Items tagged with USB 3.0

With Apple bringing the USB-C port so definitively into the light back on March 9, there could be no doubt that it would only be a matter of time — and not a lot of time at that — before the inevitable onslaught of USB-C compatible peripherals and accessories. In fact, the very next day in these very pages HotHardware reported on LaCie's new "Porsche Design" portable hard drive, designed for use with systems sporting the new USB-C port...and the race was on! Most computer users remain saddled with legacy non-reversible USB ports. In deference to this reality but determined to keep an eye towards the future too, Emtec is introducing their DUO USB-C flash drive, which comes... Read more...
SanDisk is no stranger to the tech version of storage wars, and lest anyone question it, the company just announced its new Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive featuring premium-grade performance and blazing fast file transfers at up to 60 times the speed of standard USB 2.0 drives. We're talking about read and write speeds of up 260MB/s and 240MB/s, respectively. With that kind of performance, users can transfer a full-length movie in seconds, or 1,000 high-resolution photos in less than 35 seconds, SanDisk says. That's provided your PC is rocking a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, otherwise it will top out at pedestrian USB 2.0 speeds. "The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 drive offers world-class performance... Read more...
USB 3.0 offers excellent performance characteristics for external storage, but thumb drives that take full advantage of the standard have been few and far between. According to Silicon Motion, its upcoming SM3267 controller will boost single-channel USB 3 speeds for flash drives to 160MB/s read, 60MB/s write, while simultaneously cutting power consumption and reducing chip complexity. Compared to the older SM3260, the SM3267 chip supports just single-channel flash, but integrates the clock chip onboard. "We are very excited to introduce SM3267, our first crystal-less USB 3.0 solution with integrated power ICs," said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. "SM3267 offers superior performance... Read more...
With its orange bumper and snow-white housing, the LaCie Rugged looks downright dainty. But LaCie says that the portable SSD can handle 4-foot drops and is meant to withstand the rigors of frequent shipping. Toughness aside, what makes the device really interesting is its dual USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports and support for bus power. According to LaCie, the Rugged offers up to 380MB/s bus-powered speeds. You’ll need to use electrical Thunderbolt cables (as opposed to faster optical Thunderbolt cables) to bus power the device. The box includes an electrical Thunderbolt cable and a USB 3.0 cable, so you’re good to go. LaCie is releasing the Rugged in 120GB ($199.99) and 256GB... Read more...
ADATA introduced the DashDrive HV610 external hard drive. This drive utilizes a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for fast file transfer speeds and is available in capacities of 500GB and 1TB. As you can see from the product shots below, the drive features a puzzle piece design and is available in two colors (black or white). The cover is removable and is designed to store the USB cable when not in use. The drive comes with a 60 day trial version download of Norton Internet Security 2012 anti-virus. ADATA offers a three year warranty on the drive. ADATA Launches DashDrive HV610 USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Fashionable Puzzle Piece Design with Slide-Out Smart Cover Taipei, Taiwan - August 15, 2012 -... Read more...
Are you still wielding a USB 2.0-based NAND flash memory drive? If so, maybe it's time to think about stepping up to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0-based thumb drive, especially now that USB 3.0 ports are fast becoming ubiquitous with just about every new motherboard and system being released these days. One of your options is Patriot Memory's new Supersonic Boost XT USB 3.0 drive, a rugged little stick that's fast and should be able to withstand a bit of clumsiness, like dropping it down a flight of stairs. The Supersonic Boost XT measures just over 6 centimeters long and 2 centimeters wide and comes housed in an ultra-durable rubberized case "for extreme protection," Patriot Memory says. "The Supersonic... Read more...
Thecus has launched a couple of new Network Attached Storage devices, powered by Intel’s latest Atom processors. The new Thecus N4800 and N2800 NAS boxes both sport 2.13GHz Atom processors, 2GB of DDR3 memory, HDMI outputs and USB 3.0 ports. In addition to being able to output many video files directly to a monitor through the HDMI outputs, these latest NAS devices also allow for hardware monitoring and even web browsing right from the device—without a need for a PC. More information available below in the full press release below... Introducing Thecus’ Next-Gen NAS N4800 & N2800 The New Intel Atom CPU, HDMI Output, and Other Surprises   02/20/2012- As part of the Intel... Read more...
There's a lot going on at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) this year, just as there is every year, and not all of it has to do with processors. Making a splash of its own, DisplayLink debuted the world's first SuperSpeed USB 3.0 graphics adapter built around the company's DL-3500 chip. It's built by Winstars and is appropriately called the Winstars SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter. "Winstars is set to deliver a very well-timed connectivity solution that builds on the inherent performance benefits of SuperSpeed USB 3.0," said Dennis Crespo, DisplayLink executive vice president of marketing and business development. "DisplayLink adds on the ability to stream high resolution video and enriched... Read more...
