Intel on Friday broke ground on two new factories in Arizona as part of its turnaround plan to become a major manufacturer of chips for outside customers.The $20 billion plants — dubbed Fab 52 and Fab 62 — will bring the total number of Intel factories at its campus in Chandler, Arizona, to six. They will house Intel’s most advanced chipmaking technology and play a central role in the Santa Clara, California-based company’s effort to regain its lead in making the smallest, fastest chips by 2025, after having fallen behind rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.The new Arizona plants will also be the first Intel has built from the ground up with space reserved for outside customers. Intel has long made its own chips, but its turnaround plan calls for taking on work for outsiders such as Qualcomm, Amazon.com’s cloud unit, as well as deepening its manufacturing relationship with the US military.”We want to have more resilience to the supply chain,” Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger, who earlier in the week attended a White House meeting on the global chip shortage, told Reuters in an interview. “As the only company on US soil that can do the most advanced lithography processes in the world, we are going to step up in a big way.”Gelsinger said it was too early to say how much of the new plants’ capacity would be reserved for outside customers. He said the plants would produce “thousands” of wafers per week.Wafers are the silicon discs on which chips are made, and each can hold hundreds or even thousands of chips.Intel rival TSMC has also purchased land to build its first US campus in Phoenix, not far from Intel’s location, where TSMC plans up to six chip factories , Reuters previously reported.Gelsinger said Intel plans to announce another US campus site before the end of the year that will eventually hold eight chip factories.© Thomson Reuters 2021This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, we discuss the Surface Pro 8, Go 3, Duo 2, and Laptop Studio — as Microsoft sets a vision for Windows 11 hardware. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
Windows 11 Build 22000.282 Update Released, AMD Ryzen Processor Latency Issue Fixed
Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows 11 update that fixes issues in AMD-based laptops. The latest Windows 11 software was causing performance issues for some AMD Ryzen processors. It was causing the L3 cache latency to triple and in some eSports games, a performance dip of 10–15 percent was spotted. Microsoft is now resolving…
Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows 11 update that fixes issues in AMD-based laptops. The latest Windows 11 software was causing performance issues for some AMD Ryzen processors. It was causing the L3 cache latency to triple and in some eSports games, a performance dip of 10–15 percent was spotted. Microsoft is now resolving the latency issue with the Windows 11 Build 22000.282. Apart from this, the new Windows 11 update also addresses several other issues including a bug that caused Internet Explorer to stop working when certain characters in the Input Method Editor (IME) were typed.The Redmond company released the Windows 11 Build 22000.282 update on October 21. This is the second build update released after the initial Windows 11 rollout and the first one came with the build number 22000.258. The changelog clearly states that Microsoft addresses the L3 caching issue affecting performance in some applications on devices that have AMD Ryzen processors after upgrading to Windows 11. Microsoft adds that the update also addresses an issue that caused some applications to run slower than usual.Windows 11’s latest update also fixes a host of other problems, including an issue that sometimes caused the lock screen background to appear black if you have set up a slideshow of pictures as your lock screen background. It also fixes an issue that might have caused your Bluetooth mice and keyboards to respond slower than expected.The new Windows 11 Build 22000.282 update fixes an issue for a small number of users that prevented the Start menu from working and prevented users from seeing the updated taskbar after upgrading to Windows 11. The update also improves the time estimate for how long you might wait to use your device after it restarts. There are a host of other improvements and fixes that the latest Windows 11 build brings. You can check out the full changelog here. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Redmi Smart TV X With 120Hz Display Refresh Rate Launched; Redmi Router AX1800 Debuts as Well
Redmi Smart TV X and Redmi Router AX1800 were launched in China on Wednesday. The Redmi Smart TV X comes in two display sizes — 55-inch and 65-inch — and features a dual 120Hz display refresh rate, MEMC (Motion Estimation Motion Compensation) for a smoother picture, and 4K resolution. The Redmi Smart TV X also…
Redmi Smart TV X and Redmi Router AX1800 were launched in China on Wednesday. The Redmi Smart TV X comes in two display sizes — 55-inch and 65-inch — and features a dual 120Hz display refresh rate, MEMC (Motion Estimation Motion Compensation) for a smoother picture, and 4K resolution. The Redmi Smart TV X also has FreeSync Premium and Dolby Vision support. The Redmi Router AX1800 features Wi-Fi 6 support and is powered by an unnamed dual-core 880MHz CPU paired with 128MB of RAM. There is no information on when these devices will launch in India.Redmi Smart TV X, Redmi Router AX1800 priceThe Redmi Smart TV X 55-inch is priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 35,100), while Redmi Smart TV X 65-inch is priced at CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs. 46,800). The Redmi Router AX1800 will retail for CNY 229 (roughly Rs. 2,700). The Redmi TVs are offered in a single Black colour option while the router will be available in a White colour option.Redmi Smart TV X specificationsThe Redmi Smart TV X sports an ultra-HD (3,840×2,160 pixels) display in 55-inch and 65-inch display sizes with a greyscale response time of 6.5ms, 10bit (8bit + FRC) colour depth support, and 94 percent P3 colour gamut coverage. Furthermore, the Redmi TV models support FreeSync Premium along with Dolby Vision. The display of the Redmi Smart TV X features a 120Hz refresh rate and MEMC for an enhanced viewing experience.For audio, the Redmi Smart TV X comes with four in-built speakers with Dolby Atmos support. It also gets two ducts, a sealed box with 