Toshiba to Release Entry-Level A100 Solid-State Drive

Toshiba is about to release a 2.5-inch SSD, entitled A100. The entry-level model is based on TLC NAND flash memory chips (15 nm) with the cooperation of SLC cache memory. Traditionally, the drive employs SATA 6 Gb/sec interface and takes Toshiba TC58NC1010 chip as a controller.



The greenhorn is available in two versions: 120 GB and 140 GB (dimensions: 100x69.85x7 mm). The couple is an optimal choice for home & office PCs, thanks to the incorporation of power-efficient, high-performance and shock-proof technologies. The drives’ maximal data transfer speed on sequential operations makes up 550 MB/sec & 480 MB/sec (read/write). The maximal data transfer speed on random operations (4K) achieves 87.000 IOPS & 82.000 IOPS correspondingly.


Toshiba A100 solid-state drives are known to support NCQ, TRIM and S.M.A.R.T. technologies. An estimated MTBF index equals to 1.5 million hours. The 120 GB item might endure 30 TB of written information, while the 240 GB item allows for 60 TB …

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 …

FX 7750 Monster: New Exclusive Graphics Card from XFX

XFX is about to release an exclusive graphics card, devoted to the Eastern New Year festivities. Codenamed FX 7750 Monster, this model will firstly appear in the Chinese market at about $128. The company has designed its own, original version of AMD Radeon HD 7750 adapter, and endowed the product with some 'monstrous' specifications.



Graphics card FX 7750 Monster is based on and advanced Graphics Core Next architecture and takes Cape Verde chip developed under 28 nm technological process as the core element. The chip counts 512 current processors and operates at 800 MHz clock frequency. The card itself is compatible with PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus and features 4-phase power supply subsystem.


This model is furnished with an elaborated UVD graphics processor and VCE engine. Video interface panel provides for the DVI, D-Sub and HDMI connection that is realized due to dedicated ports on the rear panel. Cooling system consists of a two-slot cooler of 90 mm dimensional type. …
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