HDD Segment is Given Comforting Forecasts

In consideration of mass transition to solid-state drives by large customer groups, HDD developers are deep in their thoughts about the way to promote their products. Indeed, the era of desktop computers is gradually sinking into oblivion, since more and more users give preference to more advanced compact devices, such as pads, mobile gadgets, etc., which require SSD integration. Still, analysts from some leading IT bureaus give promising forecasts for HDD industry for the upcoming four years.



According to their researches, HDD market will not die but, quite the contrary, will see a significant boost with the hit of supply in 2016. The end of 2012 is not far off, but it's already possible to estimate the overall delivery volumes by a few global HDD manufacturers. Thus, Toshiba, Western Digital and Seagate will increase the rate of supply at more than 4%, as compared with 2011, delivering 502.5 million drives. This index will rise approximately to 575 million items till 2016.
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New Tiny Mini-PC Zbox PA330 from Zotac

Zotac, a renowned innovator in PC hardware development, has introduced a pocket-sized nettop, entitled Zbox PA330. The new-comer is designed in Pico-PC form-factor, featuring 116.8x66x45.7 mm dimensions. According to Zotac, this mini-PC is able to satisfy the basic needs of people on the move and of those who long for a space-saving environment.



The heart of Zotac Zbox PA330 is AMD A4 Micro-6400T APU with an integrated AMD Radeon R3 graphics core. The APU is attended by 2 GB of DDRL-1333 MHz memory and an inbuilt eMMC drive of 32 GB capacity. Network facilities are represented by a native wireless Wi-Fi 802.11ac adapter as well as by Bluetooth 4.0 adapter. There is also a full-sized RJ-45 socket for the organization of a wired network with 1 Gb/sec bandwidth.


To continue, connection with the monitors and other visuals becomes possible due to one HDMI port and one mini-DisplayPort socket. A pair of USB 2.0 ports might be employed for the connection of peripherals, whereas a …

Abee Launches One More Case for Mini-ITX Motherboards

Abee, a designer and supplier of high-end PC chassis, supplements its product line with one more PC case series intended specifically for mini-ITX motherboards. Codenamed Acubic C10R, the series counts five models of different coloring: casual white, black, silver, and eye-catching blue and red. All models feature futuristic cubic design with rather compact dimensions of 239x229x229 mm.



Acubic C10R is characterized by a strict design combined with elegance and grace. Its frontal panel houses a couple of USB 3.0 sockets, Power button, audio slots (for headphones and a microphone), and LED indicators for Power button and HDD activity. The panel itself is covered by a transparent acryl.


Despite its compact dimensions, this case is ready to accommodate expansion PCI Express and graphics cards of up to 190 mm in length. The maximal height of CPU cooling system should not exceed the top 55 mm; this will be quite sufficient for the integration of low-noise and low-profile …
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