This just in. Things are heating up finally in the iPhone 6 launch avenue. With Apple having officially sent invites for the launch events, it’s time we answer the ‘where’ as well. The iPhone 6 just today received another boost. A report by Wired just added further credibility to the fact that we will indeed be seeing mobile payments on the iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 will not only come with mobile payments, but it is said to be a hallmark feature on the flagship device. This makes sense since Apple is indeed all set to introduce mobile payments with the vast troves of credit card data it has courtesy of iTunes. Well enough of that, not only can the iPhone 6 be surely expected to come on September 9th, but it’s going to be launch at a place which hasn’t seen an Apple event in quite a while.


[Rumor] This new rumor comes directly from which has been quite an accurate source of leaks in the past. According to the guys over at TSMC is in the process of accelerating its 16nm process in a bid to win the contract of manufacturing Apples A9 design.


TSMC to Start Volume Production of 16nm Node in Q1 2015

This report comes after rumors of Apple ditching TSMC in favor of going back to Samsung due to the maturity of Samsung’s & 14nm process. Of course if this does end up happening it’s going to leave a fairly large dent in TSMC’s bottom line especially after it won the valuable contract to make Apple’s 20nm chips..

TSMC has more than one 16nm process in the works, the standard 16 FinFET version and the 16 FinFET+ version. The report doesn’t specify which process specifically that TSMC is looking to bring earlier to market. My guess is their going to try to push both. What I find most interesting about this development is its implications on Nvidia’s & AMD’s next generation 16nm GPUs. If TSMC manages to bring its 16nm earlier to market this could mean a huge win for gamers especially after this stagnation in the GPU market. 28nm GPUs have been around & selling in the market for nearly 3 years now and customers are growing ever more thirsty for truly next generation products on a more advanced process node.


[Editorial] Today we’re going to bring you on a journey that will get you one step closer to seeing the world in the eyes of AMD and Intel and reflect on how different yet quite similar those images truly are. To understand the philosophies of both companies we have to also understand the architectures inside the products they make and get to know the reasons behind the decisions made in designing those architectures intimately.

Intel and AMD Microarchitectures – Exploring the Past, Present and the Future (Part I)

Lets start from the beginning, in 2006 AMD made the decision to buy ATi with the vision to fuse GPU cores and CPU cores into a single piece of silicone called the Accelerated Processing Unit or APU for short. AMD called this effort “Fusion” and it was the company’s main advent from buying ATi. In 2010 Intel released the first processor to feature integrated graphics but just like the company’s first effort to make a dual or a quad core processor the resulting product was a multi-chip module or an MCM for short. Intel called this design Clarkdale & it was not a fully integrated monolithic solution. The graphics portion had its own separate die and it was connected to the main CPU die using an interposer.


[Editorial] I read a very interesting report by Daniel Nenni over at and thought I would share it and add upon it. The report concludes that Intel’s 14nm node has still not entered volume production. Now this report is not a leak, and is rather an exercise in deductive reasoning by the author. Therefore, take the authenticity of this report as you will; I for one, completely agree with the arguments given.

Intel Broadwell Delay Analysis

Intel Broadwell 14nm Has Not Entered Volume Production Yet – Why Though?

Lets begin with a brief overview of Intel’s process nomenclature. Intel’s modern process names starts with P12 as a suffix in a 5 digit nomenclature. The P12 is followed by 2 numeric digits that depict the process advancement in an increasing order. Each successive die shrink is exactly 2 numbers apart. For eg Intel’s 45nm Process was called P1266 and was produced in 2007. The 32nm Process was called P1268 and was produced in 2009. Similarly the P1270 Process is the current 22nm implementation being used (produced in 2011). The 14nm Process, as you may have guessed by now is called P1272. And this is the process that has been giving Intel so much trouble. See, Intel has been following Moore’s Law to the letter and introducing a die shrink every two years, that is, uptill P1272. P1272 also known as 14nm 2nd Generation FinFET (Tri Gate) technology was supposed to start volume production by the end of 2013. Provided you don’t live under a rock, you would have noticed that 2014 is approaching its end and there is still no sign of the 14nm products. In fact, we are slated for Broadwell-K arrival in Q2 2015 by last reports. So just what went so wrong?

