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 …

ASRock H87 Fatal1ty Performance: Affordable Gaming Motherboard

The launch of Intel Haswell processors was the push for motherboard manufacturers to introduce the products of a new generation. ASRock was not an exclusion, since it offered a lineup of boards for various customer groups. This way, Fatal1ty gaming series has gained two new representatives: high-end Z87 Fatal1ty Professional and more affordable H87 Fatal1ty Performance. The latter is targeting those customers who would like to kill two birds with one stone: create a highly efficient PC system and save the hard-earned money.



Therefore, ASRock H87 Fatal1ty Performance is designed in a standard ATX form-factor. It is based on Intel H87 chipset and features LGA1150 CPU socket. The board is compatible with already introduced Intel processors of the fourth generation (Core i7/i5), as well as with only announced Core i3, Pentium and Celeron. The implemented PCB accommodates four DIMM slots for the integration of up to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules.


To continue, stability …

Foxconn Q77M: Effective Solution of Corporate Tasks

Foxconn introduces a new motherboard destined for the efficient solution of all basic corporate assignments. Codenamed Foxconn Q77M, the model is developed in micro-ATX form factor and supports processors from Intel: Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge (Intel Core i3, i5, i7 of the second and third generations). It is peculiar for the integrated facilities pertained to the remote control and virtualization.



Motherboard Foxconn Q77M employs high-quality Japanese capacitors in its framework. The minimal error-free operational time is estimated at sixty thousand hours. Such index is going to attract those corporate clients who require stable and uninterrupted work with the utmost performance.


This model accommodates such video interfaces as VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI, gigabit LAN socket, six-channel HD audio codec and graphics core with DirectX 11 support. Additionally, the board allows employing up to 32GB of DDR3-1600 MHz memory type and supports RAID standards with the …
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