Friday, June 22


Daily News Stuff 22 June 2018

  • Samsung announces an 8TB PCIe 4.0 M.3 SSD.  Yes, those numbers are correct.  Although it's not clear why it uses PCIe 4.0 since nothing else does and its peak transfer rate could be handled easily by PCIe 3.0.  Still, nice to see that this is a real thing.

  • The 3nm node apparently has major cost problems.  3nm?  7nm should be moving into full production next year, with 5nm in 2021 or 2022, followed by 4nm, so possibly not your primary concern unless you happen to be named Nvidia.

    The article actually covers a lot more ground than its own headline suggests, going into all the thorny problems and clever solutions swirling around the next five to ten years of semiconductor technology, not least that everyone is now talking about 3nm as a straightforward matter of fact when not that long ago it was fairy dust.  For comparison, until last year AMD was still manufacturing their CPUs at 28nm.

  • MSI has you covered if you need 10GB per second of I/O bandwidth and a cute little fan to keep it cool.  I have to wonder how many people are asking for this, because it seems everyone and their sea monkey has an NVMe RAID solution all of a sudden.

  • Anandtech's CPU roundup is out and the Ryzen 2200G wins best potato.  Not a putdown; if you want a decent computer without spending a ton of money, it beats the hell out of the competition.

  • The EU is still run by idiots.  European Court of Human Rights says "surveillance, shmurvaillance".

  • California is also run by idiots...  Which we knew, sure.  While I was against the heavy-handed net neutrality rules handed down by the former FCC under Title II of the Quills and Parchment Act of 1534, I was more sanguine about legislation passed at the state level.  Looks like lobbyists successfully white-anted the California legislation because, as we noted, the state is run by idiots, and all the right people are upset which makes me happy even though I'm not actually against the idea.

  • Twitter has bought a company called - I shit you not - Smyte in order to more efficiently fuck up relationships with their users.  And also with Smyte's users, as Twitter's first action was to shut down the API without warning and leave everyone in the lurch.  They apparently think they're Google or something.

  • If you have an iPhone and are an EU citizen living in Britain, learn to swim.

  • Chuwi has a NUC that looks like an old-style Mac Pro that shrank in the wash but it's on Indienogo and costs a bundle.  Chuwi's whole raison d'etre is sticking one high-end component in an otherwise low-end system, like the Hi13 with it's gorgeous 3K display stapled to a sluglike Atom processor...  And that's exactly what they've done, again, only they usuall manage to come in a lot cheaper.

  • Google is full of idiots and children and idiot children and the management have no idea what to do about it.  This worries me.  I don't care at all if Facebook and Twitter and all the other Bay Area garbage companies dry up and blow away, but Google actually serves a useful function.

  • Micron announces 1Y nm DRAM.  Yeah, that's a real thing; they're not even pretending to provide real numbers any more.
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1 "against the heavy-handed net neutrality rules handed down by the former FCC under Title II of the Quills and Parchment Act of 1534"
The fact that NO tech site--not Techdirt, not AnandTech, especially not Arse Technica--wanted to talk about Net Neutrality-as-implemented turning the cable companies into Title II organizations so they could be spied on just like the phone company, was an endless source of irritation to me.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, June 23 2018 05:34 AM (Q/JG2)

2 "According to reports from those affected, Smyte disabled access to its API with very little warning to clients, and without giving them time to prepare. Customers got a phone call, and then – boom – the service was gone. Clients had multi-year contracts in some cases."
Do you think any of these companies had SLAs that would provide grounds for a lawsuit?  Because if I had one and were in this position I'd sue Twitter.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, June 23 2018 05:39 AM (Q/JG2)

3 " The engineers became known asthe "Group ofNine” and were lionized by like-minded staff.The current and former employees say the engineers’ workboycott was"
...grounds for immediate termination.  FTFG.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, June 23 2018 06:06 AM (Q/JG2)

4 "they're not even pretending to provide real numbers any more."
Isn't it the case anyway that 7/10/14/etc nm numbers only apply to certain features of the silicon anyway, and that many chip features are still much larger, maybe 40+nm?
In a way, "some small number" is a refreshing honesty:  they're not lying by omission about how large the silicon traces actually are!

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, June 23 2018 06:08 AM (Q/JG2)

5 Yeah, since 65nm the numbers have become increasingly imaginary, and numbers from different manufacturers aren't directly comparable.  Samsung 10nm is very similar to Intel's 14nm, for example.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, June 23 2018 02:07 PM (PiXy!)

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