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 …

Greeting New PC Chassis ME880 from Delux

Delux Technology, a well-established manufacturer of PC hardware and peripherals, starts selling its new PC chassis, intended for budget-oriented gamers. Entitled Delux ME880, the model corresponds to ATX form-factor and features 410x192x435 mm dimensions. It supports all motherboards of ATX and micro-ATX standard, as well as a wide range of graphics solutions, due to the availability of seven PCI-slots in the rear section of the case. In order to meet some customers’ design requirements, this chassis will be available in three color variations: white, black and red.



ME880 is equipped with four external bays for the mounting of 5.25-inch drives. These bays, along with the bottom and side panels, are covered by a grid-like lid that ensures optimal ventilation and cooling down of all critical components. The internal layout presupposes PSU to be installed in the bottom part of the chassis; this positively affects cable management process, providing for a hassle-free access …

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC is Available for Preorder

Sapphire is about to launch the first modification of AMD’s graphics adapter – the Radeon RX 480. The new-comer, entitled Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC, is already available for preorder at the price tag of $322. The PCB, as well as the integrated cooling system, employs a modified design. The ‘OC’ postfix implies that the card has been overclocked to provide for a better performance.



Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro OC comes equipped with AMD Polaris 10 GPU (14 nm, FinFet, GCN). It features 2304 stream processors, 32 ROPs & 144 TMUs. The presumptive GPU clock frequency might achieve 1350 MHz. At the same time, memory subsystem hasn’t been modified: 8 GB of GDDR5 are supposed to run at 2.0/8.0 GHz (base/dynamic) frequency.


The 2-slot cooling system employs a few heatpipes, a large aluminum heatsink, a stiffening plate at the reverse side, and a couple of 100-mm fans. The latter are able to operate in passive mode when GPU temperature is low. Moreover, the model boasts the …
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