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StarTech Announces New DisplayPort to HDMI and Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapters

StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts, has announced the availability of three new Active 4K-capable Video Adapters, which enable users to stream audio and video from their DisplayPort 1.2 or Mini DisplayPort 1.2-equipped computer to an HDMI-equipped TV, monitor or projector. The new adapters offer active signal conversion, which unlike passive video adapters does not require a multi-mode DisplayPort (DP++) source signal, greatly expanding compatibility options.

Club 3D Introduces Three New USB 3.0 Graphics Adapters

Club 3D officially launches the next generation of USB 3.0 Graphics adapters capable of outputting high resolutions to DVI-I (2048x 1152p), DisplayPort (2560x 1600p) and the world's first USB 3.0 to DisplayPort Graphics (CSV-2302) adapter which supports 4K or Ultra High Definition resolution at 3840x 2160p.

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) Port of a desktop computer or notebook is multifunctional and can be used to connect a large variety of (storage) devices, keyboards, mice and and other peripherals like monitors. Back in 2011, Club 3D introduced its first SenseVision USB Graphics adapters.

TrendNet Ships High Gain Wireless AC USB Adapter

TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the AC600 High Gain Wireless USB Adapter, model TEW-806UBH - which offers significantly extended coverage and increased connection speeds at range. TRENDnet's TEW-806UBH connects a Windows or Mac computer to a Wireless AC network at 433 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds or to a Wireless N network at 150 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds.

The adapter's high gain antenna significantly increases wireless coverage of a connected computer as compared to other Wireless AC adapters. The adjustable antenna rotates and tilts to further improve wireless connectivity. Additionally, the TEW-806UBH maintains much higher connection speeds when located far from the connected wireless router or access point.
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Addonics Announces Internal GigaNAS Adapter

Addonics Technologies today announced the Internal GigaNAS Adapter, a simple, powerful and inexpensive solution for custom building your own high capacity network attached storage system, including private cloud storage.

The new adapter is designed to mount into a PCI slot of a desktop computer, server or a storage chassis with a centronic 50 connector cutout. With two SATA ports and one USB port, the new adapter allows you to share up to 16 hard drives over a LAN with as much as 16 TB per drive volume and up to 85 MB/sec. transfer rate over a 1G network at a fraction of the cost of many existing NAS solutions.

Kanex Unveils Two New Thunderbolt Adapters

Kanex, a leader of innovative connectivity solutions for homes and businesses worldwide, today announced the launch of two new Kanex Thunderbolt adapters. One is Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB 3.0 and the other, Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet + USB 3.0.

"We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Thunderbolt adapters," said Kelvin Yan, president of Kanex. "We've been working with Intel on the Thunderbolt technology and our customers have been waiting patiently for launch day. We're so thankful for their support."

Thecus Updates 10GbE Network Interface Card

With the proliferation and widespread adoption of 10GbE environments accelerating in response to the dropping prices of switches and compatible systems, Thecus Technology Corp. has taken bold steps in positioning itself as a leader in storage at this top-tier of network technology. Further bolstering its goal of 'empowering professionals' is the release of the C10GTR NIC, the follow-up to its successful C10GT card.

Powered by an advanced Tehuti TN4010 processor, the new 10Gb Ethernet PCI Express Adapter from Thecus is compatible with both x4 and x8-sized PCIe slots as well as 100M, 1G, and 10G networks. Software supported by the C10GTR includes Windows Storage Server 2012, WSS 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows 7, Linux 2.6, Linux 3.x, VMWare 5.x, and Hyper-V. This low profile card is suitable for a wide range of products, including enterprise-targeted NAS from Thecus (such as the Top Tower, large business rackmount, and N7710/N8810U series, as well as the N7700 and N8800 PRO v2). Lastly, the C10GTR is also fully compliant with a wide range of protocols, including IEEE 802.3az, IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation, and IEEE 802.1q VLAN.

ASUS Unveils Hyper M.2 X4 Adapter

For all those without M.2 slots on their motherboards, and want to buy some of the new-generation SSDs that offer transfer rates as high as 1.8 GB/s, ASUS unveiled a cost-effective new way, with its ASUS Hyper M.2 X4 adapter. It's a simple half-height add-on card, which converts PCI-Express 2.0/3.0 x4 to M.2, with gen 2.0/3.0 x4 wiring, so not only can you install current-generation M.2 SSDs with PCIe 2.0 x2 link layer, but also certain upcoming ones based on SandForce 3700 series processors, that feature PCIe 2.0 x4 link layer, offering stellar 1.8 GB/s sequential transfers. The card is also future-proof against an M.2 standard that makes use of PCI-Express gen 3.0. In addition to the M.2 slot, which can seat drives as long as 12 cm, the card also features some basic electrical circuitry, and M.2 SSD link/activity LEDs. For use on older (pre-M.2 motherboards), you may need BIOS support and/or F6 drivers from the SSD manufacturer, this card is merely an adapter, of the kind Plextor bundles with its M6e SSDs.

