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GlobalFoundries to Sell 300mm New York Fab to ON Semiconductor

Mon, 2019-04-22 22:45

GlobalFoundries and ON Semiconductor on Monday signed a definitive agreement for the latter to buy GlobalFoundries’ 300-mm fab in East Fishkill, New York. In addition to the production facility, ON Semiconductor will get a team of experienced engineers from GlobalFoundries as well as a technology transfer, development, and license agreements.

Philips Launches 222B9T: A 21.5-Inch Semi-Rugged Monitor with Touch Support

Mon, 2019-04-22 21:30

Taking a departure from the usual look-don't-touch world of PC monitors, Philips has rolled out a new, semi-rugged commerical monitor designed specifically for heavy touchscreen use. The Philips 222B9T is a 21.5-inch monitor with a 10-point capacitive touch system that's designed for use in commercial markets such as retail, point of sale, point of information, shops, restaurants, and education, incorporating several changes to ruggedize and otherwise reinforce the monitor and help it survive the harsh environment of human hands.

TSMC: No Plans to Buy Rivals at The Moment

Mon, 2019-04-22 20:00

Although TSMC expects demand for chips to increase going forward and despite an ongoing trend towards consolidation on the foundry market, the company has commented that it currently has no plans to make acquisitions to boost its production capacities.

The Intel Optane Memory H10 Review: QLC and Optane In One SSD

Mon, 2019-04-22 15:50

Intel's latest SSD caching solution using 3D XPoint memory is here. This time, the Optane cache is paired with QLC NAND flash, and all bundled onto one M.2 drive so that ultrabooks can enjoy both Optane performance and Flash capacity.

LaCie Portable SSD and WD My Passport SSD Capsule Review: 2TB SATA SSDs Behind a USB Bridge

Fri, 2019-04-19 22:00

The emergence of 3D TLC flash has enabled a new class of budget-friendly bus-powered external SSDs. Flash memory has also seen a recent drop in prices, and this has made high-capacity drives affordable. These aspects have allowed vendors to introduce 2TB external SSDs at price points suitable for the mainstream market. Today, we take a comprehensive at two such drives - the LaCie Portable SSD, and the Western Digital My Passport SSD.

Acer Joins Mini LED Monitor Club with Professional-Focused ConceptD CM7321K

Fri, 2019-04-19 20:45

As the era of Mini LED backlighting takes off in earnest, Acer has become another major supplier of displays to announce a monitor incorporating the tech. The ConceptD CM7321K is a high-end PC monitor that will be aimed at graphics and video professionals who need a wide color gamut, a high contrast ratio, a very high luminance, and a Delta E<1 color accuracy.

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C434: A Convertible Chromebook with Premium Features

Fri, 2019-04-19 20:15

ASUS is certainly not new to Chrome OS-based PCs. But throughout its history with Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and other Chrome OS devices, the company has positioned them as entry level solutions. However, as Google and some of its partners are experimenting with more premium Chrome OS-powered devices, ASUS cannot stand still. To that end, the company has started to sell its Chromebook Flip C434, a premium Chrome OS 2-in-1.

The ASRock IMB-1216: Intel’s Whiskey Lake-U Goes Mini-ITX

Fri, 2019-04-19 19:45

ASRock has introduced a new Mini-ITX motherboard based on Intel’s Whiskey Lake-U SoCs, which is aimed at embedded applications. The IMB-1216 mainboard is designed for applications like panel PCs, point-of-sales systems, kiosks, and digital signage, but can be used for regular low-power PCs in a Mini-ITX form-factor.

The Western Digital WD Blue SN500 SSD Review: Moving The Mainstream To NVMe

Fri, 2019-04-19 13:30

Western Digital's latest generation of WD Blue SSDs jumps from SATA to NVMe, making some sacrifices in the process but still meeting the everyday needs of the typical consumer.

Razer Expands Availability of Quartz Pink Blade Stealth 13 Laptop & Peripherals

Thu, 2019-04-18 21:00

Modern users tend to be very different and demand unique lifestyle devices with a distinctive design. To address certain audiences, companies need to take rather extraordinary measures and introduce quite unexpected products. Razer this year unveiled its 13.3-inch gaming laptop featuring a Quartz Pink color that was only made available in select countries. Since then, the company has launched a series of pink peripherals and is now expanding availability of the notebook.

Razer Launches Core X Chroma TB3 eGFX Enclosure: 700 W, GbE, USB

Thu, 2019-04-18 20:00

Razer has introduced a new enclosure for external graphics cards. The new Core X Chroma Thunderbolt 3 enclosure is compatible with bulky graphics cards, integrates a high-wattage power supply, and comes with additional USB 3.0 Type-A as well as GbE ports. The new unit also has programmable RGB lighting.

Cooler Master: Square RGB Fans Announced

Thu, 2019-04-18 19:00

Back in January at the CES 2019 trade show, Cooler Master lifted the lid on its plans to release a new range 120 mm fans and they're here; the new Square Fan (SF) series SF120R RGB, the SF120R ARGB, and SF360R ARGB cooling fans. The SF120R RGB and SF120R ARGB are based on its new SF series square 120 mm design, while the uniquely designed triple 360 mm fan all-in-one framed does have support for both 360mm AIO CPU coolers and radiators.

Microsoft Announces Surface Hub 2S: 50-Inch for $9000

Thu, 2019-04-18 18:00

Microsoft has introduced its new family of Surface Hub collaboration devices designed for conference rooms. The new lineup includes an all-new 85-inch model for those who need larger screens, as well as an all-new 50-inch model that can be powered by a battery. What is interesting is that the new collaborative PCs are upgradeable, unlike the first-gen Surface Hubs launched in 2015.

