Xi‘an UniIC Semiconductors, a memory producer based in China, has started to sell DDR4 DRAM chips and modules that were developed and made in-house. This is the first time when a China-based company develops its own DDR4 memory chips. In the meantime, it is completely unclear which process technology Xi‘an UniIC uses to manufacture the chips and whether it was developed in-house.
Were here at our first press event of Mobile World Congress: Alcatel!
Compulab has announced its first passively-cooled gaming desktop computer developed using the company‘s expertise in fanless SFF systems. The Airtop2 Inferno uses an enhanced version of the Compulab‘s proprietary natural air-flow (NAF) cooling system that can handle Intel‘s Core i7-7700K processor as well as NVIDIA‘s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. The Airtop2 Inferno will only be mass-produced if the company sees interes
HP has started to take pre-orders on its new Envy X2 2-in-1 notebook based on Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 835 SoC and Windows 10 S. The 12.3‘ device is designed as a thin always connected unit, and rated for up to 22 hours on one charge. The price of the new Envy X2 is higher than we imagined when these devices were first announced: it starts at 999. The 2018 HP Envy X2 2-in-1 detachable laptop comes with a 12.3‘ WUXGA+ touch-enable
BARCELONA, ESP - Bullitt Group has announced its new flagship Cat-branded rugged smartphone, which is listed with improved performance and new features over its predecessor. The Cat S61 is aimed at people who work in harsh environments and require special-purpose tools, such as a thermal camera, a laser-assisted measurement tool, or an air quality sensor. Ruggedized smartphones are not uncommon, especially in environments that have harsher cond
AU Optronics this week has announced plans to start shipments of 8K panels for large UHDTVs in the first half of 2018. The panels will enable TV manufacturers to produce ‘Super UHD‘ 8K TVs to compete against LG and Samsung later this year. The lineup of panels featuring a 76804320 resolution will be aimed at ultra-high-end TVs and sizes will range from 65 to 85 inches, said Liao Wei-Lun, president of AUO‘s video products busin
For the recent launch of AMD‘s Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G APUs, our review found that AMD raised the low-end integrated graphics bar to a new level. With superior gaming performance at lower cost and power draw compared to competing solutions, the Ryzen 5 2400G has effectively shut down the sub-100 graphics card market. But outside of gaming, the other major use-case of integrated graphics is for media content playback and streaming,
In our recent trip to GlobalFoundries Fab 8, its leading edge facility, we managed to spend some time with the C-level executive that controls the future of this part of our industry: Dr. Gary Patton. Gary is the Chief Technology Officer, overseeing all of GlobalFoundries research anddevelopment,pushing GlobalFoundries towards the next generation of processes for its customers. This includes the current 14nm processes used by AMD and IBM, the ne
Today‘s announcement marks a key change for CEVA‘s business model, as for the first time we see the introduction of a complete modem platform for licensing. The PentaG platform is not a single piece of IP, but rather a collection of solutions that offer flexibility and time to market advantages for the vendors. The new platform promises key advantages over competing solutions and offer maximum flexibility for vendor‘s designs,
This week Corsair introduced two new versions of its small form-factor desktop, called the ONE. The new versions upgrade the processor to the latest generation Intelsix-core Coffee Lake processors. The end result is more performance, with a corresponding increase in price. The new versions, called the ONE Pro Plus and the ONEElite, represent the best performance versions of the Corsair One, while the model at the bottom of the stack is discontin
Intel briefly listed two 10nm Cannon Lake processors in a microcode update document this week, confirming that it hasshipped such chips, although we expect it to be in small quantities. Intel has since removed the references to them from the public version of the paper. Intel has adjusted its 10nm roadmap multiple times in the recent years. Back in 2013, the company planned to make CPUs produced using its 10nm technology available in 2015. Then
Sitting at the top of ASUS consumer-focused motherboard line for X299 is the ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe. In the past, ASUS Deluxe line-up has attempted to emulate the status of the Mercedes S-Class but in motherboard form: showcasing new technology that may eventually filter down into where the bulk of the market sits over the next 3-5 years. The newest X299-Deluxe thus comes with a few of those technological features, such as WiGig and an informati
