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 …

Thermaltake Showcases Tailor-Made Versa N25 Chassis

Thermaltake has added to its Versa lineup of chassis a new-comer – the N25. The middle-tower case is targeting primarily extreme gamers who covet ultimate performance and one-off design. The case features 490x197x463 mm dimensions & weighs 4.6 kg. Its key attraction is the trimming of the front and top panels which resemble the armor of transformers. The other peculiarity is the side acrylic window. Upon the whole, all panels are painted black as outside, so inside.



Thermaltake Versa N25 is intended for standard ATX, mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboards with 7 expansion slots. Storage subsystem offers four seats for 2.5-/3.5-inch drives (internal) as well as two external 5.25-inch drives & one external 3.5-inch unit. Drive mounting might be realized without any tools.


Base N25 comes with a single 120-mm rear exhaust fan that rotates at 1000 RPM. If necessary, users are free to install four other 120-mm fans on the front and top facets (dust filters are included). In …

Lenovo ThinkPad LT3053p: Monitor with a Protection Shell



Lenovo is going to launch an unusual PC monitor, codenamed ThinkPad LT3053p. It wouldn’t be so unusual if it had standard construction, but the manufacturer decided to equip the case with a dedicated protection shell. This shell protects the screen from third-party light engines which can deteriorate or distort the imaging. Thus, the product is to catch fancy of professional users who require accurate imaging and color rendering.


ThinkPad LT3053p is a 30-inch display with 2560x1600 pixels resolution. The monitor is based on AH-IPS array type that ensures all outstanding viewing facilities: the maximal number of displayed colors – 1.07 billion, response time – 6 ms, viewing angles – 178/178 both across and down, the maximal brightness level – 350 cd/m2, static contrast – 1000:1. Moreover, the implementation of an advanced array resulted in 100% sRGB and 99% AdobeRGB color environment sweep.


I/O panel is represented by three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, …
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