With classrooms still highly dependent on remote learning, Microsoft has announced a series of new and extremely cheap Windows 10 laptops. The devices include laptops under or around $300, some of which even support LTE connections to improve videoconferencing and online collaboration. … [Read more...] about Microsoft launches new sub-$300 laptops to fight Chromebooks for the classroom
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The smart home has seen tremendous growth over the last year, due in large part to how individuals and families continue to navigate this new norm of working and learning from home. CES 2021 should yield even more concrete smart home solutions that adapt to the current conditions this year. Sales of smart speakers, air purifiers, and robot vacuums have surged during quarantine, so we anticipate a continued focus on keeping people safe and comfortable in the home. So far, we’ve already seen innovation with the Samsung Jetbot 90 and LG’s Instaview Refrigerator. … [Read more...] about What to expect from CES 2021: Samsung TVs, laptops, and Galaxy S21?
Not Enough ABF SubstratesLaminated packages are used by a wide variety of semiconductors ranging from cheap SoCs for client PCs all the way to complex high-end CPUs for servers and 5G equipment. Chips that use laminated packaging often use IC substrates featuring insulating Ajinomoto build-up film (ABF), which are made by only one company, Ajinomoto Fine-Techno Co. Apparently, some suppliers of ABF substrates experience yield issues with their products. … [Read more...] about Issues with Chip Packaging to Affect Supply of Client Processors in 2021