IBM and Hitachi announced plans to collaborate for a new mainframe computing environment that uses Hitachi’s operating system and IBM z Systems hardware technology. This partnership builds upon IBM and Hitachi’s long history of working together to expand computer technology and better serve their customer base.

The next generation of Hitachi’s AP series will only use the IBM z Systems high-performing mainframe hardware technology, which will effectively expand IBM mainframe development efficiency through IBM’s global capabilities in developing and manufacturing mainframe computing. The collaboration allows companies in Japan who already use the Hitachi VOS3 operating system and software to continue using them while taking advantage of the speed, scale, and security available through the latest IBM z Systems hardware technology.

IBM z Systems now has capabilities to support capabilities for speed, scale, and security to deliver cloud-based blockchain services for building new transaction systems and machine learning for analyzing large amounts of data. The IBM z Systems mainframe supports the z/OS, z/TPF and z/VM operating systems as well as the Linux operating system. Linux is installed by more than 40 percent of z Systems clients. The IBM z Systems mainframe is the core IT system for the world's leading businesses, including 44 of the top 50 global banks, ten of the top insurers and 18 of the top 25 retailers.

"We are pleased to have this agreement with IBM to strengthen our collaborative relationship," said Takeo Ishii, president of IoT & Cloud Services Business Division for Hitachi. "Hitachi has, for over fifty years, delivered its proprietary mainframe system offerings to various corporations and organizations as part of their mission-critical systems and has supported our customers' stable operations and materialization of innovations with a high standard of reliability. Hitachi will continuously provide highly reliable, high-performance mainframe systems to the customers in Japan utilizing IBM's most advanced mainframe technologies."

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The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) has fined ELNA, Nichicon, Rubycon, and SCC for colluding on pricing for aluminum electrolytic capacitors. The total amount fined adds up to $15 million, which is the most the CCS has ever penalized. Investigations were initiated after Panasonic applied for immunity under the CCS leniency program, which prevents companies that report illegal activity from being incriminated. As a result, Panasonic was the only manufacturer who did not get fined. 1

The five manufacturers are charged with forming a cartel and exchanging sensitive information, such as sales, distribution, and pricing. The companies agreed to set sales prices, including numerous price increases and refusal to accommodate to customers’ requests for price reduction. Investigations revealed that the involved parties met regularly, almost monthly at one point, to exchange confidential information. Activity started as far back as 1997.

Cartels prevent consumers from getting competitive pricing, effectively allowing for a pseudo-monopoly situation in which prices are not driven by the balance of supply and demand. The Competition Act, Chapter 50B of Singapore was enacted in 2004 and regulates cartel activities. The rules are strict, applying to even informal collusions, requiring only that parties arrive at a consensus to be punishable under the Competition Act as a cartel.

Each company was fined based on the proportion of the capacitor supply they controlled. ELNA, Rubycon, and SCC were also awarded discounts to their fines for their application for leniency under the CCS leniency program for coming forth with information on cartel activities.

ELNA was fined $650K, Rubycon was fined $3.6M, and Nichicon and SCC were each fined $5.3M.

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Semiconductor manufacturing company Microchip recently introduced a new Serial EEPROM. This new device is able to utilize a bus that is single-wired using only 2 pins in accessing the device: SI/O and GRN. SI/O, which is the 1st pin, features a line that integrates power and data, This provides the needed power towards the device and also to the management of the data.

The AT21CS11 is arranged as one block in the dimensions of 128x8. It may be used in reliable memory storage applications that are non-volatile. The Serial EEPROM features a pre-programmed and unique serial number or ID as well as a one-hundred twenty-eight bit tracking number that is user-programmable. The voltage range for operation ranges from 2.7 volts to 4.5 volts. This voltage range makes the chip compatible for use with lithium-ion batteries.

The AT21CS11 makes identifying and tracking possible to any kind of product that is detachable or replaceable. This means that plastic disposables, cartridges, and user-specific attachments can relay unique identification details and also utilize information over a simple 2 point clip or connection that is plugged in. Additionally, the evaluation kit, which is dedicated by Microchip for the AT21CSxx, supports this new device (it is a single-wire family).

The AT21CS11 has many great features. It is one Kbit, features a single-wire compatibility, has the potential of communicating through one, possess’ a single I/O pin, has a high-speed mode of 125 kbps and attributes self-rimed erase and write cycles. The chip also attributes low power consumption (it’s read current is 0.8 mA, write current is 0.2 mA, and it’s standby current 0.7 uA). It boasts software write protection, includes more than one-million erase and write cycles, and factory programming is available.

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When PC gamers are building computers, many forget the importance of choosing a good motherboard to go along with their electronic Frankenstein’s monster. Motherboards can go for anywhere from $50 to $900 for the ROG Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly by Asus. Here are the best gaming motherboards for three price ranges to choose from, according to Digital Trends.

1.       X299 Aorus Gaming 9
2.       X399 Aorus Gaming 7
3.       Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming

The X299 Aorus Gaming 9 from Gigabyte is the best motherboard for about $500. It features Intel Core i9 compatibility, eight RAM sockets, and supports up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory and up to 512GB of Registered DDR4 quad-channel memory. It also features support for both Nvidia’s and AMD’s multi-GPU setups. It also features a robust lighting setup with a huge capacity for customization options.

The X399 Aorus Gaming 7 from Gigabyte comes in at a slightly more affordable $390. It features support for AMD’s Threadripper series, which allows for a slightly smaller investment in a slightly cheaper processor for around $750 than the Intel Core i9 processor, which goes for $970. The X399 has the same RAM capacity as the X299 and features three M.2 ports, eight SATA 3 connections, four PCIe expansion slots, and the same Nvidia and AMD multi-GPU setups. It features the same array of lighting options as the X299.

The Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming motherboard is the winner for the budget category, priced at $120. It supports AMD’s Rysen processors with an AM4 socket and a standard ATX form factor. It features four RAM slots and supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, capable of storing one M.2 slot, two SATA ports, and two PCIe expansion ports. For visual effects, AURA Sync RGB lighting plus additional 4-pin RGB headers provide a spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across AURA Sync enabled products. 

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When building an extremely well-built computer many aspects contribute to its maximum potential. From the components being installed to the screws binding everything together. Besides the smaller components, the real aspect behind a great computer is the motherboard. Motherboards are designed to fit many different users’ needs and tend more centered on a group of tasks ranging from gaming to downloading at faster speeds.  Often times users believe that looking for the right motherboard could be nerve wrecking but are quite simple when educated on the right ones. 

On Buying a motherboard, it is best to know what other factors contribute to the motherboard's functions such as the processor. Many different models of motherboards require different types processors to be able to handle and operate its functions. Planning accordingly could be a major part of purchasing a motherboard due to the quickness of products being outdated. 

Different types of motherboards offer different features and may be a deciding factor when having to choose. These different types of features consist of different types of USB port varying from Type C port to On- Board USB headers. 

Ranging from the type of graphics cards that one would like to add is also another deciding factor. Standard boards will come with one PCI- Ex 16 slot for the implementation of a graphics card. Additional ports can be added for other cards such as a “Wifi Card “when the motherboard has not been built in WIFI.  

The UEFI allows for “low-level settings “ to choose what drive one would like to open them with. More Complex users would need a more “user-friendly” UEFI appose to a user that would only need to work with the word or browse the web using almost any. 

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