Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.



Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.


The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …

The New Microchip PIC16F15386 Microcontroller Line Includes 13 Models

The Microchip Technology Co. has presented a new family of eight-bit PIC microcontrollers with core-independent peripherals. Among common features of these models one can highlight the presence of the internal frequency generator (32 MHz) and the memory boot partition security mechanism meant for protection from the faulty rerecording. Moreover, there is a secure device information area (DIA) storing the device unique identifier and calibration constants. The just-launched controllers are supported by the Microchip MPLAB Xpress with MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) framework.



This line of products offers 13 samples possessing 2 Kbyte of RAM and up to 28 Kbyte of onboard flash. The specialties are incorporated into PDIP, SOIC, DFN, UDFN, UQFN and SSOP cases with an 8–48 pin count. The number of ADC and I/O channels has increased.


Presentation samples as well as stock-produced items are already available. Wholesale prices start with $0.33 per unit.

Zotac Refreshes Its Inventory with Magnus ERX480 Mini-PC

Zotac launches the first ever mini-PC based on 14 nm AMD Polaris GPU. The Magnus ERX480 boasts the integration of AMD Radeon RX480 graphics card, equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. The heart of the computer is a 4-core Intel Core i5-6400T CPU that operates at 2.2-2.8 GHz frequency. Hence, the model is ideal for resource-intensive applications and VR.



The new-comer is available in three versions: Magnus ERX480, Magnus ERX480 Plus & ERX480 with Windows 10 onboard. The first model is a barebone system which initially lacks RAM and storage subsystems. It supports the installation of two DDR4-1866/2133 MHz memory modules up to 32 GB. Storage subsystem might be levied by means of a single SATA III drive and M.2 SATA SSD.


The Magnus ERX480 Plus comes fitted with preinstalled 8 GB DDR4 RAM with the possibility to upgrade up to 32 GB. It also accommodates 120 GB M.2 SSD as well as 1 TB HDD. The ERX480 Windows 10 houses analogous hardware and brags about the preinstalled 64-bit OC …
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