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Phanteks Intros Enthoo Evolv Shift, Shift X Cases

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PC component specialist Phanteks announces a pair of Mini ITX motherboard-compatible cases-- the Enthoo Evolv Shift and Shift X, both featuring a minimalist design with a sleek and slim stature.

Phanteks EvolvThe Evolv Shift measures 170 x 470 x 274mm, while the Shift X is the taller option at 170 x 650 x 274mm. Both are designed for use in either desktop case or tower orientations, and promise to look "clean from every angle." Construction features anodised aluminium panels within a powder-coated steel structure, with top and bottom cooling fins and tempered smoked glass panels on the right and left sides.

Being the bigger case, the Shift X allows for more storage options, with two 3.5-inch drives and four 2.5-inch drives (whereas the Shift holds one 3.5-inch/three 2.5-inch drives). It also allows for more cooling fans and larger graphics cards (529mm, as opposed to 350mm). Both chassis also have space for an 82mm CPU cooler.

Gravitational Anomaly Leads to Better Solid State Devices?

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A team of IBM researchers manage to observe an "elusive gravitational effect" on Earth-- a phenomenon previously thought possible only "hundreds of light years away," and one that could lead to improvements in the energy-conversion process in electronic devices.

IBM Quantum materialBut what does an elusive gravitational effect involve? It is, essentially, an unusual quantum effect scientists theorised could take place within quark-gluon plasma (GDP), the strange, soupy substance that made the universe back when it was little more than a few microseconds old. The quantum effect involved in the IBM experiments is known as the axial-gravitational anomaly, and breaks the conservation laws of classic physics such as charge, energy and momentum.

To observe the axial-gravitational anomaly here on Earth, the scientists used Weyl semimetal, a material similar to 3D graphene, inside a cryolab at the University of Hamburg using high magnetic fields. Weyl semimetal has two kinds of electrons, but when placed inside the cryolab mimicking the conditions of the early universe the electrons change from one type to the other.

Bluetooth Getting Mesh Capability

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The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) add a new capability to the wireless connectivity standard-- mesh networking, enabling many-to-many (m:m) capability and the creation of large-scale device networks.

Bluetooth MeshThe technology is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 and higher, and operates on Bluetooth Low Energy (LE). It is ideal for building automation, sensor networks and other Internet of Things (IoT) applications involving tens, hundreds or even thousands or devices. According to the SIG, Bluetooth-based mesh networks are inherently self-healing, with no single point of failure, scalable to thousands of nodes and include "industrial-grade" security.

In addition Bluetooth offers global interoperability, since multi-vendor interoperability testing is conducted during the specification development process, not after the release of the specification.

Ryzen Boosts Q2 AMD Results

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AMD publishes its Q2 2017 financial results-- overall revenues are up by 19% Y-o-Y to $1.22 billion while profit totals $25 million, even if the company remains in the red with losses reaching $16m.

AMDThe company is divided in 2 major segments, Computing and Graphics, and Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom. This quarter Computing and Graphics is the star, with revenues growing by 51% Y-o-Y to $659m thanks to demand for graphics and Ryzen desktop processors. The operating income for the segment is $7m, an improvement over the $81m loss of Q2 2016 thanks to what AMD describes as an "improved product mix."

Since Q2 2017 is the first full quarter of Ryzen processor shipments, it also sees an increase in desktop processor ASPs. GPU ASPs are also on the up, the result of a short supply (and growing demand) for desirable gaming-targeted graphics cards.

USB Gets 3.2 Update

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The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announces the USB 3.2 specification-- an incremental update defining multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices, allowing for faster communications over USB-C cables.

USB PortThe update allows USB 3.2 devices to handle up to two traffic lanes of 5Gbps or two lanes of 10Gbps operation. As a result, a USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device is capable of data transfers reaching over 2GB/s over an existing USB-C cable certified for Super Speed USB 10Gbps.

In addition, USB 3.2 continues to use existing SuperSpeed USB physical layer data rates and encoding techniques, while a minor hub specification update addresses the increase in performance for seamless transition between single and two-lane operation.

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