Items tagged with USB 3.0

In case you haven't heard, USB 3.0 is the hot new thing, at least in the connectivity realm. Today at CES, Seagate--a name you surely recognize in the storage industry--has announced its first major USB 3.0 portable drive: the BlackArmor PS110. It's an on-the-go 2.5" drive with a 7200RPM spindle speed, and just in case you're worried about being able to take advantage of the USB 3.0 speeds, the bundle ships with a PCI Express USB 3.0 card to make your desktop compatible (an a PC Adapter card for notebooks). Transfer rates are expected to exceed 100MB/sec (3x faster than USB 2.0), with this drive able to transfer a 25GB HD movie in just four minutes compared to 14 on USB 2.0. Basically, this kit... Read more...
USB 2.0 has served us well over the years, and we're endlessly grateful for all the transfers we've made over that tried-and-true cable. But with a new year comes new resolutions, and with new resolutions comes new speeds. USB 3.0 got started in earnest late last year, but the real coming-out party is just ahead at CES. A-DATA is hoping to get a jump on everyone else with an interesting new device: the N002 Combo Flash Drive. The external hard drive all but leaves yesteryear's transfer technologies in the dust by focusing on two of the newest and fastest transfer protocols: eSATA and USB 3.0. It's considered the industry's first combo device of this nature, adopting the first 8-channel architecture... Read more...
It may not be the first USB 3.0 flash drive to be announced, but it's still one of the first (and it's blazing fast). PQI, a mainstay in the flash storage industry, has just introduced its newest USB stick, and this one is significantly more important than its last.A week after unveiling a pair of USB 3.0 external hard drives, the company has today pushed out its first USB 3.0 flash drive in the Cool Drive U366. It's wrapped in an all-aluminum shell with a clear plastic lid, and it features 5Gbps maximum transfer rates. In case you're bad with numbers, that's 10x the maximum on USB 2.0. There's no mention of a price or ship date just yet, but we suspect it'll be on store shelves shortly after... Read more...
We never really thought USB-connected monitors would take off, but take off they have. In the case of Mimo, the demand for them has soared so greatly that they've been able to stay in business and thrive by selling secondary monitors that connect via USB alone. One of the main drivers in making the whole USB monitor revolution tick is DisplayLink, and they're understandably excited about the possibilities that come along with USB 3.0. Today, USB 2.0 has a bandwidth limitation that hinders DisplayLink products from being able to support extremely high resolutions and frame rates. Basic monitors can handle basic 2D tasks with relative ease, but start asking it to push 1080p, fast-moving multimedia... Read more...
LaCie and Symwave have teamed up to create the 2Big USB 3.0, a dual hard disk RAID 0/1 storage solution that uses the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 standard. Symwave’s USB 3.0 standard-compliant dual SATA and RAID bridge controller powers the 2Big USB 3.0. According to LaCie, the 2Big USB 3.0 is capable of burst read speeds of up to 275MB per second. The 2Big USB 3.0 will be available in up to 4TB capacities early next year. LaCie Partners with Symwave to Introduce World’s First USB 3.0 Dual-Drive RAID Storage Solution LaCie 2Big USB 3.0 delivers record speed with performance up to 275 MB/s December 17, 2009 -- LaCie, a leading provider of professional storage solutions, in collaboration with Symwave... Read more...
Not sure if you've heard, but USB 3.0 is "the hot new thing." We're expecting a full rollout of devices that support the faster protocol early next year, but it looks as if Buffalo is joining Freecom in pushing out products before most folks even have a chance to add USB 3.0 support to their PC. Starting this week, Buffalo is shipping its first-ever SuperSpeed USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, labeled the DriveStation HD-HXU3. It promises transfer rates up to 625 MB per second (or five Gbits per second), and it's backward-compatible with USB 2.0 ports and devices. It's shipping in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities, and just in case you're also on the hunt for a USB 3.0 expansion card so you can take advantage... Read more...
We just finished up our second podcast with the folks at TechVi. In this installments we talk about our recent performance tests on USB 3.0 and SATA 6G drives, Dave breaks down a "consumer level" $800 SSD with massive performance, plus two new notebooks running Intel’s CULV processors and a deep look at the Moto Droid.  Show Notes:0:20 — USB 3.0 Performance Preview1:30 — FusionIO PCI Express SSD4:05 — CULV Notebooks5:15 — Motorola Droid... Read more...