Update AT&T Moto X to Android 4.4 KitKat

Motorola’s next flagship smartphone, the Moto X+1 is started to see frequent leaks as it’s launch date gets near. Just yesterday @evleaks posted what he claims are the official press renders of the Moto X+1. According to the renders, the Moto X+1 will be quite different from the original Moto X. Well, today more details of the Moto X+1 have popped up. The Moto X+1 has been listed by the Brazillian vendor Livaria Logos and it’s specs aren’t that impressive.

Before we go into further details, it would be wise to remember that this isn’t the first time Livaria Logos has listed the Moto X+1 on it’s site. Even before we knew the release date of the smartphone, 2 months back detailed Moto X+1 specs were listed on the Vendor’s website. The specs posted then are somewhat similar but do feature a couple of changes. Back then, the Moto X+1 was touted to come with a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 coupled with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The screen size on the device was to be 5.2 inches with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.


Moto X+1 To Come With 2.2 GHz Quad core processor coupled with 16 GB Internal Storage

The Moto X+1 listed this time on Livaria Logos is to come with a 2.2 GHz quad core processor with 2 GB of RAM. This will be supplemented by 16 GB of internal storage and a display size of 5.2 inches. Camera for the Moto X+1 will have a resolution of 13 Megapixels and the device will be running on Android 4.4.4. A month back a video appeared showing what possible was the Moto X+1 running Android L. We guess the device wasn’t the X+1 after all.

As you can see above, that’s all we get from Livaria Logos at this point. However, we can get a complete picture of the device if we plug in a GFX Bench Benchmark which appeared a month back. The codename for the device, XT1097 is the same on the benchmark and on the listing. The Moto X+1 benchmark showed the device with a similar 5.2 inch screen and a resolution of 1920 x 1080. However the processor frequency was somewhat different and confusing on the benchmark.

The frequency for the Moto X+1 benchmark was shown as 2.5 GHz yet the processor was labeled as the Snapdragon 800. This led to speculation that perhaps the processor was named incorrectly as the Snapdragon 800 can achieve only 2.26 GHz. But with the listing which shows processor frequency as 2.2 GHz, perhaps the processor for the Moto X+1 really is the Snapdragon 800. A downer for sure, but specs weren’t the X series main selling point anyway.


The listing for the Moto X+1 has three different options which are differentiated on the basis of material backs. These are namely black, bamboo and a leather option for the device. This shows once again that the Moto X+1 will not disappoint when it comes to offering users customization options for device looks. The Moto X+1 launch is nearly upon us with Motorola having given a launch date of September 4th which is only 2 weeks away.

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Intell Haswell-E, the latest iteration of the HEDT Platform, has a launch date of 29 August (originally mid September) and now it seems that a few days before release we are are getting some confirmation on the PCIE lanes. It turns out that the information leaked by Coolaler was correct and the i7-5820 will only have 28 lanes of PCIE 3.0 while the 5930 and the 5960X will have 40 lanes of PCIE 3.0 each. Intel Broadwell and Haswell Refresh Platform

Intel Core i7 5820K Haswell-E HEDT Processor to Feature Only 28 PCIE 3.0 Lanes

The leaked image (courtesy of shows some very interesting wording, stating that when the  i7-5820K is used, the number of PCI-E lanes will decrease. This will ofcourse result in the hexacore processor becoming unattractive to Multi GPU users although they should still have some playing room. With 28 lanes you are looking at 16x, 16x/8x, x8/x8/x8/x4 maximum GPU configuration while a normal 40 lane configuration would be 16x, 16x/16x, 16x/16x/8x or 8x/8x/8x/8x depending on the amount of GPUs you have. Considering the fact that this is PCI-E 3.0 we are talking about there is enough bandwidth for a 3-Way SLI or 4 Way Crossfire. However, if you really want that extra edge then you will have to upgrade to the i7-5930k.


