Hardware & Machines

ASUS’s new motherboard for crypto-mining can hold 20 GPUs

ASUS's new motherboard for crypto-mining can hold 20 GPUs

ASUS’ H370 crypto-mining motherboard supports up to 20 GPUs over USB

Banking on the popularity of cryptocurrency mining, Asus, the Taiwan-based electronic manufacturer, has unveiled its own new monster motherboard specifically built for cryptocurrency miners that has the ability to support up to 20 GPUs. In other words, with the introduction of the new motherboard, ASUS is looking to simplify the process of connecting multiple GPUs to it.

Called as the ASUS H370 Mining Master motherboard, the device enables the users to effectively power an entire mining farm with one single board. The ASUS H370, which is a follow up to the B250 Mining Expert launched in September last year, also supports streamlined connectivity by allowing USB riser cables to plug directly into the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) to simplify connectivity.

According to the company, it will be easier to identify problems with the motherboard reducing the downtime and ensure fewer PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) disconnects.

The H370 mining motherboard is so focused on optimizing crypto-mining that ASUS has made mining-specific tweaks, with one of them being the GPU state detection before the board boots, which identifies the location and status of each port and allocates alphanumeric codes for easy identification.

ASUS's new motherboard for crypto-mining can hold 20 GPUs

Let’s have a look at the full specifications of the motherboard in a glance:

Size: ATX, 12″x9.1″

Socket: LGA 1151 for Intel 8th Gen Core / Pentium / Celeron processors

Memory: 2 x DIMMs (max. 32GB), DDR4 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz , Non-ECC, unbuffered memory

PCIe: 1 x PCIe x16 slot

Storage: 2 x Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors

Networking: 1 x Intel Gigabit LAN

USB GPU Riser Ports: 20 x Vertical USB ports over PCIe

USB Ports: 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports

Other Ports: 1 x COM header

The ASUS H370 Mining Master motherboard is expected to be available initially in the North American countries between July to September this year. However, there is no word on pricing from ASUS on the H370 yet.

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Intel CPU With 5GHz Turbo Boost Leaks In Retail Listings

Intel CPU With 5GHz Turbo Boost Leaks In Retail Listings

Intel Core i7-8086K with speeds up to 5GHz appear at online retail listings

Back in mid-April, there were floating rumors of Intel celebrating their 40th anniversary of its iconic 16-bit 8086 processor this year by releasing a brand new Core i7-8086K CPU. Now, three listings in Canada, Russia, and Italy have been spotted by Videocardz that confirms this news, although the details are still pretty scarce. Apparently, the site claims that several Chinese sites have already been listing the processor “for quite some time.” 

For those unaware, Intel’s 8086 microprocessor debuted in 1978, which eventually became Intel’s most successful line of processors for personal computing designed with x86 architecture. However, in 1979, Intel’s 8086 CPU made way for the slightly modified chip – 8088 CPU – which is also popularly known as the processor adopted by IBM for its first personal computer.

According to the retail listings, the Core i7-8086K is a six-core Coffee Lake CPU with a base clock of 4.0 GHz straight out of the box and 5.0GHz Turbo clocks, both of which are 300MHz faster than the Core i7-8700K. It will also be offered unlocked to appeal to enthusiasts and power users. Like other desktop Coffee Lake processors, the Core i7-8086K also retains 12 threads. Based on Intel’s 14nm Coffee Lake-S architecture, the anniversary edition CPU will reportedly feature Intel’s UHD630 integrated graphics, a 95W TDP and a 12MB L3 cache.

One of the listings reveals a price of around $480 for the processor, which is about $70 more than the already available Core i7-8700K. While retailers confirm that the listings done about the Intel Core i7-8086K to be true, there is no official confirmation from Intel on the same yet.

The Computex 2018 expo show kicks off from June 5 and we could expect Intel to reveal more details about the anniversary edition CPU then. Keep watching this space for more updates!!!

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This Exoskeleton Basically Makes You Doctor Octopus for Real

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An inventor creates a working exoskeleton and more research is going on

Can’t stop drooling over Doctor Octopus’s set of highly advanced mechanical arms (excluding his detestable intent), Iron Man’s armor or Spider-Man’s latest suit in Avengers: Infinity War? Thanks to Robo geeks you can now get one for yourself!

