Week's Hardware News: AMD Gemini, ITC Ruling vs. nVidia, New HDD Tech

By Published December 28, 2015 at 11:07 am

Despite the season's best efforts to give weary editors a rest, last week remained active as ever, producing some major news items that impact 1H16.

As quickly as possible, then our news recap video:

AMD announced the delay of its “Gemini” product, a dual-GPU Fiji card, pushing back to 2Q16 to coincide with VR headset launches.

The ITC ruled that nVidia violated three of Samsung's patents in the ongoing war between the two chip manufacturers, something that may impact nVidia's mobile device sales.

Micron, whose purchase of Inotera was reported on last week, is looking at its first loss in over two years for 2Q16, spurred on by falling DRAM prices.

Oculus VR's Rift is looking at shipment in 1Q16, with pre-orders arriving just after the new year. Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey notes that a “warning” will be provided prior to pre-order availability.

HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording) technology will soon arrive to hard disk drives, greatly expanding capacity-per-square-inch on magnetic drives.

CES will be here in about a week, so be prepared for an onslaught of new product announcements.

Hosted by Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke
News curated by Michael "The Bear" Kerns.

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Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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