Apple’s all set to launch the iPhone 6 this September with a variety of impressive specs. As the iPhone 6 comes with a larger screen size, a better processor and other features, vendors seem to be keep to get the existing 5C and 5S devices in stock out as soon as possible. So Wallmart has made the 16 GB Apple iPhone 5C and 5S a part of a fire sale which will allow you to get the devices for ridiculously low prices.

So for all of you that think the iPhone 6 will end up being a little heavy on their wallets, Wallmart’s deals just might be the thing for you. According to the fire sale, the 16 GB Apple iPhone 5C will be available for just a mere $ 0.79. We suppose the amount is there just so Wallmart doesn’t end up giving you something for free. Though the price tag of $ 0.79 does almosttt make the iPhone 5C free. You’ll still be under a contract of Verizon, AT&T, US Cellular or Sprint for two years though.


The recent rumors for the iPhone 6 getting only 1 GB of RAM left us all a little disappointed. Even though iOS is known for its optimization when it comes to running the same applications Android does, nevertheless, in today’s world, a single gigabyte of RAM limits developer options considerably when designing apps for the iOS. This is further supplemented by the fact that iOS 8 will further expand the iOS platform and give developers more room.

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According to a note issued to investors by analyst Road Hall, sapphire display costs associated with the iPhone 6 remain high. This adds to the already building view that this year’s iPhones might not feature the display at all. Or if they end up doing so then it will only be the high end 5.5″ iPhone 6 also being dubbed as the iPhone Prime. According to investment firm JP Morgan, the costs associated with producing the material in large quantities remain high and therefore the material is unlikely to feature in this year’s iPhone 6.


September is bringing a lot of products in the computer sector but even that pales in comparison to the amount of mobile products launching in September. From Sony to Samsung to Microsoft, we have tons of mobile devices and gadgets coming in so we take a look at what we are expecting from different brands in the next month.Microsoft Sony Motorola September Mobile Releases

September to See Many Mobile Launches – Sony, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft and Motorola Included

Lets begin chronologically, the first date of interest is September the 3rd. Sony will be ready to announce some new phones and maybe even a phablet. If Sony’s past record is to be any indicator then it will push these products very actively in the US Markets, and should be readily available to the US consumers. The next day, September 4th, is the day any technophile and gadget lover should note down in their calenders because we have announcements from across the board. Samsung, Motorola and Microsoft are all queuing up for big announcements.

Samsung and Microsoft will be hosting events in Beijing and New York while Motorola has scheduled an event in Chicago. Samsung is expected to officially announce the Galaxy Note 4 according to latest reports. The rumored devices are 4K OLED TVs and maybe even a competitor to the Google Glass. Motorola will be teasing the new Moto G and ofcourse the anxiously anticipated Moto 360 Smart Watch. And also we will finally get to see the Moto X replacement which might be called the Moto X+1 or the Moto X2. The exact specifications are unknown but it will probably have a larger screen and more TDP overhead.


With the Moto 360 getting a September 4th launch date officially, very soon we’ll be able to lay our hands on Motorola’s highly anticipated smartwatch. Courtesy of various leaks around the internet, we’ve been able to learn quite a few details about the Moto 360. The Moto 360 will be manufactured from stainless steel, will feature an ambient light sensor, an impressive battery   and will also be the first Android Wear device to feature a heart rate sensor.

Graphene Transistors

Yeah, you read the heading correctly. We live in a strange world, yes we do, because if newly arriving scientific data is to be believed than Hemp Fibers (aka Cannabis) is actually a cheaper way to build Super Capacitors on par or better performing than Graphene counterparts. I am not so sure how I feel about science with capacitors made of Marijuana but any ‘recreational consumers‘ would be deterred by the fact that these variants have no THC.

marijuanaYou probably don’t need this message to tell you that this is not an official slide.

