Western Digital My Passport: two compact terabyte

Compact, not too heavy, with USB 3.0 interface and the volume of 2 terabytes – by these words the description of an external hard drive Western Digital My Passport can be finished. But there are more options to check: see how fast the new drive is, convenience of software and general impressions.



The line of portable hard drives from Western Digital is now consists of five main devices created to manage different tasks, but the model My Passport has a special place among them. The fact that the capacity of this drive can be up to 2 TB – and it makes possible not only to store in a portable digital stock a huge collection of videos, photos and any other materials, but also free to move it from home to work or to take with you on long journeys. Particular strain is not necessary, because the dimensions of the new item are only slightly greater than other models of Western Digital external hard drives.


The novelty comes in a small cardboard box with a blister. Inside, in …

MSI Updates Its Motherboard Line with X79A-GD45 Plus Model

MSI, a global designer of different PC hardware items, updated its ATX motherboards line with a new model X79A-GD45 Plus. As it’s seen from the codename, the board is based on Intel X79 Express system logics and is estimated for the integration of Intel Sandy Bridge-E CPUs for LGA2011 socket. According to preliminary information, a recommended price for the new item will fluctuate within the measures of $200-$250.



Motherboard X79A-GD45 Plus from MSI is furnished with 9-phase power subsystem and two heatsinks of different framework template. This subsystem has been developed with the implementation of DrMOS II technology relied on high-quality components which comply with Military Class III concept. Those components totally correspond to MIL-STD-810G standard in terms of stability and reliability of operation. Memory subsystem consists of eight 240-contact DIMM slots that allow for the integration of up to 128GB of 4-channel DDR3 memory type. The system supports various …

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.
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