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Intel Planning Some Native – Adding USB 3.0 Chipset

If rumors are to be true, Intel will be adding a USB 3.0 chipset to their winter 2010 lineup.  The Intel Developer Forum is expected to showcase an Intel Cougar Point chipset for desktops.

USB 3.0, Intel

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?  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:  Electronista.com. Continue Reading

Nexcopy SuperSpeed 3.0 USB Duplicator – Shipping Soon

Nexcopy is getting ready to release a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Duplicator with a 16 port capacity. Nexcopy is currently optimizing the SuperSpeed thumbdrive copier so details are still somewhat sketchy. What Nexcopy is reporting is the USB 3.0 Duplicator will be out in about 5 weeks. It can copy at a peak rate of 65MB/s for a single flash drive; interestingly, performance can jump to 72MB/s with multiple devices connected. For USB 3.0 hard drives, transfer speeds come in at 95MB/s. The number is consistent with either 1 or 8 devices connected to the duplicator.

USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Duplicator

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.

USB 3.0 flash drive

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ASUS USB 3.0 Netbook Out-n-About

We’ve been chomping at the bit waiting for a Netbook to have USB 3.0.  Last month we heard several models coming out while at CeBIT, but still nothing from the manufacturer websites.

ASUS USB 3.0 Netbook

Today SlashGear reported a new ASUS 1018P Netbook with USB 3.0 out-n-about.  You can see the bright blue connectors above.  To give you an idea of what the ASUS 1018P can do, consider working on a Netbook with Intel’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 there’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.  All I can say is Continue Reading

Our First Report On USB 3.0 Hub

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.

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.

VIA press release.

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Video: SuperTalent Shows Off USB 3.0 Flash Drive

SuperTalent announce their USB 3.0 flash drive in November of 2009.  Today we have a short video of that drive in action.  You can see the performance of the device is much greater than any 2.0 device.  How would you like to copy files at 78MB per second?

USB 3.0 flash drive

I spoke with SuperTalent last night and still no word on official price or official launch date.
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USB 3.0 Flash Drive By Super Talent – The First

GetUSB has been waiting for this announcement for about 8 months now.  Super Talent just announced the first [of what we know] USB 3.0 flash drive. Wow.

USB 3.0 flash drive

Wouldn’t you love to have a USB flash drive that could copy files at the rate of 200MB per second?  Using a separate UAS Protocol driver with a USB 3.0 port this SuperSpeed drive can reach up to 320MB/sec transfer speeds. Wow. It’s a bit large, but hell, who cares.  Size is 95 x 37 x13.5 mm  The USB 3.0 USB flash drive will be shipping with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB sizes.  No word on price, but let me give you an idea…at the time of this writing, Super Talent offers their USB 2.0 32GB drive for Continue Reading

USB 3.0 Might Hit The Breaks

We’ve been talking about USB 3.0 for almost one year now and last week we hear the maker, Intel, is looking to put on the breaks.  This isn’t the first time Intel has rallied the industry, gotten chip makers to support it, then corporate shut it down via lack of integration [Wireless USB].

USB 3.0 breaks

What the general population might not understand is that USB is a fairly inconsistent bus for enumeration with peripherals.  Sure, for the average user their USB devices work, but for an engineer or tech savvy user, they all pretty much agree – USB is problematic. Maybe this is just one reason why Intel is slowing it’s adoption of it…the other is probably the new development of Light Peak.  Light Peak is a fiber optical cable which supports up to 10Gbps [now] and expandability to 100Gbps [future].  Light Peak doesn’t use complicated protocols like Continue Reading

USB 3.0 Webcam With Streaming 1080p

2010 will be a fun year of USB reporting and blogging with USB 3.0 just starting to break with new products.  Today we have the first USB  3.0 WebCam from Point Grey.  The webcam has the bandwidth and capability to push a full 1080p video stream without compression.

Since USB host controllers are not yet available, Point Grey has teamed with Fresco Logic to include a USB 3.0 PCI interface card.

USB 3.0 webcam

EverythingUSB brings up a good point with these new USB 3.0 devices, they will actually become cheaper than their slower, 2.0 predecessors.  The reason being:  less logic and hardware is required inside the device to do processing such as compression and decompression, USB 3.0 now simply push the data through the pipe.

The Point Grey Webcamera is slatted to display at the IDF 2009 conference in San Fransicso in a couple weeks.

Point Grey USB webcam product page [here].

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USB Superspeed Logo Ready For Hand Outs

The USBIF [Implementers Forum] has announced the certification program to get your gear certified for a Highspeed logo.  Granted, it’s not a simple process, but at least they’re putting together the documentation needed to make it happen.

USB 3.0 Highspeed logo

As Gizmodo says, ” what shall I do with all that extra time I will have that will no longer be spent waiting for file transfers” [they write about as well as I do] The new 3.0 speed will be 10x times faster at 10Gpbs!  To learn a bit more about how our technology life will improve, here is the USBIFs sales pitch:

As technology innovation marches forward, new kinds of devices, media formats, and large inexpensive storage are converging. They require significantly more bus bandwidth to maintain the interactive experience users have come to expect. In addition, user applications demand a higher performance connection between the PC and these increasingly sophisticated peripherals. USB 3.0 addresses this need by adding an even higher transfer rate to match these new usage and devices.

USB continues to be the answer to conncectivity for PC, Consumer Electronics, and Mobile architectures, It is a fast, bidirectional, low-cost, dynamically attachable interface that is consistent with the requirements of the PC platforms of today and tomorrow.

SuperSpeed USB brings significant performance enhancements to the ubiquitous USB standard, while remaining compatible with the billions of USB enabled devices currently deployed in the market. SuperSpeed USB will deliver 10x the data transfer rate of Hi-Speed USB, as well as improved power efficiency.

  • SuperSpeed USB has a 5 Gbps signaling rate offering 10x performance increase over Hi-Speed USB.
  • SuperSpeed USB is a Sync-N-Go technology that minimizes user wait-time.
  • SuperSpeed USB will provide Optimized Power Efficiency.No device polling and lower active and idle power requirements.
  • SuperSpeed USB is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Devices interoperate with USB 2.0 platforms. Hosts support USB 2.0 legacy devices.
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SuperSpeed USB Host Controller By NEC

NEC has been the leader in USB host controllers over the past five years, and now they are gearing up for USB 3.0 with their uPD720200 USB 3.0 host controller chip.  You can expect hard drives, flash drives and solid state memory devices to use the NEC SuperSpeed chip.

NEC USB 3.0 host controller

EverythingUSB reports the small quantity price will be around $15 USD and include Windows drivers for quick integration.  NEC forcastes sales to be several million per month by September and rapid adoption in 2010. Stay up to date with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed with GetUSB.info Continue Reading

What Is USB 3.0 Cable Difference

The second half of this year will be exciting for GetUSB.info as USB 3.0 products and devices make it’s way into the retail space.  Today we are going to start off with one of the first products, the USB 3.0 Cable.

usb 3.0 cable

USBFever released their 6 foot USB 3.0 cable for $10.  The cable is USB A male to A male connector.  The cable looks the same as a USB 2.0 cable, so what’s the difference in a USB 3.0 cable?  Read on: USB 3.0 is also called USB SuperSpeed.  When data is being transmitted under the SuperSpeed dual simplex signaling occurs, meaning…it’s possible two sets of data Continue Reading

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