WTT Weekend News Summary

WTT Weekend News – 28 May 2018 Edition

Well that was great weekend. Whether you watched Deadpool 2 or Solo, or just sat back and relaxed, we here at What The Tech certainly hope that your goals were achieved. However, just because you’ve stopped, doesn’t mean that we do. Here is the usual weekend news breakdown from all over the world.

 

WTT Weekend News – NBN Co removes a service level from wireless

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Australia’s National Broadband Network is a work in progress. However, it keeps running into issues. First, it was a raw onion afficionado, who by his own admission, doesn’t understand technology. We suspect he doesn’t understand anything more modern than the 1850s.

 

Then, it was technical problems from the exceedingly complex multi-technology mix, mostly using clapped out old infrastructure. At least it works…in the same way that an Alfa Romeo does; no other user will have the same set of problems your house does on any given day.

 

There was a proposal to provide users on wireless with the highest NBN speed; 100Mbps. This has now been canned by NBN Co. Its CEO, Bill Morrow said that kind of speed on wireless would be prohibitively expensive to build. This is a backpedal from earlier this year when he said that about 300,000 wireless customers could connect at such speeds. He further asserted that there was no way customers would use such high speeds. Tell that to the folks on fixed line 100Mbps…

 

NBN Co is now looking into 5G wireless technology for those who won’t get a fixed line connection. Hopefully 5G is more reliable and faster than what is currently available. But this change in plans is another sign that the NBN should have remained in it’s original form; all optic fibre to 97 per cent of residential and commercial properties, with the rest on wireless and satellite.

 

Too bad onion man got in the way.

 

WTT Weekend News – new probes to study the Sun

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The Sun is a distant constant here on Earth, providing light, warmth and energy to our ecosystems. But in itself, the Sun is a complex and massive system in its own right, generating energy through nuclear fusion. It is a constantly evolving monster in which the forces of gravity and nuclear energy fight against each other.

 

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) agree. Two new probes will be launched, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe later this year, and ESA’s Solar Orbiter in 2020. The two craft will orbit the Sun closer than any other spacecraft have been. It’s hoped that these probes will increase our understanding of our local star.

 

New insights might help predict when the Sun’s dangerous coronal mass ejections will occur, assisting in saving satellites and other crucial infrastructure from harm. It might also help astronauts and space tourists stay safe during such events.

 

WTT Weekend News – Samsung stays ahead on chip manufacturing technology

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From the large scale to the small. Samsung is one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world. It builds chips for its own products, as well as for other partners. To stay ahead on costs and efficiency, the company has been investing heavily in new processes that will shrink the size of microchips.

 

In an updated roadmap, Samsung has informed customers that 7 nanometre manufacturing will begin en masse later this year. It then plans to roll out 5 nanometre chips in the second half of 2019, with a 3 nanometre node by 2022. Many in the industry see 3 nanomatre as the smallest practical size of transistors on silicon and UV laser etching. It will be interesting to see just what Samsung and its competitors will do once th limits of current technology have been reached.

 

Samsung has confirmed that the 3 nanometre process will use a new kind of transistor; Gate All Around Early/Pass (GAAFET) transistors. It hasn’t really elaborated on any details, but has stated that these gates have been in development since 2002.

 

It must be emphasised that Samsung’s future manufacturing processes seem to be geared more towards low power system-on-chip devices like smartphones. It’s unknown how large chips like Intel’s Core and Xeon products would fare. However, you can be certain of more powerful and power efficient smartphones and tablets in the future.

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