First drive from the crowdfunding platform

On crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo there are various projects, often also related to computers. Never before has such a form of fundraising used to create standard computer components such as SSDs ever been used. The first project to be implemented in this way is Avexir S100.

The S100 is the first solid state SSD that can be launched with an online fundraiser. This is a rather unusual idea, as the production of such devices is usually done by large companies that have been specializing in this field for many years, with the right expertise and their own distribution network. Still, Avexir, well-known for its accessories for modding computers, is behind this project hoping to achieve full success.

The S100 is also a product designed for modding fans, so it is equipped with an LED backlit casing. The backlight is installed under the company logo as well as on the edge of the drive, making it the perfect product for all windows side computers where the components are properly exposed and highlighted.

The SATA 6 Gbps drive will provide read / write speeds of 550 MB / s and 450 MB / s, and is based on the JMicron controller. It is not known what model and what NAND systems are used in it.

Rather, they will not be the latest components, and the disc itself, also does not belong to the thin. Typically, SSDs use a 7 mm thick frame to fit ultrabooks and thin laptops. However, the S100 will use an older 9.5 mm frame and maybe even 15 mm. Of course, in the case of desktops it will not be a problem as there are plenty of space in the case.


In New York, the first passive building is built

Every resident of the block knows that the biggest expenses are incurred for electricity, heating and hot water. In New York, so is the first passive building called Perch, which thanks to the appropriate construction will allow residents to save a lot of money.

The construction is erected near Hamilton Heights and will be ready for use as early as May this year. This is the first passive building to be built in New York City, and if the experiment goes well, probably not the only one.

Perch has been designed from the ground up to meet the requirements of a passive house. As engineers provide, it consumes about 80-90% less electricity than a traditional building, and in no way limits its usability.

There is a 20 cm thick wall insulation that lowers the fluctuation of the temperature and reduces the amount of energy needed to warm the rooms. Window glass has been specially adapted to the climate of the region and the level of insolation. In addition, the windows are positioned so that they can get as much sunlight as possible. In contrast, the heat generated by the air conditioning system serves to heat water.

Obviously, every resident has the full ability to regulate the climate individually, so it does not have to be limited at all, and yet his energy bills should be much lower compared to the residents of standard buildings.