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 …

Iiyama to Release Hi-End GB2488HSU Gaming Monitor

Iiyama Corp., a well-known Japanese visual solutions developer, is going to release a new 24-inch PC monitor from ProLite series. Entitled ProLite GB2488HSU, it features Full HD resolution and is targeting inveterate gamers. The model will be available in the European market already in mid-March for the recommended price tag of €319. In order to certify the product’s high standards and reliability, the manufacturer backs it with 3-year’s limited warranty.

Iiyama ProLite GB2488HSU is based on TN panel with LED backlight. It features a sleek design with a black glossy display case and sharp edges. The new-comer supports 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time in G-t-G environment. The incorporated panel demonstrates 1000:1 static contrast and up to 5M: 1 dynamic contrast, 300 cd/m2 brightness index, as well as 170/160 degrees H/V viewing angles.

The model comes with two in-built speakers (2.5 W each), a dedicated socket for VESA bracket, two-port USB 2.0 hub, 3.5 …

Kingston Showcases New SSDNow KC300 Series

Kingston Digital, an established developer and supplier of highly efficient storage solutions, has officially introduced its new line of solid-state drives that entered SSDNow series. Entitled KC300, this line is targeted at a vast audience, starting from corporate clients and finishing with average customers. KC300 includes five models of 60 GB, 120 GB, 180 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB capacities. According to Kingston, the new entries are supposed to substitute the two preceding SSD lines: Kingston KC100 and Kingston V+200.

SSDs KC300 are designed in 2.5-inch form-factor and feature SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface. LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller is the heart of each drive model. All items included in the series support DuraClass, DuraWrite, S.M.A.R.T. and RAISE technologies that substantially enhance their efficiency. The same way, all the drives are able to complete an automatic data encoding by means of two integrated encoding engines, which work with AES-128 and AES-256 algorithms. …
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