Redline RL04 from SilverStone Already on Sale

About a month ago SilverStone announced the release of a new PC chassis codenamed Redline RL04. Today we can already find this product from a Taiwanese manufacturer in a retail trade at $52. The case has been designed in mid-tower form-factor and housed in a steel black casing with some plastic inclusions. Its overall dimensions equal to 523x220x480 mm.



The case is estimated for the installation of mini-ITX, ATX and micro-ATX motherboards, along with CPU coolers of up to 169 mm in height, power supply unit of ATX standard, and graphics cards up to 292 mm in length. The implemented PSU is located under the motherboard. The internal layout readily accommodates seven expansion cards, four drives of 5.25-inch format, and five HDD/SSD drives of 2.5/3.5-inch format. Moreover, SilverStone offers special attachments for screwless fixture of hard drives.


One of the advantageous facilities provided by the manufacturer is the availability of dedicated holes in the motherboard tray; …

Area Claims the Development of Four New Expansion Cards

Area, a Japanese hardware retail company, has voiced its intentions to release four new expansion cards with SATA III interface and USB 3.0 ports. The announced products are called to present additional expansion facilities to PC systems. According to the present-day data, the release will include four models: PE4U3E-3E1 Sport Quattro, D-EP34U3R-S3, SD-PEU3R-2T2IL, and S-PESA3ES2L.



The first model, codenamed PE4U3E-3E1 Sport Quattro, will be based on Etron EJ188 controller. It will accommodate four USB 3.0 ports, three of which are external and the other one – internal. This expansion card will employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 bus for the connection to the PC interface.


The second model, codenamed D-EP34U3R-S3, will operate under the supervision of Renesas D720202 controller. The model will include two external and two internal USB 3.0 ports. The third model, SD-PEU3R-2T2IL, will employ Renesas D720201 controller as the basis and will contain also four USB 3.0 ports (two …

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 …
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