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Apple and Nvidia become first customers of TSMC’s Arizona plant

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It became known which companies will be the first customers of the new plant of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which it is building in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. According to Nikkei Asia, citing people familiar with the matter, Apple will be the biggest customer in the first wave when the plant begins chip production. It is assumed that the launch will take place in December 2023 and this is earlier than the original plans – 2024 was first mentioned. Also one of the major customers at the initial stage should be Nvidia, the sources said. In addition, AMD and Xilinx, the largest developer of programmable microcircuits, are negotiating with TSMC regarding the purchase of products from the Arizona plant.

Apple and Nvidia become first customers of TSMC's Arizona plant

On Tuesday, December 6, US President Joe Biden is expected to attend a ceremony marking the installation of the first equipment at TSMC’s Arizona plant. Also present will be the leadership of TSMC itself, top managers from Apple, Nvidia, AMD, ARM, Synopsys and other major players in the industry. Sources said that TSMC originally planned to start installing equipment at its new plant this September, but due to labor shortages and the coronavirus, this was delayed until early December. Most likely, full-scale work on the installation of equipment will begin in February-March 2023, according to Nikkei Asia sources.

Initially, the company planned to produce 20,000 wafers per month at the Arizona plant, but now it intends to double that, as well as to produce more advanced chips. At first, it was about the production of single-chip systems made according to the 4- and 5-nm process technology – such solutions from TSMC are installed in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro smartphones, but now the company plans to produce 3-nm chips at the American plant. The Arizona plant is valued at $12 billion, the sources say, but launching a 3nm production line could be a big investment. TSMC founder Morris Chang confirmed that the company will bring 3nm chips to the US, but he also noted that manufacturing in the US will be 50% more expensive than in Taiwan. TSMC’s current manufacturing base for 3nm chips is located in Tainan, Taiwan, where production has just begun.

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One of the largest retail chains in India, Reliance Retail, began accepting digital rupees as part of a pilot project.

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Major Indian retailer Reliance Retail has implemented support for digital rupee payments in one of its Freshpik stores and plans to expand this experience to all formats of the network.

One of the largest retail chains in India, Reliance Retail, began accepting digital rupees as part of a pilot project.

V Subramaniam, chief executive of Reliance Retail, noted that the adoption of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) is in line with the firm’s vision of providing “choice” to Indian consumers. The executive also emphasized that this initiative gives the firm the opportunity to offer an alternative payment method in its stores.

To make a purchase, customers only need to scan a QR code.

“Indians will get another efficient and secure alternative payment method” — said the top manager.

The deployment of CBDC was made possible through collaboration with ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Innovative Technologies.

Plans for the country’s CBDC were laid out by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on October 7, 2022. The country’s central bank has identified various factors, including the potential positive and negative impact of the digital rupee on the country. According to the RBI, one of the motivations for creating a CBDC is to reduce the operating costs of managing cash.

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Overtaken by TikTok: ChatGPT has become the fastest growing online service in the world

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Overtaken by TikTok ChatGPT has become the fastest growing online

The ChatGPT neural network turned out to be the fastest growing online service in the world. It took only 2 months to reach an audience of 100 million people a month, Reuters reported. A similar figure for TikTok was reached in 9 months. The very same public version of ChatGPT was launched on November 30, 2022, and not even in all countries.

Overtaken by TikTok: ChatGPT has become the fastest growing online service in the world

Note that other online services, social networks or platforms have reached such a figure in only a few years.

Also today, OpenAI introduced ChatGPT Plus, a paid version of the chatbot for $20 per month. However, it is only available in the US and by appointment only.

And Microsoft plans to add a new GPT-4 language model to its Bing search engine, which hasn’t even been announced yet. In addition, the ChatGPT mobile application and a neural network for generating video by text queries are expected.

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A visual comparison of the sizes of cooling systems of all three Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones with its predecessors

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A visual comparison of the sizes of cooling systems of

It seems that Samsung took into account the problems with the Galaxy S22 line of smartphones and did not repeat them in new devices when it comes to cooling systems.

Well-known insider Ice Universe has published a visual comparison of the approximate sizes of cooling systems in each flagship of the past generation and the new one.

A visual comparison of the sizes of cooling systems of all three Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones with its predecessors

A visual comparison of the sizes of cooling systems of all three Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones with its predecessors

As you can see, all systems have become noticeably larger, and in the younger model, instead of a graphite film, an evaporation chamber has appeared.

Whether this is enough for the new products not to overheat and not throttling so much, tests will show, but the performance, as we can already see, is really good. Recall that today we also saw a comparison of the Galaxy S22 Ultra and S23 Ultra cameras.

Ice Universe was the first to accurately talk about the new trend for smartphones with waterfall screens, about the notch in the iPhone X, about the new design of the iPhone 14 and about Samsung’s 200-megapixel image sensor.

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