Welcome to a new Kit feature called “Quick Hits.” Why the name “Quick Hits”? Because I couldn’t think of anything else to call it. If you have a better name suggestion, drop it in the comments.
Intel is opening a new fab in Arizona. This is Fab 32, and it’s a 300 millimeter, 45nm facility, and it’s Intel’s fourth fab in Chandler, AZ.These memory market pricing stories are often a bit of a mystery to me, but I do occasionally have to pretend that I know something about it. The interplay between supply and demand here is complicated by the fact of increasing DRAM densities. In other words, you’re not just buying an IC at a fixed price. Rather, it’s cost-per-bit that matters, because OEMs don’t so much buy DIMMs as they buy megabytes. So if DRAM bit densities rise, then even if production capacity is flat ASPs will plummet. Waitaminute… I think I just explained it to myself. Nevermind.Fujitsu teams with GPU core designer for embedded system LSIs. Watch the emerging embedded GPU space. The future of computing is in mobiles, and the future of mobiles is in SoCs, and the future of SoCs is in a CPU and GPU on the same die. Just like ARM has made a killing selling CPU core IP, others are looking to get into the GPU core IP game. AMD just scored its first win in this space with a recent Qualcomm deal, and they’re looking for more licensees. And then there’s PowerVR, which Intel will probably use for the GPU core in Moorestown. Anyway, I don’t know who these Vivante people are, but I’ll keep an eye on them.Anandtech as an ultra high-end PSU roundup, so that you’ll know what to buy to power your dual-socket, dual-GPU 4×4 or Skulltrail system. My energy bill is high enough without this kind of thing, but if I did still own a desktop PC I’d probably only fire it up to play games, and then only twice a year. So I guess it wouldn’t matter.