INTEL 14NM SHORTAGES

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Intel has been reporting that their 14nm lines are running at peak capacity but demand has been so strong that they cannot increase it any more. Part of the problem is with the move to 14nm for chipsets has resulted in some problems with CPU production. The problems at 10nm have resulted in more demand …

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INTEL SSD FAULTS BLOCK WINDOWS 10 VERSION 1803 UPDATE

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We have discovered that some M.2 SSD drives by Intel are not working with WIndows 10 version 1803. Intel SSD 600p Intel SSD 6000 Oro   Evidently the affected machines are booting to the UEFI shell or worse. We have seen such problems with Bitlocker at times, but not indication if that is causal yet.  Intel is …

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FAKE MSI STORE FOUND MSI-STORES.COM

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It seems that fake video cards have a new web-site from where they are selling their garbage. msi-stores.com and msi-shops.com have offers of a GTX 1070 for $79 which is 90% below current legitimate prices. Seems to be no end to the supply of miscreants who swindle shoppers on the internet. Both sites appear to …

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SSD MAINTENANCE

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SSD drives are increasingly popular for PC gaming boxes. With the recent move to motherboard mounted SSD drives, Windows is now faster to boot and games load faster. SSD drives need some minor maintenance. The disk optimizer in Windows 10 can TRIM SSD drives properly which is one of the many reasons to upgrade immediately, …

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WINDOWS 10 KB4103721

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Windows 10 KB4103721  applies to version 1803 only. Addresses an issue with the April 2018 Windows Servicing update that causes App-V Scripts (User Scripts) to stop working. Addresses an issue that prevents certain VPN apps from working on builds of Windows 10, version 1803. These apps were developed using an SDK version that precedes Windows 10, version …

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TAIYO YUDEN MAKES 1000µF CERAMIC CAPACITORS

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Taiyo Yuden has introduced a new 2.5V 1000µF ceramic capacitor that is dramatically smaller than the electrolytic ones presently seen in PC power supplies. Initially production is 100,000 units a month but if they can improve production and reduce costs this new capacitor could revolutionize the power supply market. Taiyo Yuden has been making 470µF …

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PILLARS OF ETERNITY II: DEADFIRE

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Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire was released on Mayl 8, 2017 by Obsidian, The game was developed by Versus Evil Obsidian. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is a rich isomorphic role playing game. This time around the player pursues a rogue god over land and sea. Gameplay includes some lots of travelling from place to place. …

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CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4 ON BATTLE.NET?

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It seems that more and more are abandoning the expense of selling games on Steam. Blizzard runs battle.net which hosts several of their games already. Now Activision is looking to cut distribution costs as well. We will know more when the publisher reveals the details of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on May 17, …

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SAMSUNG CUTS PRICES

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We do price checks weekly and we noticed that average prices for Samsung 970 series M.2 SSD drives have been cut. Semiconductor prices have long been studied in economics as this industry has some interesting dynamics. When sales fall, price cuts stimulate demand. Eventually the market saturates again and sales fall. The cycle repeats ad …

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END OF THE ROAD YET?

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Now that 7nm hardware is closer to the market, its time to consider whether 5nm can be made practical enough for production. At the smaller sizes its helpful to consider the picometer (pm) which is 1000 times smaller which is more helpful for the smaller nodes. 7nm becomes 7000pm and 5nm becomes 5000pm. The image …

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