In CNET’s What The Future episode, An exoskeleton created by inventor Erik Finman was spotlighted. It featured four working arms that were 3D printed. Mr. Finman created the tentacle arms for a 10-year old boy, a family friend of his, who was suffering from hyper mobility syndrome. To cast aside some of his problems the boy expressed his desire for such suit, which Finman effectuated.

Fascinating how well this 12 pound exoskeleton could be controlled by palm switches. Not sure about the extended uses but for possible uses definitely it stood up to expectation. Also, the lesser weight was appropriate enough for 10 year old kid. Finman said that an adult-sized version of the suit can also be created easily, with more power, enough to lift a car.

Persistent researches in this fictitious technology have dragged militaries as well, to pursue exoskeletons. Apparently, it would provide soldiers superhuman abilities, as the exoskeleton uses artificial intelligence to provide additional power and mobility to soldiers, and allows them to carry heavier loads.

Another fascinating headway in this futuristic tech is combining the power armor with Nerve Reversal Surgery which would empower amputees to use their thoughts to control these machines.

Altogether Exoskeletons have become a research hotspot recently, and a powered exoskeleton i.e. a wearable mobile machine which is powered by a system of electric motors, pneumatic, levers, hydraulics or a combination of technologies, can provide protection, assistance or help in the recovery of people with lower limbs paralysis.

Let’s hope the inventors succeed in their experiments and we all can experience some superhuman powers!

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Best Upright Vacuums Of 2018 Which Can Clean Up Your House In No Time

Upright vacuums have gained tremendous popularity coupled with their ability to suck away dust, dirt and pet hair from the deepest carpet coupled with various onboard speciality tools. But the large selection of upright models available in the market can make the final choice extremely difficult to make. Today we have collated a list of some of the top rated upright models of 2018 which can cater to your cleaning requirements like a pro.

  •    Dyson Animal 2

Living up to the stellar reputation of Dyson brand, the Animal 2 can clean up all messes and debris from your flooring and carpet with a single sweep. Although it might take a bit more time to clean scattered flour, the ultimate performance metrics of the Dyson model is way above its contemporaries. It becomes easy to manoeuvre the vacuum around furniture coupled with its swivel head. HEPA filtration packs in a solid punch by cleaning allergens and dust for providing you with clean and healthy air to breathe in. The easy to use interface of the Dyson model which is devoid of much knobs and buttons adjusts itself automatically with the work requirements. Although the suction does come off as a bit noisy, the sound emitted is much less than its peers. A 15-feet extendable hose is also packed along with the vacuum to clean those hard-to-reach areas.

  •    Dirt Devil Razor Vac UD70350B

A perfect pick for those running on a tight budget, the Dirt Devil Razor Vac can do an excellent job of cleaning pet litter, pet hair and flour from everything ranging from industrial carpeting to hardwood flooring. It can also be easily manoeuvred under a TV console and around chair legs coupled with a cleaning path of 12 inches. The strong suction of this upright vacuum diminishes the number of passes which is required to be made for tidying up your house. However, lack of proper HEPA filtration and plenty of noise emitted boggle down its ultimate functionality. Thus, if your child is suffering from an extreme allergy attack, then maybe this vacuum cleaner is not the right option for you. It also lacks some specialized attributes unlike its costly peers, but given the budget tag, it surely would be a crime to ask for anything else.

  •    Bissell PowerGlide Cordless 1534

If you dislike the hassle of plugging or unplugging the power cord, then the ultra-lightweight Bissell PowerGlide Cordless 1534 upright vacuum weighing at just 11 pounds is sure to cater to your requirements. Scoring full marks in the department of portability, this vacuum which is powered by a lithium-ion battery can help you keep up with the cleaning work for a cool 45 minutes following a single charge. You can charge it up fully within just two hours before you start cleaning all the nooks and corners around the home furnishings. Its lift-off canister helps in vacuuming above mantels, crown moulding, window treatments and other hard to reach spots. Although the power of this vacuum is commendable, its 9-inch cleaning path requires the higher number of passes for scooping up floor mess. The vacuum stands out when it comes to cleaning pet hair making it a top favourite of people having furry friends at home.

