The third generation of chips Thunderbolt will be released in the second quarter of the next year

Data interface Thunderbolt from Intel company entered the market in February 2011 in the Apple MacBook Pro laptop. By combining in the one interface PCI Express and DisplayPort, it now offers data rates up to 10 Gbit / s. On the more common personal computers the interface began to be applied recently, as part of the laptop and PC top price category.



Intel plans to introduce a new controller interface Redwood Ridge Thunderbolt for use in personal computers in the second quarter of next year. It is likely that the new controllers will form the platform of the Shark Bay for next generation processors under the name of Haswell.


Controllers Redwood Ridge will support completely the same data rate 10 Gb / s, interface DisplayPort v1.1 and function DisplayPort v1.2 Redriver. At present, even the cheapest chips Thunderbolt, 2-channel Cactus Ridge, cost motherboard manufacturers at about $ 20, and many consumers expect that emergence of new generations of controllers will reduce …

MSI Releases an Affordable Motherboard of Micro-ATX Form-Factor

Right after the release of FM2-A75MA-P33 motherboard, MSI has taken a decision to design one more model for AMD Trinity platform. Codenamed MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35, a new model is based on a more efficient chipset – AMD A85X. This motherboard is a typical representative of entry-level solutions, though can boast a number of attractive facilities.



MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 is developed in micro-ATX form-factor for Socket FM2 CPU sockets. The model is known to support AMD A and Athlon II processors. This board accommodates two DIMM slots for the installation of DDR3 memory modules, the overall volume of which can rise up to 32GB. The supported memory operating frequencies might vary: DDR3-1066 MHz, 1333MHz, 1600 MHz, 1866 MHz, and 2133 MHz. Power subsystem features a rather unpretentious framework and consists of five phases; thus, this model isn't intended for overclocking purposes.


Expansion facilities implemented in MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 can be found in any other entry-level …

New Mini-ITX Motherboard H87E-ITX/ac from ASRock

ASRock, a Taiwanese manufacturer of motherboards, is eager to introduce its new elaboration – motherboard H87E-ITX/ac. The new-comer is designed in a compact mini-ITX form-factor and is destined for the creation of compact desktop systems. Chipset Intel H87 Express in combination with Intel Core (4th generation) LGA 1150 processors provide for utmost stability and high performance in the majority of working modes.



ASRock H87E-ITX/ac houses two slots for RAM memory modules of DDR3 type; the maximal volume of supported memory might achieve 32 GB. The board takes power by means of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. Digi Power system, featuring DrMOS voltage regulators, allots four phases for providing power supply to the CPU. Expansion of facilities becomes possible due to a single PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, a single miniPCI Express slot, a single eSATA port, and six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.


Network facilities are guaranteed by gigabit Ethernet port, Bluetooth 4.0 module, …
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