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 …

AMD Officially Launches FreeSync Technology

The much-talked about graphical technology from AMD – FreeSync – is already out. Its privileges over rival solutions might be seen from different angles. To begin with, it dramatically optimizes the gameplay by improving image smoothness, reducing lag time, and eliminating splitting. FreeSync enables the synchronization of screen refresh time with GPU refresh time in real time; hence, images are updated only when the graphical adapter shapes the frame.

To continue, AMD FreeSync, is an open standard which does not require calculations, since it is integrated within an updated DisplayPort 1.2a interface. As distinct from Nvidia’s G-Sync, there is no need to equip the monitor with a dedicated module. Moreover, this technology supports the widest refresh range: 9-240 Hz; therefore, monitors manufacturers receive a tool for a standalone definition of operational limits for a particular model.

Currently, FreeSync is implemented within six graphics adapters and within …

Graphics card Colorful iGame GTX 660 Ti ARES X on sale soon

Chinese manufacturer of graphics cards Colorful, as the more well known in our region MSI, is preparing for the official announcement of Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti card of alternative design iGame GTX 660 Ti ARES X. First of all, the eye catches a massive cooling system based on the Shark Bionic least five copper heat pipes and a pair of fan size ~ 80 mm.

According to the small heat release of GK104 chip in version with 1344 shaders, the efficiency of the cooler Shark Bionic is not doubtfull.

Card is equipped with (4+2)-phase power system and two connectors PCI-E Power 6-pin. In a similar version of Colorful GTX 670 there are six-channel power graphics core and two phases for the memory. Looking at the enclosed photo, is visible the presence of video outputs DVI (2), HDMI and DisplayPort connectors and a pair of SLI. What can not yet be explained, it is the presence of eight chips PCB Hynix GDDR5 — it is not combined with 192-bit bus.

Twelve pads for the RAM chips can …
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