  •    Hoover UH70120

This reasonably priced vacuum cleaner offers strong suction power which can help you proceed with the cleaning drill effortlessly. It does a tremendous job at picking up onion and breadcrumbs from a linoleum flooring however the vacuum might feel the pressure while picking up heavier and larger items like kitty litter and cereal given its tendency of pushing it around a bit. The retractable cord of this upright vacuum also stands out as its USP which is absent in even some of the top-rung models. Four attachments and an onboard tool storage accompany this upright vacuum to help with your cleaning chore. Coupled with an 8-foot extendable hose and 27-foot power cord, you can take care of the cleaning requirements of the entire house at one go.

  •    BISSELL 9595A

This purple and black corded vacuum can help you take on home cleaning pretty quickly coupled with its one-pass technology. The strong suction of the Bissell 9595A can be of great aid in picking everything up so that your cleaning time gets reduced considerably. At 25 feet, the cord cannot be actually branded as long. However, it stands out as the clear winner with its exceptional tool base comprising of upholstery tool, extension wand, turbo brush, twist and snap hose and much more which can be utilized for cleaning upholstery, stairs, furniture and much more. The easy to clean dirt tank and washable filter also make the maintenance requirements of this vacuum cleaner minimal.

So, bring home an upright vacuum cleaner today and benefit from its endless attributes.

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AMD Launches Combat Crate Hardware Bundles For Gamers

AMD combat crate

AMD made it easy to build a Gaming PC with its Combat Crate bundle

Thanks to crytominers, the GPUs (graphics processing units) have seen a surge in demand for running cryptocurrency mining rigs. However, the low supply of GPUs has propelled the available units in the market to be highly priced.

To help people procure some important new hardware, AMD has launched its ‘Combat Crate’ bundles for $549, which includes a Ryzen 5 1600 processor, MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard, and an MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC graphics card. The main purpose of this package is to encourage PC gamers and enthusiasts to build a new gaming rig by making all the hardware essentials available in one package at a cheaper price. If the same components are purchased separately, it could cost $595, which means one saves $46 on the purchase.

“The AMD Combat Crate comes stocked with the essential hardware you need to push your game to the next level and lay waste to the competition. With a lightning-fast Ryzen processor, powerful Radeon RX graphics backed by revolutionary Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition and a future-ready MSI motherboard – the AMD Combat Crate is the ultimate arsenal for gamers,” according to AMD.

“With up to 8 cores and 16 threads, Ryzen processors are more than ready to take on whatever you throw at them, tackling the most demanding games and tasks with ease. Ryzen processors are multiplier-unlocked, giving you the freedom to overclock your processor and push your limits putting, even more, might at gamers’ fingertips. Operating on AMD’s AM4 platform, with numerous ports for additional hard drives, card expansion, and support for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, the TOMAHAWK is ready to power your gaming into the future.”

While the front of the Combat Crate box reads as “All You Need To Game,” but you’ll still have to supply everything such as some memory, storage, a chassis, additional cooling (CPU includes a cooler in the box), and also probably an operating system.

For more information on the AMD Combat Crate, you can visit the official AMD website by clicking here. You can also grab the Combat Crate bundle from Amazon for $549.

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Intel Stratix 10 Chip Performs 10 Trillion Calculations Per Second


Stratix 10 Is The Fastest Chip Of Its Kind In The World, Says Intel

Intel Inc., in a recent newsroom post, announced that their new chip on the block, Stratix 10, is capable of performing 10 trillion floating point operations per second (TFLOPS). The chipmaker boasted that it is “the fastest chip of its kind in the world”.

For those unaware, Intel had launched Stratix 10 TX field-programmable gate array (FPGA) – the first device of its kind to feature 58 Gigabit PAM4 (or 4-level Pulse Amplitude Modulation) transceiver technology. FPGAs are semiconductor devices that are based on a matrix of configurable logic blocks (CLBs) connected via programmable interconnect. It can provide up to 144 transceiver lanes with serial data rates of 1 to 58 Gbps. It has been developed using 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and EMIB packaging technology.

Intel describes how FPGAs, “are a special class of computer chip that is surging in importance with the rise of applications like speech-recognition, artificial intelligence, next-generation wireless networks, advanced search engines and high-performance computing.” These FPGAs are different from standard CPUs, as they can be customized or re-programmed on the fly to perform highly specialized computing tasks.

