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MSI launches MSIology: MSI Gameverse virtual event to unveil 12th Gen Intel® H series laptops



MSI, a world-leading gaming and business computing brand, has launched a virtual event, MSIology: Gameverse, announcing their latest gaming and content creation laptops. Features include the latest 12 gen Intel® H series processors, up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, and MSI-exclusive thermal solutions, which boosts performance to the whole new level. MSI not only just released the highest performance laptop in the market but also delivered a series of Meta-Ready laptops to connect users to the Metaverse.

The event also announced the launch of several technologies including MSI the brand-new exclusive cooling technology, named the “Phase-Change Liquid Metal Pad.” When the computer’s heat reaches 58° Celsius (136° F), the Phase-Change Liquid Metal Pad melts and fills the space between the CPU and the thermal block. This phase transition makes the heat transfer more efficient than traditional thermal pastes and more reliable than liquid metal solutions. With this new innovative cooling technology, the overall performance increases up to 10%.

MSI also announced their new flagship gaming laptop, Stealth GS77 – winner of the latest 2022 CES Innovation Awards. The Stealth GS77 comes with a brand-new design that shifts the hinge towards the middle and uses more robust materials, resulting in two times the durability compared to previous models. Walking the line between work and gaming, the Stealth GS77 packs in additional features for business use. It has enlarged the trackpad by 50% and provides 8% larger keycaps for an even smoother experience. The Stealth GS77 also comes with a physical camera lock to add an additional layer of privacy.

Another announcement which was made was MSI’s collaboration with Ubisoft on the new Crosshair 15 Rainbow Six Extraction Edition. Referencing the palette from the game, it comes with a brand-new eye-catching design featuring yellow, green and blue colors as if users are entering the game itself. Designed for FPS gamers, the MSI Crosshair 15 is armed with up to QHD 240Hz display and up to Nvidia RTX 3070Ti GPU, which boosts up to 140 watts TGP, nearly a 50% increase in extra power than average laptops with the same specifications. Most importantly, the new Crosshair 15 is also a “Meta Ready” laptop.

Intel also showcased its new platform during the MSI launch event. Greg Cnossen, Intel Global Consumer Sales General Manager, pointed out that the new architecture of 12th Gen CPUs have offered a mix of performance and efficiency, with up to 14 cores available in the H series CPU. “Combine our brand-new 12th Gen CPU along with the thermal performance and experienced design capabilities from MSI, and you can see why we were so excited for MSI next-generation gaming and creator laptops.”

MSI also announced their new Content Creation Series laptop at the second-half show. MSI revealed their latest CES Innovation Award winner, Creator Z17. Crafted with a CNC-milled aluminum chassis and a golden ratio 16:10 display, the design of the Creator Z17 perfectly interprets the concept of technological aesthetics.

Not solely focused on hardware performance, MSI also worked on intelligent technologies for a smoother experience. The latest MSI Center now provides AI modes. The new “Smart Auto” feature will detect which situation you’re in, and automatically adjust the system into different modes, getting the best experience of your laptop. The “Ambient Silent AI” feature will dynamically balance fan speed based on the surrounding noise level and give the highest possible performance while still keeping the laptop quiet.

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Seven factors of concern at upcoming Monetary Policy Review



by Sanath Nanayakkare

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is scheduled to announce its latest monetary policy review on 20th January 2022, with all eyes on dwindling foreign reserves and foreign currency exchange in the country.

In this context, First Capital Research has named 7 factors of concern that could be taken into account at the upcoming monetary policy review. They are as follows.

* Foreign Reserves USD 3.1 billion – Dec 2021

* Inflation CCPI 12.1% – Dec 2021

* GDP Growth -1.5% – 3Q2021

* Private Credit LKR 60.5 billion – Nov 2021

* 03M T-Bill rate 8.38% as at 12.01.22

Liquidity and CBSL Holdings LKR -364.0 billion and LKR 1.42 trillion

Balance of Trade (BOT) and Balance of Payment (BOP) USD -6.5 billion and USD -3.3 billion for Jan-Oct 21

First Capital Research’s Policy Rate Forecast – Jan 2022-Apr 2022 notes that they believe the CBSL may highly consider tightening the monetary policy rates in this policy review but given the concerns over economic growth, there is a probability of 40% for CBSL to maintain its policy stance at current levels.

“With high frequent indicators improving in line with expectations, we have eliminated any probability of a rate cut. We expect a continued increase in probability for a rate hike in order to prevent overheating of the economy amidst the given fiscal and monetary stimulus,” they said.

As per First Capital’s view, CBSL either can choose to hike policy rates by 50bps or 100bps or hold policy rates steady, while a rate cut is off the table due to the high debt repayment and the high domestic borrowing requirement.

First Capital believes that there is a 60% probability for a rate hike due to the remedial actions required in achieving external stability.

However, there is also a 40% probability to maintain the policy rates at its current level in order to further improve the high frequency indicators.30%, they noted.

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Sri Lanka’s dash brand enters international markets



Multichemi International Ltd, which manufactures and distributes a wide range of products under dash, one of Sri Lanka’s leading detergent and household care brands, has begun exporting its products to several international markets in Asia and Oceania, with plans also to enter Africa. The dash brand includes a wide range of products in car care, household care, home fragrances and laundry care sectors. Multichemi International Ltd, which has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification, is a Sri Lankan pioneer in environment-friendly cleaning products, having launched the country’s first biodegradable, safe cleaning products over 28 years ago.

Amila Wijesinghe, General Manager of the Company said,”Having conquered the domestic market, we are now ready to capture the international market. We are confident that our products which are of high quality will receive a good demand overseas as well. The feedback we have received so far from our overseas customers is extremely encouraging. We are dedicated to taking our products to the international market, to bring in foreign currency to the country and help uplift the economy”,

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Janaka Abeysinghe appointed SLT CEO



Sri Lanka Telecom PLC has announced the appointment of Janaka Abeysinghe as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from February 1, 2022.

The incumbent CEO Kiththi Perera will be overseas on leave for a period of two years to pursue higher studies, according to a stock market filing by the company.

Abeysinghe joined SLT in 1991. In his present role, he leads the enterprise and wholesale business of SLT that provides integrated voice and data solutions to enterprises, government institutions, domestic telco operators and global wholesale carriers.

In his career at SLT spanning 29 years, he has held a number of senior positions, including general manager Enterprise and International Sales and has extensive experience in the areas of Enterprise Digital Services, Enterprise Communications Solutions, Data Communications, Business Development, Domestic and International Switching Operations and Global Wholesale Voice & Data Business.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Kansas, USA and a BSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering with a First Class Honours from the University of Moratuwa.

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