Samsung this week announced that it hasstarted mass production of its PM1643-series SSDs. These are monstrous data storage devices, with up to 30.72 TB capacity each. The new drives use Samsung‘s 64-layer 512Gb TLC V-NAND memory chips stacked in 1 TB packages. Later this year Samsung plans to expand the PM1643 lineup with SSDs featuring other capacities. Samsung‘s PM1643 30.72 TB SSD is the company‘s highest-capacity mass-prod
This week, Google announced Cloud TPU beta availability on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), accessible through their Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service. Using the second generation of Google‘s tensor processing units (TPUs), the standard Cloud TPU configuration remains four custom ASICs and 64 GB of HBM2 on a single board, intended for accelerating TensorFlow-based machine learning workloads. With a leased Google Compute Engine VM,
Today, HP announced a new set of Device as a Service (DaaS) offerings for customers and channel partners. Notably, this includes the reveal of DaaS offerings for Apple devices, where HP will provide support for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other Apple equipment. Along with expansion through Apple products, HP is also expanding their DaaS services to cover their own VR solutions. This includes the Z4 Workstation and the HP Windows Mixed Reality VR head
Xiaomi on Wednesday introduced its new Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones in India. The key difference between the new phablets and their predecessors is a large 5.99‘ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, but there are many other improvements too, including new design, camera, software and so on. The Redmi Note 5 will continue to employ the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, but the Redmi Note 5 Pro will use a more powerful Snapdragon 6
Today, Intel is introducing their 64-layer 3D TLC NAND to the enterprise SSD market with the new Intel SSD DC P4510 NVMe drive. They are also finally giving us a chance to test the Virtual RAID On CPU feature introduced with the Skylake-SP and Skylake-X processors last year.
This week AMD has released the first quarterly Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition driver drop of the year, aptly numbered 18.Q1 WHQL. Coming on the heels of Decembers major driver update on the consumer side, this is the first enterprise package based on Adrenalin Edition Pro drivers. As such, 18.Q1 incorporates new Adrenalin Pro ReLive enhancements, Pro Overlay, Pro-oriented Connect Tab, and ProRender plugin updates. Likewise, as the first
In early February, GlobalFoundries did something completely unexpected: for the second time in ten years, they invited a few select press and analysts to visit one of their fabrication plants (‘fabs‘), where they make AMD processors, IBM silicon, and ASICs from a variety of companies. We were invited to Fab 8 in upstate New York, GF‘s leading edge fab, which will be the site of the company‘s 7nm and EUV offerings that wil
EKWB has announced the release of two new monoblocks made for GIGABYTE and MSI Threadripper X399 motherboards. Both blocks are an all-in-one (CPU and power delivery) cooling solution with a redesigned cold plate and fin area, claimed to cover most of the Ryzen Threadripper surface enabling better thermal transfer. In addition to the CPU itself, the block also cools the power delivery with liquid flowing directly over the necessary components. On
One of the biggest drivers in the PC market in recent years is gaming. After we scout out the parts, spend the money, build the PC, and fire it up to crank out the FPS, the next elements on any list are peripherals. There is no headshot if the mouse has a treacle-like, unpredictableresponse. If upgrading the peripheral experience sounds like something you are looking into, then our awesome community team have something for you: in conjunction wi
Flash-based external direct-attached storage (DAS) devices have evolved rapidly over the last few years. Starting with simple thumb drives that could barely saturate USB 2.0 bandwidth, we now have high-performance external SSDs that take advantage of the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface to saturate the internal SATA bandwidth. Thunderbolt 3 drives up the available bandwidth by a factor of four, and SATA has now been replaced in the high-end by NVMe / PCI
Compulab this week has introduced a new generation of its passively-cooled Airtop workstations. The new updated models, called Airtop 2, useIntels latest Xeon E3 v6 processors, featuring the Kaby Lake microarchitecture, as well asPascal-based Quadro graphics cards. The new Airtop2 systems can pack up to six storage devices, drive seven monitors, connect legacy COM/RS232 devices, and support Compulab‘s proprietary FACE modules (function and
This week, AMD released Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2, a smaller patch bringing support for the just-launched Kingdom Come: Deliverance, as well as performance optimizations for Fortnite and PlayerUnknown‘s Battlegrounds (PUBG). Purely game-focused, 18.2.2 documents no new bugfixes or issues. And alongside Monday‘s launch of AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G, AMD has put out the inaugural Windows 10 WHQL drivers specific