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The shortage has resulted in a large number of counterfeit, substandard, or used ICs on the market

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Electronics manufacturers grappling with unprecedented global chip shortages are increasingly turning to “unconventional supply chains” to meet their needs, the source said. In doing so, they run the risk of stumbling upon counterfeit, substandard or used products.

The source cites the story of Japanese electronics manufacturer Jenesis. The company’s plant in southern China, unable to purchase microcontrollers from conventional sources, placed an order on the website of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. However, the purchased microcontrollers turned out to be inoperative.

An expert who examined the microcontrollers found that their specifications were different from those ordered by Jenesis, although the name of the manufacturer on the packaging turned out to be genuine. By that time, the order was fully paid, and it was not possible to contact the supplier.

And this is not an isolated case. The scarcity has spawned a criminal business, with electronics manufacturers at risk of buying components through unofficial channels. As the demand for chip authentication arose, there was a corresponding proposal. Oki Engineering, a Japanese subsidiary of Oki Electric Industry, offers chip validation services to help electronics manufacturers weed out faulty chips before they get into devices.

A constant stream of questionable components is poured into the company’s offices in Tokyo, where about 20 engineers submit them to a series of tests using lasers, microscopes, X-rays and other instruments. The inspection includes examining the packages of microcircuits and crystals packed in them. The illustration shows an example of a forgery identified by Oki Engineering. The case of a genuine microcircuit, shown above, has a first pin mark, while a counterfeit product does not.

The shortage has resulted in a large number of counterfeit, substandard, or used ICs on the market

Oki Engineering began offering its services in June and has received approximately 150 inquiries as of August. After examining about 70 cases, inspectors found problems in 30% of them.

Previously, the company also performed such checks, but these were one-time requests from individual customers. Order flow began to pick up in the fall of 2020 when the US Department of Commerce restricted the export of Huawei Technologies’ chips. This prompted the Chinese giant to stockpile as many chips as possible, which hasn’t been slow to affect their availability in the traditional supply chain. The attackers did not fail to take advantage of the situation.

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A strange gaming laptop without a discrete graphics card and not at all with Windows. Lenovo is preparing the release of the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook

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Lenovo is preparing a gaming laptop of the IdeaPad Gaming line, which, firstly, does not work under Windows, and secondly, does not have a discrete graphics card.

A strange gaming laptop without a discrete graphics card and not at all with Windows.  Lenovo is preparing the release of the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook

The full name of the novelty is the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook, and here it is already clear that Chrome OS acts as the OS. But the operating system here is just one of the oddities of this gaming laptop. The second, as already mentioned, is the lack of a discrete graphics card. What’s more, it’s not just some Ryzen 7 6800U, whose iGPU is so powerful that such a laptop could hardly be called a gaming laptop. Instead, Intel processors serve as the heart here: Core i3-1215U or Core i5-1235U. Recall that their graphics cores are very modest in their capabilities, so you don’t even have to think about some modern demanding games. Moreover, the laptop also has a screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, which creates an additional load on the GPU.

As a result, it is completely unclear why the laptop is gaming, but here even the design is the same as in other Lenovo gaming models.

As for the rest of the parameters, the novelty is equipped with a 120-Hz IPS screen with a diagonal of 16 inches, a 512 GB SSD, 8 GB of RAM, a pair of USB-C ports, a pair of USB-A, microSD, Wi-Fi 6 and an aluminum cover.

Price data is not yet available.

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Geely becomes a co-owner of Aston Martin

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Geely becomes a co owner of Aston Martin

Chinese holding Geely has acquired a 7.6% stake in the British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin. The amount of the transaction is unknown, but judging by the current value of the shares, it could be about 66.3 million pounds (73.8 million dollars).

Geely becomes a co-owner of Aston Martin

It is noteworthy that Geely managed to complete this deal only the second time: the Chinese wanted to buy a stake in the British company back in 2020, but Aston Martin then refused their offer.

The purchase of Aston Martin shares has already been confirmed on the Geely official website. The Chinese holding said in a statement that “Geely can contribute to the future success of Aston Martin.” “We look forward to exploring opportunities to work with Aston Martin”, said Zhejiang Geely CEO Daniel Donghui Li.

The Chinese have not yet disclosed the purpose of participating in the capital of Aston Martin, but it is obvious that the purchase of shares will open up access to technologies and developments that could later be useful for the Lotus brand, another British company in the Geely portfolio.

Previously, Geely bought a 10% stake in Mercedes-Benz Group AG and a 34% stake in the Korean division of Renault SA. In addition, the Chinese holding owns the brands Geely Auto, Volvo, Lynk & Co, Geometry and Zeekr, London Electric Vehicle Company, a London electric taxi and van manufacturer, and Terrafugia, a flying car developer.

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By popular demand, a long-awaited feature has appeared on the Windows 11 taskbar

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The latest test build of Windows 11 has a feature that users have been asking for a long time. Now, when you right-click on the taskbar, you can open the “Task Manager” from the context menu.

By popular demand, a long-awaited feature has appeared on the Windows 11 taskbar

“Based on your feedback, we’ve added a link to Task Manager when you right-click on the taskbar,” Microsoft’s Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc said in a statement.

In addition, Insiders have received access to the function of rearranging icons in the notification area, however, not all participants in the Early Access program will be able to use this feature yet.

In addition, on the Dev channel, Microsoft has begun rolling out new customizations for widgets. It is now possible to show the widget board when hovering over an icon in the taskbar.

And on the Beta channel, they reintroduced a special version of the taskbar for devices with touch screens. This panel will only appear when you disable or fold the keyboard on 2-in-1 devices, that is, when you need to use only the screen.

It is not yet clear when these features will appear in the release.

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