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Intel Readies for the Future With Ice Lake

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Intel Readies for the Future With Ice Lake

Intel might still have to officially the 8th generation of Core architecture, code named Coffee Lake, but it has already revealed details of the next generation-- Ice Lake.

Described as the "successor the 8th generation Intel Core processor family," Ice Lake processors will be built using a 10nm+ process. This is perhaps an odd move, since Chipzilla is still to officially detail the first 10nm Core architecture, Cannon Lake. It also throws a spanner in what is a confusing naming convention, what with Kaby Lake (14nm+), Coffee Lake (14nm++),  Cannon Lake (10mm) and now Ice Lake (10nm+).

Chipzilla originally hoped to move to a 10nm process by the end of 2016, 2 years after the launch of the 14nm process. However the technology proved more challenging than expected, probably due to a yield rate not high enough for the company. According to Anandtech, the process also depends on die size, with the first products using it being designed for smaller mobile applications (since yields for smaller parts are better than larger parts at the same defect rate).

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Nvidia Recalls Shield AC Wall Adapter

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Nvidia Recalls Shield AC Wall Adapter

Nvidia starts a voluntary recall program for Shield tablet and Shield TV AC power adapters in mainland Europe-- the result of a fault in the two-prong European plug head connected to the power brick.

According to the company, the plug head can break, causing a "risk of electric shock." As a result, Nvidia urges customers to immediately stop using the recalled European plug heads and contact NVIDIA for a free replacement."

A press release from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states the issue affects nearly 7000 units, and so far Nvidia has received 9 reports of European plug heads breaking. The figure includes 6 customers who ended up receiving an electric shock as a result.

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Intel 8th Gen Core CPUs Get Launch Date

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Intel 8th Gen Core CPUs Get Launch Date

Intel announces the date, time and place for the unveiling of the 8th generation Core processor family, known as Coffee Lake-- 21 August 2017, the same date as "the Great American Solar Eclipse."

"Amazing things happen when all things align," the press invitation excitedly states. Attendance is not limited to the press though, as Chipzilla will livestream the event on its Newsroom microsite and Facebook page.

Intel fails the give new information on the upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs, outside of marketing speech. As such, the announcement promises "blazing fast performance," "immersive experience" and "amazing systems designs." Such claims will be verified during the event, as Intel execs, VR creators and imaging pros should take the stage to use Coffee Lake-powered systems.

In addition, the event provides an excuse to view the solar eclipse making its way from Oregon in the West across the US.

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Intel Claims Record Q2 Results

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Intel Claims Record Q2 Results

Intel reports better than expected (at least by the analysts) revenues and income for Q2 2017, with revenues growing by 9% Y-o-Y to $14.8 billion while net income is up by 23% Y-o-Y to $3.5bn.

“Q2 was an outstanding quarter with revenue and profits growing double digits over last year,” CEO Brian Krzanich says. “We also launched new Intel Core, Xeon and memory products that reset the bar for performance leadership, and we’re gaining customer momentum in areas like AI and autonomous driving. With industry-leading products and strong H1 2017 results, we’re on a clear path to another record year."

However, despite such results the Financial Times says Intel is now the second-biggest chipmaker by revenues, as it has lost the crown to no other than the S. Korean giant, Samsung.

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Ryzen Boosts Q2 AMD Results

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Ryzen Boosts Q2 AMD Results

AMD publishes its Q2 2017 financial results-- overall revenues are up by 19% Y-o-Y to $1.22 billion while profit totals $25 million, even if the company remains in the red with losses reaching $16m.

The company is divided in 2 major segments, Computing and Graphics, and Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom. This quarter Computing and Graphics is the star, with revenues growing by 51% Y-o-Y to $659m thanks to demand for graphics and Ryzen desktop processors. The operating income for the segment is $7m, an improvement over the $81m loss of Q2 2016 thanks to what AMD describes as an "improved product mix."

Since Q2 2017 is the first full quarter of Ryzen processor shipments, it also sees an increase in desktop processor ASPs. GPU ASPs are also on the up, the result of a short supply (and growing demand) for desirable gaming-targeted graphics cards.

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Corsair Finds Buyer?

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Corsair Finds Buyer?

According to Reuters PC peripheral and component maker Corsair has found a buyer-- "advanced discussions" on the matter are going on with EagleTree Capital, a middle market private equity firm.

The story comes from anonymous sources, and neither Corsair nor EagleTree has commented on the matter.

Founded in 1994 by current CEO and owner Andy Paul, Corsair makes high performance gaming hardware such as keyboards, mice and headsets. It also owns the PC gaming brand Raptor Gaming. The company was set to go public in 2013, but scrapped such plans after it received a $75 million investment from Francisco Partners.

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Farewell, Windows Phone

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Farewell, Windows Phone

Microsoft brings Windows Phone to an end as it stops support of Windows Phone 8.1, more than three years after the company introduced the update back in April 2014.

A victim of the Android-iOS duopoly controlling the mobile OS arena, Windows Phone 8.1 and its 8/7 predecessors power around 80% of the millions of devices running on the Microsoft software, according to AdDuplex. As a result such devices are now unsupported, and only 20% of Windows phones run on the latest version, Windows 10 Mobile OS.

Currently Microsoft sells a limited number of budget Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, and in any case the OS appears to be receiving little support from the Windows maker. The company has stopped making own Lumia-brand devices, and rumours suggest Windows 10 Mobile will only be maintained until support ends in 2019.

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Logitech Buys Astro Gaming

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Logitech Buys Astro Gaming

Logitech acquires the means of producing another piece of gaming hardware with Astro Gaming, maker of the highly rated A-Series headsets and Mixamp console peripherals.

The deal cost Logitech $85 million in cash and is the second acquisition for the company in little more than a year, following the September 2016 purchase of British joystick maker Saitek from Mad Catz. Post-acquisition Astro Gaming will be folded into the Logitech G gaming peripheral brand.

"Astro is the leading player for premium console headsets and is the preferred headset for console esports athletes," Logitech says. "It's a perfect complement to Logitech G's focus on PC gaming and we couldn't be more excited; we love the team, the brand and the products. Together, we want to make game play even more fun for gamers everywhere."

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John McAfee Settles With Intel Over Name

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John McAfee Settles With Intel Over Name

Colourful antivirus pioneer John McAfee decides to settle with Intel, following the dismissal of his September 2016 lawsuit (and Intel countersuit) over the right to use his name on other projects.

As Reuters reports, McAfee sued Chipzilla after a warning that renaming his latest venture, MGT Capital Investments, as "John McAfee Global Technologies Inc." would infringe its trademarks. In turn, Intel countered with accusations of trademark infringement and unfair competition.

The reportedly amicable settlement has McAfee agree to not use his name, trademark his name or the phrase "John McAfee Privacy Phone" or use "John McAfee Global Technologies" in connection with security-related products or services. He retains the right to use his name in advertising, promotions and presentations, including in regard to his former role at McAfee the company, which he sold to Intel for $7.7 billion back in 2010.

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