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 …

Here Comes a Series of Radeon R7 Graphics Cards from Sapphire

Sapphire is the company that frequently gladdens its fans with high-end advanced solutions. Thereby, it doesn’t lag behind other manufacturers who nowadays introduce their own versions of AMD’s Radeon R series of adapters. Sapphire Radeon R7 series currently counts seven models: four of them belong to Radeon R7 240 lineup, two – to Radeon R7 250 lineup, and one – to Radeon R7 260 lineup. As a result, each customer is able to choose a card, which is an optimal balance between price and facilities.



The senior model, Sapphire Radeon R7 260X, is based on AMD Bonaire XTX GPU, running at 1150 MHz frequency. It is equipped with 2 GB GDDR5 memory modules (128-bit interface) that operate at 6600 MHz effective frequency. Cooling is provided by a two-slot cooler that embraces a few heatpipes, an aluminum heatsink, and a single axial-flow fan. Video interfaces are represented by DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-I, and DVI-D ports.


A pair of Sapphire Radeon R7 250 models is distinguished …

Gigabyte to Unveil a High-End Graphics Card GV-N770OC-2GD

Gigabyte has enriched its arsenal of graphics solutions with a new card, based on GeForce GTX 770 adapter. Graphics card GV-N770OC-2GD is a modified version of an etalon product that might offer a whole spectrum of capabilities that attract potential customers so much. Outstanding performance, factory overclocking, high-quality hardware basis, and an upgraded cooling system, codenamed Windforce 3X 450W, make this product a cherished acquirement.



Gigabyte GV-N770OC-2GD is based on GK104 graphics core, designed under 28 nm Kepler micro-architecture. This GPU features 1536 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. Its nominal clock frequency makes up 1137 MHz, while the support of GPU Boost 2.0 technology overclocks the card up to 1187 MHz.


Upon the whole, this card employs PCI Express 3.0 x16 interface and houses two additional PCI power sockets (6-contact and 8-contact). A panel of external interfaces boasts the availability of four video outputs, including DisplayPort, HDMI, DL …
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