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 …

Monitor Asus PA248Q Review

The market of displays is full of models with the 16:9 height-to-width aspect ratio, what can't be said about 16:10 models which go in quite scant supply. Still, the latter are of great demand among computer enthusiasts. The inventory of monitors produced by Asus includes models of various height-to-width aspect ratio. Currently, the company is introducing exactly 16:10 product, codenamed PA248Q. The chief peculiarity of Asus PA248Q is seen in the availability of USB 3.0 hub that offers advanced facilities for customers.



Design


Design of monitor Asus PA248Q greatly resembles that of its predecessor, PA246Q. The frontal panel contains a red stripe and vertical control buttons. The display is dull and void of loud dirtying. The swivel gear allows the customer to rotate the display 92 degrees clockwise. The stand contains measurement marks with digits that show the degree to which it's possible to raise or rotate the monitor. Vertical control buttons are located on the right …

PowerColor Intros New Graphics Card with Fling Force Cooler

TUL Corporation, in the framework of its PowerColor brand, introduces a new graphics card with quite an original way of air cooling organization. The new-coming adapter, codenamed PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 Fling Force, employs 'two-storied' cooler of an unusual structure. Along with an aluminum heatsink, copper heat pipes, and a voluminous fan, the manufacturer implemented non-monolithic fan ribs. Their tips are fixed to the main part in a way to change their location relative to the plain of rotation.



On conditions of low rotational speed, tips of the ribs are located at approximately 80 degrees angle relative to the graphics card. On conditions of heightened speed, the ribs become more linear; this way, the impeller diameter enlarges from 92 mm to 95 mm. Such structural approach to the fan framework develops into an improved performance and air cooling effect.


The model is based on Pitcairn chip, developed on Graphics Core Next architecture under 28 nm technological …
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