The Stratix 10 has around 30 billion transistors, which is more than three times the number of transistors in the chips that run today’s fastest laptops and desktops. It can process the data equivalent to 420 Blu-ray Discs in just one second, states the Intel blog.

“In this smart and connected world, billions of devices are creating massive amounts of data that need faster, flexible, and scalable connectivity solutions,” said Reynette Au, vice president of marketing, Intel Programmable Solutions Group.

“With Stratix 10 TX FPGAs, Intel continues to provide architects with higher transceiver bandwidth and hardened IP to address the insatiable demand for faster and higher-density connectivity.”

Source: Intel, DatacenterDynamics

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Facebook reportedly hiring a team that will design its own chips

Facebook reportedly hiring a team that will design its own chips

Facebook wants to build its own custom computer chips

Facebook has revealed plans to start designing and building its own chips to power its AI systems and hardware devices.

Facebook wants to develop its semiconductors to lower its dependence on chipmakers like Intel and Qualcomm and give the social network greater control over its product development, cited people familiar with the matter. Its processors could help the social media giant power AI (artificial intelligence) software, Oculus VR (virtual reality) headsets, and servers in its data centers, reports Bloomberg.

The revelation comes as a result of one job posting on Facebook’s corporate website that calls for an ASIC Development Manager with the skill set to “Build and manage an end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization,” which would include “silicon architecture, micro-architecture, RTL development, Verification, FPGA emulation, co-simulation, simulation acceleration, synthesis, DFT, floor planning, physical design place and route, DRC, LVS and GDS II stream out, and post-silicon validation.” While the posting didn’t disclose what Facebook wants to specifically use the chips for, it did suggest that the initiative is still in its early stages.

A SoC (system-on-a-chip) is a type of semiconductor that contains several discrete components built into one piece of silicon and is mostly used in mobile devices, while an ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) is a chip designed for narrower purposes.

Besides hardware-related job posting that appears on Facebook’s job listings, there is also an opening for a SoC architect for Oculus, firmware engineers, hardware designers, and a technical program manager, all of which fall into Facebook’s Oculus, hardware engineering, and infrastructure departments. Facebook is also looking for experts in chips called field programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs, that are used in large data centers.

Further, in a separate but related advertisement, Facebook said it wanted “to understand limitations of current hardware” and gather the expertise of engineers from across the company “to build custom solutions targeted at multiple verticals including AI/ML, compression, and video encoding”.

Yann LeCun, Facebook’s chief AI scientist, on Wednesday tweeted a link to a job posting asking for candidates interested in designing chips for AI.

Facebook is not the first company that is looking to design its own chips. Tech giants like Alphabet Inc.’s Google has developed its own chips to help power its AI systems, search ranking and other features, while Apple Inc. also launched its own chips to enhance the power and efficiency of its devices.

Source: Bloomberg

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Reliance Jio may launch Laptops with 4G Sim Card

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Reliance Jio 4G laptops reportedly in the works

Reliance Jio, the company led by Mukesh Ambani, is looking to foray into the laptop market by launching 4G laptops running on Windows 10. Their 4G feature phone called ‘JioPhone’ has already created a buzz in the Indian mobile phone market.

According to a report from Economic Times, Reliance Jio is in talks with the U.S. based chipmaker Qualcomm to launch laptops running Windows 10 with built-in cellular connections (Jio 4G) for the Indian market. Qualcomm is already in talks with Jio and Reliance Retail to bring out a 4G feature phone.

Miguel Nunes, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies told Economic Times, “…we have talked to Jio. They could take the device and bundle it with data and content.”

Considering that Qualcomm powered laptops are yet to hit global markets, it may take a while before Jio launches their own 4G laptop with a SIM slot in the market.

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Intel Brings the Most Powerful Laptop Processor with 6 Cores

Powerful laptop processor by INTEL

Intel Core i9-8950HK is the first mobile Intel processor with six cores and 12 threads

Intel unveiled its first ever 8th-gen, Core i9 processor for mobiles and laptops at an event in Beijing on Tuesday, which the company claims is “the highest-performance laptop processor Intel has ever built to deliver the best gaming and content creation experience on the go.” With its latest batch of 8th-generation Core chips for laptops, Intel is focused on delivering even more desktop-like performance.

