Friday, July 06
- Note to self: Save the post before clicking upload to add the picture of the day. This is IMPORTANT.
- Anandtech has an article on USB 3.1 Gen 2 controllers and I had to think for a minute before I realised that that's not really all that interesting - we already have USB 3.1 Gen 2 and we're waiting for USB 3.2 Gen 1. Still: The Cypress HX3PD delivers a complete six-port USB 3.1 Gen 2 hub on a chip, and the Zhaoxin ZX-200 is a universal I/O chip with SATA, Ethernet, and USB 3.1, 3.0, and 2.0
- Europe is run by lazy idiots. The terrible horrible no good very bad copyright law has been defeated for the moment, due not so much to principled and intelligent opposition as half the European Parliament calling in sick and missing the vote.
- AMD may be releasing new video cards before the end of the year unless they don't. 12nm doesn't sound very exciting with all the single-digit talk going on, but the point was made on the latest episode of TWiCH that 7nm fabs are going to be running at capacity for some time producing high-margin parts like server CPUs and iPhone glue, so mid-range GPUs will likely be relegated to 12nm until at least late 2019.
- AMD also look set to release new CPUs and APUs, including possibly a 2700E low-power 8-core desktop model, a 2600H and 2800H high-end notebook APUs, and 2300X and 2500X desktop APUs.
An interesting point is that despite offering dozens of Zen family processors across the desktop, laptop, server, and embedded space, from 2 to 32 cores and 5 watts all the way up to 250, AMD only manufactures three distinct Zen chips - even including last year's models. It's an incredibly flexible design that they just need to dress up for the task at hand.
- Intel may be releasing their 9000-series 8th-generation Lake Lake CPUs before the end of the year unless they don't with up to six of the one thing and four and a half of the other thing. I think I have those details right.
- Intel's server CPU marketing is a minefield full of rabid badgers. That's just marketing though. And pricing. Technically, the chips are great, unless you care about security in shared virtualised environments, in which case you have probably already quit your job and taken up raising GMO yaks along the margins of the Takla Makan.
- Glibc 2.2.8 supports Unicode 11 but the critical sloth emoji is not expected before Unicode 12.
- No news on NBN. Rally Vincent still holidaying in Singapore. Have a great weekend!
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Are there any devices other than portable storage that use USB 3.1 speeds, let alone 3.0? I have a really nice Patriot 128GB flash drive that has sequential write speeds of around 350MB/s--very nice--and sequential read speeds that might as well be infinite. Of all my home and work computers, only the one with a Ryzen 2200G, which I only use as a Minecraft server at the moment, has a 3.1 port, though.
The 9000-series Intel chips look to be a complete disappointment: just a minor clock bump. Also, the long-rumored Z390 chipset looks to be just a rebrand of the Z370, meaning it'll miss out on the features added to B360 and the other 300-series refresh chipsets, like USB 3.1.
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