The Forthcoming Switch to 5 mm HDD Models

Nowadays HDD segment is represented by various products from various companies. However, with the development and release of ultrabooks, manufacturers directed their production to the hybrid-type drives. This resulted in the predominance of hybrid solutions in the market.



Recently Itel has advanced a motion to digress somehow from the production of hybrid drives and switch to the decrease of traditional HDDs dimensions to 5 mm in casing depth. According to the company's assumptions, such change could moderate the price for drives and provide the necessary volume capacity for ultrabooks.


Some manufacturers have already directed a part of their technological powers to the design of HDDs with 5 mm casings. Nevertheless, there appeared a couple of obstacles on their way: the necessity to stabilize data reading and writing activities, and increase of costs spent on drives' production. This will result in the rise of end price.


IT professionals and analysts forecast the …

ASRock to Release BeeBox Mini-PC with Type-C Interface

ASRock has replenished its series of Intel NUC mini-PCs with a new model – the BeeBox. Its key peculiarity is the support for USB Type-C interface. The model features 118.5x110x46 mm dimensions, satisfying basic corporate and home entertainment needs. In addition, it boasts low power consumption level combined with a strong performance.



ASRock BeeBox will be available in three versions: as a barebone PC, a full-blown system without OS and a full-blown system with OS. Each version will be housed either in a classic black, a stylish gold or a pure white chassis.


The heart of the model is Intel Braswell platform (64-bit, 14 nm) equipped with a two-core Celeron N3000 CPU, running at 1.04/2.08 GHz frequency (basic/dynamic). There will be versions with a four-core Celeron N3150 CPU. Both processors feature 4/6 TDP only. Besides, all computers come with an integrated Intel HD graphics.


The platform is also furnished with 2.4 GB of DDR3L-1600 MHz RAM (maximum up to 16 GB …

Intel Debuts with 5th Gen Core Mobile CPUs

Within the confines of CES 2015, Intel has officially introduced the fifth generation of Intel Core mobile processors. The lineup is targeting traditional laptops, ultrabooks, 2-in-1 devices, chrome-books, all-in-one items as well as mini-PCs. Besides, the company pin hopes for their CPUs to be additionally implemented within ‘All-inclusive Internet/Internet of Things’ embedded device concept.



New processors are designed according to 14-nm Intel Broadwell architecture. Due to the transition to a brand new technological process, the number of transistors has increased by 35%; herewith, the core area has reduced by 37%. Such innovative move provided for the enhancement of efficiency with simultaneous cut of power consumption. As a result, devices with the integrated Intel Core CPUs are called to run 1.5 hours longer in standalone mode.


The 5th generation lineup might boast the support for the latest codecs (HEVC, VP9, VP8), technologies (Intel WiDi 5.1, Intel RealSense …
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