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 …

ASMedia to Introduce USB 3.5 Controllers in 2014

ASMedia, an auspicious designer of PCIe bridges, USB 3.0 controllers and Switch IC items, announces the development of a new USB 3.5 controller. According to the preliminary information, this controller is going to support 10 Gb/sec data transfer speed, which is nearly twice higher than current USB 3.0. Earlier the launch of an advanced component was scheduled for late 2014, however, now the company is intended to officially introduce it early next year.



The decision to elaborate a speedier controller is explained by ASMedia in two ways. Firstly, the company is currently receiving more orders from motherboard manufacturers for the development of USB 3.0 hubs, due to the recent launch of Intel Haswell CPUs. Nonetheless, an enforcement of platform will sooner or later require an enforcement of various facilities, including connectivity and data transfer.


Secondly, USB 3.5 is called to rival Thunderbolt interface. It should be stressed that both interfaces feature analogous …

LG Introduces Cinema 4K 31MU97 PC Monitor

Graphic designers, photo editors and fans of prime-quality imaging are now pleased by the future release of a new professional PC monitor from LG, codenamed 31MU97. The model belongs to Cinema 4K generation, providing for the best viewing/work experience. It is based on 31-inch IPS panel with 17:9 aspect ratio and features an industry-leading Digital Cinema 4K 4096x2160 pixels resolution. The release date will be announced shortly.



LG 31MU97 boasts 97% color gamut in DCI-P3 environment and up to 99.5% gamut in Adobe RGB environment. In order to cover the most colors, the display employs 10-bit presentation. The integrated IPS panel ensures the widest viewing angles (178 degrees H/V) and the highest dynamic contrast – 1M:1. In addition, a large screen area allows users to include more tools and several windows into the working area.


To continue, this monitor is equipped with a pair of exclusive utilities. The first one, Dual Color Space, enables simultaneous display of two …
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