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Ford to Suspend or Cut Production at Eight Plants Due to Chip Shortage

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Ford Motor Company plans to suspend or reduce production at eight of its plants in the US, Mexico and Canada over the next week due to chip shortages. The automaker had previously warned that the shortage of chips would lead to lower vehicle sales in the current quarter.

Ford to Suspend or Cut Production at Eight Plants Due to Chip Shortage

Production at plants in Michigan, Chicago and Cuautitlán, Mexico will be suspended. In Kansas City, F-150 pickup truck production will be halted while Transit van assembly will be done in one shift.

Plants in Dearborn, Kentucky and Louisville will also operate in one shift or on a reduced schedule. Overtime will be abolished at the Oakville plant in Canada.

Ford shares tumbled on Friday after the automaker said its quarterly earnings were smaller than expected. He also said that he expects a significant increase in car sales in the second half of the year.

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Nvidia’s latest supercomputer unveiled: 256 GH200 superchips, 144TB of memory and 1 Eflops performance

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Nvidias latest supercomputer unveiled 256 GH200 superchips 144TB of memory

Nvidia today announced a new class of high-memory AI-based supercomputers, the Nvidia DGX supercomputer powered by Nvidia GH200 Grace Hopper superchips and Nvidia NVLink switching system, designed to develop new generative AI applications, recommender systems, and big data processing.

The Nvidia DGX GH200 uses NVLink Switch System technology to combine 256 GH200 superchips, allowing them to operate as a single GPU. This delivers 1 EFLOPs of performance and 144TB of total memory—nearly 500 times more memory than the previous generation Nvidia DGX A100 introduced in 2020.

“Generative AI, large language models, and recommender systems are the digital engines of today’s economy,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia. “The DGX GH200 AI Supercomputer combines Nvidia’s most advanced accelerated computing and networking technologies to push the boundaries of AI.”

Nvidia's latest supercomputer unveiled: 256 GH200 superchips, 144TB of memory and 1 Eflops performance

The GH200 superchips eliminate the need for traditional PCIe CPU-GPU connectivity by combining an Arm-based Nvidia Grace CPU with an Nvidia H100 Tensor Core GPU in a single package using Nvidia’s NVLink-C2C chip. This increases the throughput between GPU and CPU by 7x compared to the latest PCIe technology, reduces interconnect power consumption by more than 5x, and provides a 600GB Hopper architecture GPU building block for DGX GH200 supercomputers.

The DGX GH200 is the first supercomputer to combine Grace Hopper superchips with Nvidia’s NVLink switching system, which allows all the GPUs in the DGX GH200 system to work together as one. The previous generation system had only eight GPUs, which could be combined with NVLink into a single GPU without sacrificing performance.

The DGX GH200 architecture delivers 48 times the bandwidth of NVLink than the previous generation, delivering the power of a massive AI supercomputer with the ease of programming a single GPU.

Nvidia is building its own AI supercomputer based on the DGX GH200 to power its research and development teams. The supercomputer, called Nvidia Helios, will feature four DGX GH200 systems. Each will be connected to an Nvidia Quantum-2 InfiniBand network to increase data throughput for training large AI models. Helios will include 1,024 Grace Hopper superchips and is expected to be launched by the end of the year.

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OLED and QD-OLED TVs will drop sharply in price this year and continue to do so. New DSCC forecast published

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OLED and QD OLED TVs will drop sharply in price this

A fresh forecast published by Display Supply Chain Consultants’ (DSCC) market analysis department shows that OLED and QD-OLED panel prices will show a downward trend in the next two years.

DSCC said that prices for high-end TV models could fall in a few months thanks to improved production capacity and higher production volumes in 2023, with prices expected to fall sharply over the Christmas period.

OLED and QD-OLED TVs will drop sharply in price this year and continue to do so.  New DSCC forecast published

The main OLED technology used in LG displays today is WOLED, which adds a white sub-pixel to each OLED pixel while retaining the standard red, green, and blue sub-pixels. Although this method sacrifices some color fidelity, it is better at preventing image burn-in. LG dominates the OLED market with its WOLED displays used in TVs such as the LG C3 OLED.

Samsung previously announced an agreement with LG Display to purchase 20,000 77-inch and 83-inch WOLED panels from LG, with shipments expected to begin next year. This news means that by reducing the cost of WOLED in 2023, the purchase price of LG will also be reduced, and the end effect for consumers is to lower the price of the TVs themselves.

FlatPanelsHD predicts that by 2026, the cost of a 100-inch panel will drop by more than $2026.

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Mazda’s most popular model will change generations. Mazda CX-5 2025 will get a hybrid powertrain

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Mazdas most popular model will change generations Mazda CX 5 2025

The Mazda CX-5 is the company’s most popular vehicle, with 365,135 units sold last year. As it became known, the company is preparing to release the third generation of the model.

An official launch date has yet to be confirmed, but Mazda has confirmed that the new version of the CX-5 will be shown in showrooms alongside the CX-50 and larger CX-90 crossovers. The new CX-5 will likely use a configuration similar to today’s model, including a four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.

Mazda's most popular model will change generations.  Mazda CX-5 2025 will get a hybrid powertrain

It is also reported that the new Mazda CX-5 will be equipped with a hybrid powertrain similar to that used in the Toyota RAV4 or Corolla Cross. Toyota owns a 5 percent stake in Mazda, and the two companies have worked together on several vehicles, including the Japanese-only hybrid Mazda 3. In the US, both the Toyota Corolla Cross and the Mazda CX-50 are assembled at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing in Huntsville, Alabama.

Mazda previously announced plans to launch three electric vehicles, five plug-in hybrids and five conventional hybrids by 2025. There are also rumors of several rotary-powered hybrids. Mazda has hinted that it may offer a rotary-powered hybrid version of the CX-30 in the US and has filed a patent for a rotary PHEV sports car.

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