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 …

Micron to Carry Out the Production of TLC Memory Next Year

Memory market, similar to other industries, undergoes certain changes and updates from time to time. Therefore, memory manufacturers are currently trying to comply their production with two major tendencies: considerable drop in demand for RAM, employed basically in desktop PCs, and simultaneous growth of demand for solid-state drives, employed in compact tablets and mobile devices. Besides, the latter is developed at lightning speed.



Micron, one of the leading memory manufacturers, feels like no one else all the changes and fluctuations in the market. Its quarterly reports witness about the relentless drop in demand for DRAM (9% drop at average) for the report period. At the same time, increase in SSD segment is estimated at 5% at average. Sales volume of NOR memory type did not outlive serious changes.


According to the preliminary data, Micron is going to carry out the production of memory on TLC microchips, manufactured under 20 nm technological process. The assumed …

Lian Li to Release a New PC-Q35 Case with a Door Lock

Lian Li, a Taiwanese vendor of unique PC cases, is about to release a new mini-ITX case in the Western European market. Entitled PC-Q35, the model features 514x261x356 mm dimensions and weighs 4.3 kg. It is peculiar by a classical brand Lian Li’s design with minimum decorations and great functional. Nonetheless, its main peculiarity is the implementation of a lock on the frontal door. The new-comer is already available for pre-order for a price of 129 EUR.



Lian Li PC-Q35 will come in two color solutions, black and silver. The chassis takes benefit of anti-dust filters and metallic feet with rubber soles; the latter are called to efficiently damp the vibrations. Internal layout supports for the installation of mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards, a pair of PCI Express expansion cards of up to 300 mm in length, ATX-compatible power supply unit up to 200 mm in length, and CPU air cooling system of up to 95 mm in height.


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