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 …

Kimdecent created a computer Droid Stick T4 for lovers of small devices

Personal computer — this has long been not only a cumbersome system unit and monitor, as this phrase is now called nettops and more compact devices of class «micro-PC.» For public discussion was presented the computer Droid Stick T4 from a Chinese company Kimdecent, barely surpassing dimensions of a standard USB-stick with its size.



Initially, the micro-PC Kimdecent Droid Stick T4 comes with preinstalled Google Android, updated to version 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the manufacturer provides the ability to install any other distro. The only requirement is to it — the support of processors with the architecture of ARM. By the way, a modification of Linux Ubuntu can work with it.


The system in this case is on the internal flash memory of 4 GB, which can be increased through the use of cards microSD. Supported capacity — 32 gigabytes. Kimdecent Droid Stick T4 is based on the processor Allwinner A10 dual-core and 1.5 GHz. Full-time package includes a 1-gigabyte memory …

Greeting Versa H23 and H23 Window Cases from Thermaltake

Budget-oriented series of PC cases from Thermaltake has been replenished with two new models: Versa H23 and Versa H23 Window. The mere difference between the two enclosures is the availability of a side-faceted acrylic window in ‘Window’ version. Still, both mid-towers feature 429x209x491 mm dimensions and come with a totally black coating. Their internal spacing is sufficient to include standard ATX, as well as contracted micro-ATX motherboards.



Thermaltake Versa H23 and H23 Window boast two 5.25-inch, six 2.5-inch and three 3.5-inch trays for the installation of various drives. All of them might be mounted without any special tools, due to a polished clipping system. The cases offer seven PCI slots to expand the system’s functional.


Additionally, the models support the installation of CPU coolers of up to 156 mm in height, graphics cards of up to 315 mm in length, and a standard PS/2 power supply unit. The I/O panel is located in the top-front panel. It embraces …
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