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 …

Buffalo Comes Out with HD-PLFU3 HDD Series

Buffalo Technology has invigorated its devotees by launching a new series of external HDDs, entitled Mini Station HD-PLFU3. The series embraces three models of 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB capacity to satisfy the needs of varied customer groups. All the devices are available in two color variations, black and white, offering a sleek and stylish design. Along with outstanding functional, the manufacturer offers a rather alluring pricing for the devices; hence, the 500 GB comes at the price tag of $98, the 1 TB model costs $140, and the 2 TB model — $208.

Buffalo Mini Station HD-PLFU3 are based on 2.5-inch drives and does not require additional power supply. All the drives employ a high-speed USB 3.0 interface that ensures truly marvelous data transfer speed characteristics. The maximal Read/Write speed on sequential operations is supposed to achieve 100-120 Mb/sec; this provides for trouble-free transfer of various types of data.

It should be noted that all the drives support …

Kingston and Adata Come up with M.2 SSDs

Within the framework of Computex 2014 both Kingston and Adata are going to introduce their fresh SSD series of M.2 form-factor. In keeping with the manufacturers’ words, the products – SM2280S2 and SR1020NP — are differentiated by some spectacular performance. At present the companies provide only basic info about the drives, leaving their fans in suspense.

Kingston SM2280S3 is based on Phison PS3108 that supports SATA 6 Gb/sec interface only. It ensures 540 MB/sec and 514 MB/sec speed on sequential Read/Write operations. For sure, it’s not the performance innovative M.2 drives should demonstrate (about 10 Gb/sec), although the model considerably surpasses traditional HDDs in this respect.

This SSD series is represented by three models of 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB capacity. All of them employ DDR3 cache-memory with the minimal 256 MB capacity. Besides, the difference in efficiency between other M.2 offers Kingston promises to compensate by a more affordable price.
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