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April 6, 2017

Amazon, Apple, Google Joins Bidding War for Toshiba Memory

When a company is forced to sell a highly profitable business in a high growth industry with very few players involved, everyone takes notice. With Toshiba’s memory business, a number of big names such as Western Digital, SK Hynix, Broadcom, Foxconn, TSMC and more have already entered bids for a majority stake in the company, but it looks like competition is about to get a whole lot more intense.

According to a new report from KoreaHerald, as many as 10 companies have entered bids for the Toshiba memory business including heavyweights such as Amazon, Apple, and Google. While these companies are traditionally not in the business of selling SSDs, they heavily rely [...]

 
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July 20, 2017

Review: Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC HD WiFi Access Point (UAP-AC-HD)

The King of 5GHz Wireless AC

Several weeks ago, we had the opportunity to review the Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO which we found to be an excellent Wi-Fi access point solution for anyone looking for an easy way to significantly improve their Wi-Fi coverage, performance, and reliability in the home, office, or commercial deployment.

Of course, the UniFi AP AC PRO isn’t the fastest access point Ubiquiti makes and for those who want the absolute maximum performance, Ubiquiti also offers the UniFi AP AC HD, Ubiquiti’s flagship UniFi access point sporting an even faster, newer, beefier wireless chipset paired with an even more powerful antenna array.

Given that [...]

 
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February 27, 2017

Testing the Apple MacBook Pro Touchbar Wi-Fi: Does 3×3 MIMO Make a Difference?

The Quest for Wi-Fi Perfection

The new Apple MacBook Pro (Touchbar, 2016) is quite the mixed bag. On one hand the thinner and lighter design, the beautiful Retina display, and the cool new TouchBar makes it one of the best MacBook Pros ever, but on the other hand, lackluster hardware, USB-C exclusivity, and the extremely high pricetag makes it a lot less appealing than its predecessor.

While internal components such as the CPU, graphics, battery size, etc. may be a bit uninspired, one component that Apple hasn’t skimped on for this generation is the internal Wi-Fi. Rather than stick with the usual 802.11AC with a 2×2 MIMO antenna setup typically seen on [...]

 
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February 22, 2017

ARRIS Acquires Ruckus Wireless, ICX Switch Business for $800 Million

In a recent announcement, ARRIS and Broadcom announced that they’ve entered an agreement for ARRIS to acquire Broadcom’s Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business, a business Broadcom acquired with their acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems late last year. The acquisition, which will cost ARRIS $800 Million plus the cost of unvested employee stock awards will follow the completion of Broadcom’s acquisition of Brocade.

The inclusion of Ruckus’s networking technologies will help expand ARRIS’s product portfolio from the consumer wired and wireless networking market to education, commercial and enterprise as well. According to [...]

 
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November 2, 2016

Broadcom Acquires Brocade in $5.9 Billion Deal in Yet Another Major Tech Acquisition This Year

In yet another major IT acquisition this year, Broadcom recently announced the acquisition of enterprise networking equipment firm, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. for a whopping $5.9 Billion.

Broadcom’s main interest in Brocade is Brocade’s portfolio of Fibre Channel Switch technology which is necessary for high speed connectivity between enterprise server and storage systems. This was previously a missing link for Broadcom who already produce HBAs for servers and the Fibre Channel ICs for enterprise storage products.

“This strategic acquisition enhances Broadcom’s position as one of the leading providers of enterprise storage [...]

 
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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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March 23, 2012

ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Professional and Intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition Review

Fatal1ty Endorsed Motherboard and the Fastest Consumer CPU in the World

It’s been a long wait here at Custom PC Review, but we finally have Intel’s top of the line LGA 2011 processor, the Intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition along with ASRock’s newest X79 board.

So, for those of you who haven’t been keeping up with Intel’s enthusiast class gear, the last time Intel announced a high end platform was way back in November 2008 when the socket LGA 1366 along with the Intel X58 chipset was born. At the time, it was the high end enthusiast class product providing support for triple channel DDR3 memory and up to 40 PCIe lanes.

Of course, 3 years is [...]

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