HW Information – AMD Fixing USB Drop-Out, New AMD CPUs, NVIDIA Crypto Lawsuit | GamersNexus

02:02 | AMD Fixing USB Drop-Out Points

In mid-February, AMD posted on the AMD sub-reddit that it was conscious of an intermittent USB connectivity situation and that it’d be engaged on the repair. Now, AMD has posted an replace stating that it’s engaged on an up to date AGESA binary to repair the difficulty.

AMD’s publish states that the corporate “believes it has remoted the foundation trigger and developed an answer that addresses a variety of reported signs,” and in that checklist, AMD consists of “USB port dropout, USB 2.0 audio crackling with DAC and AMP combos, and USB/PCIe Gen 4 exclusion.

AMD says AGESA model will repair the replace. For anybody unaware, AGESA is a collective identify for the binary that AMD supplies its motherboard companions for inclusion in BIOS. It’s as much as the motherboard makers to in the end embody AGESA updates in BIOS updates posted on their websites, nevertheless it’s uncommon {that a} producer skips inclusion besides in instances of deprecated boards.

AMD stated: “Clients can count on downloadable BIOSes containing AGESA to start with beta updates in early April. The precise replace schedule to your system will rely upon the take a look at and implementation schedule to your vendor and particular motherboard mannequin. If you happen to proceed to expertise intermittent USB connectivity points after updating your system to AGESA, we encourage you to obtain the standalone AMD Bug Report Instrument and open a ticket with AMD Buyer Assist.”

Supply: https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/feedback/m2wqkf/updated_agesa_coming_for_intermittent_usb/

06:01 | Nvidia Crypto Mining Lawsuit Dismissed

On the finish of 2019, Nvidia discovered itself in the midst of a category motion lawsuit over the alleged act of deceptive buyers and obfuscating how a lot of its income on the time was associated to cryptocurrency mining. The lawsuit claimed that Nvidia was masking over $1B in crypto mining income as gaming income, and that in flip allegedly misled buyers into believing Nvidia’s booming gaming section was able to sustaining that development as soon as the crypto bubble burst.

After all, that’s not precisely the way it panned-out. Each Nvidia and AMD suffered from a glut of GPU stock in retail channels, noticed inventory costs drop, and obtained to cope with a slew of indignant buyers after the final cryptocurrency craze dried up. 

As of Tuesday, March 9, 2021, a U.S. District Court docket Choose formally tossed the case out, netting Nvidia an vital win. The fulcrum of the case was the lack of plaintiffs to supply proof that NVIDIA misled buyers in 2017 and 2018.

It was completely no secret that GeForce playing cards have been — and nonetheless are — an especially in style fare amongst miners, and that shouldn’t have been a secret to buyers, both. That reality appears to have set the tone for the case, and any future inventor fits involving Nvidia, AMD, or crypto will seemingly need to strive more durable than that.  

Supply: https://www.tomshardware.com/information/nvidia-wins-lawsuit-cryptocurrency-mining-related-sales

08:13 | AMD: Third Era Epyc Coming March 15 

AMD despatched out information that it’s planning to host a digital launch occasion for its upcoming third technology of Epyc processors, which have lengthy passed by the “Milan” codename internally. In line with AMD’s press launch, the occasion will function the standard shows from high-ranking AMD executives, together with CEO Dr. Lisa Su and CTO Mark Papermaster, amongst others. 

Milan is ready to succeed AMD’s present line of Epyc Rome processors, and can be socket and pin suitable with not solely Rome, however the earlier Naples platform as effectively. Not an entire lot is understood about AMD’s Milan cores, apart from they’ll be based mostly on Zen 3, which ought to afford a notable IPC achieve by itself. Milan may even use considered one of TSMC’s N7 course of nodes, and can function as much as 64 cores and 128 PCIe lanes. As typical, AMD is concentrating on one and two-socket methods with Epyc Milan. 

We’ll know extra on Monday, March 15,  8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET. 

