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 …

Gigabyte to Start the Sales of G1.Sniper B5 Motherboard

Gigabyte is planning to start the sales of its newest motherboard that entered G1.Sniper series. Codenamed G1.Sniper B5, the ATX model features 30.5x22.5 mm dimensions and is based on Intel B85 Express chipset. It is equipped with socket LGA1150, supporting latest Intel Haswell (Core line) CPUs. The layout and incorporated facilities prove the motherboard’s orientation on advanced gamers’ segment.



Gigabyte G1.Sniper B5 has been elaborated in compliance with a brand Gigabyte Ultra Durable 4 Plus design concept. The latter is called to elongate the lifespan of all the components and enhance their productivity by providing the utmost security measures. Hence, key components, including high-end solid-state capacitors, are protected from high temperatures, static voltage, humidity, and voltage fluctuations. This board takes use of Nichicon capacitors, which are targeted audio devices; they promote for a more immersive sounding and audio effects while on game.


To continue, …

Adata Introduces New Premier-Pro SP310 Solid-State Drives Series

Adata has recently introduced a new series of solid-state drives, entitled Premier-Pro SP310. The series consists of 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB models that are developed in mSATA form-factor. The drives feature 50.95x30x4 mm dimensions and are intended to be used as a speedy cache-memory or boot partition in OS for desktop and mobile devices.



Premier-Pro SP310 SSDs employ SATA 6 Gb/sec interface and are based on JMicron JFM-667 controller. The latter ensures that the drives could achieve the highest performance with the outstanding data transfer speeds. Therefore, the maximal sequential Read speed makes up 410 MB/sec, whereas the maximal sequential Write speed – 180 MB/sec. In its turn, the maximal random Read/Write speed reaches up 45.000 IOPS. Such showings are able to guarantee a substantial increase in system response speed.


To continue, the new-comers from Adata support all updated technologies, including NCQ, TRIM and S.M.A.R.T. They enhance the possibilities of the …
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