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    AMD Embedded Roadmap Lists Zen 4 EPYC CPU with 64+ Cores

    Expect a lot of confusion in the months that follow. Micron also mentions "sub-channels" in this and other documents, and that isn't helping to clear that confusion. There's something else to consider here: it's not necessary to actually make use of the granularity that DDR5 offers (32 instead...
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    AMD and GlobalFoundries Wafer Supply Agreement Now Non-Exclusive, Paves Way for 7nm sIOD

    Yes. GF is a part of the alliance that seems to still be alive. https://www.samsungfoundry.com/foundry/homepage/anonymous/technology12inch.do?_mainLayOut=homepageLayout&menuIndex=0201
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    TSMC Briefly Hit by "Power Supply Dip," Production Unaffected

    Does this also describe semiconductor fabs in Taiwan, which [most of the time] have little incentive to save on water, at least when compared to those in Arizona?
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    AMD and GlobalFoundries Wafer Supply Agreement Now Non-Exclusive, Paves Way for 7nm sIOD

    They may license 7nm without EUV in 2024-2025, for example, and then buy used and new equipment plus the knowhow to set it up. Setting up a production line and achieving good yields should cost far less and take much less time when the technology is mature. 7nm will be far, far from obsolete at...
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    AMD and GlobalFoundries Wafer Supply Agreement Now Non-Exclusive, Paves Way for 7nm sIOD

    Did any exlusivity commitments exist before this last amendment? This is what AnandTech reported two years ago:
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    GIGABYTE Gives Public Apology for "Made in China" Mocking After Company Shares Plummet by $550 Million

    Don't take the part that says "wiping away around $550 million worth of market cap" literally; those same millions were made out of thin air in the last ~40 days, apparently since Giga-Byte issued their annual report (which is not public yet). The stock price is still higher than ever before...
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    GIGABYTE Gives Public Apology for "Made in China" Mocking After Company Shares Plummet by $550 Million

    There's that thing called "supply chain" ...
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    GIGABYTE Gives Public Apology for "Made in China" Mocking After Company Shares Plummet by $550 Million

    The stock price chart shows a correction after a historical peak. What could possibly be better than a blog post that predictably triggers that?
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    Intel and QuTech Demonstrate Advances in Solving Quantum Interconnect Bottlenecks

    The controller chip and the qubits on the same die? Sigh, welcome to the boring future where quantum computers look like chips instead of gravity-twisting steam machine prototypes from Proxima Centauri b.
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    Chernobyl “waking up again”

    But also, not sure whose genius idea it was to build Japan in a fault zone... and on an island that historically has tsunamis often... like seriously, build it somewhere else... And yet, they built Japan in Japan, they have had great success coping with many perils of nature, and this may have...
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    Rumor: AMD Rembrandt APUs to Feature Zen3+, RDNA2 Architectures - Up to 12 CUs

    Those who know won't tell. I don't know, therefore I tell. By the time Alder Lake arrives, AMD needs to have something new ready too. Without unlimited resources, they can't have a new socket, new chipset, new Zen, and new DDR and new PCIe controllers, all at the same time and properly tested...
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    Intel Core "Alder Lake-S" to Launch in November 2021

    Every rumour so far has mentioned Alder Lake and LGA1700 in the same sentence, so that's really unlikely at this point. Intel is already stockpiling and binning the chips, they have mastered volume production at 10 nm (finally) (kind of). There will be enough of them for ultra-expensive...
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    Huawei Readies Unorthodox 3:2 Aspect-Ratio 32-inch Monitor with 4.5K Resolution

    Those "monitors" are 11" iPads and iPad Pros. Maybe some phones too, they have countless different aspect ratios.
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    Huawei Readies Unorthodox 3:2 Aspect-Ratio 32-inch Monitor with 4.5K Resolution

    To add my opinion to this nice bunch of opinions: wider aspect ratios go together well with large sizes. It may be so because of the way human sight works, or maybe because nothing is too wide once you have enough vertical pixels. I've had two 1920x1200 24" LCDs at home and at work for years...
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    SSDs More Reliable than HDDs: Backblaze Study

    The study comes with all the details and warnings. You only get trash when you try to make a TL;DR from it.
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    Samsung and Ericsson Sign Global Patent License Agreement

    The deal was made following the WTJFASEE(ETSP) principle, meaning "we two join forces and screw everyone else (especially the small players)", which is not quite in line with FRAND.
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    Rumor: AMD Rembrandt APUs to Feature Zen3+, RDNA2 Architectures - Up to 12 CUs

    He's also holding a graphics card that most certainly isn't green. You're reading it wrong. It's i5 or Ryzen 5 against Firestorm+Icestorm.
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    SSDs More Reliable than HDDs: Backblaze Study

    Is this really a requirement for datacenter SSDs? If a major electrical failure/blackout/brownout occurs in a datacenter, I guess there would be much more to worry about than corrupt filesystems on some SSDs.
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    SSDs More Reliable than HDDs: Backblaze Study

    For some additional fun: you want to salvage data as Windows admin, but don't have access to some user's folder. Well, you're the admin, you can add privileges to yourself ... but no, you can't because privileges are stored as NTFS metadata on the drive, and the drive is read-only.
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    SSDs More Reliable than HDDs: Backblaze Study

    What makes you think that? Unreliable? I don't remember that time, and I bought my first SSD in 2011 - a used Intel X25-M 80GB that cost me 85 EUR. We didn't quite trust MLC back then, how on earth can you put four distinct voltage levels into a single cell? The first two or three generations...
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    TSMC to Execute Bitmain's Orders for 5nm Crypto-Mining ASICs from Q3-2021

    My view into the future was wrong ... but not by much. ... As we all know well, the civilisation on Mars had a crypto-based economy. What remains of the said civilisation are some molecules of organic compounds, and even those are yet to be found.
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    AMD Zen 5 "Strix Point" Processors Rumored To Feature big.LITTLE Core Design

    Intel copied Lisa S. Something probably went wrong in the process, as the analysis of her corporate genome reveals large parts labelled "marketing".
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    Intel Core-1800 Alder Lake Engineering Sample Spotted with 16C/24T Configuration

    It has nothing to do with translation or replacement of code. An invalid opcode triggers an exception #6: Invalid opcode, and an exception handler is then run (in the OS kernel, I presume). The exception handler saves the registers, then it reads the offending instruction and its parameters. If...
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    Intel Core-1800 Alder Lake Engineering Sample Spotted with 16C/24T Configuration

    If they are any clever, they're now using that sur-snap-face-dragon as a great learning tool, and they will figure out what (mostly) proper scheduling looks like by 2022. I mean emulation in software. The basic mechanism exists in all modern CPUs: if the decoder encounters an unknown...
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    Kingston Technology DDR5 Overclockable Modules One Step Closer to Reaching Market

    I see. Several sources mention UDIMMs, and the maximum unbuffered module size is known - it's 128 GB. So Wikipedia is conditionally right, which means wrong. https://www.anandtech.com/show/15912/ddr5-specification-released-setting-the-stage-for-ddr56400-and-beyond
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