Hard drives still confidently dominate on the notebook market, according to analysts

SSDs are gradually penetrating into mobile computers, but can not yet can become a serious competitor of hard disk drives. Even recently observed slowdown in demand for notebooks with hard drives will not lead to a decrease of the part pf these models in favour of laptops, where SSD is the main storage, analysts believe.



According to the first quarter of this year, models from the HDD larger than 500GB, offered at $ 450-550, formed the largest segment of the market at a rate of 32% of total deliveries. Second place with 26% take laptops with HDD capacity over 320GB, which cost $ 350-450. They are followed by models with HDD larger than 640GB ($ 550-650 price range), than go HDD larger than 750GB ($ 650-750), they are followed — with 250 GB HDD (price less than $ 350), next — the HDD larger than 1 TB ($ 750-900). And only in last place, relevant to market by about 3%, are laptops with SSD volume 128GB or HDD with very large volume (price — $ 900 or more).


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The New Microchip PIC16F15386 Microcontroller Line Includes 13 Models

The Microchip Technology Co. has presented a new family of eight-bit PIC microcontrollers with core-independent peripherals. Among common features of these models one can highlight the presence of the internal frequency generator (32 MHz) and the memory boot partition security mechanism meant for protection from the faulty rerecording. Moreover, there is a secure device information area (DIA) storing the device unique identifier and calibration constants. The just-launched controllers are supported by the Microchip MPLAB Xpress with MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) framework.



This line of products offers 13 samples possessing 2 Kbyte of RAM and up to 28 Kbyte of onboard flash. The specialties are incorporated into PDIP, SOIC, DFN, UDFN, UQFN and SSOP cases with an 8–48 pin count. The number of ADC and I/O channels has increased.


Presentation samples as well as stock-produced items are already available. Wholesale prices start with $0.33 per unit.

Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi Cooling System Is a Modified Version of Cryorig H7 with a Higher Number of Heat Pipes and New Fans

Almost a year ago the Cryorig company announced H7 Quad Lumi, its new CPU cooling system; and at present this product is going to the market. This specialty is a modified version of Cryorig H7 cooling system, though, it is designed with a higher number of heat pipes and new fans.



H7 Quad Lumi is equipped with an RGB LED-lighting of the cooler base and logo on the heatsink cover. The NZXT CAM utility allows adjusting colour and operation mode of the backlighting, as well as regulating the fans rotary speed.


The Cryorig cooling system includes four nickel-plated copper heat pipes (6 mm in diameter), a nickelized copper base and an aluminium heatsink. Radiator fins are curved to form a cell structure. A 120 mm fan operates at the 300–1600 rpm and 10–25 dBA, producing the 49 CFM air flow. Please note, that the fan has the white LED-lighting.


According to the manufacturer, H7 Quad Lumi is compatible with all up-to-date Intel and AMD CPU connectors and processing units …
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