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 …

Synology Launches New NAS Server with Wi-Fi Support

Synology, an established manufacturer of server and network equipment, has announced the release of its two-disk NAS server. Codenamed DiskStation DS213air, this NAS is characterized by Wi-Fi support and the creation of multiple wireless configurations. Synology furnished this model with Wi-Fi adapter which can be connected to the network without any cables. Moreover, this adapter might be employed as a hot point for the extension of the existing Wi-Fi network, and as a router for the creation of wireless network facilities.



NAS Synology DiskStation DS213air operates under DiskStation Manager 4.1 OS and accommodates Web Assistant application. This application helps customers in installation of DSM system from mobile devices by a few unpretentious moves. In addition, the customers might use Quick Start widget to facilitate the acquaintance with DSM platform.


To continue, the model is based on processor with 1.6 GHz operational frequency. It houses DDR3 memory type (256 Mb) …

SilverStone TS433-TB: 4-Bay NAS with Thunderbolt 2 Connectors

SilverStone has replenished its inventory with a 4-bay NAS, entitled SST-TS433-TB. The new-comer is housed in a black aluminum case with an integrated zinc handle (124x166x248 mm dimensions). The storage allows to install high-capacity 3.5-/2.5-inch drives; each bay supports hot swapping functions and features a dedicated lock with LED activity indicator.



The heart of SilverStone SST-TS433-TB is Marvell 88SE9030 controller that is responsible for JBOD and RAID 0 operational modes. In the first case the drives function independently, whereas in RAID 0 mode they operate as a unified whole, evenly distributing information across the disc space.


The connection of NAS to the PC or other computing device is realized via a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports which are characterized by the maximal bandwidth of 20 Gb/sec. These ports are known to support Daisy Chain function. Cooling of all internal components is entrusted to a single 90-mm fan.


The SST-TS433-TB is ready to …
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