications of its upcoming MB995VF-C246 motherboard aimed at entry-level/embedded servers and workstations that will support Intel‘s upcoming (but not yet announced) Xeon E processors. The mainboard generally resembles platforms for desktops, but due to positioning it boasts with enhanced durability, reliability, as well as legacy I/O capabilities. The iBASE MB995VF-C246 motherboard is based on Intel‘s as-yet

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Best Android Phones: Q3 2018

In our series of best product guides, here‘s the latest update to our recommended Android Smartphone list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the time of writing (July 5th). We‘re at the end of the spring refresh cycle, which means that all vendors have released their relevant devices for this generation. So now we can finally discuss the broader picture in terms of our current recommended device list.

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iBuyPower Element Gaming PC Review: i7-8086K and GTX 1080 Ti Inside

It has been a long while since AnandTech has reviewed full-sized systems, as most of our readers tend to build PCs for themselves. There is however quite a large contingent of PC users who buy off the shelves/website from companies likesuch asiBuyPower who buildcustom PCs. Today we are looking at a custom build using their Element chassis, which gives users a tempered glass chassis, some RGB bling, and some quite capable hardware inside with the

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Multiple AMD B450-Based Motherboards Listed in Europe Ahead of Launch

AMD still has not formally announced its B450 chipset, but it looks like everything is ready for the launch. Pre-orders and listings for B450 boards from three major motherboard manufacturers have already appears in Europe, targeting customers with different budgets. Multiple stores in Austria and Germany are taking pre-orders on AMD B450 boards from ASUS and ASRock, according to Geizhals.eu. Some stores actually list some of these motherboards

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GIGABYTE Launches CMT4030-Series PCIe 3.0 x8 and PCIe 3.0 x16 SSD Risers

GIGABYTE B2B has launched two PCIe riser cards for M.2 SSDs designed to build ultra-fast storage sub-systems consisting of multiple M.2 drives. The CMT4030-series risers will be available through B2B channels, hence, to makers of servers, workstations, and high-end PCs rather than to DIY enthusiasts. Neither of the GIGABYTE CMT4030-series cards use any PCIe switches and therefore rely on PCIe bifurcation supported by CPU or PCH (i.e., they will

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Qualcomm‘s Server Team Loses VP of Technology, Centriq Future Unknown

Normally we don‘t particularly comment on these sorts of transitions at big companies unless they are C-level (CEO, CTO), however the narrative surrounding Qualcomm‘s Centriq product line is still one that is perceived to be in flux. Qualcomm never commented on the rumors about its plans to find a buyer for Centriq, despite Axios and Bloomberg both reporting on them, and as a result never confirmed or denied the proposition: ultimate

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Arm and Samsung Extend Artisan POP IP Collaboration to 7LPP and 5LPE Nodes

Arm and Samsung Foundry this week announced plans to extend their collaboration to 7LPP and 5LPE process technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, Arm will offer Samsung Foundry customers pre-designed Artisan POP IP solutions ready to be integrated into various SoCs. One of the first Artisan POP physical IP building blocks that Arm will offer for Samsung‘s 7LPP and 5LPE platforms will be the Arm Cortex-A76 high-performance processor

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Hands On With The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition

One of the more interesting laptop designs to come out of the Computex week was from Acer: its new Predator Helios 300 Special Edition was an eclectic mix of white and gold that made it stand out from the swathe of standard black and red looking gaming machines being announced and on the market. We had a recent chance to spend some time with the unit at an Acer UK event. So to begin, the unit in front of me was a Core i5-8300H model with a 15

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