AMD announces second-gen Radeon Pro Duo graphics card
Published in Graphics


Slower than Radeon Pro Duo Fiji XT with quadruple the memory for $999


On Monday, Advanced Micro Devices took the wraps off its most powerful workstation graphics card to date, the Polaris-based Radeon Pro Duo. The card is a follow-up of last year’s computing powerhouse featuring two Fury X cores and is once again marketed for superior multi-tasking, accelerated applications, and the creation and playback of VR content.

Motherboard shipments may drop over 10 percent this year
Published in Motherboards


But AMD-Intel price war may save vendors from supply chain issues


With the global decline in PC shipments finally showing signs of slowing, motherboard vendors are expecting to see a correlated slowing of overall volume in 2017, with some estimates hovering near 10 percent from last year.

Foxconn invests another $1.5 billion in robot development
Published in News


Initiates stock swap to ease robot procurement for its business units


Foxconn Electronics, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, has announced an ambitious effort to push ahead with a highly automated workforce by increasing investment in its robot development subsidiary in Shenzhen, China.

HP develops IonTouch rewritable system for plastic cards
Published in News


A zero-energy hybrid between digital displays and e-ink

HP Labs announced a new hybrid printing technology that is set to change the way that employee IDs, visitor passes, gate passes and other temporary passes are distributed to the general public.

Windows 10 feature extends battery life
Published in Notebooks


Per-app CPU throttling now available for beta testers

Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled a new operating system wide power savings feature for Windows 10 that claims to reduce notebook battery consumption by around 11 percent on devices equipped with Skylake and Kaby Lake processors.

Apple prepares iMac refresh for 2H 2017
Published in News


Server grade Xeon iMac arriving in Q4

According to sources within the Taiwanese supply chain, Apple is preparing to begin production on the 2017 refresh of its iMac desktop lineup in the second half of the year. The company is also testing a new server-grade iMac for enterprise users to take on Microsoft’s Surface Studio competitor.

Intel to announce Basin Falls and Coffee Lake ahead of schedule
Published in Motherboards



Intel is expected to announce Basin Falls, its upcoming High-End Desktop (HEDT) platform based on the X299 chipset, and its Coffee Lake mainstream desktop platform based on the Z300-series chipset, two months earlier than originally scheduled, according to industry sources.

3D NAND flash output to increase in 2H 2017
Published in Memory


Industry attempts to close global supply shortages


According to sources within the memory industry, global production of 3D NAND flash memory chips is expected to expand substantially in the second half of 2017, exceeding the output of 2D NAND chips by the fourth quarter of the year.

Toshiba releases 3.5-inch N300 NAS hard drives
Published in News


Available in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB capacities this month


Toshiba’s semiconductor and storage subdivision has introduced its latest series of 3.5-inch N300 internal network attached storage (NAS) consumer hard drives to the US market. The drives are available in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB capacities and include a self-contained cache algorithm to optimize real-time buffer performance and minimize recovery time from data errors.

Apple "iPhone 8" renders surface as expected
Published in Mobiles

On Sunday, several new renders purportedly showing Apple’s design for upcoming iPhone hardware this fall have appeared, and now show a device that is somewhat smaller in size than previous details leaked.