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 …

Kingmax Releases High-Performance SSD Series with SATA III Interface

Demands of customers towards the performance of SSDs become tougher each day. In this respect, the necessity to produce truly qualitative products goes to the limelight. Kingmax marches in step with the prevailing tendencies and releases high-performance SSD series, codenamed Client Pro. The series is represented by two models, SMU32 and SMU35, which go in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB volume capacities. These SSD models boast SATA III interface and high-speed synchronous flash-memory which are called to promote for the outstanding Write and Read speeds.



SSDs Kingmax SATA III Client Pro are based on high-end Sandforce controller that enables the boost of performance, reliability and data security facilities. The manufacturer employs the highest level of synchronous memory with the purpose to ensure the products' durability and retention of speeds in the course of time. If compared with the SSDs based on asynchronous memory type, Client Pro series is able to demonstrate more …

Greeting an Affordable Z170A-X1/3.1 Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock is known for developing high-quality hardware components for a relatively affordable price. Thence, its latest Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX mainboard is not an exception, since its price tag does not go beyond $100. In order to cheapen the prime cost, the manufacturer backed away SATA Express & M.2 connectors, limiting the PCB by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.



To add, instead of a modern 8-channel audio controller it incorporated a well-known Realtek ALC892 item. The other boons of modernity remained unchanged. Thus, ASRock took Intel Z170 top chipset as the basis for the motherboard. The chipset is targeting the latest Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates 4 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR4-3466 MHz RAM (up to 64 GB max. capacity).


Graphics facilities are ensured thanks to a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, although there are three more PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots for the connection of other items. Network options are entrusted to gigabit Intel I219V LAN …
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