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 …

Scythe to Release a General-Duty Grand Kama Cross 3 CPU Cooler

Scythe, a well-known Japanese designer of top-notch PC cases & cooling systems, announces the release in the European market of its general-duty CPU cooler, entitled Grand Kama Cross 3 (codename: SCGKC-3000). The greenhorn features 171x147x140 mm dimensions and weighs 790 g. It is compatible with an overwhelming majority of Intel and AMD platforms (except for AM1). Pricing is set at 40 EUR.



Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 consists of a two-section aluminum heatsink that includes multi-form ribs, a copper base, four copper heatpipes, and a 140-mm fan GlideStream. The latter supports PWM technology which allows the blades to rotate within 400 RPM and 1300 RPM range. On low revolutions the airflow reaches 50.8 CFM, while on the peak rotational index the airflow achieves 165.1 CFM index. Despite high efficiency, the noise level remains on a comfortable level: 12.5-30.7 dB.


This cooler is additionally furnished with a dedicated Hyper Precision Mounting System. It employs screws …

Kingmax Introduces New mSATA SSDs for Small-Sized Devices

Kingmax, a global supplier of high-end storage solutions, yesterday introduced a new mSATA SSD, codenamed MMP30. The model features SATA 3 6 Gb/sec interface and is intended specifically for the integration into small-sized devices and embedded systems. Its outstanding specifications are called to improve general system performance, as well as provide for its power-saving characteristics. MMP30 is going to satisfy the needs of ultrabook, laptop, and other compact devices manufacturers, along with system integrators looking for stable performance.



SSD Kingmax MMP30 is based on high-speed LSI Sandforce controller that demonstrates truly striking speed showings. The drive is delivered in three capacity variants (32GB, 64GB and 128GB) which are characterized by quite compact dimensions (50.8x29.8x4.81 mm) and unbelievable weight (7g). All three SSDs comply with JEDEC MO-300D specifications and can be integrated into small-sized systems with the aim to improve data Read/Write speed, …
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