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 …

Chieftec Unveils Gaming GP-01B Chassis

Chieftec replenishes its lineup of gaming cases with the Gaming GP-01B model. The middle-tower chassis is targeting micro-ATX/ATX platforms with up to seven expansion slots and a wide set of storage, cooling & connectivity options. The new-comer is housed in a SECC steel case, painted black, with four different LED inserts on the fascia. The release is scheduled for the end of July, 2016.



Chieftec Gaming GP-01B comes fitted with a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays, four 3.5-inch bays as well as a couple of 2.5-inch bays. Six out of eight slots support tool-free drive mounting. The list of included external interfaces involves 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x 3.5-mm audio ports.


Featuring 516x450x210 mm dimensions, internal layout allows for the installation of graphics cards of up to 430 mm in length & a standard ATX PS/2 power supply unit (200 mm).


To continue, the case is shipped with two preinstalled 120-mm front fans and a single 120-mm rear fan. Optionally, …

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Merger: Operational Joint Working Plan

Microsoft representatives have recently announced the intentions of the corporation to merge with Barnes & Noble company. Barnes & Noble has established reputation for being the global leader in the production and sale of electronic books, as well as other Internet services dedicated to the sale of various goods. The company is currently working at production of electronic book entitled Nook which operates on Android platform. Specialists and analysts declare unanimously that the main goal of Microsoft and Barnes & Noble merger is the creation of a new company; the company will be oriented on the production of electronic books which will operate on Windows 8 platform.


Both companies’ representatives keep from commenting on the detailed structure of the future company. The unveiled info shows that both companies will continue working at creation and production of Nook electronic books. The merger is called to bring benefits to all involved parties: Microsoft will enter into …
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