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 …

Handheld Drive Corsair Voyager Air Review

In view of a violent growth of mobile devices, the interest towards independent external storage solutions has increased immensely. Smartphones, tablets and other laptop devices do not have enough inbuilt memory to cope with the enlarging multimedia inventories. The emergence of handheld external drives with a wireless adapter and charger battery onboard is called to efficiently solve the problem of data storage. Corsair, a renowned manufacturer of storage and other hardware products, has recently introduced its own vision of handheld drives. Codenamed Corsair Voyager Air, this drive is able to operate in an autonomous mode, providing for enormous storage opportunities.

General Peculiarities and Delivery

Voyager Air comes into the market in several versions, which are differentiated by the capacity (500 GB and 1 TB models), case coloring (black or red), and a type of network power supply (for the USA and Europe). The drive boasts an inbuilt Wi-Fi adapter and features …

Cougar Intros Power-Saving PSU Series GX-S

Cougar has recently introduced a new power-saving PSU series codenamed GX-S. The series includes three high-efficiency models which meet the requirements of 80Plus Gold standard: GX-S 400W, GX-S 500W and GX-S 600W. Cougar promises that the products will be available in free sale already in early April. All three PSUs are housed in a black casing with golden logo and accommodate high-quality Japanese capacitors that ensure utmost performance and reliability.

Cougar GX-S series employs LLC technologies which are called to reduce the power loss on Off/On activities. The models also feature a power-saving framework to comply with Eco-Friendly EuP, ErP Lot6 and Energy Star 5.0 standards. Hence, the units consume less than 0.9W in ‘Off’ mode. Besides, GX-S units absolutely meet ATX12V specifications, support all novel (and future!) platforms on the basis of multi-core processors, as well as several graphics adapters with PCI-e 2.0 interface and 8-pin PCI-e connectors.

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