The new 8th Gen Intel Core i9, i7 and i5 processors for laptops are based on the “Coffee Lake” platform, which uses a refined 14nm++ manufacturing process to improve on the company’s previous 14nm architectures, Intel said in a statement. The desktop processors deliver up to 41 percent more frames per second in gameplay or 59% faster 4K video editing compared to the previous generation devices sporting discrete graphics.

The 8th Gen Intel Core i9-8950HK processor is the first Intel CPU with six cores and 12 threads that allows users to enjoy the smoothest and highest-quality mobile VR and new Windows Mixed Reality Ultra experiences. Intel claims that i9-8950HK is the highest-performance mobile processor it has ever created. It gets speeds of up to 4.8GHz with the help of turbo boost [that’s Intel Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB)]. The processor has a relatively massive 12MB cache and is unlocked for overclocking. The new Intel TVB also automatically overclocks the chip if its temperature remains low.

The company also launched Intel 300 Series Chipset, which adds integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi for a fast connection, and as per Intel’s claims, it is capable of being up to 2 times faster than standard 2×2 802.11AC 80 MHz (867 Mbps).

Additionally, the company also announced a new Intel Core platform extension that combines the benefits of 8th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel “Optane” memory.

Intel Optane memory is a smart and adaptable system accelerator for desktop and mobile platforms, increasing the performance and responsiveness of SATA-based storage technology without compromising storage capacity. It is now available across both 8th Gen Intel Core mobile and desktop platforms.

Intel is rolling out new Core i9+, Core i7+ and Core i5+ badges for OEMs to promote desktops and laptops that use a Core CPU as well as Optane Memory.

For more information about Intel’s Core i9 Processor, you can read the company’s complete news release here.

Source: Intel

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Nimbus Data Unveils The World’s Largest ExaDrive 100TB SATA SSD

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World’s largest capacity 100TB SSD launched by Nimbus Data

Last month, Samsung Electronics unveiled the world’s largest 30.72TB capacity SSD (solid-state-drive), promising a new era of speed and storage space. Now, Nimbus Data, pioneer in flash memory solutions, announced its new ‘ExaDrive DC100’, a 100TB SSD, the highest capacity SSD ever produced that offers more than three times the storage capacity of its closest competitor, claims the company.

Basically, optimized for capacity and efficiency, Nimbus Data’s DC100 is a 3.5-inch form factor and has a SATA interface used by hard drives, which means it can work as a plug-and-play compatible with hundreds of storage and server platforms. The SSD uses Nimbus’s multi-processor architecture and 3D NAND, which provides enough capacity to store 20 million songs, 20,000 HD movies or 2,000 iPhones of data in a device that is “small enough to fit in your back pocket.”

The SSD model also offers up 500MB/s of sequential read and write throughput and up to 100,000 random read and write IOps (input/output operations per second). According to Nimbus Data, this performance also helps improve CPU performance by “50 percent or more.”

“The release of such a high capacity flash device that is fully compatible with HDD form factors opens up the opportunity to turbo charge big data platforms while at the same time improving reliability, significantly reducing device count, increasing data mobility, and lowering the TCO of multi-PB scale storage platforms,” said Eric Burgener, research vice president of Storage at IDC. “Devices of this class will allow flash to cost-effectively penetrate a broader set of use cases outside of tier 0 and tier 1 applications.”

The DC100 model consumes only 0.1 watts per TB (terabyte), which is 80-90% lower than other competing large-capacity SSDs. This makes it appropriate for edge and IoT applications. These improvements reduce total cost of ownership per TB by 42% compared to competing enterprise SSDs, helping accelerate flash memory adoption in both cloud infrastructure and edge computing.

“As flash memory prices decline, capacity, energy efficiency, and density will become the critical drivers of cost reduction and competitive advantage,” stated Thomas Isakovich, CEO and founder of Nimbus Data. “The ExaDrive DC100 meets these challenges for both data center and edge applications, offering unmatched capacity in an ultra-low power design.”

Nimbus Data said its 100TB DC100 model will be priced at par with the SSD lineup for business and will start shipping in summer 2018. Nimbus will also offer a lesser 50TB capacity model. The DC100 is protected by a 5-year warranty covering an unlimited DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) and will currently not be sold for consumer use.

Source: Businesswire

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