Intel Makes an Agreement with ASML to Accelerate 450 mm Wafer Development

The past several days were marked by the Intel's announcement about the celebration of a contract with ASML company. Such step has been dictated by the company's intentions to invest into the development of 450 mm wafers and EUV technologies. In accordance with the preliminary estimates, the general investment rate will reach $4.1 billion. The major target of the cooperation is to decrease the term of lithography equipment commissioning by two years, and stimulate the development of technologies targeted at 450 mm wafers. The implementation of the predesigned plans will allow the manufacturers of semiconductor components to receive a range of benefits, among which is the cut of expenses.



With the purpose to facilitate in the solution of this technological problem, Intel will take part in a dedicated program. This program includes financial backup of scientific and research projects, as well as, equity investing campaigns in ASML.


The initial stage of this program …

Overview of the ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K4 Motherboard

ASRock continues to improve its devices, and now, with the release of a new series of chipsets from Intel, its specialists demonstrated an updated line of «gaming» motherboards, which is easier to distinguish among the rest of the products due to the Fatal1ty prefix introduced in the name.


The use of Z270 means the product is ready for overclocking, and massive radiators in the power scheme strengthen this image. The sound is based on the older codec from Realtek and supplemented with a functional utility from Creative. Surprisingly, the network adapter used is not produced by Killer, which has already become a habit for a number of similar boards, here the Intel's proven solution is installed.


Also, the user will have three M.2 sockets at one’s disposal. There are no more bonuses, because this model is the simplest one in the series. The backlight system was seriously modified, this was reflected in its name, now the phrase AURA RGB LED is used, actually cloning one of …

Philips Intros Professional 328P6VJEB Monitor

Philips is about to release a new professional PC monitor, entitled 328P6VJEB. The greenhorn boasts 31.5-inch VA panel with UltraClear 4K resolution (3840x2160) & WLED backlight. The model features 16:9 aspect ratio as well as 698.1x392.85 mm display area. Its overall dimensions make up 742x657x270 mm. The recommended retail price might go up to $809.



Philips 328P6VJEB brags about high static contrast – 3000:1 and even higher dynamic contrast – 50M:1. The display offers the widest viewing angles (178/178 degrees) and an enriched color gamut which comes with UltraColor technology. The majority of monitors cover 72% NTSC color environment; yet, the 328P6VJEB covers 95%. Therefore, the screen is able to display more hues, while basic colors look rather natural. The support for 4K resolution further improves image detailing.


The monitor houses a pair of 3-watt speakers (6 W), 1x VGA port, 1x DVI port, 1x DisplayPort, and 1x HDMI with MHL port. Besides, there is a set of 4 …
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