Creative Technology Ltd today launched an all-new series of small but powerful USB audio solutions for PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets – The Sound Blaster E Series. Consisting of the Sound Blaster E3 and the Sound Blaster E1, the Sound Blaster E Series builds upon the popularity of the Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro. They utilise USB plug-and-play connectivity to provide PC, and now even Mac users, with access to a powerful USB audio experience through real-time advanced audio processing.
Top audio quality is ensured even on smartphones and tablets through the Sound Blaster E Series’ high SNR levels and 600Ω headphone amplifiers that supply more power than a standard headphone jack. The Sound Blaster E3 can also function as a high performance USB DAC for selected smartphones and tablets, and users can alternatively enjoy high quality wireless audio by pairing with smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth.
As motherboard manufacturers unveiled their new Intel 9 Series products one after another, we can see the proliferation of PCIe Gen2 x2 M.2 interface on Desktop motherboards very clearly. However, ASRock Inc. took the lead among other competitors once again. This time it's the Z97 Extreme6 which boasts "Ultra M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4" socket stands out. With its doubled transfer bandwidth, ASRock Ultra M.2 is able to completely break through the speed limit of SATA3 6Gb/s and blow others away!
Ultra M.2 is one of ASRock creative innovations. Compared to normal M.2 with PCIe Gen2 x2 bandwidth, ASRock is the first one in the world to double the M.2 bandwidth to PCIe Gen3 x4! Furthermore, the layout of Ultra M.2 is also specially designed. On a regular motherboard design, the signal route starts from the M.2 device, goes through the onboard chipset, and finally reaches CPU. In contrast, by connecting the M.2 interface to CPU directly, ASRock Ultra M.2 has lower latency and pushes the I/O speed to a new level!
ASUS today announced that research and development work supported by Intel has led to the discovery of a BIOS structure that unleashes the true full potential of the latest SATA Express interface standard on future ASUS motherboards.
Following the CES 2014 debut of the ASUS Z87-Deluxe/SATA Express concept motherboard, ASUS and Intel continued working together to ensure that users enjoy the full performance of the SATA Express interface and SATA Express components.
The joint research effort means that ASUS is the first motherboard manufacturer in the world to discover and implement a technology that is critical for SATA Express to perform at its best — the Separate Reference Clock with Independent Spread Spectrum Clocking Architecture, or SRIS for short.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the Powerline 500 Wireless Kit, model TPL-410APK, which extends a home wireless network using existing electrical lines.
The included TRENDnet Powerline adapters (TPL-406E + TPL-410AP) auto-connect out of the box over a pre-encrypted Powerline signal. Network the standard Powerline 500 adapter, model TPL-406E, to a router and plug in the Powerline 500 AV Wireless Access Point, model TPL-410AP, into an outlet on the same electrical system to extend a high performance wireless network.
"The TPL-410APK is well suited to extend a wireless network in large homes or homes built with concrete or masonry construction which degrades wireless signals," stated Zak Wood, director of global marketing for TRENDnet. "Installation couldn't be easier. Simply plug in the adapters and you're up and running."
Akitio has expanded their line of Thunderbolt storage solutions to include the new Thunder2QUAD, a 4bay Thunderbolt 2 product that is large enough and fast enough for professional 4K video editing and can be used in various other occupations where larger storage capacity and high-speed data transfer speeds are required.
The QUAD holds up to four drives and can handle 3.5”, 2.5” or solid state drives. Capacity can reach up to 20 Terabytes when using 3.5” drives and reaches transfer speeds of up to 1.4 Gigabytes per second when four SSDs are installed.
G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions for audio/video production, photography and the creative professional market, today announced the latest additions in its Evolution Series family – the G-DRIVE ev SSD and the 500GB G-DRIVE ev external drive modules. Inspired by creative pros, the Evolution Series is a flexible ecosystem of G-DOCK ev docking stations and interchangeable and expandable G-DRIVE ev external drive modules with USB 3.0 that makes transferring, editing and distributing content more efficient, scalable and reliable.