If you like options and USB 3.0 flash drives, today’s your lucky day. Corsair announced a handful of new USB 3.0 drives in its Flash Voyager, Flash Voyager GT, and Flash Survivor families. The new Flash Voyagers are slightly smaller than the originals at 73 x 22mm versus 100 x 26mm, but they’re wrapped in essentially the same exterior. If regular old USB 3.0 speed isn’t enough for you, the Flash Voyager GTs are allegedly faster than conventional USB 3.0 drives with read/write speeds of 135/83MBps. Although the rubber-coated Flash Voyager GTs are water resistant, the Flash Survivor drives are housed in aluminum and are waterproof up to 200 meters, shock-resistant, and vibration-resistant.... Read more...
Super Talent is working to make USB 3.0 flash drives more affordable and accessible to the average user with the introduction of its new USB 3.0 Express ST2. This dual channel USB 3.0 flash drive offers speeds that are similar to the company's USB 3.0 Express DUO (67MB/s read, 24MB/s write). Like many other USB 3.0 products on the market today, the USB 3.0 Express ST2 is backward compatible with USB 2.0. The USB 3.0 Express ST2 is available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. The 8GB model costs about $20. Super Talent Introduces New USB 3.0 Flash Drive Native USB 3.0 Controllers make USB 3.0 affordable San Jose, California – August 5, 2011 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer... Read more...
While Intel and AMD pussyfoot around implementing SuperSpeed USB 3.0 chips onto their motherboards, the parts and accessories industry isn't sitting around with their thumbs in uncomfortable places. Companies like NEC and VIA have stepped in to fill the temporary void with USB 3.0 chips that board makers can slap on new motherboards, and the electronics industry has responded by releasing a flurry of USB 3.0-enabled devices in a short period. According to In-Stat, there will be nearly 80 million SuperSpeed USB 3.0-enabled devices in the wild by the end of 2011, and that's just the beginning. Look for smartphones to play a big role in pushing the SuperSpeed specification going forward. Image Credit:... Read more...
We've often wondered how long it would take companies to finally start adopting USB 3.0 en masse. It's been a couple of years now, and SuperSpeed ports are still few and far between. It's not like the USB standard stands any chance of being neglected, so what's the holdup? Well, these things always take time, and implementation is always easier said than done. But Lenovo, a major player in the notebook and desktop market, now thinks that next year is "the year." What do we mean? 2012 will be the year that USB 3.0 becomes "the norm." Jason Parrish, worldwide product manager for Lenovo ThinkPad, told C|NET the following: "In 2012 USB 3.0 will be a mainstream technology. And we see 2011 as the transition... Read more...
You know what the greatest thing about owning a USB 3.0 thumb drive is? You get to point at all your USB 2.0 toting friends and laugh. So maybe that wouldn't be very nice, which leads us to the second best thing about a SuperSpeed drive: the transfer rates! Corsair today gave its Flash Voyager USB 3.0 thumb drive the green light to land on store shelves, and assuming you have the requisite hardware to take advantage of USB 3.0 devices, you'll enjoy file transfers up to four times faster than typical USB 2.0 drives. You'll be able to pilot a Flash Voyager USB 3.0 drive later this month in one of three models, including 8GB ($20), 16GB ($30), and 32GB ($70). Corsair Ships Flash Voyager USB 3.0... Read more...
It has taken USB 3.0 a serious amount of time to really gain steam in the industry, but late really is better than never in this case. More and more machines are shipping with USB 3.0 support, and rumors are flying that next-gen Intel chipsets will support the protocol natively. Texas Instruments has today announced that it is the first semiconductor company to receive certification from the USB Implementer's Forum (USB-IF) for its SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) four-port extensible host controller (xHCI). That may not sound like anything important to you, but if you're hoping for more USB 3.0-enabled machines to ship, it is. In addition to the four-port host controller, the TUSB7340, TI also achieved... Read more...
Super Talent announced the new USB 3.0 Express DUO 2-CH flash drive. This drive features a cap-less industrial design as well as a black piano finish housing that twists to hide and reveal the USB 3.0 port. When connected to a USB 3.0 port, Super Talent says the 2-channel design of the Express Duo 2-CH can hit speeds over 67MB/s. The drive comes pre-installed with Microsoft Security Essentials. Super Talent Announces a new USB 3.0 Flash Drive USB3.0 Performance at a USB 2.0 Price San Jose, California - March 21, 2011 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new USB 3.0 flash drive, the USB 3.0 Express DUO 2-CH. Featuring... Read more...
