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August 25, 2016

ADATA Launches Ultimate SU800 SSD Featuring 3D NAND, SMI Controller Solution

According to a recent press release, ADATA launched their new Ultimate SU800 SSD designed for mainstream consumer applications.

Available in capacities of 128GB to 1TB, the ADATA Ultimate SU800 is a SATA 3 6Gb/s SSD featuring new 3D NAND Flash paired with a SMI (Silicon Motion) controller solution. Performance on the ADATA Ultimate SU800 tops out at 560MB/s sequential reads and 520MB/s sequential writes. Furthermore, the ADATA Ultimate SU800 supports SLC caching and a DRAM caching for additional performance.

For greater reliability, the ADATA Ultimate SU800 also has several key features including LDPC (Low Density Parity Check) ECC, data shaping, and an onboard [...]

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August 25, 2016

Sennheiser Announces GSX 1000, GSX 1200 PRO Gaming Audio Amplifiers

Following Sennheiser’s launch of the GSP 300 gaming headset, Sennheiser is also launching the GSX 1000 and GSX 1200 PRO gaming audio amplifiers.

Key features of the Sennheiser GSX 1000 include an onboard DAC (Digital to Analog Converter), Sennheiser’s new Binaural Rendering Engine 7.1 virtual surround sound, and double USB Enumeration to allow separate control of game and communication audio streams.

“These new audio amplifiers draw on Sennheiser’s full expertise in professional audio to give gamers a competitive edge when playing at the limits,” explains Andreas Jessen, Product Manager Gaming, Sennheiser Communications A/S. “This focus is reflected [...]

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August 25, 2016

AMD Announces New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Building in Santa Clara

It’s no secret that AMD is doing a lot better than they were for many years. They recently launched several great new graphics cards, their upcoming Zen CPUs are looking quite promising, they’ve won custom design contracts for both Playstation and Xbox, and their stock has practically tripled since last year.

With all this success, it’s only natural that a new headquarters is needed to house the new and improved AMD, and that’s exactly what they did.

According to a recent announcement, AMD entered into a long-term lease agreement with The Irvine Company for the new Santa Clara Square building which will be the site for AMD’s new [...]

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August 25, 2016

Samsung’s New Open Foundry Strategy Opens Foundry to Small, Medium Sized Companies

According to a new report from ETNews, Samsung is changing their foundry business strategy by opening up their foundry to small and medium sized companies. Their new strategy, called “open foundry” will focus on attracting small and medium fabless design companies from the US, South Korea, and China.

Traditionally, Samsung’s foundries have only produced chips in large quantities for companies such as Apple and Qualcomm. However, Samsung is looking to diversifying their customer base to ensure the loss of business from one company doesn’t drastically affect their bottom line.

Samsung is expected to share all of their latest manufacturing [...]

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August 23, 2016

Samsung, SK Hynix Discuss HBM3 – Faster, Cheaper, Up to 64GB Per Package

Samsung and SK Hynix had a lot to show off in the previous weeks with back to back to back Flash Memory Summit followed by Intel Developer’s Conference and now Hot Chips.

At the HotChips conference, Samsung already talked about what to expect with GDDR6, and both Samsung and SK Hynix also talked about their work on HBM3 (or xHBM, Extreme HBM, HBMx, and whatever else it’s being called these days). HBM3 is expected to be faster, cheaper, more power efficient, and supports higher capacities than current generation HBM2. Those who missed our original article detailing HBM technology, be sure to check it out here.

According to early HBM3 specs, HBM3 will [...]

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August 22, 2016

Sennheiser Launches GSP 300 Gaming Headset, First in Sennheiser’s New Gaming Design Lineup

Professional audio vendor Sennheiser recently announced the launch of the new GSP 300 gaming headset at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, making it the first headset in Sennheiser’s new gaming design range of gaming headsets.

Supporting PC Mac, PS4 and Xbox One, the new Sennheiser GSP 300 will feature a closed acoustic design, a broadcast quality microphone and memory foam ear pads which Sennheiser claims will “enhance every gaming session with even greater clarity and realism”. Sennheiser has also built the GSP 300 with durability in mind using high quality materials and backing the headset with a 2 year international warranty.

