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 …

Meet New PSU Tesla R2 from Fractal Design

Fractal Design is the company that distinguishes from its competitors by the incessant dedication towards each product's design and performance. Its recent power supply units lineup, Tesla R2, can be called a benchmark of style and refinement. Of course, the company did not forget about the PSU performance, implementing only the innovative technologies in its development. Tesla R2 series framework and configuration will initially serve the needs of high-end and high-demanding gaming PCs and workstations.



Tesla R2 series has got 80Plus certificate which implies that the product is highly efficient and can compete for the market winning. At the same time, it is characterized by low power consumption which is achieved due to the implemented technologies on heat production decrease. Tesla R2 is equipped with 135 mm fan based on Long Life bearing. It is distinguished by the low-speed rotation and, as a consequence, decreased noise level.


To continue, this PSU is compatible …

Spire Launches Ridge 6601 and Ridge 6602 PC Chassis

Spire has officially launched a new line of budgetary PC chassis, codenamed Spire Ridge. At the moment, there are only two models within the series – the Ridge 6601 and the Ridge 6602. Both are characterized by the support for ATX motherboards and have many other identical specifications: i.e. mid-tower form-factor, 192x415x418 mm dimensions. Still, there are some differentiations as well.



The first distinction between the two models lies in the frontal panel design. Therefore, Ridge 6601 features a laconic panel made of plastic without additional ventilation. In its turn, Ridge 6602 features a half-perforated metallic frontal panel that allows for a more intense cooling of internal components.


The couple boasts identical expansion facilities with two 5.25-inch buckets for optical drives, four 3.5-inch buckets for HDD/SSD, and seven expansion slots. Connectivity options are introduced by a set of frontal interfaces, including two audio slots, one USB 2.0, and one USB …
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