It's not quite infinity and beyond, but Corsair did take its Flash Voyager USB memory stick as high as it can currently go, which is USB 3.0. The new SuperSpeed models sport the same rubberized mold as previous Voyager USB sticks, only now they're potentially much faster, assuming your system has a USB 3.0 port. Otherwise, the retooled Voyagers are backwards compatible with USB 2.0/1.1, just obviously not as fast. "The faster read speeds offered by USB 3.0 make high-speed data storage much more convenient," said Thi La, vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "For example, high-bandwidth videos can be viewed directly from the USB drive, so you no longer have to wait while they are copied... Read more...
Believe it or not, we have actually heard of a quad-channel USB 3.0 stick before. They certainly aren't "everywhere" yet, but they're becoming increasingly popular as more and more notebooks start to ship with USB 3.0 ports. Sharkoon, an accessories and peripherals company, has just introduced their newest USB stick, a USB 3.0 device that has write rates of up to 70MB/sec, read rates of up to 110MB/sec and arrives in two sizes: 32GB and 64GB. These aren't giant drives that could be easily used as notebook backup drivers, but they're still sizable enough to carry around your essential documents and/or media. It only ships in one color, a dark grey aluminum, and has a protective cap and keychain... Read more...
Zotac today announced its first Zbox series of mini-PCs equipped with USB 3.0 technology -- the Zbox ID41 series. The boring name belies what's a fairly sexy nettop, made even more so with the addition of SuperSpeed ports (two on the back panel). There's also four USB 2.0 ports (two on the back, one on the front, and one on the top panel). "External expansion is vital with mini-PCs. By adding SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology to our award-winning Zbox mini-PCs, we are able to offer external connectivity capable of speeds up to 5Gb/s," said Carsten Berger, marketing director. Other notable features include: Intel Atom D525 dual-core processor 2GB of DDR3 memory 250GB hard drive Nvidia Ion graphics... Read more...
Flash memory is getting cheaper, faster and more prominent. Perfect for the consumer. Super Talent in particular has done a great job of placing pricing pressure on everyone else in the industry. The company's USB 3.0 drives are amongst the least expensive in the business, and now the company is introducing a 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive for just $59. The 32GB version of the Express Duo flash drive, which can top 67MB/sec in testing, is shipping now, along with a 16GB version at $29 and an 8GB version at $14. A demo of the benchmarking is below. SuperTalent Introduces 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive at $59 USB 3.0 Performance at a USB 2.0 Price San Jose, California - January 6, 2011 - Super Talent Technology,... Read more...
PS3 gamers have been less than happy about Gran Turismo 5's load times since the long-awaited game launched a few weeks ago. Beyond3D forum member Phil was fed up enough to install a Corsair F120SSD in place of the system's traditional SATA hard drive and the performance difference is significant. We've graphed the data from Phil's load time tests below. Certain forum respondents expressed dismay that the load times are only twice as fast, but we've a feeling that firmware optimizations could improve transfer speeds. Load times have always been the Achilles heel of console gaming, but SSDs could dramatically improve the situation. When the XBox 360 / PS3 launched, SSD performance still varied... Read more...
At this time last year, USB 2.0 hard drives were all the rage. Just 12 months later, and now a whole bunch of new external HDDs have USB 3.0 support. And it's about time! Throughout the year, we have wondered why laptop and desktop makers weren't supporting USB 3.0 with any real frequency. Even today, loads of new notebooks are shipping with one (or none) USB 3.0 ports. We realize that not every USB peripheral will need to take advantage of the extra speed (mice and keyboards come to mind), but since they're backwards compatible, we see no real reason not to load up on them. But hopefully, as more companies start to ship cheaper USB 3.0 devices, computer makers will take the hint: we need USB... Read more...
LaCie announced a major update to its line of hard drives with the LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0. With the announcement, LaCie is combining the speed of USB 3.0 with the design of Philippe Starck. The drive is encased in 2mm of sturdy aluminum, making it resistant to the everyday bumps of life and improving the heat dissipation. The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 comes with LaCie Setup Assistant software as well as LaCie Backup Assistant. The drive also comes with one year of online storage via Wuala Online Storage.  The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 will be available in a 500GB capacity. LaCie Brings Industry-Leading Speeds to High Design: LaCie Starck Mobile Drive USB 3.0 LaCie announced today... Read more...
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