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August 22, 2016

PCIe 4.0 Doubles Bandwidth, Increases Power Up to 300W Per Slot

Ever since PCIe was launched back in 2003, it’s become the de-facto standard for most expansion cards, and with high speed storage now adopting the standard, it’s become more important than ever. It’s only natural then that PCI-SIG, the group behind PCIe, has been working on a new PCIe 4.0 standard which aims to continue to solidify its importance in the computing world. In a recent interview conducted by Tom’s Hardware with PCI-SIG Vice President, Richard Solomon, Solomon revealed some interesting developments for the upcoming PCIe 4.0 standard.

As expected, PCIe 4.0 will double the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0, carrying on the tradition of doubling [...]

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August 22, 2016

AMD GPU Market Share Increases First Time in 4 Years Despite Lower GPU Shipments in 2Q2016

Mercury Research recently released their analysis of 2Q2016 market report for the GPU market and it contains quite possibly the best news we’ve heard for AMD in a very long time.

According to the report, AMD’s average total market share increased for the first time in 4 years for both desktop and mobile segments. The last time an uptick in AMD’s GPU market share happened was during the GPU cryptocurrency mining craze back in 2012. As discrete desktop GPUs drove most of this growth in market share, this is likely due in large part to AMD’s strategic launch of mainstream Polaris GPUs which has seen unwavering demand since its launch [...]

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August 21, 2016

Samsung GDDR6: 14-16Gbps Bandwidth, 1.35V, Launch in 2018

Although GDDR5X has only just recently hit the market, GDDR6 is already on the way and Samsung recently took the opportunity to share some information on the upcoming memory standard at the HotChips conference currently taking place in Cupertino, CA.

According to Samsung’s presentation at the show, GDDR6 will start at 14Gbps and is expected to reach 16Gbps at its full potential, which higher than the 14Gbps GDDR5X is expected to reach at its full potential. Current generation Micron GDDR5X being used on Nvidia’s recently launched GeForce Titan X is only capable of up to 10Gbps. GDDR6 will be rated at 1.35v, which is the same as GDDR5x. However, [...]

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August 19, 2016

SK Hynix Mass Producing UFS 2.1 Storage Solution, Claims 3x Faster Than eMMC 5.1

SK Hynix recently announced that they’ve began mass production of their UFS 2.1 storage solution. Ranging in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, SK Hynix is manufacturing their UFS 2.1 solution completely in house with their own firmware, controller, and 2nd generation 3D NAND flash.

According to SK Hynix, their UFS 2.1 storage solution is the fastest embedded flash memory in the world, boasting speeds up to 800MB/s, more than 3x the performance of eMMC 5.1 which is currently the main storage medium used in most mid-range to high end smartphones/tablets.

“SK Hynix is pleased to expect the mobile gadgets such as smartphones to enhance their performances [...]

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August 19, 2016

Korean DRAM Maker Trashes 30-50K DRAM Wafers, DRAM Prices to Increase in Q3

Taiwanese technology site DigiTimes recently reported that a DRAM production issue has caused a Korean DRAM maker to scrap between 30,000-50,000 21nm DRAM wafers. According to DigiTimes’ industry sources, 21nm yields were not the issue; however, no specific reason was given for why the DRAM wafers were trashed.

DRAM prices have been falling since October 2014, but stabilized in June 2016 as chipmakers reduced production and fab capacity investment. While 30,000-50,000 DRAM wafers is unlikely to have a long term impact on DRAM prices, it may cause a short term price increase in Q3 as suppliers raise prices due to the constrained supply. DigiTimes sources report a [...]

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August 19, 2016

G.SKILL Demos 64GB,128GB DDR4-3333MHz Kits, 32GB DDR4-3333MHz SO-DIMM Kits at IDF 2016

G.SKILL is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of capacity and performance with their memory kits, and at IDF 2016 they showed off some of their fastest and highest capacity memory kits available. At the show, G.SKILL demoed both the 128GB Trident Z DDR4-3333MHz CL14 kit as well as the 64GB Trident Z DDR4-333MHz CL13 kit which represent some of the highest capacity high performance DDR4 kits out on the market today.

While DDR4 3333MHz kits have been available for quite some time, they’ve been generally only available in lower capacities such as 16GB kits. However, thanks to the use of Samsung’s new high performance DDR4 8Gb DDR4 DRAM dies, G.SKILL [...]

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