HW News – AMD Hacked & Blackmailed, DDR5 Mass Production in 2021

by birtanpublished on October 1, 2020

everyone welcome back to another
hardware news recap for the week this
one pretty big news story on AMD and
some of its graphics intellectual
property being stolen and posted for
ransom and these basically being
blackmailed here for some of its
graphics IP we'll be talking about that
folding at home crossing the exaflop
threshold and some notes on what exaflop
really means in this instance since it's
a bit different from what the normal
supercomputers are doing GN mod mat
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the first news item our mod matte delay
due to mass production actually
alongside this to our Raglan hoodies are
have been restocked so if you're
interested in those two-tone hoodies
we've put them back in stock this is the
last round we're gonna be able to buy I
bought a lot of them this time because
the companies that we source the supply
from for the hoodie is discontinuing
that particular product but we have
enough for a while anyway the mod mats
so a quick update on that
we had our next round of large mod mats
including the current backwards if you
have a backorder now scheduled to come
in around April like early April and
unfortunately there's an upside and a
downside to our quality requirements for
the mod mats the upside is that we as a
factory that makes stuff for clean rooms
so that would be things like silicon
fabrication plants or any other type of
assembly or fabrication area painting
area where they need really extreme
control of ESD
so it's the highest quality materials
and processes that one could find for
manufacturing mats like our anti-static
and they're properly anti-static
conductive the downside is that this
factory is in such high demand right now
from the current outbreak that it is
switching over basically all of its
production to masks personal protective
equipment for people on the frontlines
who need it and so that's obviously a
much higher priority thing for them and
we got delayed so if you have an
existing order for the mod mats like a
backorder it is going to be delayed one
to two months as of right now as a
result of the switchover and what the
factories making obviously this isn't
something that we could have predicted
if you have any questions about your
order you can email support at gamers
Nexus dotnet and our support guy will
help you out with that so existing
backwards in the future or just will
ship it's just they're gonna be delayed
at least one to two months as a result
of this changeover in the in what
they're manufacturing and we'll do our
best to get it done sooner but we can't
overpower this one obviously so thanks
for your patience on that next one
stolen AMD graphics IP being held at
ransom earlier this week news broke via
that a hacker had gained possession of
some of Andy's graphics intellectual
property for its specifically Navi 10
Navi 21 so that be 2x as we call it
previously meaning 2021 and Arden for
Xbox series acts Andy confirmed this
left to be a press release it was
exceptionally short press released only
a few lines long and noted that it's a
real thing that happened it's not just
hearsay or trolling although I guess in
a different sense it is so this is this
is a real issue for them now B 10
encompasses and these first generation
our DNA architecture and includes GPUs
such as the Radeon Pro W 5700 the entire
rx 5000 series family Navi 21 is to be
AMD is a big navvy GPU that's coming out
in theory this year sometime and as I'm
on the first sporting rDNA – under the
hood Arden is the code name for the SOC
or APU if you prefer that's on the Xbox
series X and is much more interesting
here so the hacker seems to have gained
access to a computer that is part of
Andy's network remotely gained access
according to a statement to Tom
hardware and the hacker took possession
allegedly of unencrypted files
pertaining to and the graphics
intellectual property
initially the hacker dumped these files
into repos across github but at least to
the MC notices from AMD have shut down
those specific repos however per Tom's
Hardware there's at least one new repo
as of this writing where the files have
been forked the hacker claims to have
more intellectual property that is
unreleased at this time the hacker also
seems to have estimated the IP at a
hundred million dollars and she's
currently seeking bit so if you have a
lot of disposable income and you don't
care about the extremely strict
corporate espionage laws then I guess
you could go after it but apparently
they're prepared to leak all the files
this was the threat made and the either
pay up our blackmail demand by the way
all very illegal or we'll release the
files for free and for anyone who says
well that seems like a bad business plan
like the top come on on reddit not
really because that's a pretty big
threat so andy currently maintains that
quote the files are not core to the
competitiveness or the security of its
graphics business and he is currently
working with legal experts regarding a
criminal investigation into the matter
our understanding if you want a bit more
information here and we are not experts
in in security or the low-level hardware
development that you're talking about
here but we've done some basic research
on it and our current understanding is
