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Infineon opens a power semiconductor manufacturing plant in Austria using 300mm wafers

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Infineon Technologies AG today officially opened its 300mm wafer semiconductor plant in Villach, Austria. The plant, worth 1.6 billion euros, has become one of the largest enterprises of its kind in Europe and one of the most modern in the world. It was opened by Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss, Infineon Austria CEO Sabine Herlitschka, EU Commissioner Thierry Breton and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

The company announced the construction of the plant in 2018. It was put into operation ahead of schedule. In fact, the plant was commissioned in early August, three months ahead of schedule. The first finished plates will be dispatched from the factory this week. In the first phase, the plant will produce primarily products for the automotive industry, data centers and power plants using renewable energy sources.

By the way, the plant itself is in many ways a model of environmental thought. It covers up to 80% of its heat needs by using the heat generated by the refrigeration systems, which prevents the emission of 20,000 tons of CO2 in year. From the beginning of 2022, the hydrogen required for production as process gas will be produced directly in the plant using renewable energy sources. Moreover, after being used in production, it will be used as a fuel for public transport.

The total area of ​​the new plant is about 60,000 m2… It is characterized by a high degree of automation and the use of artificial intelligence. Production is planned to gradually expand over the next four to five years.

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Suzuki focuses on flying cars and cargo drones

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Suzuki focuses on flying cars and cargo drones

Japanese automaker Suzuki is investing in SkyDrive, a company that develops flying cars and cargo drones.

The partnership between SkyDrive and Suzuki was first talked about in March 2022. The companies plan to cooperate in the financial, scientific and technical fields, joint participation in the development of a flying car and further business development.

Suzuki focuses on flying cars and cargo drones

Suzuki will not only invest in SkyDrive, but will also provide its own technologies, including the latest successful developments in weight reduction and electrification. At the same time, the company plans to develop business in various international markets, including India.

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WhatsApp made it easier to join a call

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WhatsApp made it easier to join a call

The WhatsApp team is rolling out a new feature that allows users to share direct links to a one-click call to make it easier to stay in touch with their loved ones.

WhatsApp made it easier to join a call

The Call Links feature will begin rolling out to WhatsApp this week and can be accessed via a banner at the top of the Calls tab. WhatsApp users who want to try the Call Link feature will need the latest version of the app. The Call Links feature will support both audio and video calls.

WhatsApp made it easier to join a call

In addition, the messenger team is testing group video calls with up to 32 people. This is a big step forward as WhatsApp currently limits video calls to eight users.

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Will the new Intel processors really become much more expensive? Prices for new items lit up a few hours before the announcement

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Will the new Intel processors really become much more

Intel Raptor Lake processors will be unveiled in a few hours, but now we have the opportunity to look at prices that may be in line with the recommended ones.

Will the new Intel processors really become much more expensive?  Prices for new items lit up a few hours before the announcement

The fact is that the new items were lit up in the NewEgg store, and marked as recently released. Given the size and status of this network, it is possible that the prices listed there now correspond to those that Intel itself will reveal in a few hours.

And if so, then the same price increase that the company warned about earlier will take place.

  • Core i9-13900K – $660 ($70 more than its predecessor)
  • Core i9-13900KF – $630 ($65 more than its predecessor)
  • Core i7-13700K – $450 ($40 more than its predecessor)
  • Core i7-13700KF – $430 ($45 more than its predecessor)
  • Core i5-13600K – $330 ($40 more than its predecessor)
  • Core i5-13600KF – $310 ($45 more than its predecessor)

Thus, we will get a rise in price by 10-15%. If we talk about competition with AMD, then the Ryzen 5 7600X at a price of $300 is 10% cheaper than the Core i5-13600K, the Ryzen 7 7700X at a price of $400 is more than 10% cheaper than the Core i7-13700K, and the Core i9-13900K at a price of $630 is significantly more expensive than the 12-core Ryzen 9 7900X, but significantly cheaper than the top-end Ryzen 9 7950X. We wrote about the performance of new AMD products yesterday.

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