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August 8, 2017

Phison Launches PS8313 UFS 2.1 Controller

Phison today launched their new Phison PS8313 UFS 2.1 controller at FMS 2017.

Designed for top tier mobile chipsets and smartphones, the Phison PS8313 integrates their CoXProcessor 2.0 architecture currently used on Phison’s PCIe controllers for improved performance and reliability in the UFS standard. The PS8313 controller also features use of an advanced 28nm manufacturing process, a 2-lane UFS interface, an ultra compact and low power LDPC ECC engine and support for the latest 3D TLC NAND.

According to Phison’s internal testing, the PS8313 is capable of up to 920/550 MB/s sequential reads/writes and 67K/62K IOPS 4K random read performance when [...]

 
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July 28, 2017

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X Review

The AMD Ryzen Flagships

AMD launched their newest Ryzen CPUs to great fanfare back in March and while we found performance to be good in our launch review of the Ryzen 1700, we noted that there were quite a few growing pains that needed to be fixed before Ryzen could really shine against Intel. As such, rather than publishing another review of Ryzen on motherboards using incomplete BIOS firmware and badly optimized Windows, we decided to wait it out until AMD and its motherboard partners roll out the badly needed updates to allow Ryzen to really shine in all its glory.

As such, today we’ll be finally reviewing the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X, the flagship AMD [...]

 
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May 5, 2017

TSMC Engineer Charged for Stealing Trade Secrets

A former TSMC Engineer was charged for stealing trade secrets to a competitor, according to a report by DigiTimes.

The former TSMC engineer, Hsu, was recently accused of stealing trade secrets on TSMC’s 28nm process to give to China-based Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC). TSMC’s 28nm process is a proven process which has been used in many chips including Apple SoCs, Qualcomm SoCs, Nvidia GPUs, AMD GPUs, and more. Hsu had recently taken a job at HLMC, but was arrested before he could start.

Of course this isn’t the first time this has occurred. A number of China-based memory chip makers have been aggressively poaching talent from Taiwanese [...]

 
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January 2, 2017

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Specifications Leaked Ahead of CES 2017

When Qualcomm announced the upcoming Snapdragon 835 SoC back in November, few details about the upcoming mobile processor were shared at the time. Aside from its expected launch date in the 1H2017 and the joint announcement with Samsung that it’ll be built on Samsung’s new 10nm FinFET process, we knew very little else about the chip.

However, some recently leaked slides by tech rumors site Videocardz sheds some light on the Snapdragon 835 ahead of its major announcement at CES 2017.

According to the slides, the Snapdragon 835 will be built on the 10nm manufacturing node which will allow the Snapdragon 835 to be significantly smaller and more [...]

 
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October 13, 2016

TSMC Business Booming: Profits Up 28.4%, Revenue Up 22.5% in 3Q2016

Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) recently announced that they had an amazing 3Q2016 with a net income of NT$96.76 Billion ($3.05 Billion USD) and consolidated revenue of NT$260.41 Billion ($8.21 Billion USD). This represents a massive 28.4% increase in net income and 22.5% increase in revenue over 3Q2015. Compared to last quarter, TSMC saw an increase of 17.4% in revenue and 33.4% increase in net income.

Shipments of 16nm/20nm wafers accounted for 31% of wafer revenues, 28nm wafers accounted for $24% of wafer revenues, and advanced technologies, a fancy word for anything above 28nm, accounted for 55% of wafer revenues.

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October 10, 2016

Samsung Mass Producing 14nm Exynos 7270 SoC for Wearable Devices

Samsung recently announced that they’ve begun mass production of their new Exynos 7270 Dual Core Application Processor designed for wearable devices.

The Samsung Exynos 7270 application processor features 2x Cortex A53 ARM cores, which will be built on Samsung’s 14nm FinFET fabrication process. Samsung claims that the new process will allow the Exynos 7270 to be 20% more power efficient compared to its 28nm predecessors. While smartphone and tablet SoCs such as Samsung’s Exynos 8890 have been in mass production on Samsung’s 14nm FinFET LPP for quite some time, this is the first time Samsung is manufacturing a SoC designed for wearable devices on [...]

 
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July 30, 2017

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Review

ZOTAC AMPs it up!

When NVIDIA first announced the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards back in May, it was very clear that they had a pair of winners on their hands. Fast forward four months to today, and it seems that the company is still commanding the high-end GPU market with no competition expected from rival AMD until early-2017. With that in mind, anyone in the market for a high-end graphics card really only has two options – the GeForce GTX 1080 or the GeForce GTX 1070.

Today, we’re taking a look at the latter or more specifically, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! ZOTAC is a company who’ve been producing GeForce graphics cards for [...]

 
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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 15, 2016

Nvidia Announces GeForce GTX 10-Series Pascal Based Mobile Graphics

With the launch of Nvidia’s Pascal based GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and GTX 1060 desktop chips now complete, Nvidia announced today that they’re bringing Pascal to the notebooks as well.

Nvidia’s launch today will bring three new notebook cards to the mix, the GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060. These three cards will strongly highlight the importance of the move to TSMC’s 16nm FinFET fabrication process as they’re no longer the cut down versions of the desktop cards we’re used to seeing in previous generation cards.

Nvidia is also no longer advertising these as “m” GPUs given that they’re no [...]

 
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September 12, 2016

Review: AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB – Polaris Finally Arrives!

… Polaris 10 out of 10.

It would be a fair assumption that AMD named its new GPU after one of the brightest stars in the night sky because to them, that’s exactly what this new GPU is. Huge strides have been made in its engineering, including a brand new architecture based on the new Samsung/GlobalFoundries 14nm FinFET process.

Over the past few years, AMD has been making aggressive pushes into the mainstream PC gaming market. With an all-new ad campaign entitled “The Uprising”, which encourages gamers to join the “Radeon Rebellion” – this Rebellion, of course refers to the fact that AMD has decided that instead of debuting an all-new [...]

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