that the very log model code has been
leaked pertaining to the GPUs so it's
again it's illegal it's highly
punishable to commit corporate espionage
in the u.s. so Intel and video will stay
very far away from this they have no
interest in it and on video doesn't want
to make its GPUs buggier anyway so why
would it care but this might be
interesting for something like a
state-owned silicon manufacturer or
fabrication plant where currently
they're state-owned CPU manufacturers in
we'd be curious to see if there might be
an interesting going for GP is we're
uncertain as of now if this type of leak
would guide people towards on any type
of exploit in the hardware we don't know
if it provides enough information for
that type of
Thayne AMD again and it's press release
although it does haven't reason to save
phase two but certainly knows more than
we do and he claims that it is not a
security issue
so either way the vera log code that was
leaked per wikipedia ver log is quote a
hardware description language used to
model electronic systems and Wikipedia
describes very log code as useful for
breaking down circuits down to the
register level and making this
potentially a critical piece of
information to lose control over it's
not just some kind of like driver or
something like that
next one folding at home crosses the
exaflop threshold we've been reporting
on the growing number of folders for
folding at home over the last couple of
weeks ever since Nvidia and PC
master-race on Reddit work together to
catalyze the PC enthusiasts crowd and
got the movement off of the ground in
this instance although folding at home
has been around for an extremely long
time this one is targeted at human
malware so initially folding at home saw
a spike in active folders for human
malware related projects going from
around 30,000 volunteers to around
400,000 volunteers and putting enormous
strain on the servers and their ability
to provide work units we'll talk about
that more in a moment this put the
distributed computing network at around
470 petaflop of FP 32 compute
performance which was already twice of
what the supercomputer summit is capable
of one note here as we said before flops
kind of a weird thing to use to compare
computing it's not always fair and it's
not always comparing the same things
supercomputers often do things like FP
64 and that's you know multi like double
precision or or similar whereas this
it's not really one to one but it's
still fun put some numbers to it so now
that folding at home has crossed the
almighty exaflop barrier you might be
wondering what does that mean in terms
of numbers well that puts it topping out
at around 1.5 quintillion floating-point
operations per second so that's I think
is that 18 I think that's 18 zeros 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9
yes 18 zeros after the one with a 5 at
the front so cumulatively speaking
folding at home has leveraged four point
six three million CPU cores and four
hundred thirty thousand GPUs across its
network to research the protein dynamics
surrounding the virus its intent is to
find potential opportunities for drugs
that could affect the virus and could
have some short-term impact on if there
are any therapies available short of a
cure and longer-term impact on
understanding it GN currently has a team
set up for some points chasing if you'd
like to join our team ID is two three
four seven seven one you can click
configure in the folding at-home desktop
application and go to team and enter
that number if you create a passkey
you'll also get bonus points from
folding at home and it's free do it
through their website it's all very easy
so we have our own GN scale
supercomputer at least working on it
with to Tesla view and hundreds
unfortunately like many of you we can't
get enough work units to actually
maintain constant load if we could we'd
be over seven million points per day so
it'd be a lot of fun but we can't
unfortunately get the units so we've
emailed folding at home about this the
team says that it's working to get more
working that's available for folders so
keep at it and folding at homes anton
Tinnell told us that quote the surge for
more work units has increased about
twenty times in less than ten days but
we are working on it end quote
that's an obscene number twenty times
increase on the server load so we hope
to do some streams or upload soon with
folding at home would be a fun rip
series like rip ltte or whoever is in
there paul PCMR maybe but if we can't
get consistent enough work units to
reliably run a stream because otherwise
be restarting the folding constantly we
may end up doing an upload instead so
that we don't have to spend the whole
stream just restarting the application
alternatively we may start looking into
something like rosetta at home which
also has projects related to the current
issue in the world and they they are cpu
targeted so if you have a powerful cpu
won't do anything for your GPU usage but
you'd still put the cpu to work and then
reserve folding for GPUs intel to donate
PVE following a one
in dollar donation to the International
Red Cross Intel has now announced it
will donate at least 1 million face
masks among other types of PPE or
personal protective equipment to global
health workers in an effort to relieve
the strain and widespread shortages on
