Wednesday, March 25, 2015

USB Type C

The USB Type-C is a new small reversible-plug connector for USB 3.1 devices. The type-C plug will be used at both the host and device side, replacing multiple Type-B and Type-A connectors and cables with a future-proof standard similar to Apple’s Lightning and Thunderbolt. The 24-pin double-sided connector provides four power/ground pairs, two differential pairs for USB 2.0 data bus, four pairs for high-speed data bus, two ‘sideband use’ pins, two configuration pins for cable orientation detection, dedicated biphase mark code (BMC) configuration data channel, and +5 V power for active cables.

8TB Solid State Drive

Western Digital and Toshiba regularly ship 4TB and 6TB drives. Now Seagate and HGST has started shipping 8TB hard drives using helium technology that cost around $250. There are other models with an impressive 10TB of storage capacity using Shingled magnetic recording (SMR). But this article is not about hard disk drives it is about the new kid in the block, an 8TB Solid State Drive (SSD).