D-Link Debuts Low Power 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express Network Adapter

D-Link, the networking solutions provider for small business and medium enterprise IT environments, today announced a new 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ Adapter (DXE-810S) designed for high-speed PCI Express bus architectures. Offering increased bandwidth, reliability and expanded functionality over standard PCI network cards, the new DXE-810S allows throughput at rates up to 20 Gbps, eliminating the bottlenecks that exist with current 32 and 64-bit PCI bus architectures.

"With the ever-increasing adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet in small and medium enterprise IT environments, the DXE-810S is ideal for enabling 1GbE to 10GbE migration in bandwidth-intensive workstation applications and for low-end to mid-range network appliances," said Steven Olen, director of product marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. "With the DXE-810S, IT network administrators working with high-performance systems can eliminate bottlenecks and improve speed and reliability drastically."

DisplayLink and I-O DATA Announce First 4K USB Graphics Adapter

DisplayLink, the leading provider of USB Graphics technology and I-O DATA DEVICE, INC., a leading peripheral device company, today announced that both parties are developing the World's First 4K USB Graphics Adapter using DisplayLink's award winning DL-5500 USB Graphics Chipset.

I-O DATA's new 4K universal graphics adapter is the first shipping USB 3 UHD solution globally and brings universal graphics expansion to displays with resolutions up to 3840x2160 pixels via a single USB cable connection to the host and a DisplayPort connection to the monitor.

HighPoint Shipping World's Lowest-Cost eSATA and Mini-SAS Thunderbolt II Adapter

HighPoint Technologies, a pioneering force in the storage industry for the past 19 years, is now shipping the industry's most affordable Thunderbolt 2 SATA Adapters - the RocketStor 6324L and RocketStor 6328L, to their global distribution and retail partners.

RocketStor 632xLseries Thunderbolt 2 SATA Adapter design is based on our proven SATA 6Gb/s technology, support industry standard AHCI devices, and utilize Thunderbolt 2 connectivity to maximize transfer performance. The RocketStor 6324L delivers Thunderbolt 2 speeds for up to 4 SATA devices via a single external Mini-SAS port. The RocketStor 6328L dual external Mini-SAS ports allows up to 8 SATA devices to share Thunderbolt 2 transfer bandwidth. Each external Mini-SAS ports can support any industry standard Mini-SAS and eSATA storage enclosure, including those with integrated RAID capability, or those hosting arrays created with Mac OS X's Disk Utility, via industry standard Mini-SAS and eSATA data cables, such as HighPoint's EXT-MS-1MEJ (external Mini-SAS to 4x eSATA) and EXT-MS-1MMS (External Mini-SAS to External-Mini-SAS).

Eurocom Offers Choice of All in One Desktops with TPM 1.2 Data Encryption

Eurocom offers a choice of All in One Desktop computers with TPM 1.2 hardware data encryption for enhanced security, low energy consumption and a wide range of connectivity options to ensure they can integrate smoothly into a wide variety of environments. "Eurocom designed its latest line of AIO's, including the Uno 3 and Uno 2.1, with a wide variety of unique features that set them apart from the competition including a built in battery pack, TPM 1.2, VESA mounts and adjustable stands all in an energy efficient, low power consumption design" Mark Bialic, Eurocom President. The long list of innovative features of the Eurocom All in Ones allows companies to deploy more efficient computing infrastructure for their employees than traditional desktop systems. Designed for integration into large companies, hospitals and Industrial Installations to provide an extremely energy efficient solution.

The Uno 3.0 is designed for reduced energy consumption and energy efficiency with a maximum power draw of 120W. The ultra efficient 120W 100-250V Auto-switching external AC Adapter improves the overall energy conservation. The Uno 2.1 takes low power consumption to another level with a maximum draw of 90 watts with an auto switching 110-240 V AC adapter that further improves the overall energy conservation. The energy efficient Uno's consume only 120W or 90W max versus 200W-600W for a traditional desktop PC. The low power consumption equates to lower thermal temperatures which results in a longer expected lifespan of internal components.

New Portable USB Crash Cart Adapter Turns a Laptop into a Portable Console

StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts, has announced the availability of a new Portable USB Crash Cart Adapter (NOTECONS02). The adapter makes it easier for server technicians and field engineers to perform maintenance on servers, PCs, ATMs, kiosks and other headless devices by turning their laptop into a portable console, instead of using a conventional - and more cumbersome - server room crash cart. The NOTECONS02 is the second crash cart adapter from StarTech.com, and builds on the popularity of the previous model with the addition of local file transfer capability and improved USB transfer speed.

