Flix-on-Stix is looking to do the same thing, only difference is the Flix On Stix is renting your beloved movie on USB.Â The concept is simple, yet peppered with problems.Â Lets cover the concept first…the idea is having a user insert their USB drive into the Flix on Stix kiosk and download a movie.Â Great idea…simple, convenient and assuming cheap. Look just one step deeper and you start asking yourself about transfer times.Â The Flix-on-Stix is USB 3.0 enabled, but SuperSpeed flash drives have just ‘barely’ come to market, most will have USB 2.0.Â So to download a low quality video will take at least 10 minutes.Â Next, what kind of DRM does Flix on Stix use?Â We know our USB and their is no universal USB copy protection that will work on PCs, Macs and set-top boxes…so how & where will these movies play?Â The last bit is the type of movies to be offered…we know studios wont sign off on DRM that isn’t proven by CDSA [https://www.cdsaonline.org/] so after all this, I’m not sure where Flix On Stix leaves us.Â What do you think? Continue Reading
The FastKey has print on the box claiming a whopping 260MB/s transfer speed.Â If it true, this puts a single flash drive at a faster transfer rate than your best hard drive.Â As EveryThingUSB points out:
“To put that in its proper perspective a typical 3.5″ hard drive has a peak read speed of about HALF of that and has an average speed about one THIRD of this little bad boyâ€™s performance numbers”So dumping your buddies MP3 collection of a 1,000s songs will be much easier with this USB 3.0 flash drive, then your portable USB hard drive.Â But don’t think this convenience, and some would say luxury, come without a price.Â The LaCie FastKey comes in a variety of sizes, starting at Continue Reading
For example the smaller 8GB PQI drive shows a read speed of 55MB/s and a write speed of 10MB/s.Â Verse the larger 16GB and larger sizes are more like 86MB/s read speed and 20MB/s write speed.Â If you know anything about flash drives, it just means the bigger sizes are dual channel and the 8GB is single channel. Still far from the 5Gbps transfer rate USB 3.0 is suppose to offer, but once more advanced controllers come into the market, we’ll see the performance rise. The PQI drive will be available through Continue Reading
The Sony desktop-replacements are HD VAIO laptops coming with possibly everything you can hope for with the exception of 3D and SSD. The more expensive model ($2,970) will have Core i7-740QM, GeForce GT 425M 1GB graphics card while the lower end laptop ($2,140) will only carry a Core i5-460M and GeForce 310M 512MB. Both Sony VAIO models are stocked with 4GB RAM, the same Blu-ray optical reader, 500GB 2.5″ drive and a dual HDTV tuner as well as a 16.4″ full HD LCD. In the connectivity department, both laptops will feature not one but two USB 3.0 ports – likely powered by Continue Reading
For a bit, it was said Intel will forgo the the USB 3.0 chipset in favor of LightPeak technology, but maybe that technology has hit a bump in the road?Â Odd to have Intel flip-flop like this…or wait, maybe not.Currently integrators are turning to a third OEM for the USB 3.0 like NEC, but the Intel native would help reduce expense of motherboard manufacturers and speed the adoption of USB 3.0 technology into laptops, desktops and tablets. Source:Â Electronista.com. Continue Reading
Nexcopy reports the primary target market are USB 3.0 hard drives as they are more prevalent in the market today, but expect demand for USB 3.0 flash drive duplication to pick up as more become available. In related news, Nexcopy plans to offer USB 3.0 flash drives in 16GB and 32GB size with custom branding as option. They will be sold for $89 and $149 respectively. As for the duplicator pricing, the company hasn’t made any announcement yet.
Source:Â EverythingUSB. Continue Reading
Today SlashGear reported a new ASUS 1018P Netbook with USB 3.0 out-n-about.Â You can see the bright blue connectors above.Â To give you an idea of what the ASUS 1018P can do, consider working on a Netbook with Intelâ€™s latest Pine Trail Atom N455 and N475 processors, with Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity along with the promise of 10hrs runtime. In addition [and this is good] the 1018P would come with integrated 3G, though thereâ€™s no word on whether that will be a standard-fit feature or an upgrade at time of order. The last bit of no-news I guess you could say is no word on price points and no word on availability.Â All I can say is Continue Reading
We’ve seen the first step in USB 3.0 which is the USB host controller. This gives motherboards the opportunity for USB 3.0 devices to connect. Now we are starting to see other system support peripherals such as the USB 3.0 hub.
VIA announced their USB 3.0 four port hub this week just days before CES 2010. We fully expect others to make a similar announcement during the CES show, but VIA, thus far, has beat everyone to the punch.
The USB 3.0 hub supports 4 downstream ports and one upstream port. The board is powered via AC and VIA claims to have improved the power management in the USB 3.0 hubs to allow attached devices to enter into a lower power state when not being used. The chip itself is based on advanced 80nm CMOS technology which makes it a more power efficient USB hub controller.
VIA did indicate the USB 3.0 hub is not only backward compatible, but also supports the full 5Gb/s transfer rate USB 3.0 calls for. No word on price, but I’m forecasting a 50% increase in price over traditional USB hubs.Continue Reading
I spoke with SuperTalent last night and still no word on official price or official launch date.