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 …

New Graphics Card from Elsa with S.A.C. System

Elsa is currently preparing to launch an ingenious graphics card on the basis of Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti adapter. Codenamed Elsa GeForce GTX 650 Ti S.A.C., is considered to be the 'quietest' card available in the market due to the implementation of Silent Air Cooling technology that keeps the noise level at the maximum of 25 dB. Under the manufacturer's ideas, its new creation will perfectly suit those people who long for low-noise desktop system operation.



Elsa GeForce GTX 650 Ti S.A.C. is developed on two-slot printed circuit board of 145 mm in length, specifically for PCI-e 3.0 x16 bus. This graphics solution houses GK106 chip with 768 CUDA cores and Kepler architecture; it's designed under 28 nm technological process. The nominal GPU frequency is estimated at 928 MHz. The maximal index of power consumption approximates 110W.


The integration of the graphics card involves 1024 MB memory of GDDR5 type which goes with 128-bit interface. The nominal memory clock frequency …

PC Chassis SilverStone Sugo SG09 Review

Model SG09 is the ninth chassis of Sugo series designed by SilverStone. Upon the whole, the series consists basically of compact parallelepiped casings that presuppose the integration of small-sized mini-ITX motherboards only. Still, Sugo SG09 features more voluminous dimensions (354x220x295 mm) and cubic-like casing that widens its compatibility area a bit. All previous Sugo models were perceived primarily as compact solutions with a quite aesthetic design. But Sugo SG09 positions itself as a reliable platform for a powerful PC system.



Layout


Chassis SilverStone Sugo SG09 has got rather unusual layout due to the need to accommodate a full-sized PSU, a lengthy graphics adapter, a voluminous CPU cooler, and some kind of data storage system in a casing of 23 liters in capacity. As a result, the developers created a one-volume casing with vertical PSU in the frontal part, vertical motherboard tray, and vertical bays for hard drives located on the reverse side of the tray. The …
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