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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
10nm, 12nm ULP account for 10 percent of all revenues this year
Over the weekend, TSMC reduced its forecast for global foundry growth in 2017 by roughly two percentage points as a result of elevated inventory in the supply chain, according to company officials.