Super Talent unveiled a new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDrive which supports transfer speeds up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 drives. The new drive will come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities and is backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports. (Of course, when plugged in to slower ports, you'll be limited in speed.) Using a separate UAS Protocol driver with a USB 3.0 port, the SuperSpeed drive can reach up to 320MB/second transfer speeds. Look for the new drives in December. Super Talent Announces World's First USB 3.0 RAIDDrive USB Drives Support UAS Protocol to Attain Transfer Speeds up to 320MB/sec San Jose, California - November 4, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash... Read more...
Just the other day, we gave you a sneak peek at a couple of motherboards Asus had coming down the pipeline that featured USB 3.0 and SATA 6G support, the P7P55D-E Premium and the P6X58D Premium. If you haven't seen the original post, be sure to check it out here. In it, we talk about the boards' PLX PCI Express Gen 2 switch implementation and how it connects to the NEC USB 3.0 and Marvell SATA 6G controller chips.       P7P55D-E Premium and P6X58D Premium with USB 3.0 and SATA 6G It turns out that one of the boards we showed you, the P55-Express based P7P55D-E Premium is very close to hitting the market. In fact, we already have on in house were able to run a few quick... Read more...
We've just received some interesting images and information regarding a couple of motherboards Asus has coming down the pipeline. The two motherboards you see pictured below are the P7P55D-E Premium and the P6X58D Premium, for Intel's Lynnfield (Core i5, Core i7 800 series) and Bloomfield (Core i7 900 series) platforms, respectively.   As its name suggests, the P7P55D-E Premium is built around Intel's P55 Express chipset and sports an LAG1156 socket for Core i5 and Core i7 800 series processors. Alternatively, the P6X58D Premium features Intel's X58 Express chipset and an LGA1366 socket, for more powerful Core i7 900 series processors.   It is not the core logic on these products that... Read more...
USB 3.0 splashed down in earnest this past week at IDF in San Francisco, but aside from a webcam and a few prototype devices on the show floor, we've yet to hear of any real groundbreaking USB 3.0 products. Until now. Freecom, a lesser known maker of external hard drives and the like, has today confessed that it has a USB 3.0 external HDD in the pipeline, and unless we're missing something, that makes it the first to do so. The Hard Drive XS 3.0 doesn't look all that special on the outside. It's just a plain portable HDD, with a regular exterior and no real flash to speak of. But as with beauty, it's the inside that counts. As the planet's first HDD to utilize SuperSpeed USB technology, this... Read more...
USB 3.0 is here. Or, it might as well be, as Point Grey is already announcing that it'll have a finalized product on display at this week's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. Officially, the USB-IF has yet to announce that any USB 3.0 products are on the chopping block, but considering just how long the protocol has been in the works, we wouldn't be surprised to see Point Grey joined by a host of other outfits with USB 3.0 reveals later this week.Though, it's somewhat unique that Point Grey, in a sense, has the planet's first USB 3.0 product that's not simply a demonstration. According to the company, it has worked with Fresco Logic to unveil a digital video camera that can take advantage... Read more...
Can you feel the excitement? We can. USB 3.0 is inching closer and closer to reality, which means your current PC is inching closer and closer to being a token of yesteryear. USB 2.0 has been around for years now, and by and large, it has been sufficient. Transfer rates are fairly quick, and industry support couldn't be higher.But hey, this industry is all about progress, and we aren't about to complain about newfound speed. The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) today announced the availability of the USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) Compliance and Certification Program, which basically means that companies can have their products tested to receive the SuperSpeed USB logo/certification. Jeff Ravencraft,... Read more...
Wait, a second--blue USB ports? What could that possibly mean? If our Chinese translation skills are any good, it means USB 3.0, which definitely means happiness. We've known that USB 2.0 was growing a bit long in the tooth, and we've seen a few demonstrations overseas showcasing the abilities of early USB 3.0 connections, but this marks the first time that we've seen the next-gen connector demonstrated on a real, live motherboard.It seems that the lucky mainboard is an Asus P6X58 Premium, and while a pair of USB 2.0 sockets are also included, it's the pair of USB 3.0 ports that has us salivating. USB SuperSpeed, as it's formally known, should add a much-wanted boost to transfer rates, and it... Read more...
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