ASML expects it will offer Hyper-NA chipmaking machines by 2030: reaching just 0.75 NA

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Jun 13, 2024 6:56 PM CDT

ASML has announced more plans for a new lithography tool of the fut ure, something that will extend design limits for the very highest transistor-density chips.

ASML expects it will offer Hyper-NA chipmaking machines by 2030: reaching just 0.75 NA

ASML's former president, Martin van den Brink, surprised experts with the announcement of a next-gen "Hyper-NA" EUV lithography technology that is still "in the early stages of development," according to global R&D organization imec, which is working closely with ASML, reports EE Times.

ASML's former president, Martin van den Brink, said in a May presentation at imec's ITF World in Antwerp: "Moving forward long term, we need to improve our illumination system, and we have to go to Hyper-NA. In parallel, we have to drive the productivity on all of our systems to 400 to 500 wafers per hour".

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XFX has a new idea for AMD RX 7000 GPUs: swappable fans, but some gamers are asking - why?

Darren Allan | Video Cards & GPUs | Jun 13, 2024 1:56 PM CDT

XFX has 'something cool' coming, or more specifically something coming for the cooling solutions on its higher-end AMD Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards - namely replaceable fans.

XFX has a new idea for AMD RX 7000 GPUs: swappable fans, but some gamers are asking - why?

VideoCardz spotted XFX publicizing this move on X, noting that the graphics card manufacturer has already made swappable fans a reality over in China with its Phoenix Nirvana products (a few weeks back, so not long ago).

It looks like the same idea will be coming to the US (and we'd imagine other regions as well), and if XFX follows in the footsteps of what it did in the Chinese GPU market, we will see RX 7900 XTX, RX 7900 GRE and RX 7800 XT graphics cards that have these swappable fans.

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NASA admits it accidentally made everyone scared for the lives of ISS astronauts

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Jun 13, 2024 11:29 AM CDT

NASA has taken to its official International Space Station X account to confirm it accidentally played panicking audio that made it appear International Space Station (ISS) astronauts were in an emergency.

NASA admits it accidentally made everyone scared for the lives of ISS astronauts

The space agency admitted in the above post that at 5:28 pm CDT, it accidentally broadcasted audio from an on-ground training simulation on the NASA live stream, and the audio depicted a crew member experiencing effects related to decompression sickness. For those that don't know, decompression sickness happens when dissolved gases form bubbles inside the body's tissue and is commonly known by SCUBA divers.

As for astronauts, particularly the ones aboard the ISS, this emergency could have happened when an astronaut was transferring through an airlock decompression with a suit that wasn't properly sealed. However, all astronauts aboard the ISS are completely fine, and the audio that was heard on the NASA broadcast occurred while they were asleep.

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Bethesda faces backlash after releasing controversial Starfield mission

Jak Connor | Gaming | Jun 13, 2024 10:39 AM CDT

Earlier in the week at the Xbox Game Showcase, Bethesda revealed what it has planned for its June update scheduled for Starfield.

Bethesda faces backlash after releasing controversial Starfield mission

Bethesda unveiled "The Shattered Space" DLC, along with the Starfield Creation Kit, which will enable players to add new content to the game. The Creation Kit will undoubtedly revitalize the Starfield community with an injection of numerous sought-after mods and customizations, which is one of the main reasons Skyrim has retained its consistent popularity over the years. However, that isn't what Starfield players are upset about; it's the DLC, particularly its pricing.

In a June update posted to Bethesda's YouTube channel the publisher explained that players will be able to download new missions for a group called the Track Alliance, but one mission has been locked behind a $7 paywall. GameSpot reports the paywall isn't just $7, but it's actually $10, as players must purchase 1,000 Starfield creation credits to obtain it.

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Apple may have accidentally unveiled how the iPhone 16 will be different

Jak Connor | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Jun 13, 2024 8:50 AM CDT

Apple may have accidentally given us a peek at what its plans are with the iPhone 16, which is set to be unveiled by the company very soon.

Apple may have accidentally unveiled how the iPhone 16 will be different

Earlier this week Apple conducted its WWDC keynote where it unveiled iOS 18, a new update to the operating system powering all of the company's products. Before its official unveiling iOS 18 was described internally by Apple as the biggest update the company has ever done, and the rumors certainly lived up to the hype as iOS 18 ushers in fundamental changes and improvements to how iOS functions on Apple's devices.

One aspect of iOS 18 that has caused some conversation online is the subtle change Apple made to the user-interface (UI), specifically the screen right next to the bezels around the edge of the iPhone. When pressing either of the volume buttons the bezels protrude inwards toward the center of the screen, giving a visual indicator to the user a button is being pressed. While this might seem like an extremely small aesthetic change, it has resurfaced a previous rumor about the iPhone 15 Pro.

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Boeing's Starliner spacecraft is leaking all over the ISS, sparking major concerns

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Jun 13, 2024 5:01 AM CDT

Boeing has recently being going through a bit of trouble with its airline fleet after a fuselage panel blew off a 737 Max shortly after takeoff in early January. The event sparked a series of negative revelations about Boeing's manufacturing and quality control.

