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NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 Mainstream $300-$400 Ampere Gaming Graphics Cards Rumored To Feature GA106 GPUs, GA107 Entry-Level Ampere GPU Taped Out Too

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NVIDIA’s Ampere Gaming GPU rumors are heating up and the latest details we’ve today are for the mainstream GeForce RTX 3060 series. Replacing the GeForce RTX 2060, the NVIDIA RTX 3060 series will be positioned in the mainstream segment with pricing around $300 to $400 US which is pretty much what the existing lineup costs, however, these cards are positioned in a heated segment with AMD also actively working on replacing its mainstream lineup soon.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Series Mainstream Graphics Cards To Feature GA106 GPU Core, Will Hit Retail Around $300-$400 US – GA107 Entry-Tier Ampere Gaming GPU Taped Out Too

The latest rumors are once again being tweeted out by Kopite7kimi who has revealed that NVIDIA has taped out two new GPUs in the past few weeks. These include the Ampere GA106 and GA107. Both GPUs are based on the Ampere graphics architecture and focused on the consumer segment which includes entry and mainstream graphics cards.

GA106 and GA107 had taped out a few weeks ago.

— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) July 8, 2020

If these NVIDIA Gaming GPUs are indeed taped out a few weeks back, then this would suggest that we shouldn’t expect these cards to enter the retail segment anytime soon. The same was true for the GeForce RTX 2060 which was introduced four months after the GeForce RTX 2080. NVIDIA may initially be planning to target the high-end enthusiast cards from AMD based on its RDNA 2 GPUs.

Looking at what we know about the GA106 GPU, it is expected to power the GeForce RTX 3060 series graphics cards. By series I mean to say that the GeForce RTX 3060 might include more than just one graphics card.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Gaming Graphics Cards Alleged Specifications:

The reason is that Kopite7kimi’s rumor suggests that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 itself is going to feature the GA106-300 GPU. We don’t know the exact specifications for this specific chip but we do know that the ‘300’ SKU is usually not the top chip. The Turing TU106 GPU had

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By: Hassan Mujtaba
Title: NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 Mainstream $300-$400 Ampere Gaming Graphics Cards Rumored To Feature GA106 GPUs, GA107 Entry-Level Ampere GPU Taped Out Too
Sourced From: wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3060-rtx-3050-ga106-ga107-ampere-gaming-gpu-specs-rumor/
Published Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 09:42:50 +0000

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Agile Teams In A Waterfall Environment: Steps Away From Fixed Everything Work

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A waterfall precedes and follows rapids

In Agile Teams In A Waterfall Environment: Fixed Budget, Fixed Scope, Fixed DateI talked about a panel discussion that I participated in that was asked: 

“We have been presented with a project with a fixed budget, fixed scope, and fixed date — can we use agile to deliver this project?” 

Interpreting the question as can we “be” agile, the answer is no (heck no if you want to be emphatic).  However, does that mean we need to take our ball and march off the field — never to be or do agile? Again, the answer is also heck no. There are several strategies that a team or even an organization can take to make progress toward a better way of working. 

Walled Garden, which is adopting agile values and techniques at a team level and then constructing approaches to interface with entities outside the bubble you create.   This is the most extreme approach, but it is a way to explore and exhibit agile values. At a team level, a leader or manager often has a substantial amount of leeway to affect how work is done. Everything outside of the team is outside of the leader’s sphere of control, therefore handoffs and data sharing arrangements must be negotiated. The walled garden can be dangerous if the team does not control how they work and if experimentation is acceptable behavior. In the real world walled gardens are often used for experiments but if left to run too long they can cause a team or team of teams to be cut off from the rest of the organization.

Shift Left moves the involvement of engineering employees to the front end of work entry. An example of this type of behavior would be to include a person that will be involved in doing the work in the sales process. Work entry problems will mess up the best-laid plans whether agile or plan-based approaches are used. The acceptance of work into the queue is a sales exercise whether you are dealing with cash-carrying, external customers, or taking orders from internal stakeholders. Determining what is needed, whether it can be done, when it will be done, and how much it will cost are all subject to negotiation (that is what sales is all about). Involve current engineers in the process. The term current is used purposefully, don’t assume that since you coded or tested a few years ago that you understand the nuances of the profession today. Involving a sales engineer will help shape the buying or ordering process so that it is based more on technical information and rational analysis and less on saying anything to get the order. Making work entry more purposeful will reduce the number of fixed everything projects. 