Supply: https://www.anandtech.com/present/16537/amd-to-launch-Third-generation-epyc-on-march-Fifteenth-milan-with-zen-3


09:30 | Samsung’s DRAM-less 980 SSD

Samsung introduced its first entry-level NVMe 980 SSD, which brings about just a few notables for Samsung. That is additionally Samsung’s first SSD to utilize a DRAM-less controller. Samsung is billing the 980 SSD as one thing of a successor to the 970 Evo, however has dropped the three-letter-suffix branding.

As of this writing, there’s already quite a lot of evaluations obtainable, however we’ll briefly checklist the specs Samsung has offered. The 980 SSD makes use of a PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.4 interface, and makes use of 128L TLC NAND Flash. As beforehand said, the SSD makes use of a DRAM-less controller, as an alternative counting on the NVMe Host Reminiscence Buffer (HMB) function to attach the SSD to a really small portion of system DRAM.

The Samsung 980 SSD will are available three capacities: 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. The sequential learn/write speeds are as much as 3,500 / 3,000 MB/s, relying on mannequin capability. Likewise, random learn/write speeds are as much as 500K IOPS / 480K IOPS. Endurance is available in at 600TBW (1TB), 300TBW (500GB), and 150TBW (250GB). Every mannequin is roofed with a 5-year guarantee, and costs begin at $50 for 250GB, $70 for 500GB, and $130 for 1TB.  

Supply: https://information.samsung.com/international/samsungs-980-nvme-ssd-combines-speed-and-affordability-to-set-a-new-standard-in-consumer-ssd-performance

11:13 | Gartner: This autumn’ 2020 PC Shipments

In line with the latest report from Gartner, PC development and shipments are at the moment driving a 10-year excessive. For the fourth quarter of 2020, complete PC shipments totaled 79.4 million items, which Gartner notes as a ten.7% enhance QoQ. Yearly, PC shipments totaled 275 million items for 2020, which Gartner says is 4.8% enhance YoY and essentially the most development the PC market has seen in 10 years. 

“The worldwide PC market noticed a robust end to 2020, recording a 3rd consecutive quarter of 12 months over 12 months development, though there continued to be provide shortages resulting from this excessive demand. Strong shopper PC demand once more drove gross sales, significantly in areas the place governments keep stay-at-home orders because the pandemic persists. Previous to 2020, shoppers had been shifting to a phone-first focus, but the pandemic reversed this development. PCs have resurfaced as an important machine as shoppers, together with youthful youngsters, are counting on them for work, college, socializing and being entertained from their houses,” stated Mikako Kitagawa, analysis director at Gartner.

As typical, Lenovo, HP, and Dell stay the highest three PC distributors. Nevertheless, Gartner famous that each one distributors, equivalent to Asus, Apple, Acer, and others managed to seize extra market share all through 2020. And whereas Gartner didn’t embody gross sales of Chromebooks in its analysis, it does be aware that 2020 was a file 12 months for Chromebook gross sales, largely resulting from large demand from the North American instructional market. 

Gartner expects this development and demand to stay for at the very least the primary half of 2021, however past that, the sustainability will rely upon what number of present developments stay in place, equivalent to digital studying and distant work.

Supply: https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2021-01-11-gartner-says-worldwide-pc-shipments-grew-10-point-7-percent-in-the-fourth-quarter-of-2020-and-4-point-8-percent-for-the-year

13:33 | Samsung’s Texas Fab Shutdown Impacting SSD Controller Provide

We’re beginning to get a greater image of what the semiconductor plant shutdowns in Texas will imply for each the businesses affected and the market at giant. Digitimes is reporting that the disruption in manufacturing at Samsung’s Texas services will have an effect on its PCIe SSD controller provide and output. 

“Samsung Electronics has notified shoppers that manufacturing of its PCIe SSDs is being disrupted by tight provides of controller chips, with the manufacturing unlikely to revive till Could, in keeping with market sources,” says Digitimes. 