Hemp Fibers Are Apparently More Cost Effective and Better Performing than Graphene for Super Capacitor Use

Hemp fibers are actually used for a lot of things, not just Marijuana, so it was only a matter of time before someone figured out another use. Still, I am pretty sure no one could have foreseen this particular application before. Now I am not entirely sure how the process of turning Hemp Fibers into Super Capacitors works but from what I can understand the fibers are superheated into carbon nano sheets which are then layered into a capacitor. The resulting unit is 1 Thousand times cheaper and just as effective if not more than Graphene capacitors. These particular hemp fibers are completely legal to grow (since they have no THC and you cannot get high from smoking these) and are mostly found in bio waste, so these folks might just have stumbled across the holy grail of recycling.

A lot of major players have invested a lot of money into Graphene itself. Its basically the darling child of the tech industry and if something as silly as Cannabis can come and utterly destroy the technology then that could bring about interesting circumstances. The most logical choice in this case is for the Industry to bury the news completely; oops, too late for that I guess. The second choice dictates that since Opportunity Cost is too great you cannot choose to ignore something like this, instead you go with acceptable losses and change tactics asap. There remains a third choice in only this particular niche, and that is to prevent the spread of something like this by sheer monopoly. If Silicon Valley chooses to ignore this development then most probably nothing will actually happen. The only reason they have access to this choice is because the Barrier to Entry in these markets is too high so not just any tom, dick and harry can do a successful startup with Hemp Fibers.


TSMC is a very important company in the tech Industry. It is one of the biggest fabs out there and the primary source to some fabless companies like Nvidia and AMD.  It is because of this that anything that affects TSMC, affects the tech industry almost directly. The semiconductor foundry in question has released a statement warning that Q4 will see them running on full capacity with no room to spare for additional contracts. They have also stated plans to invest approximately 3 Billion Dollars to expand capacity for the future. url

TSMC Investing 3 Billion Dollars to Expand Capcity – No Additional Orders in Q4 2014

TSMC has also requested that its customers either book orders in advance so they don’t have to seek the service elsewhere. This sudden rush is unprecedented since there is usually no heavy demand in this part of the year. We might be able to associate it to both Nvidia and AMD requiring the bulk of their GPU production but it appears to be much more than that. With Apple’s, Qualcomm’s and other IC companies orders queued up too its no wonder that they have reached full capacity. Since we know for a fact that the next generation of GPUs will be baked here, the amount of load on the foundry is understandable. It also raises interesting questions and might even imply that AMD is secretly working on the Pirate Island series as well. I doubt that without massive volume orders from multiple customers, TSMC would be facing this logistical crisis right now, so I will personally take this as a confirmation that AMD cores will go into production in Q4.

Apparently the biggest demand is for the 200mm wafers, then 300mm and then 150mm. There are rumors about that say that TSMC is not only producing the A8 processors for new Apple devices but will produce the A9 Sysetm on Chip as well, which would mean the demand might not let off anytime soon. It is because of this that TSMC management has now decided to invest $3.05 Billion USD for modernization of the foundry as well as a ramping up production capacity. The company gets the majority of its revenue from 5 companies and the foundry reveals that three of them have modified their orders. They probably mean the transition from 28nm to 20nm in this statement from which we can probably assume that Nvidia and AMD are included in those three.

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The Moto 360 is all the smartwatch world seems to be talking about. And this is before the device has actually been launched by Motorola. We won’t blame them though. With it’s circular design, the Moto 360 already sets itself apart from other smartwatches even before we get to the specs. Not that current information about the device’s specs is any disappointment at all. And we know quite a lot about its specifications too.


As we told you earlier, Microsoft has now introduced a monthly update schedule for Windows as well. The updates will now be based on customer feedback and the whole process is quite similar to the one on Xbox One. Well, this month’s Windows update is here, as scheduled by Microsoft’s Update Tuesday, according to which there will be updates for the popular operating system every month.

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