Chinese giant Alibaba and startup Biren Technology are forcibly slowing down their fastest and most advanced processors to avoid US-imposed sanctions. These processors have already been developed and sent to production. However, they are created at the facilities of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), which means they are subject to US restrictions. TSMC has so far declined to comment.
It is reported that the new Alibaba chip was supposed to be the basis for new GPUs being created in China. However, now it will have to be artificially slowed down, since the sanctions from Washington, the bidirectional transfer rate for chips should not exceed 600 GB / s.
Note that the chips in the Biren BR100 computing accelerators were supposed to have a speed of 640 GB / s. Now the Biren official website indicates a speed of 576 GB / s. One of the employees of the company, on condition of anonymity, said that this is one of the attempts to circumvent the sanctions and start production on TSMC lines. At the same time, the design of the chips does not change, so it is not clear whether such a trick will help achieve what you want.
Alibaba T-Head is also considering modifying its new 5nm AI processor. However, this may take time and money.
Earlier it was reported that Japan allocated $2.4 billion for the development of 2-nanometer chips together with the United States.
Phison 8 TB SSD will be sent to the moon next year – there will be a data center
The manufacturer Phison announced that it is participating in a project to create data centers on the moon. This mission is carried out by Lonestar, SkyCorp and Canonical. The launch of this data center is planned for the second half of 2023.
According to the company, their 8TB M.2 2280 NVMe drive has passed NASA Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL-6) testing, which confirms its performance and can be used in space, at low temperatures and in vacuum.
Initially, we are talking about one server. Its storage module will be the size of a book. It will be equipped with SoC on the RISC-V architecture, and the power will come from solar panels. The server will deliver the NOVA-C lander, which is being developed by Intuitive Machines, to the Moon.
Note that this is not the first space mission involving Phison. Earlier, her 8 GB drive was installed in the Perseverance Martian rover. Also on board the ISS is used from a 4 TB SSD.
Earlier it was reported that the European Union wants to place data centers in space.
Not as thick as new Nvidia graphics cards. Non-Reference XFX RX 7900 XT Merc 310 Image Revealed
XFX will offer non-reference 3D cards of the Radeon RX 7000 line. Images of the RX 7900 XT Merc 310 model have already appeared on the Web, but we can safely assume that there will also be a similar-looking RX 7900 XTX Merc 310.
The card is made in the usual XFX design. It is very long, but not the thickest by modern standards. It will probably take up less than three expansion slots.
You can also highlight three power connectors (8 + 8 + 8) and the absence of a USB-C port, which is available on new generation AMD reference adapters.
Recall that the RX 7900 will be launched on December 13th. On the same day, reviews of new AMD products will be published. If the new 3D cards prove to be very successful for their prices, Nvidia can reduce the price of the GeForce RTX 4080, because it is 20% more expensive than the top RX 7900 XTX.
Intel graphics cards are drastically faster in some older games. Intel has worked on support for DirectX 9
Intel Arc graphics cards, among other things, have rather mediocre performance in older games. But today the company has released a fresh driver that significantly changes the situation, although not in all games.
The company has worked on optimization for some specific games, adding native support for DirectX 9. In particular, it is important to note Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, in which the performance of Arc adapters increased by almost 80%. The company has also worked on the 1% percentile, increasing the rate by up to 2.3 times, which should make the gameplay smoother.
Not all old games have received an impressive performance boost, but Intel can still be commended for continuing to work on its accelerators.
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