As Tom’s {Hardware} notes, Samsung doesn’t produce the NAND Flash for its SSDs in Texas, nevertheless it does produce the chips that energy its controllers there. In line with Digitimes, Samsung has reported that as much as 75% of its PCIe SSD controller manufacturing can be affected this month. As of this writing, the Austin American-Statesman is reporting that Samsung’s Texas fab continues to be offline.  

Supply: https://www.digitimes.com/information/a20210309PD206.html


14:57 | AMD Ryzen 5000 Inventory Replace

A short replace on Ryzen 5000 availability, because it appears to presumably be hitting a turning level. A number of shops have been monitoring retailers’ inventory on Ryzen 5000 CPUs, and PCWorld reported that Amazon has been in a position to preserve inventory of the Ryzen 7 5800X and the Ryzen 5 5600X, and at MSRP costs besides. 

As famous by PCWorld’s Gordon Mah Ung, the higher-end Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 5950X proceed to be elusive, coming out and in of inventory sporadically. Moreover, Gordon Mah Ung reached out to AMD for an replace on inventory and stock, and acquired the next optimistic information. 

“We have now shipped a big quantity of Ryzen 5000 sequence CPUs and are transport out extra inventory every day. We’re additionally refreshing inventory of AMD Ryzen 5000 Collection processors and Radeon RX 6000 Collection graphics playing cards on AMD.com on a weekly foundation, giving players and lovers a direct choice to buy the newest Ryzen CPUs and Radeon GPUs on the advised etail and retail value.”

Supply: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3610756/whoa-you-can-actually-buy-amds-ryzen-5000-cpus-again.html

16:23 | Intel Constructing Customized Silicon for DARPA/DPRIVE Program

Intel introduced that it’s partnering with Protection Superior Analysis Initiatives Company (DARPA) as part of the Knowledge Safety in Digital Environments (DPRIVE) program. DARPA just lately launched its DPRIVE program geared toward growing a customized {hardware} accelerator for Absolutely Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) compute. 

Absolutely Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) is the method of operating calculations and computations on totally encrypted knowledge or datasets, which means the info by no means needs to be decrypted, and is way much less vulnerable to compromise or publicity. FHE has large implications for the way forward for machine studying, AI, and neural networks. And whereas FHE isn’t altogether new, it additionally isn’t viable with present {hardware}. 

“A computation that might take a millisecond to finish on an ordinary laptop computer would take weeks to compute on a standard server operating FHE right this moment,” stated DARPA program supervisor, Tom Rondeau.

For its half, Intel plans to develop a customized ASIC accelerator, in addition to growing the underlying IP blocks and software program stack that can ultimately result in an SoC design to allow higher FHE efficiency within the cloud. Intel states that when totally realized, the ASIC design might enhance FHE workload execution efficiency by 5 orders of magnitude, in comparison with present CPU-based methods.  

Microsoft may even be a part of the DPRIVE program, offering the cloud computing ecosystem and infrastructure. The DPRIVE program is ready to span a number of years and phases, and Intel and Microsoft can be working with international requirements our bodies in an effort to develop worldwide requirements for FHE.      

Supply: https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2021-03-08


18:20 | Microsoft Completes ZeniMax Acquisition 

Microsoft has introduced that it has formally closed on its acquisition of ZeniMax Media, which can see Microsoft bringing in all of ZeniMax’s subsidiaries — together with historic studios like Bethesda Softworks and iD Software program. Different growth studios embody ZeniMax On-line Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Canine, and Roundhouse Studios.  

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer confirmed that some new Bethesda video games sooner or later “can be unique to Xbox and PC gamers.” After all, Spencer stopped simply wanting saying precisely which future video games can be unique. Microsoft has clarified that present unique contracts (like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo for the PS5) can be honored, and that video games for different methods will nonetheless be supported. 

