Next year TSMC will start manufacturing the first 20nm chips

The Taiwanese company TSMC confirmed its intention to start production of chips using 20 nm technological processes in 2013. However, for now the company does not plan its production on an industrial scale and will release the first chips in a limited quantities, giving them a total of 1% of production capacity. According to the head of the company, the mass production of semiconductor chips with this technology will not begin until 2014.



Meanwhile TSMC Company is going to produce only one version of the chip, which will be able to enter into the wide range of devices, from smart phones with low-power to high-performance graphics cards. For comparison, the Taiwanese company currently has four different output chips on 28-nm technology. These are 28LP (poly / SiON) for low-power low-cost chips, 28HPL (HKMG) for use in low power applications, 28HP (HKMG) for high-performance chips and 28HPM (HKMG). The latest version combines elements of high-performance chips with high efficiency …

The SilverStone FPS01 Device Returns the Optical Drive Bay into Game

Optical carriers are not popular anymore. Nowadays they are mostly used as license movies carriers, and not as user data storage media. SilverStone offers an alternate variant for those having an unexploitable optical drive of the Slim type.



The new device, called FPS01, is released in two variants, which differ in USB types only: the SST-FPS01 model offers a pair of standard А type ports, and SST-FPS01-C possesses only one С type port. FPS01 is compatible with the standard 12.7 mm Slim ODD optical drive bay and is installed in place of the needless DVD or Blu-ray bay. Though this is not the whole scope of the module’s functionality.


This device features the built-in SD and microSD card reader supporting SDHC and SDXC cards, and the place to install M.2 drive with 6 Gbps SATA interface of 2280 typical size. Unfortunately, the use of FPS01 in laptops can bring some trouble as far as there’s a need to connect the module through standard Molex jacks, USB 3.0 and SATA. …

Rumours about postponement of procuring of desktop processors AMD Trinity are confirmed

Postponement of desktop processors Trinity (Socket FM2) release for October is becoming more possible. Not long ago such rumours were confirmed by authoritative Taiwan source. Retail sales of AMD A10-5800K and the other APU of new series will start only in three months, either simultaneously or nearly simultaneously with the release of high-end 8-core processors FX-83xx/Piledriver.



Experts say that in preparing procedure of desktop models Trinity, which must operate at frequencies up to 3.8 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo), AMD engineers faced with a small amount of chip slots. In this regard, there will be changes in the production process and the design of crystals Vishera. In addition to this, warehouses of Advanced Micro Devices and its partners are filled with surplus APU Llano, which are needed to be implemented in the coming months in any case.


The delay of Trinity will affect the timing removal of the old processors AM3 from the sale. These processors are still up 30% of the …
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