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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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May 5, 2017

Samsung to Overtake Intel As World’s Largest Chipmaker

Samsung Electronics is poised to surpass Intel (aka Chipzilla) as the world’s largest chip manufacturer.

Analyst firm IC Insights predicted recently that if the current price of DRAM and NAND hold for Q2, Samsung could generate enough revenue to take the number one spot. The firm predicts that Samsung will achieve $14.9 billion in revenue, while Intel is predicted to reach $14.4 billion.

The increase in the price of NAND and DRAM is fueled by significantly increased demand amid a major industry-wide supply shortage. The depleted inventory and industry-wide transition to 3D NAND is significantly increasing the price of storage and isn’t supposed to [...]

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May 5, 2017

OnePlus 5 Leaked Ahead of Schedule at Online Retailer

The successor to the legendary OnePlus 3T may have been inadvertently leaked on Oppomart, a popular online Chinese marketplace.

According to the leaked product page, the list image is the same as leaked images we’ve seen previously. The phone is pictured to feature a matte black finish and a dual camera system. The fingerprint reader is expected to be placed at the front.

Additionally, a full list of specifications has been leaked as well.

Manufacturer OnePlusModel OnePlus 5SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835RAM 6GB LPDDR4Storage 64GB / 128GB UFS 2.1Screen 5.5″ QHD 2560 x 1440p DisplayCamera 12MP dual rear camera, 8MP front [...]
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May 5, 2017

Microsoft to Host Another Press Event on May 23

Shortly after revealing Windows 10 S and the Surface Laptop, Microsoft is planning to “show the world what’s next”, this time in Shanghai.

The theme of this event is unclear. The barren teaser site starkly features an image of Shanghai city and #MicrosoftEvent banner.

Microsoft fans have their fingers crossed for an updated Surface Pro. Despite an excellent quarter, Microsoft saw a 26% dip in Surface revenue. A refresh on the Surface Pro 4 is desperately needed, and a new Surface Book can’t hurt either. Many are also  holding out on the possibility of a Surface Phone.

The event is just three weeks away, so more information should [...]

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May 5, 2017

Reddit User Returns StarCraft Gold Master Source Disk to Blizzard, Gets a Ton of Goodies and Trip to BlizzCon

According to a recent Reddit post, Reddit user Khemist49 recently purchased a bunch of old Blizzard stuff off Ebay and came across an interesting disk labeled “STARCRAFT Gold Master Source Code”. Upon realizing the disk actually contained the gold master source code for the original StarCraft game, Khemist49 got in touch with Blizzard, and promptly sent the disk back to Blizzard where it was confirmed to be genuine, known to be missing and possibly stolen.

As StarCraft source code is a major trade secret for Blizzard, if the source code were leaked, this could have serious consequences especially as StarCraft has regained some popularity recently with [...]

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May 3, 2017

AMD Stock Tanks by 24%, Biggest Single Day Loss in Over 12 Years

AMD’s stock fell by a gut-wrenching 24.4% on Tuesday, marking the worst single day stock performance for AMD in over 12 years.

Source: Google

The fallout occurred shortly after AMD released its earnings. Despite a solid 18.3% increase in quarterly revenue, low gross margins worried investors. During the quarter, AMD’s gross margins were 34%, which is a mere 2% improvement over the last year. Investors had hoped AMD would be able to achieve 36-40% gross margins thanks to sales of higher margin Ryzen CPUs which were launched in early March.

In an interview, AMD’s CEO Dr. Lisa Su assured investors that gross margins [...]

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May 3, 2017

Microsoft Announces Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S

Microsoft announced the Surface laptop and Windows 10 S during its #MicrosoftEDU conference today.

Windows 10 S

Windows 10 S is an overhauled version of Windows RT designed to compete against Google’s Chrome OS. All software for Windows 10 S must be downloaded via the Windows Store, meaning that 3rd party applications won’t be able to run unless they’re approved by Microsoft.

Are the flashbacks of Windows RT haunting you? Don’t be, Microsoft has enhanced Windows 10 S in several ways to avoid a repeat of the same mistake.

The biggest challenge for a single software distribution source is its ecosystem. During the [...]

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May 2, 2017

Possible Early AMD Vega 3D Mark Benchmark Leaked

A mysterious Time Spy benchmark result has appeared on the 3DMark benchmark database, which may belong to AMD’s upcoming enthusiast Vega GPU.

According to the benchmark result page, the unnamed graphics card was able to achieve a graphics score of 5,721, which is around the performance level of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. As far as specifications, the benchmark result page shows an AMD graphics card with 8GB of memory, 1.2GHz GPU core clock, and 700MHz memory bus clock paired with an AMD Ryzen 7 1800X.

If this is indeed a Vega graphics card, the numbers are a slightly worrying. That said, there are a lot of unknowns here. First and foremost is [...]

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May 2, 2017

Nvidia Plans on Launching New GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 for Mobile

Nvidia is expected to launch lower-clocked versions of its GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 mobile GPUs.

Images captured from a system show a version of a GTX 1080 with all cores enabled but running at 1,290MHz base clock. This is much lower than the 1,556MHz base clock on the dekstop GTX 1080. By lowering the core clock, it lowers the power and thermal envelope of the GPU. This allows it to be fitted into thinner gaming laptops.

The card scored a 1,7000 in 3D mark, 4,000 lower than a fully-fledged desktop GTX 1080. Not much was shown regarding the new GTX 1070 during the presentation.

The low-powered variant of the [...]

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May 1, 2017

Review: ASUS STRIX Radeon RX 570 4GB Graphics Card

Polaris Enhanced?

A few weeks ago, AMD launched the Radeon RX 500 series, which is mostly a refresh of the previous-generation RX 400 series they launched less than a year ago. Mostly because the Radeon RX 500 series is based on the very same Polaris architecture as its predecessor, albeit on a slightly more mature process. Whatever your stance on rebadges, it’s clear that AMD has decided to double-down on its Polaris architecture in 2017, at least for the midrange and entry-level segments until its RX Vega GPUs appear later on to cover the high-end market. So like it are not, Polaris is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Today, we’re going to take a look at [...]

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