The third generation of chips Thunderbolt will be released in the second quarter of the next year

Data interface Thunderbolt from Intel company entered the market in February 2011 in the Apple MacBook Pro laptop. By combining in the one interface PCI Express and DisplayPort, it now offers data rates up to 10 Gbit / s. On the more common personal computers the interface began to be applied recently, as part of the laptop and PC top price category.



Intel plans to introduce a new controller interface Redwood Ridge Thunderbolt for use in personal computers in the second quarter of next year. It is likely that the new controllers will form the platform of the Shark Bay for next generation processors under the name of Haswell.


Controllers Redwood Ridge will support completely the same data rate 10 Gb / s, interface DisplayPort v1.1 and function DisplayPort v1.2 Redriver. At present, even the cheapest chips Thunderbolt, 2-channel Cactus Ridge, cost motherboard manufacturers at about $ 20, and many consumers expect that emergence of new generations of controllers will reduce …

Asustor Introduces New-Gen AS 3 NAS Series

Asustor, an outstanding Taiwanese developer of high-end hardware pieces, has just launched a series of new-generation NAS devices, codenamed AS 3. The series involves two models – the AS-302T and the AS-304T – that are characterized by the support of advanced multimedia facilities and high-resolution video (1080 p). The first model consists of two HDD bays with the maximal capacity of 8 TB, whereas the second model boasts four HDD bays with an overall 16 TB capacity. For this reason, the retail price makes up $334.90 and $499 respectively.



AS 3 NAS devices are based on Intel Atom two-core processors that run at 1.6 GHz clock frequency. Memory subsystem is introduced by DDR3 modules of 1 GB capacity. Interface I/O panel is rich in gigabit Ethernet network port, IR-port, HDMI video socket, 3.5 mm audio socket, and USB 3.0 port. One of the blissful advantages is the possibility to unite the drives into the following RAID arrays: RAID 0/1/5/6/10 and JBOD.


Each NAS model is …

Kingston Showcases High-Capacity SSDNow KC400 Drives

Kingston has expanded its SSDNow lineup of solid-state drives by KC400 series. It entails four high-capacity 2.5-inch models: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB. All of them are based on a 4-core 8-channel Phison 3110 controller and SATA III interface. The new-comers feature 100.1x69.8x7.0 mm dimension only and are shipped with a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Kingston SSDNow KC400 drives support SmartECC technology that serves for the maximal protection of data purposes. In addition, they accommodate SmartRefresh technology that saves the data from reading errors. The availability of onboard dedicated software ensures that the models could restart after emergency power shutdown.


All SSDs boast quite high cumulative volume of written data. The drives are able to operate in a wide range of temperatures (from -40 to +85). Their maximal power consumption index equals to 3.74 W on reading and 0.255 W in idle mode.


Moreover, the KC400 series offers unprecedented performance …
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