Toshiba Offers Adapter Turning External Drives Into Networked Storage Devices

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the Canvio Wireless Adapter, a simple yet powerful innovation that adds wireless networking capabilities to any traditional external hard drive, allowing users to share, stream and access their content from any place, on any device.

"In today's increasingly wireless world, it's becoming more important that our storage solutions have networking capabilities," said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of product marketing and development, Branded Storage Products, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "This device brings yesterday's external hard drives into the 21st century with features that consumers demand such as easy access to their content wherever they are."

TP-Link Outs 300Mbps Wireless Range Extender AV500 Powerline Kit

TP-LINK, a global provider of networking products, is now shipping their TL-WPA4220KIT, a Wireless Range Extender Kit which uses Powerline and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi technology to spread seamless connectivity in any home or office. The Wireless Range Extender Kit includes two Powerline Adapters, the TL-PA4010 and the TL-WPA4220. The first connects to your router and feeds network connection through your existing electrical circuitry at the rate of 500Mbps, and the latter broadcasts that connection as a 300Mbps Wi-Fi signal while providing two fast Ethernet ports for concurrent wired connectivity.

ASUS Unveils the RT-AC52U Wireless Router with the USB-AC50 Wireless Adapter

ASUS today announced RT-AC52U with USB-AC50, an AC750 dual-band router and AC450 wireless adapter package that provides consumers with an extremely affordable instant upgrade to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology - for super-fast data-transfer speeds of up to 733 Mbit/s.

RT-AC52U provides simultaneous Wi-Fi connections via both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands and includes a specially-designed antenna that extends the wireless signal by up to 150% compared to other routers. The new router includes a multipurpose USB port that allows users to connect and share a printer, hard disk drive or 3G/4G (HSPA+) data connection. It can even be used to charge mobile gadgets such as smartphones and tablets - a brilliant little convenience.

TP-LINK Announces AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Adapter

TP-LINK, a global provider of networking products, today announced the TL-PA8010 AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Adapter, its fastest Powerline adapter to date with throughput up to one gigabit. Featuring the latest HomePlug AV2 standard, the device provides real gigabit throughput over a home or office's existing electrical wiring. Users can enjoy robust, high speed wired networking throughout their home or office for lag-free HD video streaming and online gaming.

The TL-PA8010 is interoperable with Powerline Adapters at various connection speeds, including 200, 500, 600 and 900Mbps, and is incredibly simple to set up. Users can get their networks up and running in a flash, simply by plugging the Powerline Adapters into available power outlets, eliminating the need for time-consuming and expensive renovations previously required to establish a whole-home wired Ethernet network. TP-LINK's TL-PA8010 AV1000 Gigabit Powerline Adapter will be shown from January 7-10, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center - Booth No. 36206. South Hall 4, Upper Level. The product will be available in the second quarter of 2014.

Amped Wireless Debuts 802.11ac Long Range Wi-Fi PCI-E Adapter

Amped Wireless, the leading manufacturer of award-winning high power, long-range wireless solutions for the home and office, announced today the launch of the PCI20E High Power AC1200 Wi-Fi PCI-E Adapter. The PCI20E is a high performance Wi-Fi adapter designed to add long-range Wi-Fi connectivity and ultra-fast data transfer speeds to Windows desktop computers.

The PCI20E uses the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology to provide maximum wireless speeds for demanding applications such as streaming HD video and online gaming. It features two high gain dual band antennas and four total amplifiers for up to 500 mW of wireless output power to provide maximum range and performance. In contrast, standard Wi-Fi adapters provide up to 100 mW of power and are not capable of providing extended range. The PCI20E provides up to three times the range of standard Wi-Fi adapters and is backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networks. It connects using PCI-E for easy installation into any computer case.

TRENDnet Announces High Gain Wireless AC USB Adapter

TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the AC600 High Gain Wireless USB Adapter, model TEW-806UBH -- which offers significantly extended coverage and increased connection speeds at range. TRENDnet's TEW-806UBH connects a Windows or Mac computer to a Wireless AC network at 433 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds or to a Wireless N network at 150 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds.

The adapter's high gain antenna significantly increases wireless coverage of a connected computer as compared to other Wireless AC adapters. The adjustable antenna rotates and tilts to further improve wireless connectivity. Additionally, the TEW-806UBH maintains much higher connection speeds when located far from the connected wireless router or access point.

TRENDnet Also Announces New Powerline 1000 Adapters

TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, is excited to announce a new Powerline 1000 or Gigabit class of Powerline solutions, with the launch of the Powerline 1000 Adapter Kit, model TPL-420E2K.

