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 …

Biostar Announces N3150NH Mainboard with Integrated CPU

The inventory of Biostar’s mini-ITX motherboards was replenished by a new uncommon model – the N3150NH. Its key peculiarity is the availability of a 4-core Intel Celeron N3150 CPU onboard. The processor (Intel Braswell family, 14 nm technological process) comes equipped with an integrated Intel HD graphics core and a passive cooler. Its nominal clock frequency makes up 1.6 GHz, while on overclocking it accelerates up to 2.08 GHz frequency.

Biostar N3150NH houses two SO-DIMM slots, estimated for 8 GB DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules (two-channel operational mode). The connection of drives is realized via a pair of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports. There is a possibility to install one expansion card thanks to a single PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot. Network facilities are ensured due to Realtek RTL8111H controller that supports SmartSpeedLAN utility, whereas audio production becomes possible due to the integration of Realtek ALC662 controller.

The connection of peripherals is enabled via …

Super Flower Intros Leadex Platinum 850 W Power Supply

Super Flower, a renowned Chinese designer of PC enclosures and other hardware components, has introduced a new power supply unit, entitled Leadex Platinum 850 W (codename: SF-850F-14MP). The model is housed in a stylish white case and features a large air fan with a ventilation grid. It is targeting high-end systems with fastidious requirements to power supply. In order to prove the model’s durability, the manufacturer adds 5-year’s limited warranty to the shipping contents.

Super Flower Leadex Platinum 850 W has been awarded 80Plus Platinum certificate, due to more than 89% efficiency. The PSU comes with a totally modular cabling system and a set of wires for the simultaneous employment of two graphics cards. The model is cooled down by a single 140 mm fan, monitored by PWM controller.

This power supply unit is equipped with a single +12V rail that is able to provide 70.8 A current. It might operate in networks with the voltage range from 100 V to 240 V. The product …
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