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft is leaking all over the ISS, sparking major concerns

It appears the company's airline isn't the only aspect of its business experiencing issues, as Boeing's Starliner capsule, which delivered two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, was found to be leaking helium. NASA is currently evaluating the situation and whether the capsule can be used as a transportation method back to Earth. NASA took to its blog and confirmed five helium leaks had been identified and that after the capsule docked with the ISS, any loss from the helium tanks was prevented.

Notably, the number of helium leaks increased from three to five, with two being identified after the capsule launched on June 5. Furthermore, one leak was identified before the launch, but both NASA and Boeing decided to carry out the launch before the problem was fixed. For those who don't know, helium is used by the spacecraft's thrusters to fire.

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KIOXIA's innovative cloud, edge, and AI storage solutions will be at HPE Discover 2024

Kosta Andreadis | Storage | Jun 13, 2024 4:31 AM CDT

HPE Discover 2024 is taking place next week in Las Vegas, and it's all about what's next for edge, networking, cloud, and AI computing. In fact, Antonio Neri, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, will introduce NVIDIA Founder and CEO Jensen Huang for a keynote at the Las Vegas Sphere, which is an insane venue for a keynote.

KIOXIA's innovative cloud, edge, and AI storage solutions will be at HPE Discover 2024

HPE Discover 2024 is going to be a massive event for enterprise solutions, and our friends at KIOXIA will be there to showcase the latest in storage solutions. The company has been collaborating with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for years now, covering everything from edge to cloud to AI computing. Plus, 130TB of KIOXIA SSD storage is currently aboard the International Space Station inside the HPE Spaceborne Computer-2.

KIOXIA will be at HPE Discover 2024, showcasing its latest PCIe Gen 5 SSD innovations from KIOXIA CM7 Series Enterprise E3.S NVMe SSDs for Milvus Vector Database AI workloads to KIOXIA CD8P Series Data Center E3.S SSDs for deep learning.

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Unreal Engine 5 isn't running any game at native 4K due to a major limitation

Jak Connor | Gaming | Jun 13, 2024 3:51 AM CDT

Unreal Engine 5, developed by Epic Games, is renowned as one of the most impressive game engines currently available, providing nearly unmatched visuals in an ever-growing number of titles.

Unreal Engine 5 isn't running any game at native 4K due to a major limitation

However, the engine isn't capable of running games at native 4K, according to Infuse Studio co-founder Jacob Sutton, who sat down for an interview with Moore's Law is Dead and explained Unreal Engine 5 has a baked-in feature that restricts developers from running games at native 4K. Sutton said that upscaling technologies that are becoming ever more present in games, such as NVIDIA's DLSS, AMD's FSR, and Intel's XeSS, are being relied upon by developers to fix optimization issues with titles.

Throughout this explanation, Sutton used Unreal Engine 5 as an example, saying that Epic Games' impressive engine in-built default upscaling software called Temporal Super Resolution (TSR), and that developers are almost required to use the upscaling feature to achieve a desired framerate.

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Alan Wake 2 DLC, Pax Dei, Black Myth Wukong, and more get DLSS and Frame Generation support

Kosta Andreadis | Gaming | Jun 13, 2024 3:29 AM CDT

NVIDIA has announced the latest round of PC games launching with DLSS, Reflex, and other RTX technologies - kicking off with the release of the Alan Wake 2: Night Springs expansion from Remedy. Like the base game, it supports Full Ray Tracing (or Path Tracing) with the benefit of DLSS 3.5 Ray Reconstruction to improve image fidelity.

Alan Wake 2 DLC, Pax Dei, Black Myth Wukong, and more get DLSS and Frame Generation support

The visuals in Alan Wake 2 and the new Night Springs expansion are so impressive and cutting edge that you need DLSS Super Resolution, Frame Generation, and Reflex to make it playable. Check out the trailer above, which includes some tasty 4K DLSS 3 footage with Full RT.

Black Myth: Wukong is one of the most anticipated PC games of 2024. The stunning Unreal Engine 5-powered game launches on August 20. There's no new footage of the game with Full Ray Tracing with DLSS 3.5 Reconstruction and Frame Generation this week, but we did get a cool-looking CG Trailer for the game's upcoming launch.

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ASRock updates budget Radeon RX 6500 XT, doubles VRAM to 8GB

Kosta Andreadis | Video Cards & GPUs | Jun 13, 2024 2:58 AM CDT

AMD's Radeon RX 6500 XT is an entry-level budget option for those looking to get into PC gaming without breaking the bank. The card and model are a few years old now, and with reference specs of 4GB of GDDR6 memory at 18 Gb/s on a 64-bit interface, it's not exactly something we could recommend in 2024.

ASRock updates budget Radeon RX 6500 XT, doubles VRAM to 8GB

That is, until now. Sort of. ASRock has launched a brand-new Radeon RX 6500 XT variant with the ASRock Radeon RX 6500 XT Phantom Gaming 8GB OC (RX6500XT PG 8GO). As the name suggests, this variant increases the VRAM capacity to 8GB, making it far more useful for playing modern titles at 1080p with low to medium settings.

Outside of the memory, you've got the same Navi 24 GPU, albeit with a boost to the out-of-the-box Boost Clock to 2825 MHz. Double the memory and an overclocked GPU? It sounds great for a GPU that retails for $169.99 USD (which is substantially lower in price than the entry-level GeForce RTX 3050 from the same generation). However, there is a catch.

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