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 …

Sapphire Showcases Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Toxic Solution

Sapphire Technology Ltd. is going to release a new graphics card on Tahiti LE chip. Codenamed Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Toxic, the card is one of the first models to use the newest GPU, developed under 28 nm technological process. The suffix 'GHz Edition' in the model's name witnesses that the nominal GPU clock frequency exceeds the index of 1 GHz.



The core of Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Toxic is based on Graphics Core Next architecture and contains 1536 current processors. The card's inventory involves 2GB of GDDR5 memory with 256-bit bus interface. The memory modules are known to operate at 6000 MHz frequency. GPU operational frequencies are still not clarified, but it's possible to assume that on activation of AMD PowerTune option the card will demonstrate some outstanding performance. In fact, analysts dare saying that this model is the most efficient one among all other solutions based on Tahiti LE chip.


Optimal thermal regime and airflow activity are …

Dual-Range Wi-Fi Router Netgear WNDR4000 Review

Wireless Wi-Fi modules have become frequenters in home-based and corporate networks. With the augmentation of devices which require Internet connection the need for a solid router goes to the limelight. PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other devices can nowadays be found in the majority of homes, and only high-quality router is able to solve all network issues. Netgear has recently introduced a dual-range Wi-Fi router, codenamed WNDR4000, that is ready to cope with a bunch of devices. It supports Ethernet gigabit and 750 Mb Wi-Fi N.



Design and Layout


Router Netgear WNDR4000 has got quite attractive design. The casing is black, glossy and void of any sharp edges; the framework is chamfered and all the lines are smooth. The top part of the casing is a bit salient. The clipboard has got a silver padding to highlight the indicators; the latter are not usual round LEDs but more sophisticated items: figures and inscriptions are illuminated to provide for better visual …
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