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 …

MSI works on development on three Mini-ITX motherboards based on chipsets A85, B75, and Z77

During August, MSI will release the two motherboards LGA1155 form-factor Mini-ITX, based on chipset Intel B75 and Z77. The first is positioned as a budget solution, the second is, in addition to support of overclocking Ivy Bridge K factor, will offer enhanced power system, and integrated Wi-Fi adapter and Bluetooth. Before the start of retail sales APU A-Series/Trinity (October) they will be joined by Mini-ITX motherboard based on chipset AMD A85.



From the pair of tiny “motherboards” B75/Z77 the greatest interest is for last one. The full codename of the model — MSI Z77IA-E53.


The upcoming model has seven power phases of processor socket with elements DrMOS and tantalum capacitors, power connector EPS12V 8-pin, two slots for RAM DDR3 (up to 16 GB of RAM) and a slot PCI Express 3.0 x16. Also, there are two SATA ports with a throughput of 3 and 6 Gb / s, single eSATA and mSATA (3 Gb / s). Jack mini-PCIe 5 GT / s is located directly above the mSATA — the original …

HIS RX 460 4 GB Slim-iCooler OC Graphics Card with a Single-Slot Cooler

Welcome an extraordinary and a very interesting graphics adapter solution from HIS, namely the HIS RX 460 4 GB Slim-iCooler OC (HS-460R4TCNR). While most of competitive prototypes possess coolers with two slots, this sample is equipped with a single-slot cooling system. This highlighting moment lets HIS RX 460 4 GB Slim-iCooler OC occupy less place in a chassis.



The new product is based on the AMD Polaris 11 graphics engine and supports 896 streaming processors, 56 texture and 16 raster units. The GPU base clock matches the benchmark of 1090 MHz, and the dynamic frequency has increased from 1200 MHz to 1220 MHz. Video RAM encloses 4 GB GDDR5 chips with the 7000 MHz effective frequency and 128-bit bus, which goes in accordance with the reference scope of functionality.


The cooling system of HIS RX 460 4GB Slim-iCooler OC consists of a compact heatsink and an axial flow fan. The front-end interface set offers such ports as DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.
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