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 …

Fujitsu Intros Esprimo Q956 Mini-PC

Fujitsu is about to release a budget-oriented mini-PC, entitled Esprimo Q956. The greenhorn features 186x191x59 mm dimensions and is housed in a sleek black casing. The manufacturer adds a dedicated stand-base to place the nettop on the table in both aspects. The model supports Windows 7/8.1/10 OS platforms.



Fujitsu Esprimo Q956 is based on Intel Broadwell & Skylake platforms. Thus, it is ready to accommodate motherboards with Intel Q170 chipset, supporting Intel Core i7-6700T, Pentium G4400T, Core i5-6500T, and Core i3-6100T processors. The CPU might be replenished with 32 GB of DDR4 memory.


The layout presupposes the integration of a single 2.5-inch SSD/HDD, a thin DVD drive as well as solid-state drives with PCIe or M.2 interface. The hardware base includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi module, Bluetooth 4.0 adapter, Gigabit Ethernet port (on the basis of Intel I219LM controller), four USB 3.0 & two USB 2.0 ports, and a pair of video outputs (HDMI & DisplayPort).


Audio facilities …

Noctua Expands ‘A’ Fan Series

The line of Noctua’s A fan series has been enriched with three new models: NF-A9 92 mm, NF-A8 80 mm and NF-A4x10 5 V 40 mm. The triple is based on traditional SSO-2 bearings which provide for an optimal balance of lifespan (up to 150.000 hours) and noise level. In order to enhance the performance and reduce noise during operation Noctua equipped the fans with Advanced Acoustic Optimization frame, anti-vibration pads, and such technologies as Stepped Inlet Design, Inner Surface Microstructures and Flow Acceleration Channels.



Noctua NF-A9 model is an heir of a renowned NF-B9 version. It is available in two variations: NF-A9 PWM and NF-A9 FLX. The first one allows for dynamic alteration of operational speeds from 400 RPM to 2000 RPM; the other one offers three fixed speed indices (1050/1250/1600 RPM).


Noctua NF-A8 is a successor of NF-R8 model. It is available in three variations: NF-A8 PWM, NF-A8 FLX and NF-A8 ULN. The first fan is able to rotate at 450-2200 RPM speed …
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