2×0.38L large sound cavity, and a total output of 2×12.5W. Under the hood, the TV is powered by a MediaTek MTK 9650 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. Furthermore, the Redmi TV has support for MediaTek’s AI-PQ and AI-AQ picture and audio enhancements.Connectivity options on the Redmi Smart TV X include an HDMI 2.1 port, two HDMI 2.0 ports, an AV port, two USB ports, an S/PDIF port, an RJ-45 port, ATV/ DTMB, and four microphones that support far-field voice.Redmi Router AX1800 specificationsThe Redmi Router AX1800 reportedly supports Wi-Fi 6 connectivity with Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA). The router has four external 5dBi high-gain omnidirectional antennas that support LDPC error correction algorithms to improve the anti-interference capabilities and signal coverage for data transmission.The router is powered by an unnamed dual-core 880MHz processor paired with 128MB of RAM. Connectivity options include a WAN port and 3 LAN ports. The Redmi Router AX1800 supports beamforming, BSS colouring, WPA3, MU-MIMO, and IPv6. The Xiaomi Easy Connect extends support to Android and iOS devices.It’s an all television spectacular this week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, as we discuss 8K, screen sizes, QLED and mini-LED panels — and offer some buying advice. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
Apple’s New MacBook Pro Models, AirPods, HomePod mini Colours Show Where the Cupertino Giant Is Heading
Apple has expanded its MacBook Pro lineup this week by introducing new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The new MacBook Pros have not just some design-level changes but all-new silicon choices that come in the form of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. These new proprietary system-on-chip (SoC) units are designed to take…
Apple has expanded its MacBook Pro lineup this week by introducing new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The new MacBook Pros have not just some design-level changes but all-new silicon choices that come in the form of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. These new proprietary system-on-chip (SoC) units are designed to take on the likes of AMD and Intel. Alongside the MacBook Pro (2021) models, Apple has brought the AirPods (3rd generation) as its new truly wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds as well as Apple Music Voice plan for those looking to access music through their voice. The company also introduced its new HomePod mini colours.Host Akhil Arora speaks with Reviews Editor Jamshed Avari, Deputy Reviews Editor Roydon Cerejo, and in-house audio expert Ali Pardiwala on this week’s episode of Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital to discuss the new MacBook Pro models, AirPods (3rd Generation), new HomePod mini colours, and the Apple Music Voice plan.The discussion begins with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that Apple has designed as two distinct upgrades to its last year’s M1. The new silicon options have 10 CPU cores and up to 32 GPU cores. However, Apple has decided to not detail its new silicon offerings — just like how it typically doesn’t provide much details about its A-series processors powering the iPhone and iPad series.Nevertheless, Apple did claim that its M1 Pro and M1 Max deliver up to 70 percent faster CPU performance than the original M1. The M1 Max is also touted to offer nearly six times the memory bandwidth of the M1, along with up to four times faster GPU performance.M1 Max is claimed to deliver nearly six times the memory bandwidth of last year’s M1 chipPhoto Credit: Apple Apple has packed the memory within its CPU package as a single chip that helps deliver better performance and high power efficiency. There is also a Neural Engine for artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration.In addition to the new chips, we talk about the 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) and 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) as a whole. The new machines have upgraded specifications as well as an improved design and additional ports over what we had earlier. You will get an HDMI port and an SDXC card slot.MacBook Pro (2021) price in India begins at Rs. 1,94,900 for the 14-inch variant, while the 16-inch model starts at Rs. 2,39,900.As a distinctive move, the new MacBook Pro models carry a notch — just like the latest iPhone models. The notch helps Apple provide better screen-to-body ratio and pixel count. It is also not as prominently visible as the notch on the iPhone when the MacBook Pros are in use — thanks to the top bar that appears mostly on all apps.The new MacBook Pros also come with mini-LED displays that are expected to help improve the viewing experience. There are also physical function keys on the keyboard as Apple has decided to ditch the Touch Bar.After talking about the new MacBook Pro models, we move to the AirPods (3rd generation) that come as the successor to the AirPods (2nd generation) and look similar to the AirPods Pro. Ali joins the discussion to tell us about the key updates and whether one should go for the new AirPods or continue with the existing model.The AirPods (3rd generation) price in India is set at Rs. 18,900. You can, however, get the AirPods Pro at an even lower price — thanks to the ongoing festive sales.AirPods (3rd generation) price in India is set at Rs. 18,900Photo Credit: Apple We also touch upon the Apple Music Voice plan that is priced at Rs. 49 a month. It is specifically meant for accessing the Apple Music collection via Siri — using your voice. The arrival of the new plan seems more like a marketing gimmick to expand the usage of Siri and project it as a strong competitor against the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.There are also the new HomePod mini colours, namely Blue, Orange, Space Grey, and Yellow. These are aimed to attract people looking for colourful accessories in their rooms. The HomePod mini price starts at Rs. 9,900.You can listen to the complete discussion by hitting the play button on the embedded player above.If you are new to our site, you can find Orbital on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Gaana, JioSaavn, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget to follow the Gadgets 360 podcast wherever you’re listening. Please also rate us and leave a review.New Orbital episodes release every Friday, so make sure to tune in each week.