ARM Readies Cortex-A72 and Mali-T880 for Mobile Devices

ARM has just announced a series of solutions for the upcoming next-generation mobile SoC. The most notable developments are Cortex-A72 processor and Mali-T880 graphics. According to the manufacturer, both components will be interconnected within SoC by means of CoreLink – CCI-500. The launch of new items is scheduled for 2016. Rockchip, MediaTek and HiSilicon are among the companies to integrate both elaborations into their products.



It should be noted that Cortex- A72 is a successor of Cortex-A57, taking analogous 64-bit operations but demonstrating three times higher performance. The new-comer will be designed under 16 nm FinFET+ technological process. Its layout corresponds to big.LITTLE framework requirements; this promotes for its combination with other ARM cores.


As far as Mali-T880 GPU is concerned, it provides for 1.8 response time increase if compared with the Mali-T760 model. Herewith, its power consumption is reduced by 40%. Moreover, this GPU might support 4K …

Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.



Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.


The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …

Transcend produces memory kits aXeRam DDR3-2400 and DDR3-2133 with 8 GB of memory

The widely represented in the market a series of RAM sets Transcend aXeRam is now added with dual channel kit DDR3 of 8 GB with an effective frequency of 2133 and 2400 MHz. Modules are routinely equipped with aluminum radiators with high «scallops» and support overclocking profiles Intel XMP 1.3, actual for the processors Intel Ivy Bridge.



The package Transcend aXeRam DDR3-2133 2x 4 GB consists of two brackets with a combination of delay of memory 10-11-10-27 and moderate voltage 1.6 V. Overclocking enthusiasts will certainly prefer against it more productive Transcend aXeRam DDR3-2400 for the same amount. Timings have been raised in a given set up to 11-12-11-29, and default voltage — up to 1.65 V.


To increase the stability of the new items, they are made on an 8-layer PCB. Overclocking spirit of the tandem Transcend aXeRam DDR3-2133/2400 emphasizes the possibility of fine tuning by the utility aXeMod. In addition, aXeMod monitors the temperature of the memory.


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