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Power Outage at Samsung – Higher Prices coming!

A power outage at Samsung destroys approximately 3.5% of Global NAND Flash output for March 2018 an this means that we can expect to see higher prices very soon.

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The End of DDR Memory (not anytime soon)

Don’t worry DDR will still survive over the next years but especially in server environment we’re going to reach the limits and the bandwidth from the DDR interface is more and more the bottleneck.

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HBM scheme shows the ‘future’ and how DDR gets replaced. Picture Source: ICR
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Coffee Lake Dual- & Quad-Core CPU’s getting U0-Stepping via BIOS update

Asus and ASRock releasing new BIOS updates (including Spectre fix) which including a new U0-stepping for Coffee Lake CPU’s. Until now Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake CPU’s were identical, they both had the B0 stepping – this is going to change now. In fact until the stepping change the Coffee Lake CPU’s are only re-labeled Kaby Lake CPU’s because everything else is identical.

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Sony released final Playstation 4 5.50 Firmware

Sony finally released the new 5.50 firmware, which was tested over several weeks, then rolled out as beta for everyone and now got the approval to revive as update for everyone.

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Imec & Cadence Tape Out Industry’s First 3nm Test Chip

Nanotechnology research centre imec has taped out what it says is the industry’s first 3nm test chip. The project, in association with Cadence, was completed using design rules focused at EUV and 193nm immersion lithography, along with Cadence’s Innovus and Genus software suites.. The tape out leads they way into a new chip area.

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Picture Source: Semiconductor Engineering
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Sony Playstation 4 fully cracked, Jailbreak Hits Firmware 4.55

The developer ‘Qwertyoruiop‘,  released yesterday a fully working exploit for Sony’s PS 4 Firmware 4.55 on GitHub. On top, there’s news of an interesting ‘payload’ quietly circulating.

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USB-IF and the future of Fast Charging

USB has too many logos and certificates which only ends up confusing people, including myself because there not only different certificates there also different cable types.

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Hardware prices, especially graphic cards getting even more expensive this year

Massdrop reports that the prices exploding, the problem is still crypt-mining and the memory shortage. The bad news here is that there is no end in sight.

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Snapdragon 845 VR headset is able to use 120 FPS

And another news today from Qualcomm, their latest Snapdragon 845 VR package is able to show a resolution of 1024 x 1152 with incredible 120 FPS (per eye/display), which would be more than enough for really every game on the market right now in decent FPS without getting the motion sickness on faster scenes eg. in roller coaster simulators. The HTC Vive Pro packs a higher-res 1400×1600 per eye display, but only at 90Hz, which means that Qualcomm is clearly the winner in the VR battle.

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Official Snapdragon 845 VR Package picture. Picture Source: Qualcomm