The third generation of chips Thunderbolt will be released in the second quarter of the next year

Data interface Thunderbolt from Intel company entered the market in February 2011 in the Apple MacBook Pro laptop. By combining in the one interface PCI Express and DisplayPort, it now offers data rates up to 10 Gbit / s. On the more common personal computers the interface began to be applied recently, as part of the laptop and PC top price category.

Intel plans to introduce a new controller interface Redwood Ridge Thunderbolt for use in personal computers in the second quarter of next year. It is likely that the new controllers will form the platform of the Shark Bay for next generation processors under the name of Haswell.

Controllers Redwood Ridge will support completely the same data rate 10 Gb / s, interface DisplayPort v1.1 and function DisplayPort v1.2 Redriver. At present, even the cheapest chips Thunderbolt, 2-channel Cactus Ridge, cost motherboard manufacturers at about $ 20, and many consumers expect that emergence of new generations of controllers will reduce …

Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Review

Motherboards based on Intel Z77 chip have been lately given much attention, to the detriment of products featuring AMD solutions. In fact, motherboards with AMD chips are in abundance in the market, providing a competitive conditions for the manufacturers and plentiful offers for potential consumers. Asus developed a lot of boards with Intel Z77 chip, but it also boasts the products, like Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0, based on AMD 990FX chip for AM3+ socket. This model is an apt sample of performance, resources and design.


Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is developed in ATX form-factor and features 305x244 mm dimensions. The motherboard accommodates five sockets for the connection of fans and large heatsinks which manage heat quite efficiently; heatsinks located on the northbridge and CPU power converter are joined by a heat pipe. There is one peculiar feature pertained to the implemented heatsinks: each of them is notable by an individual fixture type. The reverse side of the …

Shuttle to Introduce a Small-Sized Budgetary Nettop DS47

Shuttle, an outstanding Taiwanese mini-PC and barebone-systems developer, is going to introduce its new nettop model DS47. The presentation will be realized within the boundaries of Computex 2013 exhibition which will take place in early June. According to the preliminary information, the product features 200x39.5x165 mm dimensions and weighs 2.05 kg.

Shuttle DS47 is based on Intel Celeron 847 processor, running at 1.1 GHz, and comes with an integrated Intel HD2000 graphics. CPU TDP level equals to 17 W. This model accommodates 16 GB RAM (SO-DIMM) of DDR3-1333 MHz type. Its internal layout is estimated for the incorporation of a single 3.5-inch HDD or a pair of 2.5-inch HDD/SSD with the support of SATA 6 Gb/sec interface.

The availability of mini-PCI Express connector with the support of mSATA interface gives the user a chance to expand the system with one more solid-state drive. In addition, Shuttle equips this nettop with a half-size mini-PCIe connector for the …
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