Fractal Design Unveils Define Nano S Chassis

Fractal Design, an outstanding Swedish hardware vendor, introduced no less remarkable ITX chassis, entitled Define Nano S. The new-comer features 412x344x203 mm dimensions, targeting mini-ITX motherboards with the maximum of two expansion slots. Customers will be able to acquire as a standard case with all blind panels, so a windowed version Define Nano S Window.



The model houses four seats for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives. Habitual 5.25-inch bays are absent. Interior spacing is sufficient for the installation of 160-mm high CPU coolers, 315-mm long video cards as well as typical ATX PS/2 power supply units. The reverse side of the motherboard tray hides a dedicated slot for efficient cable management.


As far as cooling is concerned, the chassis comes bundled with two preinstalled fans: frontal 140 mm and rear 120 mm solutions. Additionally, it’s feasible to mount one more frontal fan, two top items and a single bottom propeller. Four fan seats employ ModuVent plugs & dust …

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.

Kingston and Adata Come up with M.2 SSDs

Within the framework of Computex 2014 both Kingston and Adata are going to introduce their fresh SSD series of M.2 form-factor. In keeping with the manufacturers’ words, the products – SM2280S2 and SR1020NP — are differentiated by some spectacular performance. At present the companies provide only basic info about the drives, leaving their fans in suspense.



Kingston SM2280S3 is based on Phison PS3108 that supports SATA 6 Gb/sec interface only. It ensures 540 MB/sec and 514 MB/sec speed on sequential Read/Write operations. For sure, it’s not the performance innovative M.2 drives should demonstrate (about 10 Gb/sec), although the model considerably surpasses traditional HDDs in this respect.


This SSD series is represented by three models of 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB capacity. All of them employ DDR3 cache-memory with the minimal 256 MB capacity. Besides, the difference in efficiency between other M.2 offers Kingston promises to compensate by a more affordable price.
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