Hybridize your approach to building and managing work.  Visualize your flow and adopt a kanban”y” version of Scrumban. Most kanban methods can be overlaid on any process and do not require you to change how you are working. Once you have visualized

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By: tcagley
Title: Agile Teams In A Waterfall Environment: Steps Away From Fixed Everything Work
Sourced From: tcagley.wordpress.com/2020/08/13/agile-teams-in-a-waterfall-environment-steps-away-from-fixed-everything-work/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 23:55:49 +0000

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Intel Confirms Sapphire Rapids Processors In 2021 With DDR5, PCIe 5.0 And CXL 1.1

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At their Architecture Day 2020, Intel also confirmed the launch of its upcoming Sapphire Rapids CPU platform in 2021. Sapphire Rapids will feature support for DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0 and will truly be a “next-generation” data center chip with the addition of the CXL 1.1 interconnect. The company has also plans to release the OneAPI (going gold) later this year which should tie up their master plan of a unified datacenter ecosystem quite nicely.

Intel Sapphire Rapids, Alder Lake and 144 Layer QLC confirmed at Intel Architecture Day 2020

While the company did not reveal the exact process Saphire Rapids is based on, we can infer that it will likely be based on the company’s 10nm SuperFin Enhanced process because it succeeds Ice Lake processors (which are based on vanilla 10nm) and because it uses TME. Total Memory Encryption is an architectural design that encrypts the memory completely so even if someone dumps the RAM – they would just get garbage data. This feature is also present in Tiger Lake – which is based on 10nm SuperFin – which lends credence to Sapphire Rapids being based on the same (or more advanced) process as well.

The company also confirmed that they will be shipping a new 144 layer QLC later in 2020 which should be higher than the industry average and offers a 50% density increase over the third generation QLC that Intel produced. This is something that once again ties in with their datacenter unification efforts. The entire platform would be competing against AMD’s Zen 4 based EPYC Genoa lineup which would also be moving to a newer platform known as SP5.

AMD has promised new memory along with new capabilities for the Genoa lineup which would include support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0,

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By: Usman Pirzada
Title: Intel Confirms Sapphire Rapids Processors In 2021 With DDR5, PCIe 5.0 And CXL 1.1
Sourced From: wccftech.com/intel-confirms-sapphire-rapids-processors-in-2021-with-ddr5-pcie-5-0-and-cxl-1-1/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:41:10 +0000

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Intel Announces 10nm SuperFin Transistor – Roughly The Same Level Of Performance Uplift As A Node Shrink

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Intel held its Architecture Day 2020 for the press on August 11 and revealed quite a few technological innovations but the star of the show for architecture fans was the company’s SuperFin process enhancement. Intel joked about their ++++ improvements on 14nm and revealed a new FinFET type for 10nm called SuperFin which allowed them to gain several plusses worth of improvement in one go. According to Intel and the benchmarks they provided, the improvement in performance is roughly equal to one node shrink.

Intel’s 10nm SuperFin transistor achieves ~17.5% performance uplift and significantly higher clock speeds compared to vanilla 10nm

Intel’s 10nm has gained quite a reputation for being broken but it looks like the company has not only managed to fix problems with the original 10nm process but improve it to get several iterations worth of performance uplift in a single go. A single “+” iteration previously gave a performance uplift of around 5% but with 10nm SuperFin enhanced, the intranode performance uplift is roughly 17.5% when compared to vanilla 10nm.

Before we go any further, here is an introduction to Intel’s 10nm SuperFin from Ruth Brian herself:

We are redefining [the FinFET] to deliver an unprecedented level of performance uplift. We achieve this through a combination of innovations across the entire process stack from the bottom of the transistor channel all the way to the top interconnect metal layers. Within the transistor, we improved epitaxial growth of crystal structures on the source and drain, increasing the strain and reducing resistance. It allowed more current to flow through the channel.

We had an enhanced source drain architecture driving additional higher channel mobility and enabling charge

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By: Usman Pirzada
Title: Intel Announces 10nm SuperFin Transistor – Roughly The Same Level Of Performance Uplift As A Node Shrink
Sourced From: wccftech.com/intel-10nm-superfin-transistor/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:00:01 +0000

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