System on Module Sauris AM3517/05 Sales Start

The official website of Sauris company is dazzled by the information about the sales start of the systems on modules AM3517/05. The new systems are based on high-performance microprocessors TI Sitara AM3517 or AM3505 developed in the SODIMM-204 form-factor. System designers have extended the data bus to 16 bit and connected it with the flash-memory chip. The extension of data bus allowed for the acceleration of the OS loading. In addition, the systems are equipped with a new keyboard controller that enables the connection of up to 80 keys; the integration of such solution permitted the designers to refuse from the additional elements of keyboard protection from electrostatic restrictions.

The module configuration includes memory of EEPROM type in 64 KB volume capacity, SDRAM DDR2-166 memory in 256 MB capacity, and flash-memory of NAND type in 256 MB capacity. The interface list boasts a number of facilities including Ethernet 10/100 Mb/sec, CAN 2.0b, USBx2, LVDS, McSPI, McBSP, …

SilentiumPC Debuts with Pax M70 Pure Black Chassis

SilentiumPC enters the market with a new mid-tower case, entitled Pax M70 Pure Black. The model features 467x230x483 mm dimensions and weighs 8.55 kg. As seen from the title, the case boasts purely black paintwork that adds elegance to the styling. The chassis is made of SECC steel; side panels as well as decorative lid are coated in soundproof dual-layer materials. Pricing is set at $80.

SilentiumPC is targeting mini-ITX/micro-ATX/ATX systems. Front and top panels are rich in perforated surfaces, while one of the side panels accommodates a transparent acrylic window. Interior layout offers a couple of bays for 5.25-inch drives, the same number of bays for 3.5-inch drives, and three bays for 2.5-inch storages. All cages boast the implementation of anti-vibration system. Expansion is ensured due to seven PCI-slots.

To continue, the chassis is roomy enough for CPU coolers of 175 mm in height, graphics cards of 415 mm in length and liquid cooling heatsinks of 280 mm in …

Solid-State Drive OCZ Agility 4 Review

Up-to-date SSD manufacturers are inclined to employ MLC flash-memory with synchronous interface in their product lines. The implementation of exactly such memory interface allows balancing the advanced performance with moderate price. This is especially vital for SSDs with SATA 3 6Gb/sec interface. Nevertheless, some producers take the challenge to implement flash-memory with asynchronous interface in their drives. As a result, the final products go at more attractive price but with more modest speed characteristics. OCZ dared to overcome this speed drawback by releasing SSD Agility 4 series. The models included in the series are based on asynchronous flash-memory interface and, according to the company's words, prove to show quite decent speed index.

Chief Peculiarities

Despite the prevalence of SandForce controllers implemented in SSDs, OCZ decided to use quite different platform for its new series. Agility 4 employs Indilinx Everest 2 controllers which, in some way, …
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