ASMedia to Introduce USB 3.5 Controllers in 2014

ASMedia, an auspicious designer of PCIe bridges, USB 3.0 controllers and Switch IC items, announces the development of a new USB 3.5 controller. According to the preliminary information, this controller is going to support 10 Gb/sec data transfer speed, which is nearly twice higher than current USB 3.0. Earlier the launch of an advanced component was scheduled for late 2014, however, now the company is intended to officially introduce it early next year.



The decision to elaborate a speedier controller is explained by ASMedia in two ways. Firstly, the company is currently receiving more orders from motherboard manufacturers for the development of USB 3.0 hubs, due to the recent launch of Intel Haswell CPUs. Nonetheless, an enforcement of platform will sooner or later require an enforcement of various facilities, including connectivity and data transfer.


Secondly, USB 3.5 is called to rival Thunderbolt interface. It should be stressed that both interfaces feature analogous …

Intel is preparing a new motherboard on chipset Z77 and Z75

Intel Corporation has a rather wide range of motherboards for processors Core i5/i7-3000 (Ivy Bridge), but, nevertheless, continues to produce products based on chipsets 7-Series. According to reports, the release of two motherboards Intel LGA1155 — DZ77GAL-70K is planned soon with code-named Gasper Light and DZ75ML-45K (Middle Lake). The first model uses a set of system logic Z77, second — Z75. Both models will receive a certificate of Windows 8 WHQL, support of Fast Boot technology and Lucid Virtu MVP.



Model Intel DZ77GAL-70K is based on the same PCB, as the previous DZ77GA-70K (Gasper) and DZ77RE-75K (Roads End). In contrast to the board DZ77GA-70K, new doesn’t have a rich set of delivery: WiDi-compatible adapter with an antenna, Bluetooth, remote panel with two USB 3.0 ports and a mouse pad Intel Extreme Series. Due to this, it will be cheaper than DZ77GA-70K.


In turn, Intel DZ75ML-45K (Middle Lake) is a compromise models between the DZ77SL-50K and DH77KC. This …

Buffalo Comes Out with HD-PLFU3 HDD Series

Buffalo Technology has invigorated its devotees by launching a new series of external HDDs, entitled Mini Station HD-PLFU3. The series embraces three models of 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB capacity to satisfy the needs of varied customer groups. All the devices are available in two color variations, black and white, offering a sleek and stylish design. Along with outstanding functional, the manufacturer offers a rather alluring pricing for the devices; hence, the 500 GB comes at the price tag of $98, the 1 TB model costs $140, and the 2 TB model — $208.



Buffalo Mini Station HD-PLFU3 are based on 2.5-inch drives and does not require additional power supply. All the drives employ a high-speed USB 3.0 interface that ensures truly marvelous data transfer speed characteristics. The maximal Read/Write speed on sequential operations is supposed to achieve 100-120 Mb/sec; this provides for trouble-free transfer of various types of data.


It should be noted that all the drives support …
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