ASRock Announces a New Mini-ITX Motherboard AD2550-ITX

ASRock, a well-known supplier of high-quality PC hardware, tries not to leave chances to its competitors in the development of new products and their delivery to potential customers. Hence, the company has recently announced the release of a new mini-ITX motherboard AD2550-ITX, intended for the incorporation into small-sized systems. As seen from the codename, the model employs dual-core Intel Atom D2550 processor, running at 1.86 GHz. It should be pointed out that AD2550-ITX resembles its predecessor AD2550B-ITX, launched last year, although the new-comer is differentiated by a more qualitative configuration.



The motherboard is based on black PCB that boasts the implementation of solid-state capacitors only. All key functional facilities are ensured by means of Intel NM10 Express chipset. The board houses a pair of 204-contact SO-DIMM slots which support DDR3-1066 MHz memory modules of up to 4 GB overall capacity. A couple of SATA 3 Gb/sec ports (for the connection of drives) …

Cougar Intros Power-Saving PSU Series GX-S

Cougar has recently introduced a new power-saving PSU series codenamed GX-S. The series includes three high-efficiency models which meet the requirements of 80Plus Gold standard: GX-S 400W, GX-S 500W and GX-S 600W. Cougar promises that the products will be available in free sale already in early April. All three PSUs are housed in a black casing with golden logo and accommodate high-quality Japanese capacitors that ensure utmost performance and reliability.



Cougar GX-S series employs LLC technologies which are called to reduce the power loss on Off/On activities. The models also feature a power-saving framework to comply with Eco-Friendly EuP, ErP Lot6 and Energy Star 5.0 standards. Hence, the units consume less than 0.9W in ‘Off’ mode. Besides, GX-S units absolutely meet ATX12V specifications, support all novel (and future!) platforms on the basis of multi-core processors, as well as several graphics adapters with PCI-e 2.0 interface and 8-pin PCI-e connectors.


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Toshiba will increase the capacity of hard drives up to 600 terabytes

Toshiba is engaged in improving the existing hard drives in order to increase their capacity. Limited to several tens of terabytes, Japanese do not want to stop — they need at least 600 terabytes in a single 3.5-inch drive. To do this, Toshiba uses all the tools and opportunities, including temporary cooperation with companies, competitors, TDK, and Showa Denko KK.



The newly formed trio of producers focuses on the development of new technologies of recording information on magnetic media and improvement of existing methods. Alliance sees great prospective in the technology of the so-called «two-dimensional magnetic recording» (TDMR). It is experimental, but using, it is quite achievable to record density of 10 terabits per square inch, which thus gives the capacity of 600 terabytes in a single hard drive.


Of course, no one talks about the chances of such a capacious storage in the foreseeable future — Toshiba and its partners will have more than one year of research …
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