supply quote will donate masks gloves at
face shields and other gear that we have
sourced from our factory stock and
emergency supplies and will continue to
look for additional sources of personal
protective equipment that we can source
and donate as quickly as possible to
meet our commitment of more than 1
million items said Intel's a todd brady
director of global public affairs Intel
will source the PPE at least initially
from its own fabs and clean rooms across
Oregon Arizona New Mexico and Israel
Intel joins Razer in this effort who
recently announced that it would
reconfigure some of its own
manufacturing lines to produce n95 masks
we talked about that and last week's
episode and we showed what we think
razors masks will probably look like if
you'd like to see our mock-up of it and
we also included some expert analytical
insight on what Corsairs masks would
probably look like Samsung has announced
that it shipped over 1 million 10
nanometer class ddr4 modules based on
its d1x process technology that
leverages EUV or extreme ultraviolet
furthermore Samsung's stated that it
intends to enter volume production with
10 nanometer class ddr5 and lpddr4 DRAM
using its d1a process technology at some
point in 2021 with Samsung's d1 a
process UV will be fully deployed
significantly limiting and possibly
eliminating the amount of multi
patterning required like all other
shrinking transistor geometries scaling
DRAM has been a challenge however
Samsung notes that it expects greater
pattern accuracy and improved the yields
of all of its wafers with the 1a
additionally Samsung notes that it will
bring its new p2 fab online located in
pienty Korea South Korea to bolster its
manufacturing capacity initially Samsung
states that the P Tube fab will focus on
quote next generation premium DRAM
also as a side note it looks like there
might be a bit of a DRAM shortage in the
immediate future again it's about that
time it's been about
it's about that time for that to happen
again Amazon isn't shipping PC parts on
anytime soon as noted by PC Mag and
users on social media Amazon is
currently projecting four-week delays on
a lot of its items not just PC hardware
that are non-essential items including
many core PC components although our
users I'm sure may contest that those
are naturally essential items the
shipping delays seem to be spread out
across mostly things like popular AMD
and Intel CPUs power supplies memory
things like that however not all items
are subject to delay some of them are
still shipping in two days to prime
customers anecdotally we just bought
really obscure power supply the other
day and we were able to get it in about
36 hours or so just through normal prime
so it appears that it's just going to
depend on the item in question April
21st to 23rd seems to be the new normal
for a lot of PC hardware as of this
filming today and in some cases Amazon
is listing items as prime eligible but
still noting April 21st to 23rd arrival
dates pending availability of the staff
required to ship the items so it seems
that delay will impact both prime and
non prime customers amazon previously
noted it was prioritizing essential
items like food household cleaning
supplies and household consumables also
the current pandemic isn't exactly
helping supply chains and logistics so
the delay isn't altogether surprising
for anybody really for what it's worth
other retailers like new Agra and Best
Buy from looking into them today at time
of filming seem to have better shipping
timelines if you happen to be planning
on building something or looking for
something those might be places to
consider windows and non-essential
updates paused because of zero day
active exploits as with many other
industries right now Microsoft is having
to put a lot of its operations on hold
as many of its employees that work from
home slows things down specifically
Microsoft has stated that all
non-essential or optional Windows
updates will be paused instead Microsoft
will focus only on critical and possibly
any out-of-band security updates that
the OS will need in the immediate future
if you've ever wondered what it would
take to make Microsoft stop shoving
updates down the throats of its users it
appears that we've finally found it this
is what it took we're
in history right now not because of the
that reason but because Windows 10 might
stop pushing unwanted updates especially
unwanted optional updates that create
massive issues for system speed like the
one last time speaking of security
Microsoft recently revealed that there's
a new zero day vulnerability that's
being actively exported the security
flaw is related to the Adobe type
manager library specifically a TM FD DLL
and there's at least two remote code
execution flaws that are put in play
when a user opens or previews a
malicious document on their system
initially the flaw was stated to have
affected all modern and supported
versions of Windows however Microsoft
has updated as advisory to say it's
currently aware of only quote limited
targeted Windows 7 based attacks as of
this writing there is no official patch
and Microsoft has not indicated when
Windows will receive one next Microsoft
usually drops patches via it's a monthly
Patch Tuesday schedule but does make
exceptions for critical flaws and
streamlines them to launch sooner
for now microsoft recommends the
