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 …

Universal Laptop Charger FSP NB Q90 Plus Review

The major task of technological progress is to provide people with more efficient, more convenient, and more user-friendly devices to be used at home and in office. The list of all those facilities has become of vital importance for consumer electronics segment. That is because people would like to be saved from multiple wires, cables and schemes when they use their PCs, laptops or other gadgets. Nevertheless, it is impossible to avoid cable grooming when it comes about PSUs or chargers. FSP company dared to solve this problem by releasing a compact and ergonomic laptop charger, codenamed NB Q90 Plus. The employment of this device is called to facilitate the laptop charge-in and save people from cable foul-ups.

Design and Ergonomics

The first thing that differentiates laptop charger FSP NB Q90 Plus from dozens of other models is its dimensions which do not exceed 135x72x19 mm. This makes it easily portable even in a tiny handbag. The series of charges is represented by …

HGST Announces Corporate-Class Ultrastar C10K1800 Hard Drives

Despite the emergence of ultra-fast and voluminous SSD devices, data processing centers still require classical storage solutions. Hence, HGST, an affiliate company of Western Digital, decided to comply with the corporate demands by introducing budgetary hard drives entitled Ultrastar C10K1800. The new-comers are targeting exactly DPC-systems which are in need of high performance combined with fail-safe behavior.

HGST Ultrastar C10K1800 drives feature 2.5-inch form-factor and come in diverse capacity variations (from 300 GB to 1.8 TB). The models employ SAS interface with 12 Gb/sec throughput. It should be noted that designers involved the minimal amount of plates on the maximal possible tape density. The latter are thought to rotate with 10.520 RPM.

The implementation of only few plates provides for the reduction of power consumption; this is supposed to be a great benefit since the drives are estimated for a durable 24/7 operation. Thus, an average power consumption …
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