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 …

Mini-PC Sapphire Edge HD3 Review

Mini-PCs are gaining popularity among people who do not want to relinquish their demands towards the performance and aesthetic appearance. Full-Tower casings will suits probably gamers and enthusiasts, laptops – to people always on move, and mini-PCs — to individuals who appreciate efficiency and ergonomics. Sapphire gladdened its customers with Edge HD2 model last year, and this season the company offers an advanced solution in the form of mini-PC Edge HD3. Indeed, this model can substitute the full-tower PC and provide for better usability.



Design


First of all, it should be mentioned that Sapphire Edge HD3 design befits to its predecessor, HD2. The new model has got rubbered plastic enclosure, smooth shape and black color. The basic attraction for potential clientele is the mini-PC dimensions: the product does not exceed the standard paper format and will be practically invisible on the desk. Still, there is a distinction between the two models. Edge HD3 is notable …

Meet Small-Sized QC5000M Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock enters the mainboard market with a new micro-ATX solution, entitled QC5000M. The greenhorn takes Kabini platform as the basis, featuring AMD A4-5000 hybrid processor (28 nm) with 4 Jaguar cores and 1.5 GHz clock frequency. The APU is accompanied by two slots for one-channel DDR3-1600 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB) and an integrated AMD Radeon HD 8330 graphics (500 MHz clock frequency, compatibility with DirectX 11.1 standard).



The implemented APU boasts 15 W TDP only, requiring a small-sized heatsink for efficient cooling. The model takes power via 24-pin ATX connector and is based on AMD A68 chipset. It is equipped with a single PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, a pair of PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, and the same amount of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.


Network and audio facilities are represented by Realtek RTL8111GR Gigabit Ethernet controller and 7.1-channel Realtek ALC887 codec respectively. Additionally, the PCB is furnished with ELNA sound capacitors. The rear side of the motherboard …
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