GoPro launches new subscription plans and Quik App for Mac
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Innovative strategy for the segment

GoPro is taking an innovative approach to its market segment by investing heavily in cloud storage. While competitors like Insta360 are catching up regarding camera features, GoPro has divided its previous $49 subscription plan into three-tier models. The Quik app debuted for Mac, but PC users are still waiting.

Apple extends its 5G modem licensing with Qualcomm
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To last through March 2027 is a big day for QTL

Qualcomm has announced its Q1 fiscal 2024 results and is back to growth. The restructuring is working out, as the company announced $9.92 billion in revenues and $2.77 billion in net income, exceeding the high end of the company's guidance. A significant announcement of a great quarter result is that Apple will use Qualcomm's 5G licensing at least until the end of Q1 2027.

Asus confirms NUC Extreme is no more
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Would be competing with Asus ROG Strix

Asus' spokesperson has confirmed that the company won't have an update to the NUC Extreme 7.5 liter device. The Raptor Canyon remains the last NUC of its kind, as Asus has ROG Strix systems in the same ballpark.

Phison ensures PCIe 5.0 E26 drives are ok passively cooled
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As long as there is some breeze

The storage market has always been interesting and dynamic, one that poked attention over the last few decades. At CES, I got to meet with Chris P Ramseyer, a director of technology marketing at Phison, and shortly after William Harmon, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Sabrent.

Qualcomm Oryon CPU beats Apple M2 Max in a single thread
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Matches i9-13980Hx in multi-thread

Qualcomm's CEO Christiano Amon just announced the Qualcomm Oryon CPU, a part of the Snapdragon X PC platform. This twelve-core 4nm CPU is based on Nuvia architecture and should be a very efficient design.

Intel starts high-volume EUV Intel 4 production in Ireland
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Big win for Europe

A moment ago, Intel´s CEO Pat Gelsinger announced the start of high-volume manufacturing on the Intel 4 process technology at Fab 34 in Leixlip, Ireland.

Qualcomm modems will power Apple phones until 2026
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Modems are hard

Even though Apple acquired Intel's modem business unit, the company failed to materialize its in-house 5G modem that works in the worldwide market. Shortly before the iPhone's announcement, it was announced that Apple still sticks with the Qualcomm modems.

Sierra Forest with 288 cores hits the stage
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Dual socket 576 E-cores

Intel surprised the audience at the Innovation 2023 event, showing a new Sierra Forest data center processor with a twist. Intel has previously announced that the Sierra Forest has up to 144 Efficiency cores. Still, Gelsinger surprised the audience by showing the two tiles on the same package, resulting in a 288-core CPU.

TSMC N3 wafer cost $20K+
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28 September 2023

TSMC N3 wafer cost $20K+

Too expensive to use A17 Pro for vanilla iPhone 15

Apple is the first of many who started using the TSMC N3 3nm process for its latest SoC, and even for Apple, it is not easy to eat the manufacturing cost. 

Big changes in AMD Client business unit
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Rick Bergman, Scott Herkelman, and Saeid Moshkelani SVP and GM of Client are gone 

Some of our colleagues jumped to the conclusion Scott Herkelman is getting replaced by Jack Huynh who now works as a Senior Vice President and GM, Computing and Graphics Business Group. This is actually the job that Jack is taking over from Bergman. It is not clear why Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, is imposing such radical changes at this time, but we might have some ideas.