Nevertheless, Spencer additionally famous that “That is the subsequent step in constructing an industry-leading first celebration studios workforce, a dedication now we have to our Xbox neighborhood.” From day one, it was apparent Microsoft was trying to considerably bolster its means to supply first celebration/unique content material for Xbox, and this assertion from Spence subtly reaffirms that.

To rejoice, Microsoft simply made a slew of Bethesda video games obtainable on Xbox Sport Cross, Together with a number of video games from the Doom, Fallout, and The Elder Scrolls franchises.    

Supply: https://information.xbox.com/en-us/2021/03/09/officially-welcoming-bethesda-to-the-xbox-family/


19:56 | AMD Now Accounts for Extra Than 50% of Puget Programs’ Builds   

Puget Programs, builders of customized and infrequently high-end workstations and servers, launched some attention-grabbing gross sales knowledge because it pertains to methods that the corporate has constructed and shipped. In line with the info, AMD CPUs now account for greater than 50% of machines constructed at Puget Programs.

Puget Programs notes that it quietly dropped AMD CPUs from its construct choices again in 2015, with the reason is Intel providing higher performing chips and a declining curiosity in AMD CPUs from prospects. At the moment, Puget Programs knowledge means that Ryzen 3000 was the turning level, as 2019 noticed a big uptick in AMD-based builds at Puget.

Puget’s graph exhibits 100% Intel utilization till about October of 2017, which has similarities to gross sales knowledge we beforehand printed from our affiliate gross sales info. The AMD illustration remained below 10% till about late 2019 to early 2020, and inside 1 12 months since that mark, Puget noticed AMD climb to over 50% of its gross sales. Puget famous that Threadripper was answerable for an enormous a part of the uptick, and that is smart: Puget’s market tends to be extra centered on professionals, which incorporates customers extra prone to want HEDT parts.

Supply: https://www.pugetsystems.com/weblog/2021/03/09/AMD—Return-of-the-King-2094/

21:13 | Samsung Previews 3nm GAAFET Enhancements

We’ve been discussing GAAFETs and the way they’re set to ultimately change FinFETs within the subsequent few years, as shrinking course of and interconnects get extra difficult. TSMC, Intel, and Samsung are all engaged on some model of GAAFET transistors, although Samsung just lately previewed what’s doable with its personal multi-bridge channel FET (MBCFET), which makes use of nanosheets. 

As a reminder, nanosheets are versatile in that they are often constructed both vast or slender to enhance channel width, resulting in both increased performing or lower-power designs. At Worldwide Strong-State Circuits Digital Convention 2021, Samsung Vice President, Taejoong Music stated that “We have now used FinFET transistors for a couple of decade, nonetheless at 3nm we’re utilizing a gate throughout transistor.” Music went on to say that the brand new GAAFET transistors will present “excessive velocity, low energy, and small space.” 

Once more, the distinct benefit held by nanosheets is the pliability of the “Weff”, or the width of the channel in a transistor. Samsung’s analysis with nanosheets in potential subsequent technology SRAM (SRAM is predominantly used for the cache on CPUs) highlights this flexibility. Samsung used totally different width changes with SRAM in an effort to scale back the quantity of voltage wanted to modify the state of an SRAM cell.

“SRAM’s six transistors might be divided into three pairs: the go gates, the pull ups, and the pull downs. In a FinFET design, the Weff of all three sorts can be equal. However with nanosheet units, the Samsung workforce was free to make alterations. In a single they made the go gates and the pull downs wider. In one other, they made the go gate wider and the pull down narrower,” explains IEEE Spectrum.

The top outcome was that through the use of varied channel widths afforded by nanosheets, Samsung was in a position to produce SRAM with a write margin with 230mv much less voltage. As we’ve reported beforehand, Samsung plans to extra extensively incorporate its multi-bridge channel FETs (MBCFET) at 3nm.      

Supply: https://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/reminiscence/samsungs-3nm-tech-shows-nanosheet-transistor-advantage

Editorial: Eric Hamilton
Host, Extra Reporting: Steve Burke
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