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 …

MS-CH01FV2, a New Mini PC by Mouse, Resembles a Key Breloque

MS-CH01FV2 is a new mini PC from the Mouse Computer Company, which outwardly resembles a breloque, relies on Windows 10 Home OS and costs around 180 USD.



The device operates at the Intel Cherry Trail platform, represented by an energy-effective Atom x5-Z8350 processing unit. This 14 nm chipset possesses 4 compute cores and the Intel HD Graphics 400 accelerator card. The assigned clock rate is 1.44 GHz, the boosted value equals 1.92 GHz. The active cooling system with a small fan disseminates heat.


The specialty offers 2 GB of RAM and the 32 GB flash module (eMMC) for storage. Optionally one can utilize a microSD card. MS-CH01FV2 ensures IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless connection and features an HDMI interface, an embedded Bluetooth 4.1 + LE controller, alongside with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.


The fob computer weighs about 60 g only and is of 113 × 39 × 13 mm dimensions.

New X99 Gaming 5P Mainboard from Gigabyte

Good news for inveterate gamers: Gigabyte launches a new enthusiast-level motherboard, entitled X99 Gaming 5P. The E-ATX greenhorn is designed in a traditional black-and-red color gamut, accompanied with hand-picked hardware elements, including solid-state capacitors Durable Black, server-type chokes etc. Moreover, its key peculiarity is an advanced monitoring system that allows controlling basic parameters (i.e. overclocking, clock frequencies).



Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5P is developed on Intel X99 chipset, ready to house Haswell-E LGA2011-3 processors with the ultimate TDP level of 130-140 W. The VRM subsystem entails 6-phases, 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The model boasts eight slots for the latest DDR4-2800 MHz memory kits (up to 64 GB); there is a possibility to install RDIMM modules as well. Expansion slots include four PCI Express 3.0 x16 (with support for 4 video cards in SLI/CrossFireX configurations), three PCI Express 2.0 x1.


To continue, storage subsystem …
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