Collectively, the G-DOCK ev with G-DRIVE ev external drive modules help streamline 2K/4K video, photography and other digital content workflows. The flexible design allows for various storage system configurations to meet the most demanding digital content workflow and data management needs. As capacity or performance needs grow, simply expand and scale by using more high-capacity, high-performance external hard drive modules with the G-DOCK ev docking station to store separate projects, shuttle dailies or proxies, or deliver final work to clients. For maximum flexibility, the new G-DRIVE ev SSD as well as the 1TB and 500GB G-DRIVE ev modules can be used with the currently shipping G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt™.
Vantec Thermal Technologies—a worldwide leader specializing in computer accessories, storage and mobile solutions—announces one new addition to the WiFi Storage Family. The new 2.5” Portable Wireless Enclosure allows simultaneous WiFi access to data stored in this portable enclosure creating a simple network for file-sharing everywhere you go.
The NexStar WiFi 2.5” Portable Wireless Enclosure allows users to connect wirelessly to the data stored in the user’s hard drive using the Enclosure’s Wi-Fi signal. This allows anyone with Wi-Fi capable devices like smartphones and tablets to connect to this Enclosure at home or on the go with the built-in 5000 mAh battery. In addition, the Vantec WiFi Apps are available now on Apple® App Store and Google Play Store to work with the new NexStar WiFi 2.5” Portable Wireless Enclosure.
ASUS today announced Essence STX II and Essence STX II 7.1, two new Hi-Fi-grade sound cards designed to delight audiophiles with 124dB signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) clarity and a 600ohm-headphone amplifier.
Essence STX II and STX II 7.1 build on the success and huge popularity of ASUS Essence STX – the world’s first consumer sound card to deliver 124db SNR audio clarity plus 600ohm headphone amp, and the long-term holder of the number-one position in Head-Fi’s Sound Cards charts, as voted by highly-satisfied users globally.
Keeping the audiophile spirit and philosophy alive, the new Essence STX II and STX II 7.1 cards both feature a remarkable 124dB SNR for line-out connections and 120dB SNR for headphone listening. Precision clock is controlled by a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) clock source, optimized power delivery is assured with low-dropout (LDO) regulators and WIMA® capacitors deliver balanced sound.
Addonics Technologies today announced the 6G RAID Tower family of external storage solutions, which connect multiple drives to any system at 6Gbps speed. Prices start at $189.
The new Addonics solution is ideal for video storage or large data applications. It is a simple way to expand the storage capacity of servers or any computing equipment with terabytes of storage space without sacrificing the full speed capability of the high performance hard drive or SSD.
Depending on the model, as much as 60 terabytes can be installed into one 6G RAID Tower. With the exception of the RAID Tower Mini, which uses a simple screw mount, drives are added or removed like tape cartridges from each drive bay without any special tools.
ASMedia Technologies, a fabless semiconductor company that develops and markets high-speed IO solutions, demonstrated SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) data transfer on its hardware development platform at the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) annual members meeting in Honolulu. This demonstration marks the first public showing of a working SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps PHY. ASMedia also constructed a hardware prototyping platform consisting of a PCI Express® add-in card with ASMedia’s own PHY and implementing ASMedia’s SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps Host and Device Controllers with SSD under RAID.
“ASMedia aimed to demonstrate the real user scenario. As SSD adaption rate is growing, we believe that SSD with RAID will be the ideal product that can leverage USB 3.1 (10Gbps) bandwidth. With ASMedia’s solution, user can enjoy the performance enhancement through USB 3.1. Just as with USB 3.0, we look forward to working closely with the USB ecosystem to enable the successful deployment of the USB 3.1 products into the market,” said Chewei Lin CEO of ASMedia Technologies. “This demonstration represents our commitment to being a key player of USB technology and to helping our customers deliver first-to-market solutions with leading edge product performance.”