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 …

Nvidia Intros Tesla K20X Graphics Accelerator

Nvidia introduces a new graphics accelerator Tesla K20X intended specifically for supercomputers. Tesla K20X, a flagship model of Tesla K20 series, is based on Nvidia Kepler architecture and is able to secure the highest performance supported by a single CPU. According to the preliminary testing, it ensures ten times faster operation of applications in combination with top-class processors. Moreover, this accelerator is currently supposed to be the most efficient one in the market, providing for utmost speeds and utmost performance ever seen.

Graphics accelerator Tesla K20X is notable by three times lower power consumption if compared with all previous generations of Nvidia products. Besides, it increases the performance discrepancy between GPU and CPU. A bunch of outstanding characteristics ensures 3.95 teraflops in calculations with a single precision and 1.31 teraflops in calculations with a dual precision.

In addition, a new series involves Tesla K20 accelerator that …

ECS to Release a Small-Sized H110S-2P Motherboard

ECS has officially introduced a new mini-STX motherboard, entitled H110S-2P. Featuring 147x140 mm dimensions, the greenhorn is based on Intel H110 chipset for Socket LGA1151 platform. The most peculiar thing about the mainboard is the availability of a full-sized LGA socket which allows for the installation of desktop CPUs (Intel Pentium/Celeron/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7) with the maximal TDP of 65 W.

Upon the whole, the model is targeting small-sized PCs. ECS H110S-2P accommodates a pair of SO-DIMM slots with support for 32 GB of DDR4-2133 MHz memory modules. Storage subsystem is backed by a single SATA 6 Gb/sec port & a single M.2 slot for SSD. There is also another M.2 slot but it is intended for the integration of wireless Wi-Fi/Bluetooth modules.

Audio subsystem is developed on the basis of Realtek ALC662 controller, whereas network facilities – on the basis of Realtek 8111H controller. The motherboard comes equipped with a couple of 3.5-mm audio ports, one RJ-45 …
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