Posts Tagged '3.0'

Kingston says “FIRST”

What do you get for the person who just picked up the LaCie 2big USB 3.0 NAS and seemingly has everything? How about a Kingston USB 3.0 flash drive? The styling’s a bit bland (*cough, UGLY!) but it’s way better than your regular USB 2.0 flash drive. 80MB a second read speed and write speeds of up to 60MB a second. It also comes with a compatible cable for those computer ports with USB 2.0, sooo last month. Well, everyone can’t be as trendy as you now can they? Comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors. Ooh, with a lanyard to boot! Warranty is 5 years, let’s hope you don’t lose it before then.

Need More Storage?

LaCie knows what you’re thinking, “I need more, faster storage”. Here’s your answer. Up to 4 TB of RAID storage in a LaCie external casing, but that’s not all. Instead of the boring (and slow) USB 2.0, this one’s got a fresh USB 3.0 interface for fast and speedy data transfer. Approx 205 MB per second transfer rate, now that’s fast. Configurable for RAID 0 or RAID 1 for added data protection. It’s got a 3 year warranty by the way. Added heat sink to keep things cool but I’d prefer to see something with a fan in my opinion. Prices start at $350.

Intel relents, gives draft info for USB 3.0

Intel Corporation today announced the availability of the Extensible Host Controller Interface (xHCI) draft specification revision 0.9 in support of the USB 3.0 architecture, also known as SuperSpeed USB. The xHCI draft specification provides a standardized method for USB 3.0 host controllers to communicate with the USB 3.0 software stack.

Interoperability among devices from multiple manufacturers is important for consumer adoption of SuperSpeed USB products. The Intel xHCI draft specification revision 0.9 supports compatibility among various implementations of USB devices and will make it easier to develop software support for the industry. (link)

Fight! Intel vs AMD & nVidia over USB 3.0

There’s a new public tussle brewing between AMD and Intel, though in this case, it probably won’t be settled in a courtroom. AMD and NVIDIA are both angry with the chip giant for allegedly withholding information on the USB 3.0 open host controller. Intel, for its part, insists that it has done nothing wrong and is following the exact same set of procedures that were used during the development of USB 2.0. It has been erroneously reported in some publications that AMD and NVIDIA are angry about unreleased information on the USB 3.0 specification itself (which promises speeds of up to 4.7Gbps), but this does not appear to be the case. The flash point on this issue is over access to all information concerning the open host controller, not the USB 3.0 specification itself. (link)

How monitors do you have?

I’ve got the 2 monitor setup at home and a poor man’s single monitor at work (although I have several computers with their own monitors) but really how many monitors is enough? If you’ve got some extra cash maybe you have 3 or maybe 4 across 2 computers but how about a 15 monitor or even 30 monitor setup, hmm? Ridiculous? Absolutely! Do I want one? Duh! Functionally it’s just eye candy and screams “I have too much money, but this totally destroys your 4 PS3’s”. So really, how many monitors do you have?

Ding! Firewire S3200 vs. USB 3.0

The IEEE 1394 Trade Association has announced a new FireWire specification that the group claims is capable of delivering up to 3.2Gb per second of throughput. The new interface (officially known as S3200) is directly based upon the 1394b/FireWire 800 standard and uses the same physical connectors, arbitration, and protocols as its predecessor. In theory, this should allow vendors to roll out S3200-capable silicon in a very short amount of time.

(As a clarifying point, please note that while 1394a and 1394b are largely considered synonymous with FireWire 400 and FireWire 800, the terms 1394c and S3200 refer to two different specifications. S3200 is an extension and acceleration of current 1394b technology, while 1394c offers 1394b speed and capability over standard Cat 5e cable. To date, no implementations of 1394c have been seen in the wild.)

There’s no word on when S3200 devices might hit the market, but the 1394 Trade Association expects the standard to be fully ratified by early February. That’s well ahead of USB 3.0, the closest competition to the spec. At IDF this year, Intel’s Pat Gelsinger forecast USB 3.0 ratification sometime within the first half of 2008. S3200 could conceivably hit the market faster depending on its ease of implementation, but whether or not earlier device availability will translate into improved consumer uptake is open for debate. (link)


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