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OWC: Refreshed iMac Supports 64GB RAM

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Mac upgrade specialist Other World Computing (OWC) confirms customers can boost the 27-inch iMac refresh revealed at the WWDC 2017 keynote by increasing the amount of RAM from 32 to 64GB.

2017 iMacThe refreshed 27-inch iMac comes in stock 3 configurations, all featuring Intel Kaby Lake processors, Thunderbolt 3 ports, faster graphics and optional memory and storage upgrades. The 3.5GHz and 3.8GHz 27-inch models carry up to 64GB RAM, but the lower-end 3.4GHz option only offers up to 32GB RAM, leading to questions as to whether the limit is hardware-related or not.

Micron Updates on GDDR5X, GDDR6 Development

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Micron releases an update on the development and production of GDDR5X and GDDR6 memory products-- the company plans to introduce improved GDDR5X chips soon, while GDDR6 is to hit mass production on early 2018.

GDDR5X MemoryThe company first launched "G5X" memory chips at 10Gbps speeds, but now it supplies them in 10, 11 and 12Gdbps, with production focusing on increasing data rates and yields. Currently, the Nvidia Titan Xp GPU uses "Micron's next-gen G5X at 11.4Gbps, which is now in mass production."

IBM Process Manages 5nm Chipmaking

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A collaboration between IBM, Samsung and Global Foundries brings about an industry firsts-- silicon nanosheet transistors allowing the production of 5 nanometer (nm) chips.

IBM 5nm processPresented at the 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits conference in Kyoto, Japan, the process arrives just 2 years after the development of a 7nm test node chip with 20 billion transistors, paving the way for 30 billion switches on a "fingernail-sized" chip.

As Big Blue puts it, the breakthrough uses "stacks of silicon nanosheets" to build the transistor instead of FinFET architecture, the current blueprint for the semiconductor industry. It promises a 40% performance enhancement at fixed power, or 75% power savings at matched performance, bringing about a "significant" boost in the performance of anything from AI systems to VR and mobile devices.

HP Adds to Omen Gaming PC Range

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HP refreshes the Omen gaming PC range, with products including a pair of desktop PCs, 15- and 17-inch laptops, displays and the HP take on external GPU enclosures.

HP Omen BackpackOmen desktop PCs come in two flavours-- full-size tower and compact. The Omen X Compact Desktop option is the more interesting, since it features a dockable form factor one can use in either desktop or backpack mode. A harness complete with hot-swappable batteries allows one to strap the PC on their backs for portable VR use, while the docking station handles desktop use without cable worries.

Specs include 7th generation unlocked Intel Core i7 CPUs and factory-unlocked GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, inside HP claims is a chassis equipped with advanced thermal and electrical engineering ensuring heat is transferred away from users.

EET Group Names Søren Drewsen CEO

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EET GroupPan-European IT and technology distributor EET Group announces Søren Drewsen as CEO. He succeeds John Thomas, who steps down after a 20-year tenure in order to "spend more time with his family."

Thomas will remain at EET Group as a member of the board, as well as shareholder along majority owner FSN Capital. His successor, Søren Drewsen, joins EET Group from a position as VP and group managing director and head of N. Europe at UK-based roofing systems manufacturer Icopal/BMI Group. He holds a Master of Science and Bachelor degrees in both Marketing and Organisation from Copenhagen Business School.

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