"Powerline 1000 effectively doubles the speed and possibilities of Powerline networking," stated Zak Wood, director of global marketing of TRENDnet. "TRENDnet's TPL-420E2K is designed to easily handle multi-HD streams in a busy connected home."

I-O Data Also Unveils Thunderbolt-Enabled USM Portable SSDs

Another product set to be released by I-O Data next month is a storage solution known as the HDUS-TBSSS Series which brings together a portable solid state drive with an USM (Universal Storage Module) interface and an USM to Thunderbolt adapter. This two-component offering makes use of either a 500 GB or 1 TB Samsung 840 EVO SSD and is capable of sequential read/write speeds of 264/240 MB/s.

The USM drive can be used without the Thunderbolt adapter (you'll need to connect it to a device that has USM support) or can be hooked up to an USB 3.0 adapter which, of course, is sold separately. The 500 GB and 1 TB HDUS-TBSSS Series drives come bundled with a 50 cm Thunderbolt cable and cost 72,800 yen (~ 706 USD) and 119,800 (~ 1,163 USD) yen, respectively. In addition to these models I-O Data will also introduce the HDUS-SS Series SSDs which come in 120 GB and 240 GB capacities and only feature the USM interface.

FirmTek Debuts the ThunderTek/PX-Q6G eSATA to Thunderbolt Adapter

FirmTek, LLC, a world-leading developer of external storage solutions, today is announcing and shipping the ThunderTek/PX-Q6G. Offering four high-speed 6-Gig eSATA ports using just a single Thunderbolt link, the ThunderTek/PX-Q6G supports both direct-connect and port-multiplier eSATA enclosures.

"Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing," said Jason Ziller, Intel's director of Thunderbolt Marketing, "Products like FirmTek's ThunderTek/PX-Q6G help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible." Thunderbolt technology is the fastest connection possible to your Mac at 10 Gbps in each direction at the same time. Transfer HD movies in less than 30 seconds or backup a terabyte of content in less than 5 minutes. All of this is possible with Thunderbolt.

Sitecom Launches AC750 Wi-Fi Router and AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter

Sitecom presents two new 802.11ac products that allow users to upgrade their home network to support the latest Wi-Fi technology. The WLR-5002 Wi-Fi Router AC750 offers a combined Wi-Fi speed of up to 750 Mbps, Simultaneous Dualband, four Gigabit ports and a USB 2.0 port, and sets the home network up for improved reliability and an enhanced streaming performance. With the WLA-3100 Wi-Fi Adapter AC600 users can easily upgrade their notebook or desktop PC to support 802.11ac.

With more mobile and smart devices such as smartphones, tablets and Smart TVs entering the home, consumers need Wi-Fi that is powerful, easy to use and enables them to stream their media files across the network without interference. 802.11ac is a new wireless standard designed to provide greater Wi-Fi speeds and enhanced reliability. With many 802.11ac-enabled smartphones, tablets and notebooks from leading manufacturers currently being released and more anticipated to debut in the coming year, wireless-AC is quickly becoming the new standard in wireless networking.

Icy Dock Announces Black Vortex MB074SP-B Cooled Drive Cage

Icy Dock is proud to announce its latest creation: The Black Vortex MB074SP-B. Created to exceed the highest level of expectations, the Black Vortex certainly doesn't disappoint. It includes an impressive array of features and functionality such as 4-in-3 storage bay -meaning you can fit 4 x 3.5" drives in 3 x 5.25" slots. The Black Vortex has front access and EZ-Grip handles to give you the ability to swap drives without breaking a sweat. The quiet 120mm fan combined with all metal ventilated design keeps both your drives and system cool. The Black Vortex is a must-have for any system build.

The Black Vortex MB074SP-B has space saving features that converts 3 x 5.25" slots into 4 x 3.5" bays allowing greater storage density by utilizing unused space. This can be imperative for power users that demand ample storage capacity in their systems. Each bay allows for any type of 3.5" drive whether it's SATA, SAS, or IDE interface. The Black Vortex is also compatible with our 2.5" to 3.5" SSD / HDD converter - the EZConvert series, so you can mount a 2.5" drive as well, or if you would like to mount two 2.5" drives in a single bay, you can utilize our EZ-Fit series SSD / HDD bracket to incorporate more storage density.

Addonics Releases WiFi Drive Adapter

Addonics Technologies today announced a network device for the wireless sharing of a USB drive or micro SD card or for using as a wireless hot spot for connecting wireless devices to the internet.

The WiFi Drive Adapter is ideal for numerous applications, including wireless file sharing on USB drives or micro SD cards, streaming music or video to a tablet, smart phone, MP3 player or notebook PC. Set up is fast and easy. Simply attach a USB drive or insert a micro SD card into the WiFi Drive Adapter. The data on the USB drive or the micro SD card becomes readily accessible wirelessly.
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