Lifting the Veil from USB Type-C Bus

Since the launch in 1995, Universal Serial Bus (USB) has proved itself as the most successful ever computing interface. Nowadays tens of billions of electronic devices are connected together due to it. It goes without saying that this bus has outlived a few modifications, each distinguished by higher speed and reliability. Thus, today the community is able to revel in a completely new modification – USB Type-C – that forecasts a lot privileges of connectivity process. Let’s see what users will get with a new bus.



Layout and Connectivity


In physical terms, Type-C is a bit larger than USB 2.0 Micro-B but a bit tinier than binary USB 3.0 Micro-B, featuring 8.34x2.56 mm. Such dimensions enable its connection to the devices of any type, including the thinnest smartphones/tablets. The oval-shaped socket houses 24 contact outputs (to compare: USB 3.0 sockets feature only 9 outputs).


The most outstanding physical peculiarity of Type-C is a symmetric connector that …

Enermax Starts Selling Chassis Hoplite ST

Enermax Technology Corp. has voiced good news about the appearance of its new chassis Hoplite ST in the European market. The basic destination of Hoplite ST model is the creation of gaming PCs of the entry and middle level. The chassis is developed in midi-tower form factor and is compatible with motherboards of micro-ATX and ATX standards. Hoplite ST is delivered in two colors: models with black casings were codenamed ECA3261-B, while models with white casings – ECA3261-W.



The casing is made of SECC steel and has got rather convenient framework. The chassis contains four external 5.25 inch bays and six internal ones destined as for 3.5 inch drives, so for 2.5 inch drives. It is also equipped with seven expansion slots, and ready to accommodate graphics cards of up to 403 mm in length, as well as, CPU coolers of 167 mm in height.


The nominal delivery kit of Hoplite ST chassis involves two 120 mm fans. The frontal fan goes with LED lighting; the other fan is located at …

Area Claims the Development of Four New Expansion Cards

Area, a Japanese hardware retail company, has voiced its intentions to release four new expansion cards with SATA III interface and USB 3.0 ports. The announced products are called to present additional expansion facilities to PC systems. According to the present-day data, the release will include four models: PE4U3E-3E1 Sport Quattro, D-EP34U3R-S3, SD-PEU3R-2T2IL, and S-PESA3ES2L.



The first model, codenamed PE4U3E-3E1 Sport Quattro, will be based on Etron EJ188 controller. It will accommodate four USB 3.0 ports, three of which are external and the other one – internal. This expansion card will employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 bus for the connection to the PC interface.


The second model, codenamed D-EP34U3R-S3, will operate under the supervision of Renesas D720202 controller. The model will include two external and two internal USB 3.0 ports. The third model, SD-PEU3R-2T2IL, will employ Renesas D720201 controller as the basis and will contain also four USB 3.0 ports (two …
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