following user mitigations one disable
the preview pane and details pane and
windows explorer to disable the web
client service and three simply rename a
TMF dll next up Computex pared down and
rescheduled we hate to tell you we told
you so but well we did Computex
originally scheduled for June 2nd to 6th
is now being rescheduled for September
28th to 30th it's got a shortened
timeline for how long it's supposed to
be and it's also cut down significantly
on the size of the trade show as we
noted in our previous news episode where
we actually was the an episode
specifically about the current issues in
the world
the Computex show is critical for the
industry a lot of people watch coverage
even if you're one of the people and
there are many who don't like trade show
coverage and don't watch it even though
we do a pretty good job I'd say have
reporting stuff neutrally and calling
out the bad products even on a show
floor especially the scripts yes even if
you're one of those people it is still
important for the industry a lot of
reasons one of them is that new products
get announced and
to the world on a big stage in a way
that smaller company is often case
manufacturers for example can get the
attention of media because they're
gathered there for bigger companies
anyway so in aggregate it's good for the
industry especially the smaller
companies another thing is that a lot of
money moves around during trade shows so
from our perspective that's going to be
more viewers typically we're about three
to four times higher and view count for
a given tradeshow month which is
significant in the very least for a
couple weeks
around the trade show and that's AD
money that comes in through Adsense or
through increased ad sales of our own
baked-in ads and then money moves around
from buyers these trade shows is not
just media and companies that are making
the products it's also companies like
new AG Micro Center monoprice people
like that who are creating orders to buy
new products so they're important for
the industry so it was delayed delayed
to September and also cut down Computex
normally takes place in the taipei world
trade center which is next to taipei 101
there is typically units available in
taipei 101 if you're familiar with the
area and then the entire nan Gong
Convention Center nan Gong is its
massive it's one of the biggest
convention centers we've ever been in
that's all Computex
this time it's cut down to basically one
hall for coffee tax so tight rahat has
shrunk in the show significantly they
say that quote the show will focus on 5g
and communication smart solutions and
gaming and in Ovitz which are startups
under its classification so this news
comes us pretty much every technology or
technology adjacent show like III has
been cancelled or postponed and wake of
the current pandemic most of these shows
were outright called off and have no
intention of rescheduling some companies
like Microsoft have since opted to host
their own streams and make announcements
that they would have reserved for e3
previously and if you're wondering this
isn't the first time Computex has been
postponed the last time was in 2003 and
it's the different outbreak and they
also rescheduled to September if memory
serves for that one so we're not sure if
we'll even go we've already received
word from several manufacture
that they won't be attending this time a
lot of companies are seeing this in our
conversations with them as an
opportunity to reclaim some very high
costs shows are not cheap to go through
they can cost hundreds of thousands to
millions of dollars depending on how big
your setup is and how much staff you
have and this is an opportunity for many
of them to say well it's not the same
time so we have no reason to go back out
reclaim their money and weather some of
the storm a bit better because it's
going to be a down quarter at least it's
not a down year for everybody so it
looks like we'll see we'll see who goes
next up errata for last episode so so
any ps5 got a correction from last week
and a quick one at that one of the news
sources for the PlayStation 5 specs
listed that the PS 5 would not have SMT
this is one that we based our initial
story writing on immediately after the
launch of those specs on the websites we
used it wasn't until later that Sony
released its own formal specs listing so
we ended up erroneously reporting that
the PS 5 would not have SMT but it in
fact will have SMT I wanted to correct
that we posted within maybe an hour of
the last episode going live we had an
update in the comments in the
description and on Twitter I wanted to
do one here as well so it does have SMT
and our fault on that the system will
run just update every one eight cores 16
threads it will have a variable
frequency up to 3.5 gigahertz listed as
the current maximum frequency the GPU
information we published was accurate
that's at 2.2 3 gigahertz for its
frequency also variable per boosting
algorithms and whatever customizations
might be going on for the PS 5 and the
Xbox series X we got those numbers right
but just to repeat them 8 cores and 16
threads on that one and for the
frequencies on that it's 3.6 23.8
depending on the utilization of the core
is similar in some ways to how desktops
work but obviously customized that's it
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