BOXX APEXX W4X With Xeon W-3175X, and APEXX W8R Server with 8 GPUs

Thu, 2019-04-18 17:00

At the NAB trade show BOXX unleashed its new Intel Xeon W-3175X equipped workstation, the APEXX W4X. Also on display at NAB 2019 was its new GPU-acceleration focused server, the APEXX W8R which is configurable with up to eight dedicated GPUs and up to a large 1 TB of ECC DDR4 system memory.

AMD 50th Anniversary Ryzen CPUs Listed At Retailers (ShopBLT)

Thu, 2019-04-18 16:00

Every company loves a good anniversary. It's a time to explain the origin story, show how the company came to the fore, and discuss the next year's of business. This year sees AMD hit 50, and those celebrations are expected to ramp up over the next couple of months, especially with AMD headlining the launch keynote at the annual Computex trade show. On the back of this anniversary, it would appear that AMD is preparing some special anniversary edition processor bundles.

Based on product listings at ShopBLT, a retailer known for making early listings, AMD is planning to release a special Anniversary Edition of its top of the line Ryzen 7 2700X processor, bundled with the Ryzen Wraith Prism RGB CPU cooler.

The listing doesn't state what is special about this edition, but it is priced substantially higher than a standard 2700X plus Wraith package, at $388 vs $329. We do see that the package has its own SKU numbering different to the normal boxed version of the 2700X (YD270XBGAFA50), but given AMDs history we might see bundled game packages or perhaps a physical addition to the box. Given the seemingly $50 price difference, I hope it's something a bit more substantial and physical, especially if this ends up being a limited time offering.

We are reaching out to AMD for official comment.

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ASUS Shows Off Dolby Vision Monitors: The ProArt PQ22UC & ProArt PA32UCX

Thu, 2019-04-18 15:00

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2019 trade show this week, ASUS announced that it had added support for Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) transport to its professional ProArt PQ22UC and ProArt PA32UCX monitors. The screens will be among the first displays in the industry to support this technology.

COLORFUL CVN-Z390M Gaming V20 Motherboard: All Aboard The Flight Deck

Thu, 2019-04-18 14:00

COLORFUL Technology, who manufactures a variety of hardware ranging from NVIDIA graphics cards all the way to storage, has released its latest naval inspired motherboard, the CVN-Z390M Gaming V20. The CVN-Z390M Gaming V20 utilizes dual video outputs, two M.2 slots, five SATA ports, rocks a navy inspired design, and targets the gaming end of the market.

The Huawei P30 & P30 Pro Reviews: Photography Enhanced

Thu, 2019-04-18 13:00

The last year has been extremely exciting period for Huawei and its products: Starting with the P20, the company’s flagships have been truly transformative in terms of their camera photography capabilities. The P20 and P20 Pro last year were extremely intriguing products for the industry, as they ushered in the first step towards an ever more prevalent aspect of modern cameras: computational photography.

Huawei had pioneered the technique to bring new innovative use-cases such as the introduction of multi-frame combination mechanism for low-light capture (a.k.a. Night Mode), which really raised the bar and lead the way in terms of what we expect smartphone cameras be capable of in low light. Huawei didn’t only innovate in terms of software, but also using quite exotic hardware camera sensors, such as the 40MP units in the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro.

This year, Huawei doubled down on the photography aspects of its predecessors with the introduction of the new P30 and P30 Pro. The two new flagships pick up where the P20s left off, and provide yet again a new set of generational improvements to the camera setups. This year, along with software optimisations, we yet again see big changes in the hardware of the cameras, with the introduction of an industry first RYYB 40MP main camera sensor, as well as the addition of an even more exotic 5x telephoto camera module that is enabled via a prism mirror and a 90° sensor layout.

Naturally, the P30 and P30 Pro also bring overall improvements and redesigns in the other aspects of what makes them flagship smartphones, with larger batteries, new screens, and overall design revamps.

Samsung Completes Development of 5nm EUV Process Technology

Wed, 2019-04-17 22:30

Samsung Foundry this week announced that it has completed development of its first-generation 5 nm fabrication process (previously dubbed 5LPE). The manufacturing technology uses extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) and is set to provide significant performance, power, and area advantages when compared to Samsung’s 7 nm process (known as 7LPP). Meanwhile, Samsung stresses that IP developed for 7LPP can be also used for chips to be made using 5LPE.

HP Announces EliteDisplay E324q: a $430 31.5-Inch QHD Monitor

Wed, 2019-04-17 18:00

HP has introduced its new display for offices that combines large dimensions and a relatively low price. The EliteDisplay E324q is a 31.5-inch QHD monitor that costs less than $450 and is designed primarily for productivity applications. Apart from its price and size, an important feature of the LCD are its thin bezels making it easier to work in multi-monitor configurations.

HP’s EliteDisplay E324q relies on a panel featuring a 2560x1440 resolution as well as standard contrast and brightness. The monitor has a DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB-C input. In addition, it has a dual-port USB 3.0 Type-A hub. Meanwhile, the display comes with a stand that can adjust height, tilt, and swivel. Besides, the monitor can be rotated by 90 degrees.

HP notes that thin bezels on three sides of the EliteDisplay E324q make it more comfortable to use it in dual display configuration to boost workers’ efficiency.

HP plans to start sales of its EliteDisplay E324q in June for a price of $429. Unfortunately HP has not provided any other specifications on the display.

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